Alcohol Inpatient Treatment Centers

Alcohol inpatient treatment centers are designed to help a person overcome a dependence on alcohol. However, the problem in the United States and around the globe is that many people do not recognize alcoholism for what it is, a serious disease.

Just think about it. How many times have you heard someone jokingly refer to a drunk person as an alcoholic? Maybe you have even made a similar joke yourself at one point? This is a common occurrence among people all around the world. Any time a person drinks heavily or if they consume alcohol on a semi-regular basis, jokes will be made about alcohol dependence.

While no harm is meant by such jokes and statements, they can do serious harm when it comes to compassion and knowledge of real alcoholism.

Finding out more about alcohol abuse and addiction as well as the care and treatment that is required to help a person overcome their addiction will help you to be a better advocate for people you may know suffering from an addiction. And, it may even open your eyes to the possibility that you may need the help of an alcohol inpatient treatment center.

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Understanding Alcohol Abuse

Not all alcohol consumption is considered to be alcohol abuse, which can be confusing for many people. Alcoholic beverages are widely known to have negative health effects and it is considered to be an addictive and potentially harmful substance. However, it is only when a person engages in binge drinking and/or develops a binge drinking habit that they are abusing alcohol.

Binge drinking is defined as excessive alcohol consumption. The exact consumption rates vary between men and women as women's bodies generally have a lower tolerance for alcohol than men.

If a woman consumes more than three to four alcoholic beverages over the course of two hours or less, they are binge drinking. Alternatively, if a man drinks five or more alcoholic beverages in the same time frame, he is binge drinking.

Alcohol abuse occurs when binge drinking becomes a habit (i.e. if it happens more than once or twice a year). The more a person binge drinks and abuses alcohol, the more likely they will be to develop an alcohol addiction.

How Alcoholism Develops

As previously mentioned, habitual alcohol abuse can lead to the development of an alcohol addiction. This occurs for both mental and physical reasons. Oftentimes, a person begins abusing alcohol for mental or emotional reasons. Perhaps they are stressed and feel more relaxed after drinking or they are depressed or anxious and feel some symptom relief when they have had a few drinks.

When a person consumes alcohol though, there is a physical reaction that occurs as well. The chemicals in alcohol get into the bloodstream and send signals to the nervous system and brain. These signals trigger the brain to react by initiating certain process and blocking others.

For example, alcohol makes the brain release dopamine which makes a person feel happy and euphoric and can increase relaxation and sleepiness in larger amounts. As a person continues to abuse alcohol, their brain and nervous system change the way they function to accommodate the regular presence of alcohol.

Using the previous example, the brain will not release dopamine without being told to do so by the alcohol first when it becomes accustomed to interacting with alcohol often. Once the brain and the body start to make changes because of the regular intake of alcohol, a person has developed a dependence on alcohol (also known as alcoholism or an alcohol addiction).

The rate at which a person goes from simply binge drinking a lot to being addicted varies from person to person. There are gender factors, genetic predispositions, size and weight issues, and other unknown factors.

Some people can develop an addiction in a short period of time and for other people it can take months or years of continued binge drinking. Nobody can tell ahead of time just how long or how much alcohol consumption it will take to develop an addiction.

Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Treatment

Once a person develops an alcohol abuse problem and/or alcohol addiction, they will need to go through a treatment program to overcome and manage their condition. Alcoholism treatment occurs best in an inpatient or residential treatment program. Alcohol inpatient treatment centers offer the most structured and intense treatment programs available.

When a person commits to inpatient alcohol addiction treatment, they are showing that they are serious about overcoming their addiction. Inpatient treatment does not allow the person access to alcohol during treatment. It also does not allow for distractions or lapses in commitment.

The structure of alcohol inpatient treatment centers ensures that the person seeking treatment spends their days working through the issues that lead them to abuse alcohol and developing ways to cope with temptations, cravings, and those issues once they leave treatment out in the real world. This focus and intensity in treatment produces better long-term recovery success rates.

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