Imagine waking up and needing a drink on an immediate basis. Imagine getting sick when you don’t drink. Think about what it would be like if you felt you needed a drink to cope with everyday problems. These and many others are symptoms that alcoholics have to fight every single day.
Alcohol is one of the most abused drugs in the United States. For example, statistics show that 28.8% of women and 43.1% of men who are over 18 in the US are binge drinkers. Alcohol is in our high schools – with 29.5% of 8th graders drinking in the last year. Alcohol abuse affects the young and old alike.
It may not seem like alcohol would be an addictive drug since so many people drink. But alcohol addiction is very real and is a huge problem in the US and around the world. Alcohol is classified as a depressant, which means it slows down vital functions like brain function, breathing, and heartbeat. That’s why it’s hard to talk, think and move when you drink too much. Because people who’ve been drinking are physically and mentally impaired, they don’t always come to logical conclusions and may do things they would never do sober. The way alcohol makes a person feel can be addictive, and can make the person think they can “only do things” when they are drunk. For example, have you ever heard a young man say he needs another drink before he can ask a girl out, or before he can get on the dance floor? Have you ever heard a woman saying she needs a little “liquid courage”? These people are using the drug as a crutch to do things which make them uncomfortable.
Alcoholism stems from a physical dependence on alcohol, as well as a mental dependence. Some symptoms of alcoholism are:
- Feeling like you have to drink in order to function.
- Getting “black-out” drunk.
- Depression; anxiety; irritability; nausea; insomnia; shakiness; loss of appetite; hallucinations; seizures; fever; other withdrawal symptoms.
- Drinking in situations where it’s dangerous or unlawful to do so.
- Using alcohol to avoid a problem.
- blogHiding stashes of alcohol so you don’t run out.
People turn to alcohol to solve/avoid a problem. That problem may be a situation at work, a failing marriage, or it may be depression or a mental illness. The solution to alcoholism lies in finding the real reasons a person decided they had to turn to the drug, and helping them discover how to solve those problems for themselves. This means they have to confront life, which can be difficult when you’ve gotten in the habit of escaping from it. Not uncommon is the alcoholic who must continuously battle the urge to use alcohol to deal with life.
So, the question “Is there a cure for alcoholism?” is an interesting one. The dictionary states that a “Cure” means “To control or get rid of a bad habit, feeling, or attitude.” It also means “To stop someone from being affected by an illness.”
Alcoholism can be controlled by the individual. They can decide to go completely sober; they can go to rehab; they can change their lifestyle. But, whether they are cured or not is up to the person themselves. If they fall and take a drink again, does this mean they now have to go out of control and binge drink themselves into a coma? It shouldn’t, but for some people it does.
The best solution is to get clean and sober, address the underlying reason for drinking, and make connections with people you trust. This way, if you feel like you need to turn to alcohol again, you can talk with the people you trust to find a better, more productive solution.
The holistic rehabilitation solution is tailor made for each individual. Everyone gets a physical evaluation, and is helped off drugs or alcohol using nutrition and vitamins. The B vitamins, for example, are essential. It has been found that drug addiction – alcohol in particular – depletes a body of B vitamins. This is one of the major causes for the tremors and insomnia that an addict or alcoholic experiences when withdrawing.
At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we don’t stop at detox. We help the person discover the underlying reasons for their addiction, and help them make needed changes to their lives. This gives a person the resources to actually move beyond addiction. In this way, with the person working to control their alcoholism, our patients can achieve lasting sobriety.