Are You an Alcoholic?
If you’re here, you might be looking for help. And that’s great. We’re here to help.
The information below is designed to help you gauge your experience with alcohol. If you have questions or concerns, just reach out to us at Ivory Plains Recovery Center. We’re here to answer questions and to help you on your path to sobriety.
Alcoholism is among the top five preventable causes of death.
In fact, 1 in 5 deaths in the US among adults aged 20 to 49 is from excessive drinking. Before you become a statistic, learn where you stand, be honest about your situation, and seek help. You can get better, but you can’t do it alone.
The First Signs of
If any of the scenarios below are recurrent within the past 12 months, it could be an indication of alcoholism.
If you or a loved one…
…it may be time to consider seeking help for alcohol addiction.
Alcoholism is a disease based in the brain. Initially, someone abusing alcohol drinks to achieve the high: feeling relaxed and sleepy, sometimes silly. However, in many cases, the long-term effects of drinking can change the way your brain reacts when you consume alcohol, evolving into a craving for the high. Genetic makeup also plays a factor in your risk of alcoholism.
The following are some of the typical characteristics of a progressed alcohol addiction:
Increased cravings — you need to drink.
Once you’ve started drinking, you can’t stop. You often drink to the point of belligerence, “blackout,” or aggression.
You need to consume more alcohol than you used to in order to achieve the same effects - the “high” your brain craves.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment in IOWA
Although there is no cure for alcoholism, millions of people seek help to achieve and maintain sobriety. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, and Ivory Plains is here to help you continue moving forward on the path to recovery.
During intake, we’ll learn your health history, the depths of your addiction, and your individual circumstances and preferences. From here, we’ll build a customized program that will help you detox, deal with challenging withdrawal, learn how to combat triggers and avoid relapse, and life skills needed to create a strong forward path while you do the work necessary to earn back trust with your loved ones.
For more information about Ivory Plains Recovery Center, contact us at (888) 707-0044.
How Substance Use Disorder Can Affect Families
Alcoholism has been called a “family disease,” because it affects one out of every four families in America. Often, a loved one’s alcoholism disrupts the entire family dynamic, resulting in long-term damage to the person’s relationship with their spouse, children, or parents.
Unfortunately, children are the ones who suffer the most when a parent abuses alcohol because they are the most vulnerable. Children of alcoholics are at a high risk of long-term psychological and emotional distress, including low self-esteem, loneliness, guilt, feelings of helplessness, fears of abandonment, and chronic depression.
When alcoholism occurs in marriages, it leads to an inability to communicate with one another. This can leave severe strains on the relationship. Research shows that miscommunication in a marriage decreases feelings of trust and unity, which increases the likelihood of divorce.
Also known as dual diagnosis, nearly 9 million American addicts also suffer from mental health disorders like
- bipolar disorder
- compulsive behavior.
Ivory Plains has mental health professionals on staff who perform evaluations to determine if the client is experiencing co-occurring conditions. When a patient is dually diagnosed, their treatment plan becomes one that focuses on both the addiction and the mental health conditions.