Alcohol Use Disorder
Symptoms and Dangers Of Alcohol Use DisorderAlcohol Use Disorder is a chronic disease that changes a person's behaviour causing aggression, agitation and compulsive behaviour. Alcohol addiction will have a negative impact on the entire family.
Depending on the alcoholic's mood or circumstances prior to drinking the alcoholic's mood will change. They will show signs of anxiety, euphoria, general discontent, guilt, or loneliness and will show signs of intimidation, sarcasm, self-destructive behaviour and will become totally dominant over spouse and family members, and pick on and bad mouth family members.
Drinking too much alcohol can cause major health issues such as liver disease which can result in liver failure. Wrinkles and broken blood vessels are signs of an aged alcoholic.
Signs Of An Alcoholic
- Problems controlling how much you drink
- Problems controlling how you treat loved ones
- Being preoccupied with alcohol and neglecting family and work
- Continuing to use alcohol even when it causes family and work problems
- Having to drink more to get the same effect
- Having withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking
- Binge drinking
If drinking results in problems functioning in your daily life, you likely have alcohol use disorder (AUD) which can range from a mild disorder to severe disorder. Mild disorders can escalate, so early treatment is important. Alcohol abuse and co-occurring substance use usually work hand in hand (combining alcohol with a prescription or illicit drugs)
Alcohol Use Disorder TestThe Alcohol Use Disorders Test Identification Test (AUDIT) is a simple way to screen and identify individuals at risk of alcohol problems. The 10 questions multiple-choice questionnaire is not only FUN but its FREE! (no sign-up, or obligations)
Alcohol Use Disorder TreatmentThere is no one-size-fits-all solution for alcohol use disorder, treatment can range from the 12-step program to 28 days in a residential treatment centre, or longer.
Residential treatment programs are more based on Behavioral Treatments which is also known as alcohol counselling to prevent relapse — behavioural therapy can help addicts develop skills to avoid and overcome triggers, such as stress, that might lead to relapse.
Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy is part of the program with a therapist or in small groups. This type of therapy focuses on identifying the cause of the addict's alcohol abuse disorder and manages stress that could lead to relapse.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy helps to build and strengthen motivation to change addicts drinking behaviour.
Depending on the severeness, treatment may range from outpatient treatment with counselling to inpatient treatment in a residential treatment centre which may involve detox in a hospital, usually between 3/5 days for detox which is performed by a qualified doctor.