If you or a loved one have fallen into alcoholism, you need to seek help immediately. 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 biggest tragedies of alcoholism is the large number of sufferers who never receive proper treatment. Sadder still are the individuals that relapse because they received treatment at a lower-quality facility. Patients very often choose an alcohol rehab facility based on convenience and proximity, and as a result, wind up making a hasty and ill-informed choice regarding where to seek treatment. It is estimated in the United Stated that more than 14 million people are currently suffering from the disease of alcoholism; don't let you or your loved one become another statistic too!
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 more.
The tragic irony of alcoholism is that what starts out as way to help socialize or "break the ice" can easily result in the loss of all social relationships with loved ones, family and friends. Alcohol addiction commonly results in one or all of the following: failed romantic, family and social relationships; job loss; financial ruin; and sometimes even homelessness. Eventually everything in an alcoholic's life becomes second to their alcohol abuse.
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 alcohol abuse morphs into full blown alcoholism.
The importance of finding the right alcoholism treatment center to help you or your loved one cannot be overstated. Many rehab centers purport to offer 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 pills or natural herbs. All evidence suggests 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.