Pathophysiology: Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are due to many interconnected factors, including genetics, how you were raised, your social environment, and your emotional health. Some racial groups, such as American Indians and Native Alaskans, are more at risk than others of developing alcohol addiction. People who have a family history of alcoholism or who associate closely with heavy drinkers are more likely to develop drinking problems.
Symptoms: Repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work, or school because of your drinking. For example, performing poorly at work, flunking classes, neglecting your kids, or skipping out on commitments because you’re hung over. Using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous, such as drinking and driving, operating machinery while intoxicated, or mixing alcohol with prescription medication against doctor’s orders. Experiencing repeated legal problems on account of your drinking. For example, getting arrested for driving under the influence or for drunk and disorderly conduct.
Treatment: The most successful approaches to substance abuse treatment and recovery consider all available information about a resident and leverage the experience of our entire staff to customize each woman’s treatment program. This collaborative approach is one of the distinguishing elements of prescription drug addiction treatment at a leading rehab centre like Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center. It’s also one of the reasons why so many leading outpatient drug abuse and addiction specialists refer to us their patients who need more intensive treatment, or who have struggled to sustain recovery in an outpatient setting.