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If you or a loved one has fallen into alcoholism, you need to seek help immediately. When your prolonged alcohol abuse turns into a physical addiction, you are officially suffering from alcoholism. Also known as alcohol addiction, alcoholism is the last and most serious stage of alcohol abuse, and far too often results in fatality. One of the saddest things about alcoholism, and alcoholism treatment, is the surprisingly large number of people who never receive any type of alcohol treatment. Sadder still are the large number of people who did actually receive alcohol treatment but it didn't work! The most common reason given is they wanted to stay local for convenience so they choose whatever alcohol rehab clinic was the closest to them. In either scenario the patient's alcohol abuse eventually progressed into the disease stage called alcoholism. It is estimated in the United Stated that more than 14 million people are currently suffering from this disease; don't let you or your loved one become another statistic too!
Alcoholism and Physical Health
Early stage alcoholism symptoms can include nausea, headaches, vomiting, weight-gain, anxiety, insomnia, sweating, etc. Late stage alcoholism patients can suffer from hallucinations, tremors ("the shakes"), delirium tremens (DT's), cirrhosis of the liver and liver failure.
Alcoholism and Quality of Life
The tragic irony of alcoholism is that what started out as way to help socialize, "break the ice", fit in or be popular at parties, ultimately can result in the loss of all social relationships with loved ones, family and friends when alcohol use becomes alcohol addiction. The alcoholic's future will be filled with one or eventually all of the following: failed romantic, family and social relationships; job loss; financial ruin; and sometimes even homelessness. Eventually, nothing else matters in life of an alcoholic besides getting the alcohol that their body is so desperately craving.
Alcoholism Treatment: The Time to Get Help is Now
A person officially satisfies all the criteria for alcoholism when they: are incapable of quitting even though they’d like to, drink even though they know they have a problem, let other important activities fall by the wayside to pursue drinking, spend a great deal of time and energy in the quest for alcohol, etc. If any of these situations apply to you or your loved one, you must seek help right now before its too late and the alcohol abuse crosses over into full blown alcoholism.
Safe Alcoholism Treatment
The importance of finding the right alcoholism treatment center to help you or your loved one can not be emphasized enough! There are far too many so called rehab centers trying to pass themselves off as having some revolutionary new "breakthrough treatment" that goes against all accepted and proven medical science and is not based in the 12 Step model for treatment. Others places will make outrageous claims that they can cure alcoholism with a "magic pill" or a natural herb. Hopefully, common sense prevails in people, and they know that you can't cure alcoholism by reading a book, taking some magic pill, or trying some new sure-fire scheme like a rapid or ultra-rapid detox treatment. The sad fact is that many alcoholism related deaths occur from people attempting to detox themselves too quickly on their own or following some rapid or ultra-rapid detox program that they saw online. The NASAIC (National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center) maintains a continuously updated national database of alcoholism treatment centers in your local area, as well as the leading recommended alcoholism treatment centers in the United States and around the world.