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The Leading Alcohol Addiction Treatment For Young Adults

Are you or a loved one struggling with alcohol addiction? We’re here to provide the support and guidance you need. At BLVD Treatment Center members learn to conquer alcohol addiction through evidence-based treatment methods and cutting-edge therapies.

Alcoholism Treatment With Care and Substance 

Each indivdual who seeks alcohol addiction treatment requires much more than education about their disease and instruction about the steps in the recovery process.

  • They requires constant attention to her symptoms and to any health complications from alcoholism.

  • They need emotional support as she develops awareness of how alcohol abuse has impacted their life and loved ones.

  • They require compassion, understanding and recovery coaching from staff that recognize the crucial step they have taken by seeking to overcome alcoholism at a residential addiction treatment center.

At BLVD Treatment Center, our integrated team of counselors, medical professionals and licensed professional are know more than drug and alcohol addiction. They work with the individual on a individual basis. 

Our staff employs a holistic treatment approach. Members of our team understand the numerous psychiatric, psychological and medical conditions that can contribute to alcoholism, and frustrate an individuals efforts to stay sober.

This expertise equips us to assess each person's entire history of drug and alcohol abuse in context of other emotional, physical or family challenges. Such a comprehensive assessment can allow us to differentiate alcoholism from situations when drinking alcohol compulsively may be related to a pre-existing eating disorder, or to symptoms of major depression, an anxiety disorder, or chronic pain.

When we encounter these cases, referred to as co-occurring disorders, BLVD Treatment Center is fully equipped to treat these symptoms at the same time a woman, man, or trans is addressing thier alcohol abuse. In fact, given our reputation, leading alcohol rehab centers commonly refer people with other co-occurring disorders to BLVD Treatment Center. 

Our substance abuse treatment staff also has the expertise to untangle other addictions, such as prescription drug dependence or marijuana abuse.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction?

Alcoholism is a serious medical disease with signs and symptoms that vary depending on the amount and frequency of consumption. Progressing alcoholism will significantly disrupt the lives of users and their families.

Physical signs of alcohol overconsumption and intoxication are recognizable by most adults:

  • Slurred or incoherent speech

  • Poor balance and clumsiness

  • Delayed reflexes

  • Stomach pains, vomiting or nausea

  • Loss of consciousness or blacking-out

  • Redness of the face during or after periods of consumption

 

It is possible for a person to reach a level of intoxication that becomes life-threatening (alcohol poisoning). The respiratory system becomes depressed, and the person will stop breathing.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Progressive increases in the frequency and quantity of alcohol consumption can begin to produce more serious medical symptoms of alcoholism. Someone abusing alcohol makes drinking a central activity of her life, displacing healthy activity and relationships, and resulting in negative consequences. Alcohol abusers often maintain some capacity to recognize situations that lead to over-consumption, and to regulate their alcohol intake. Signs of alcohol abuse include:
 

  • Loss of control over amount consumed once they begin drinking

  • Regular inattention to family and professional obligations

  • Dangerous behaviors that carry risk of legal, financial and/or health consequences for themselves and others

  • Increase in expressions of anger or other emotions, especially in inappropriate settings

  • Insomnia, which may be followed by oversleeping

Signs of Alcohol Dependence (Alcoholism)

Untreated alcohol abuse can progress to an addiction to alcohol characterized by physical dependency and/or inability to stop despite serious consequences. Once they begin drinking, alcoholics have little to no control over the amount they consume. Alcohol dependence indicates that the user has made obtaining and consuming alcohol a predominant focus of her life. Signs and symptoms of alcohol dependence represent a serious medical illness:
 

  • Significant hangovers, and increase in time needed to recover from after-effects of alcohol use

  • Increased amount of alcohol consumed because of increased tolerance; or, decrease in the effects of alcohol use without substantial increases in the amount consumed

  • Reduced attention to personal and professional responsibilities

  • Acknowledgement of side effects of medical complications from alcoholism

  • Repeated unsuccessful efforts to reduce alcohol consumption

  • Withdrawal symptoms when unable to consume alcohol

 

Withdrawal Symptoms of Alcoholism

Long-term alcohol abuse and addiction put the user at risk for serious medical consequences if they attempt to stop alcohol consumption without proper medical advice and supervision. Alcoholism withdrawal symptoms indicate advanced addictive disease, and should not be dismissed:

  • Tremors, convulsions, or uncontrolled shaking of the hands (or even the entire body)

  • Profuse sweating, even in cold conditions

  • Extreme agitation or anxiety

  • Persistent insomnia

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Seizures

  • Hallucinations
     

Alcohol detoxification is poses greater health risks than other drugs. A sudden discontinuation of alcohol consumption can often induce a condition known as delirium tremens. A person can die as a direct result of alcohol withdrawal. Generally, medical detoxification is needed to safely discontinue heavy drinking.

What Are the Effects of Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction?

Long-term alcohol abuse poses great dangers to an alcoholic’s physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health. In addition to serious ramifications for the user’s career, family and friends, alcoholism can cause irreversible damage to critical organs and body systems:
 

  • Liver

  • Nervous system

  • Heart

  • Stomach (intestines)

  • Brain
     

Alcohol abuse and addiction also produce other medical side effects. Alcoholics frequently attribute these complications to other health conditions, as they attempt to avoid ownership of the consequences of their drinking. Common medical side effects include:
 

  • High blood pressure

  • Sexual problems

  • Cancer

  • Stomach problems

  • Osteoporosis, especially in women
     

Alcoholism often causes severe social consequences on a person’s life as well. Being drunk or hung over at work frequently results in termination from a job, leaving a person and her dependents in severe financial trouble. Domestic violence, marital conflict, legal problems and isolation from friends and family are also common results of alcohol abuse, which may be worsened by the presence of cooccurring anorexia or bulimia.

What Causes Alcoholism?

Although scientists cannot pinpoint specific reasons why alcoholism develops, they have identified several contributing factors. Genetic predisposition, environment, and mental health are the leading risk factors for developing this disease. These factors explain why members of a family with similar life experiences may respond to alcohol consumption in different ways. Even in families where alcohol abuse and addiction are prevalent, different members may respond very differently to treatment and face unique challenges in recovery.

Alcohol abuse and addiction are serious medical conditions that require treatment by chemical dependency specialists. Abruptly stopping alcohol consumption after extended use can result in serious medical complications, including death. Detoxification from alcohol dependence should not be attempted at home or without direction and supervision from a medical doctor. If you or your loved one are concerned you may be experiencing symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and are not under a physician’s care, call 911 for emergency assistance.

BLVD Treatment Center is a leading rehab and recovery facility for young adults suffering from alcohol abuse as well as other addictions, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders. Call us today or learn more about our alcohol treatment program.