Addiction to alcohol has been classified as a mental disorder for many years, with alcohol abuse listed as a separate diagnosis in the official manual of mental disorders in 1980. Now formally known as alcohol use disorder, this illness affects an estimated 12.7% of Americans today, making it the most commonly diagnosed substance use disorder. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, you are far from alone. Millions of people are impacted by alcoholism, from those diagnosed with alcohol use disorder to their families and friends. At The Kimberly Center, we understand deeply how alcohol addiction can enter your life and refuse to leave. It is our mission to help you take control of your addiction and to work with you to help you identify the right ways for you to live a productive and sober life.
What is Alcohol Addiction?
Addiction occurs when you abuse a psychoactive substance, like alcohol, that alters the way your brain produces certain chemicals. When these changes happen in your brain, your emotions and sensations are thrown out of balance — some parts of the brain become overactive and some function less than they should. Over time, your body can become accustomed to the influence of alcohol and what was once healthy and sober brain activity can start to feel wrong. You may feel more “normal” while you are drinking, but when you stop you may feel depressed, anxious or ill. Addiction is typically characterized by feeling compelled to use alcohol to feel good even though you know it is damaging your health and your life.
Signs of Alcohol Addiction
Some common signs of alcohol addiction include:
- Binge drinking
- Drinking alone or at inappropriate times
- Lying about drinking habits
- Sudden personality changes
- Lethargy or disinterest in typical hobbies and responsibilities
- Aggressive behavior or irritability
If you or a loved one may be addicted to or abusing alcohol, you should contact The Kimberly Center or an addiction recovery resource in your area right away. Diagnosis by a professional healthcare provider is the best way to get help and make sure you or your loved one receives the right kind of treatment.
Treating Alcohol Addiction
Medically speaking, there is no genuine cure for addiction — however, you can live a life free of addiction and substance abuse with the right kind of care and management. Short-term detox programs can ensure that you overcome the withdrawal process safely, while long-term therapy and support will keep you on the road to recovery. Since every person’s experience with alcohol addiction is different, treatment is often most successful when the care you receive is individualized and when your therapy plan focuses on your needs. At The Kimberly Center, our programs are designed to be customized. We offer a range of services that can be combined to fit your background, lifestyle and schedule, including:
Contact The Kimberly Center
The Kimberly Center is proud to provide evidence-based, compassionate addiction treatment for adults in Fort Myers, Florida. We focus on giving you the attention and tools you need to learn to live your life completely substance-free, emphasizing your inner strength and the importance of a strong support system. To learn more about the services we offer and to find out if our programs are right for you or someone close to you, contact us today at 855-452- 3683.