While addiction plagues millions of people around the world, the stigma associated with alcohol abuse is still a major inhibitor to recovery. At the Anthony Louis Center, we hope to remove the barriers that prevent people from seeking alcohol addiction treatment. If you suspect a loved one has a substance abuse problem, there is hope for a full recovery behind our doors.
Identifying Alcohol Dependence: Warning Signs and the Difference between Abuse and Addiction
While both abuse and addiction are unfortunate afflictions, there are differences. People who abuse alcohol often have a difficult time moderating their consumption and the frequency with which they drink. Alcohol abuse is also marked by blackouts, frequent hangovers and the need to consume more than usual in order to maintain a buzz.
Addiction includes some (or all) of the following habits:
- The inability to quit drinking (e.g. trying to cut back and failing);
- Physical withdrawal symptoms, such as shakiness, insomnia or nausea;
- Harmful activities, such as driving under the influence or becoming aggressive when drunk;
- Losing relationships, failing classes and/or losing jobs.
For adolescents who may exhibit these behaviors, view our resource guide on teen substance abuse.
Understanding Alcohol Addiction: A Physical and Psychological Addiction
Contrary to popular belief, addiction is a disease that can be treated but never cured. In fact, clients in alcohol rehab centers will refer to themselves as alcoholics since recovery is a lifelong battle. Alcoholics may be psychologically or physically addicted – often times both. In short, psychological dependence means the inability to feel normal without alcohol. Physical addiction is when the user’s body has become so accustomed to alcohol, there are serious withdrawal symptoms upon quitting.
How Many People Struggle with Alcoholism in Minnesota?
According to a recent report by the Minnesota Department of Health, alcohol abuse is so rampant in the state that the economic costs associated with the disease are more than $5 billion. The rate of alcohol use is well over the national average, as is binge drinking. Thankfully, we have several locations at which to seek help for yourself or a friend or family member. Our residential programs are available for 24-hour support with structured programs such as family counseling, lectures, recreation, and daily meals.
If you or someone you love needs help with their substance abuse problem, let our team at Anthony Louis Center give you the help you deserve.