Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Georgia
A Holistic Approach to Alcoholism in the Atlanta Area
Alcohol is widely available; from liquor and grocery stores, to restaurants and bars, to concerts and sporting events – alcohol is legal, relatively inexpensive, and easy to acquire. Its accessibility and public acceptance makes alcohol one of the most commonly abused substances in the United States.
When individuals suffer with alcohol addiction, they commonly believe that they can quit drinking at any time. However, because alcohol is one of the most psychologically toxic substances, it is also one of the most difficult ones to quit without professional help.
If you are or your loved one is struggling with alcoholism, call (800) 353-4673 to find out how Mount Sinai Wellness Center can help you conquer the mount of addiction.
Warning Signs of Alcoholism
It’s a common misconception that an individual must be so drunk they are left incapacitated on the floor to be an alcoholic. Sometimes it’s hard to tell that an individual is an alcoholic because they seem to lead a relatively normal life—they have a stable job, they have a family, they seem happy. But there are different levels of alcoholism, and some are easier to recognize than others.
It can sometimes be difficult to notice signs of addiction. However, there are common signs and behavioral patterns that could indicate a person has an alcohol problem.
The warning signs of alcoholism include:
- A person tends to feel hungover when they’re not drinking
- A person drinks alone or feels the need to drink in secrecy
- A person suddenly isolates themselves and becomes distant from their friends and family
- A person puts off their responsibilities and obligations, such as work or school, to drink
- A person makes excuses for their drinking habits, such as using it to relax, deal with any stress, or just to feel normal
- A person exhibits signs of irritability and extreme mood swings, especially when they are not drinking
- A person experiences frequent temporary blackouts, frequently forgets things, or acts strangely
- A person frequently falls or has many unexplained injuries and bruises
- A person schedules any events they attend around drinking or ensures alcohol will be at an event
- A person acquires multiple DUI tickets or loses their driver’s license
- A person frequently worries where their next drink is going to come from and when they will be able to get it
- A person needs to have a drink first thing in the morning
- A person has sudden and unexplained weight loss
- A person experiences the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, such as excessive shaking, nausea, and sweating
- A person’s symptoms of alcohol withdrawal subside the moment they have a drink
Mount Sinai Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility where patients can safely detox from alcohol under professional supervision. We also offer holistic treatments to encourage patients to replace drinking habits with healthier alternatives, such as yoga or horse riding. Patients have access to onsite AA and other group meetings for continuing help with overcoming alcohol addiction.
What Are the Different Types of Alcoholism?
The word alcoholic might bring up one specific image in your mind—a stumbling, drunk, slurring person. However, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism research found that there are five distinct types of alcoholism.
These different patterns of alcohol dependence are:
- The young adult subtype: 31.5% of people who are alcohol dependent have this subtype of alcoholism. While 25 is the average age-dependent adults, most adults become dependent as early as age 20. Though young adult alcoholics tend to drink less than other types, most of their drinking is binge drinking, which tends to be more hazardous than non-binging habits. Many who suffer from this type of alcoholism are quick to deny it, using “having a good time” as an excuse.
- The young antisocial subtype: 21.1% of all who are alcohol dependent have this subtype of alcoholism, and 54% of them have antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Common signs of antisocial personality disorder are lack of remorse, impulsiveness, and regular fights with others. This type of alcoholism affects young people and includes the earliest age of onset drinking with an average of 16 years old. They tend to have the highest number of drinks in a day than any other subtype of alcoholic. Many young antisocial alcoholics have high rates of other substance abuse.
- The functional subtype: 19.4% of alcohol-dependent individuals are functional alcoholics. This subtype tends to be older individuals who start drinking at later ages and have later onsets of alcohol dependence. Functional alcoholics are able to hold down jobs and have stable, supportive families. Typically, alcoholism runs in the family and many functional alcoholics use alcohol to cope with depression. It is common for functional alcoholics to deny being alcoholics and avoid treatment. In fact, because they appear to be “normal,” many friends and family members tend to dismiss their unhealthy relationship with alcohol.
- The intermediate familial subtype: 18.8% of alcohol-dependent individuals are intermediate familial alcoholics. The average age of this subtype is 38, and many developed their alcohol dependence at around age 32. It’s extremely common for these individuals to have a family member who has an unhealthy relationship with or dependency on alcohol.
- The chronic severe subtype: While this is the rarest form of alcoholism, it is also the most dangerous. Only 9.2% of alcoholics are this subtype. Chronic severe alcoholics begin drinking at an early age but develop alcohol dependence later in life. They have the highest drinking rates of any subtype, with a maximum of 15 drinks a day. Alcoholism tends to affect their lives the most, as they have the highest divorce rates and lowest education and employment rates. Many chronic severe alcoholics come from families with other alcoholics and mental illness is extremely common among them.
You don’t have to do this alone; we are here to help. Call Mount Sinai today at (800) 353-4673. We are here for you 24/7. Sobriety is possible.