What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a chronic disease or state that is characterized by the uncontrolled consumption and oftentimes intense preoccupation with alcohol. Both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play significant roles in the development of the condition. It is therefore not surprising that some people are more susceptible to misusing alcohol than others. Long-term alcohol consumption or binge drinking may lead to other very serious health conditions which can have negative effects on almost any organ, especially the human brain. Not surprisingly alcohol abuse and the many complex factors associated can affect one’s whole family, friends, career, and generally, lead to comprises in quality of life. Alcoholism treatment at Olympia House uses this definition to help guide our program.
We know that alcoholism, however, is a treatable condition especially with the active participation of the alcoholic. At Olympia House, you or a family member can finally break free from the grasps of Alcohol. Get help now: (888) 795-1965
Relevant Facts and Statistics On Alcohol Abuse
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there were 208 million people with alcoholism across the globe. In the United States, approximately 17 million adults and almost 1 million teens are affected. Additionally:
- 88,000 people die yearly from causes that can be attributed to excessive alcohol use and is the third highest cause of death in the US. (CDC)
- In the US 30 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol which comes to more than one death every hour. (CDC)
- It is estimated that about 17 percent of males and 8 percent of females will suffer from alcohol dependence at some point in their life (NIAAA)
- About 7,000 minors age 16 use alcohol for the first time every day and sadly those who are 15 or younger are 4x more likely to develop AUD than those who had their first drink 21. (Rehabs.com)
At Olympia House, we always take into consideration how these statistics relate to our alcoholism treatment program and during alcohol detox. Alcohol abuse is a serious medical condition, do not wait to reach out to us.
Alcohol Withdrawal, Dangers, and Detox
Alcohol works in the brain by binding to GABA receptors, the parts of your brain that are involved in making you calm or sleepy. If alcohol consumption is stopped suddenly, this can result in serious and even life-threatening medical conditions.
Seizures or Delirium Tremens (DT’s) during Alcohol Withdrawal
There is a real and not uncommon risk of seizure during alcohol withdrawal. A seizure is when the human nervous system becomes uncontrollably excited and is characterized by uncontrollable shaking. A Delirium Tremens (DT) is a more severe form of alcohol withdrawal and seizures and is less common and less known to the general public. If you think you are or a loved one is experiencing this please call 911 immediately because seizures and DT’s require immediate medical attention and can be life-threatening.
Other Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal:
- agitation or irritability
- chest pain
- delirium (a disturbed mind state)
- excessive sweating
- increased heart rate or breathing rate
- extreme sensitivity to light, touch, or sound
Our Approach to Alcohol Withdrawal and Alcoholism
Olympia’s approach to treating alcoholism is an effective and integrated approach combining expert medical intervention with individualized therapeutic modalities and holistic strategies.
Olympia provides both medication-assisted therapy (MAT) or a non-medical detox for Alcoholism and specific medications during detox. Olympia also when appropriate works with expert medical providers or corresponding facilities to provide tested and evidence-based medical interventions to make residents comfortable during alcohol detox. We always make sure our residents experience the least amount of withdrawal symptoms during and alcohol detox at Olympia House.
Residents have a variety of unique and highly effective treatment options in regards to their individual needs. In a residential treatment model, our residents and clients participate in peaceful 24/7 supervised on-site rehab programs. This includes individual counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups.
Olympia helps to promote a long and lasting recovery. We help residents and clients find strategies so they can integrate back into their lives, families, friends, and careers. We support a residents and clients choice when it comes to choosing Alcoholics Anonymous or other ongoing resources for support. Olympia House is one of the only, if not the only alcohol treatment center to offer Tune Ups, which are free for you or your loved one to get the support you need to prevent relapse after you’ve left. Additionally, innovations by the physicians that we work within the medications prescribed such as Baclofen and others have demonstrated to be very useful in our alcoholism treatment program.
We are here for you. Please do not hesitate to contact us or call (888) 795-1965