Alcohol Addiction Treatment
When alcohol becomes an obsession, it can be hard to focus on life’s daily pleasures. But with the help of a treatment program and ongoing support, even deep-set cases of alcoholism can be addressed, amended, and resolved.
Signs of alcoholism can include:
Tolerance to the impact of alcohol, so more drinking is required to bring about the same effect
Withdrawal symptoms between bouts of drinking
Loss of control over how much or how often alcohol is consumed
A wish to stop drinking, but an inability to follow through
A tight focus on alcohol, leading to neglect of one’s job, family, friends, or hobbies
Continued use of alcohol, even though it leads to problems
Types of Alcoholics
The first type, defined as the young adult subtype, includes young adult drinkers who don’t have family histories of alcoholism or co-occurring mental illnesses.
The second type, known as the young antisocial subtype, also includes young adult drinkers. These people do have a family history of alcoholism, and they also have co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions to other substances.
The third type, the functional sub-type, is middle-aged and successful with a stable job and a supportive family. These are people with a family history of alcoholism, and about a quarter of them have a history of depression.
The fourth type, the intermediate familial subtype, includes middle-aged people with a family history of alcoholism and a prior depressive episode.
The fifth type, the chronic severe sub-type, includes middle-aged people with family histories of alcoholism, a history of mental illness, and addictions to other substances.