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Alcohol is a staple in American culture. People consume alcohol at weddings, parties, and around the holidays, and even workplaces organize happy hours to promote team bonding. Even having a drink at the end of a long day or week is normalized. Though not everyone who drinks has an alcohol problem, the numbers don’t lie about alcoholism being a problem for many in the United States—according to the NSDUH, 14.5 million people aged 12 and older qualified for having some form of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2019 alone.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with alcohol addiction, you may benefit from the professional and guided treatment at Vita Recovery. Located in downtown Miami, our alcohol addiction treatment programs are run by certified and licensed professionals, including therapists and psychiatrists, and our facility boasts a number of modern and luxurious amenities to make you feel comfortable as you begin your journey to recovery.

For evidence-based addiction treatment that greatly increases your chances of reducing relapse, call our office at (305) 707-0047. You can also contact us online for service in English and Spanish.

What Causes Alcohol Addiction?

Alcoholism often stems from drinking for long periods of time. After developing a drinking habit, your brain will adapt and come to rely on alcohol to produce certain chemicals, which is why it can be extremely challenging and virtually impossible for drinkers to quit, even if they want to. Anyone can develop an addiction to alcohol, though there are also many studies pinpointing specific factors that can put people at a higher risk of developing alcohol abuse disorders.

Factors that can play a role in the development of alcoholism in people include:

  • Genetic factors: People with a family history of alcohol or drug abuse are more likely to develop an alcohol issue. Research has shown that some chemicals in the brain can make a person more susceptible to alcohol abuse, and these genes are passed down through generations. Additionally, mental illness is hereditary, and there is a lot of research showing links between mental disorders and alcohol abuse as a way to cope with symptoms.

  • Environmental factors: There’s also research showing that early exposure to alcohol may increase a person’s risk of developing alcoholism later in life, such as being around family members or in an environment where drinking is constant or present. People who experience trauma in their lives like sexual abuse or domestic violence are also more likely to abuse alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Additional factors that can contribute to alcohol addiction include high levels of stress, peer pressure, and issues with anger or frustration.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse/ Addiction:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Irritability and extreme mood swings
  • Making more excuses to drink
  • Drinking alone
  • Changes in appearance

How Alcoholism Impacts Your Life

Heavy drinking and alcohol addiction can lead to a wide range of consequences and is detrimental to your health, relationships, and overall well-being. Even when a person’s life is falling apart, if they have an addiction, it can feel impossible to stop using and resist giving into cravings, especially when you begin to go through unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the most common effects that alcohol addiction has on a person’s life include:

  • Strained relationships: You may have been caught stealing from a loved one to buy more booze, or perhaps your family members have already made comments about your drinking. Whatever the exact case is, alcohol addiction is known to have negative impacts on people’s relationships with family and friends.

  • Development of mental disorders: Alcohol is a depressant, and though being drunk can make you feel happy and relaxed, research shows that alcohol can actually fuel depression, anxiety, lethargy, and other mental issues over time.

  • Decreased in performance: Whether you’re at work or in school, evidence shows that addiction can lead to lower performance, which makes sense when you consider the fact that people with addictions are likely to spend much of their time thinking about or acquiring more alcohol. A skipped class can result in you missing tests, and sleeping in can lead to you missing an important presentation at work.

Alcohol addiction can also have long-term effects on your health and lead to heart and liver damage, muscle cramps, fatigue, birth defects, lung infections, cancer, and more.

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction

  • Stomach ulcers
  • Heart damage
  • Stoke
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Nerve damage
  • Anxiety

When Do I Need to Seek Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

Despite what many people think, you don’t need to have completely ruined your life and hit rock bottom to seek help for alcohol addiction. There are many programs out there, including our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP) that serve individuals who may not necessarily require inpatient treatment.

If you’re unable to quit drinking or alcohol has negatively impacted your life and caused symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, and more, you can benefit from rehab. At Vita Recovery, rehab is about much more than quitting drinking—it’s a place where you can reconnect with yourself, find support from others, and learn healthy habits and skills you can apply to your everyday life in order to find happiness and purpose.

Alcohol Addiction FAQ

  • Does alcohol impact everyone the same way?
    Alcohol does not impact everyone identically. Due to various factors about your physical health, like your metabolism, age, and weight, alcohol will impact you uniquely from anyone else. Unique psychological details about yourself will also change how you feel after imbibing alcohol. If you know that you only need one drink to start feeling the negative and painful effects of intoxication, then you should know to stay away from alcohol as much as you can.
  • Is alcoholism a disease?
    In many medical and recovery contexts, alcoholism is considered a disease. People who live with alcoholism are affected by it as they would from any other chronic disease, and they also seek treatments from it throughout their lives. The classification of alcoholism as a disease is not universally accepted. Although, no matter what alcoholism is called, it is still dangerous, and anyone with an alcohol use disorder would be right to fight it with various treatments and therapies.
  • Is alcoholism inherited?
    Recent scientific studies have found that alcoholism or alcohol use disorder might not strike randomly. Instead, it appears that people can inherit a higher-than-normal likelihood of alcohol addiction through their genetics. In other words, if your parents and your grandparents all struggled with alcohol addiction, then you could be at an innately greater risk of becoming addicted to alcohol yourself.

Our Miami alcohol addiction treatment is customizable for each patient and designed to help you live happy and fulfilling lives in recovery. Learn more today by calling (305) 707-0047.

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