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Alcohol dependence is a chronic disease that can develop when alcohol is heavily used over longer periods of time. Alcohol affects various brain regions including the opioid receptor system that mediates the euphoric and pleasurable effects of the drink. Alcohol dependence is a serious health risk factor that can lead to disability and death. How much you drink can influence your chances of becoming dependent.
Those at risk for developing alcoholism include:
Men who have 15 or more drinks per week
Women who have 12 or more drinks per week
Anyone who has 5 or more drinks per occasion at least once a week
Anyone who has a parent who has struggled with alcoholism
(One drink is defined as a 12-ounce bottle of beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 1 ½-ounce shot of liquor.)
You may also be more likely to abuse alcohol or become dependent if you:
Are a young adult under peer pressure
Have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia
Have easy access to alcohol
Have low self-esteem
Have problems with relationships
Live a stressful lifestyle
Live in a culture where alcohol use is more common and accepted
Alcohol abuse is rising. Around 1 out of 6 people in the United States have a drinking problem.
Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs:
odor on the breath
difficulty focusing or glazed appearance of the eyes
uncharacteristically passive behavior or combative and argumentative behavior
gradual or sudden deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene
gradual development of dysfunction, especially in job performance or school work
absenteeism (particularly on Mondays or after holidays)
unexplained bruises and accidents
loss of memory (blackouts)
availability and consumption of alcohol becomes the focus of social or professional activities
changes in peer-group associations and friendships
impaired interpersonal relationships (troubled marriage, unexplainable termination of deep relationships, alienation from close family members)
Utah alcohol addiction treatment at Therápia is the beginning of the recovery process for many who struggle with addiction. A residential facility provides a safe place away from drugs and alcohol. Proper rehabilitation can facilitate an end to the behaviors that fuel addictive practices. Individual therapy combined with group and experiential activity help to develop new ways of thinking and new behaviors.
When rehab is completed, an effective aftercare plan can be integral to assisting the alcohol addiction recovery. Through case management and developing strong ties with the alumni support system, our clients begin to create a sober life. Therápia provides every graduate of our drug rehab program with a plan to continue this process. Ultimately, it is still up to the individual whether successful recovery is obtained. The right elements of support and participation in aftercare programs can ease the process.
Therápia is a beautiful option for Utah and Las Vegas alcohol rehab.
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