As our country struggles with the current and overwhelming numbers of people struggling with opioid addiction, alcohol addiction still continues to be the most addictive substance that people abuse. Certain individuals have a chemical makeup that causes them be more susceptible to alcohol addiction and, not everyone who uses alcohol ends up becoming addicted. It is very important for someone struggling with alcohol addiction themselves or with a family member to understand that alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction are two different things.
Alcohol addiction or addiction to any kind of drug like opiates can be defined as a physical and psychological dependency on that particular substance. People who have been affected by the addiction to alcohol often develop a tolerance, causing them to consume even more to continue getting the same effect. Many continue consuming the drugs and alcohol long after they start experiencing problems both physical and emotional that related to alcohol and drug abuse.
One advantage that alcohol abusers have over the alcoholics is the ability to put certain limits on their rate of drinking. But despite all that, the use of alcohol and other drugs are dangerous and self-destructive to the users and their families.
In most cases, people who suffer from alcohol abuse do not show the same signs of alcoholism. The kind of symptoms that a person experiences are based on a myriad of factors such as medical history and background of a person.
An alcoholic is a person who depends on alcohol to carry out their duties or is physically compelled to drink. The first major warning sign of alcoholism is tolerance while the second major sign is withdrawal. Other signs include:
A great number of people knowingly mix their alcohol with other addictive substances like opiates, seizure medications, antidepressants, et al.
This is mostly done with a clear intention of compounding effects of the two drugs and attaining a higher level of intoxication.
One thing that these individuals fail to recognize is that apart from the higher intoxication, there can also be an addictive and synergized influence of the various side effects that both of these drugs bring. The health complications that arise as a result of combining two drugs like opium and alcohol can be very serious.
People who drink and use other drugs like opium often cause fights and conflict within the family, blow through the budget of the family making their drugs or alcohol the financial priority, and eventually impair the happiness and health of their loved ones.
Studies show that 60 to 70% of married couples who get involved in physical altercations are addicted to alcohol or opiates. In certain times, the members of a family may want to inadvertently keep the addiction alive or end up developing symptoms of codependency, even though it might continue to harm them.
Some treatments are outpatient, allowing the person struggling with addiction to stay in their own home while attending therapy sessions and undergoing other forms of treatment to break free from their dependency.
When a person finishes a treatment program they have a better understanding of their problem and have the tools now to live a full live free from dependency.