Alcoholism is alcohol addiction and is now called alcohol use disorder. Approximately 17 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and 1 in 10 children live in a home with a parent who has a drinking problem.  Alcoholism occurs when you drink so much that your body eventually becomes dependent on or addicted to alcohol. With this alcohol dependence, you will continue to drink even when drinking causes negative consequences, like losing a job or destroying relationships with people you love. Therefore, we suggest that if your condition is severe, you may need to seek alcoholism treatment at an inpatient facility.
Symptoms are based on the behaviors and physical outcomes that occur as a result of alcohol addiction.
If you are an alcoholic, you may engage in the following behaviors:
- Drinking alone
- Making excuses to drink
- Neglecting personal hygiene
- Being unable to control alcohol intake
- Missing work or school because of drinking
- Drinking more to feel the effects of alcohol
- Becoming violent or angry when asked about their drinking habits
- Continuing to drink even when legal, social, or economic problems develop
- Giving up important social, occupational, or recreational activities because of alcohol use
You may also experience the following physical symptoms:
- Alcohol cravings
- Lapses in memory (blacking out) after a night of drinking
- Tremors (involuntary shaking) the morning after drinking
- Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, including shaking, nausea, and vomiting
- Illnesses, such as alcoholic ketoacidosis (includes dehydration-type symptoms) or cirrhosis
Professional Diagnosis for Alcoholism Treatment
There will be a physical exam and questionnaire about your drinking habits for you to be diagnosed with alcoholism or alcohol use disorder. There is a chance also that your doctor may order blood work to check your liver function, and if you show signs or symptoms of liver disease. In fact, alcoholism can cause serious and lasting damage to your liver. Your liver is responsible for removing toxins from your blood. When you drink too much alcohol, your liver has a harder time filtering the other toxins from your bloodstream, and the alcohol itself.
As alcoholism can severely damage your liver, it can also lead to other health complications, including:
- Nerve damage
- Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
- Cancer in the gastrointestinal tract
- Bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract
- High blood pressure
- Damage to brain cells
- Changes in mental status, including Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (a brain disease that causes symptoms such as confusion, vision changes, or memory loss)
Risk Factors and Causes of Alcoholism
You may be at a greater risk for alcohol addiction if you are:
- Having low self-esteem
- Experiencing a high level of stress
- A young adult experiencing peer pressure
- Having a close relative with alcohol use disorder
- Living in a family or culture where alcohol use is common and accepted
- Suffering from a mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia
- Drinking more than 5 drinks per day at least once a week or also known as binge drinking
Alcoholism develops when you drink so much that chemical changes in the brain occur. Given that, these changes increase the pleasurable feelings you get when you drink alcohol. It will make you want to drink more often, even if it causes you harm. Eventually, the pleasurable feelings associated with alcohol use go away and the person with alcohol use disorder will engage in drinking again to prevent withdrawal symptoms. Furthermore, alcohol use disorder typically develops gradually over time. In addition, it is known to run in families.
Alcoholism Treatment and Detox at We Level Up NJ
If you are an alcoholic, your very first step in recovery should be to medical detox in a safe and medically supervised setting. We Level Up NJ Detox center medically assist patients to clear their systems of addictive substances, such as alcohol.
For anyone who suffers from addiction, just the thought of having to stop using can cause severe mental distress. But, with the help of a medical detox center, the medical detox process is managed. A comprehensive team prescribing medications can alleviate your withdrawal pains while monitoring your health 24 hours. Assuring both your safety and comfort.
At Level Up NJ, our thorough approach to rehabilitation supports several levels of care to ensure the best possible outcome for every patient who enters our doors. From an intensive and more supportive atmosphere for those in the early days of recovery to a comfortable residential-style living dynamic upon completion of detox, we are here to help guide you down the safe and results-based path to your sobriety.
Some of the many modalities applied within our residential treatment facility are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- 12-Step Groups
- Group Therapy
- Alumni Support
- Holistic Therapy
Once detox is complete, a new doorway in treatment opens up, which is referred to as a residential level of care. Our residential care program slowly and effectively introduces the individual into an atmosphere of therapeutic growth, marked by master’s level therapists, clinicians, group counselors, psychiatrists, and a community of like-minded individuals with the same aim: to attain sobriety and live a great life.
We Level Up NJ Treatment
Our treatment center is a multi-faceted drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment center with a dual diagnosis program. Our team uses evidence-based proven methods to generate cutting-edge solutions to substance abuse and behavioral health challenges targeted towards families and individuals. We work to improve the health of the public and of individuals from every treatment opportunity. This includes constant research and innovation on substance abuse and mental health treatment models paired with individuals in a conducive environment.
First and foremost, we believe that you, our guest, should be treated with dignity and respect.
Furthermore, recovery at We Level Up NJ Treatment Center utilizes a multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach. We incorporate a variety of proven treatments that provide you or your loved one with opportunities for the most optimal treatment outcome: long-term sobriety. Our treatment focuses on symptom reduction, as well as the development of healthy coping skills, and spiritual growth, in order for our guests to attain an independent life that is filled with purpose, health, hope, and fulfillment. We Level Up NJ also includes evidence-based therapeutic practices and offers support to family members and loved ones, friends, and the community at large.
If you or someone you love is seeking a safe, secure, and compassionate resource for alcoholism treatment, We Level Up NJ is here for you. Call us and speak with an addiction counselor today about our levels of care.
 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism