The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2015 that 6.2% of the population or 15.1 million adults had an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Alcohol use disorder can be defined as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.”
Alcohol use disorder can run from mild to severe but always involves drinking excessively to the point that continued consumption causes problems to the drinker or those around them. Excessive consumption of alcohol typically leads to serious health problems and conditions. Compromised immune system, brain damage, heart problems, and cirrhosis of the liver are just a few ways alcohol can damage the body. The longer one consumes excessive alcohol, the more likely they are of developing certain cancers such as mouth, throat, liver, stomach, and breast cancer.
Alcohol use disorder is a treatable condition. However, fewer than 10% of people with AUD seek treatment. Royal Life Centers is there for those ready to change their lives, and overcome their alcohol use disorder.
In order to effectively and safely overcome alcohol use disorder, a medical detox should be the first step. Detox from alcohol can be not only dangerous but life-threatening as well. That’s why it’s extremely important to detox from alcohol in a safe, reputable medical detox, such as Royal Life Centers. The longer someone has been abusing alcohol, the more dangerous stopping can be, and the higher the chance for complications. Our detox facility uses 24/7 medical monitoring along with as needed medication, to ensure a safe and comfortable detox. Once the alcohol has successfully left the system, the real work begins. Just removing the substance doesn’t address the true underlying problems of alcohol use disorder. The next phase of treatment, residential inpatient, is where physical, psychological, and spiritual healing begins. Royal Life Centers carefully designed programs give guests the structure and direction needed to achieve long-term sobriety.
If you’re unsure if you have AUD try the following questions. In the past year, have you:
- Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
- Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
- Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- More than once been in situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Continued to drink even though you felt depressed or anxious or exacerbated another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
- Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
- Experienced withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating?
Under the DSM-5 or Diagnostic Service Manual of Mental Disorders, anyone meeting any two of the 11 criteria during a 12-month period receives a diagnosis of alcohol use disorder. If this applies to you, please, reach out to us right away.
With continued treatment through our PHP, IOP, and OP programs, guests build on their sobriety and set themselves up for long-term success. At Royal Life Centers we do everything that we can to prepare individuals for life beyond treatment. Good health, happiness, and success are all within reach when you place sobriety first.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have an alcohol use disorder, or any substance use disorder, please contact us today about your treatment options. Royal Life Centers has an admissions staff that is available to speak with you 24/7. Call us now at (877)-732-6837 or (877)-RECOVERY. Because We Care.