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Why is Alcoholism Considered a Chronic Disease?

At the heart of Alcoholism is that all alcoholics will continue to deny that they have a problem with drinking. As a result, they will endure job loss, multiple DUI’s, and experience financial hardships, but still defend their drinking as only problematic. Then some alcoholics will admit that their drinking is out of control but cannot stop or have many failed attempts to quit. Both of these examples have in common the presence of denial and their unwillingness to surrender to the fact that they are alcoholics who need professional help.   Denial occurs because alcohol is the cure to how bad this person feels, and they will defend it no matter what.   Why is Alcoholism Considered a Chronic Disease?

Why Do Alcoholics Need to Drink?

Like regular drinkers, most alcoholics drink to relieve stress, social anxiety or have a good time at an event where alcohol is the main focus- bars, parties, wine-tasting, and nightclubs. However, alcoholics need to drink, and it is the answer to everything. It is futile to try and convince an alcoholic that they must give up the one thing that makes them feel included in life. Alcohol is the cure to the disease of Alcoholism. We now know that Alcoholism is a disease of the mind and emotions, and it is more about mental health than the drink. 

Why is Alcoholism Considered a Chronic Disease?

Alcoholism is considered a chronic disease like other chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and others; Alcoholism has no cure, and it can get worse or improve and carries a risk of relapse. The other factors that label Alcoholism a chronic disease have to do with what causes Alcoholism. It is a disease of the mind and emotions that stem from the following influencers: 

  • Genetic Link ( family history of alcoholism)
  • Environmental Influence ( presence of alcohol abuse in the home or environment)
  • History of trauma, abuse, or neglect
  • Diagnosed or Undiagnosed mental or mental health disorders 

How Does the Medical community Identify Alcoholism?

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism states that Alcoholism is now termed Alcohol Use Disorder. They reference how a person gets worse and the presence of denial if they are an alcoholic, and that there are now very effective treatments available for Alcoholism.  

Alcohol use disorder, AUD, (Alcoholism) is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. AUD s considered a brain disorder, and it can be mild, moderate, or severe. Lasting changes in the brain caused by alcohol misuse perpetuate AUD and make individuals vulnerable to relapse. The good news is that no matter how severe the problem may seem, evidence-based treatment with behavioral therapies, mutual-support groups, and medications can help people with AUD achieve and maintain recovery. (NIAAA)

What Programs Are Effective for Alcoholism?

When people need help to stop drinking, they must have a personalized treatment plan that reflects their needs for specific therapy types for trauma, depression, anxiety, or other emotional or mental health disorders. Evoke Wellness at Miramar provides cutting-edge, evidence-based forms of treatment, such as alcohol detox, that are proven to keep someone sober and happily alcohol-free. We also rely on safe and effective medications to support their recovery. In addition, we encourage spiritual development as it provides a foundation for their new lives. Evoke offers expert facilitators in all of the small groups and regular one-on-one counseling with a behavioral therapist. 

How Do I Help My Loved One Today?

To get help for your loved one who has a drinking problem, we urge you to get them into treatment when they say they are willing. All too often, an alcoholic will change their mind the minute they start to feel the emotional storm of alcohol withdrawal that is both physical and highly emotional. So please don’t delay and speak to one of our alcohol treatment specialists.   

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We have specialists who can intervene right now. So don’t let another day pass; we have the answer, and we have helped thousands of chronic alcoholics get sober and stay sober. Call now for priority admission and chat or email for more information.