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: Our psychiatrists, internal medicine physicians, nurses and therapists are not only experts in prescription drug abuse and addiction treatment. They also have a comprehensive understanding of other psychiatric, psychological and medical conditions that may lie at the root of misuse of prescription medications. They assess each woman’s entire history of substance abuse, as well as symptoms of pain, anxiety and depression. They may uncover related addictions, such as alcoholism, that may have developed prior to or along with long-term dependence on prescription drugs.
Treatment: Despite the potentially lethal damage that heavy drinking does to the body—including cancer, heart problems, and liver disease the social consequences can be just as devastating. Alcoholics and alcohol abusers are much more likely to get divorced, have problems with domestic violence, struggle with unemployment, and live in poverty. But even if you’re able to succeed at work or hold your marriage together, you can’t escape the effects that alcoholism and alcohol abuse has on your personal relationships. Drinking problems put an enormous strain on the people closest to you.