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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disorder that can impact people from all walks of life. Experts have tried to pinpoint factors such as race, sex, genetics, or socioeconomic status that may predispose someone to alcoholism, but there’s no single cause. Genetic, behavioral, and psychological factors can all contribute to someone developing this disorder. 

Alcoholism can cause changes to a person’s brain and neurochemistry, so a person with this disorder may not be able to control their actions. Some people drink all day, while others binge drink and stay sober for a few days until they repeat this cycle. A doctor will typically diagnose someone with an alcohol addiction if they depend on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended amount of time.

Types of Alcohol Problems

Although alcohol dependence is the most severe stage of alcoholism, there are other less severe drinking problems, such as:

Binge drinking: Binge drinking means having five or more drinks in one session for men and four or more for women. This type of drinking is the most common drinking problem for people under age 21. 

Alcohol abuse: Binge drinking becomes alcohol abuse when a person’s drinking habits begin to cause problems, but they’re unable to stop. The person will keep drinking despite continued interpersonal, social, or legal complications. 

Alcohol dependence: Alcohol abuse becomes alcohol dependence when a person experiences cravings for alcohol and withdrawal symptoms. Ultimately, it leads to an increased tolerance to alcohol so that they have to drink more to become intoxicated. 

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Unfortunately, alcohol addiction can be challenging to detect. Unlike other addictive substances, alcohol is widely available and normalized in most cultures. Moreover, it’s usually front and center in social events and linked to celebrations. 

Drinking is a part of life for most adults, and it can be hard to tell the difference between someone who likes to celebrate with a few drinks and someone feeding an addiction. 

Symptoms of alcohol addiction include:

  • Increased quantity or frequency of use
  • High tolerance for alcohol, leading to a lack of hangover symptoms
  • Drinking at inappropriate times, such as for breakfast or at work
  • Only going to social events where alcohol is available
  • Changes in relationships – someone with alcohol addiction might only associate with others who drink heavily
  • Cutting off loved ones
  • Hiding alcohol, or hiding while drinking
  • Dependence on alcohol to be able to complete everyday tasks
  • Energy depletion, depression, or other emotional issues
  • Legal or professional problems, such as a person being arrested or losing their job

It’s crucial to pay attention to the early signs of addiction, as they tend to worsen over time. If identified and treated early, someone with an addiction may be able to avoid the significant consequences of this disorder.

Health Complications

Alcohol addiction can lead to heart failure and liver disease; sadly, both can be fatal. It can result in the following:

  • Ulcers
  • Diabetes
  • Sexual problems
  • Bone loss
  • Congenital disabilities
  • Vision problems
  • Heightened risk of cancer
  • Weakened immune system

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Treating alcohol addiction can be challenging, and success depends on a person’s willingness to become sober. The recovery process usually involves reaching out to support groups, participating in drug therapy, and incorporating nutritional changes. Some people turn to an in-patient recovery center that can provide them with the care and tools they need to manage their condition.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!

Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!

Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!

Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.

BRIAN MEYER

Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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