It may surprise you to learn that many alcoholics do not want to be that way. While they may seem happy, many of them are suffering in silence. You see, alcoholism isn’t something most people would choose. It is an illness. An alcoholic has come to the point that they don’t know how to function without alcohol. Alcoholics have lost true control of their lives. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that impacts more than just the alcoholic. We see the damages from the disease in our neighborhoods and in our relationships with loved ones. Many crimes and family problems can be linked back to alcoholism. You may have tried to overcome your addiction before and failed. Fortunately, services are available here in Massachusetts to help you fight this addiction. A local staff familiar with all types of addictions is available to assist you with your needs.
Risks of Alcoholism
Alcohol addiction affects millions of people in our nation. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has labeled it Alcohol Use Disorder, or AUD. They define AUD as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.” The social consequences of AUD include losing relationships with family members or friends. The occupational consequences include problems in the workplace, such as losing your job. The health consequences include liver disease and cirrhosis, among other terrible diseases.
Alcohol can also affect your brain and nervous system, making it difficult to speak clearly or remember things. Certain cancers of the mouth, throat and esophagus are linked to alcoholism. The more alcohol a person drinks, the more they are at risk of developing alcohol-related cancers. When these consequences become a part of your life, you know you have become an addict. You know the time has come to seek help.
Detox to Start With
It has been demonstrated that the best way of saying goodbye to alcohol when you are an addict is to put yourself through a detox program. Medical detoxification (or detox) helps eliminate the body’s physical dependence on alcohol or whatever substance the body has been consuming. This will return your body to a more normal state, where it will be easier to overcome your addiction. A supervised detox process is far more effective than trying to go it alone. If you’ve tried to go ‘cold turkey’ before and failed, it was likely because you didn’t have the right help at your disposal. You may have suffered painful withdrawal symptoms because there was no way of getting through them without pain. That doesn’t have to happen again. When you go through a supervised detox, qualified staff will be there to help relieve the painful withdrawal symptoms. After detox, you will need help from professionals at a rehabilitation facility to overcome alcohol forever. Most addicts try to overcome their addictions by themselves. Unfortunately, this method seldom works. The problem is that addiction is a complicated disease. It’s not something that will ‘go away’ by itself. The disease affects a person’s body and mind to the point that the addict loses hope they don’t believe it’s possible to live without the addiction. But sometimes an addict can see that there is a big problem and reach out for help. That makes the difference. Professional help with detox and rehab is the key to getting you away from alcohol forever. If you live in Massachusetts and want more information about rehab, you can call (617) 996-7921.