When a person has an addiction to alcohol, alcohol rehab is their best chance at overcoming their addiction. However, a large number of people do not realize the benefits that they can get from alcohol rehab.
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Alcohol rehab is a type of alcohol addiction (alcoholism) treatment that occurs in a residential treatment center setting. This means that, as opposed to outpatient treatment in which the person remains at home and then goes to treatment a few times a week, the person will temporarily move into the rehab facility for the full duration of their treatment. When a person makes the choice to take temporary leave of their life at home to go through their addiction treatment, they are making the decision to focus themselves completely on their treatment and recovery from their addiction.
Instead of going to a few therapy sessions a week for several months, they will spend a few weeks in a treatment center and be through the entire process. They will also be making the preemptive choice to prevent themselves from relapsing during the addiction treatment process because they will not be able to get their hands on any alcohol when they are going through treatment.
Alcohol abuse can be characterized in broad terms as the misuse of alcohol. Oftentimes, the term alcohol abuse does not refer to just one instant in which a person misuses, but rather the chronic (repeated) misuse of the substance. When a person misuses, they most often are over-consuming or overusing. They may also be consuming it to deal with issues such as depression, stress at home or work, or to deal with grief. All of these are inappropriate uses of alcohol and therefore constitute abuse. When a person abuses alcohol, they usually do so in two ways. These are:
Binge drinking occurs when a person consumes large amounts in a short period of time. Generally, the amount that can be deemed binge drinking is between three or four or more alcoholic beverages in an hour (possible two hours at most). The groups of people who binge drink the most often are young adults between 18 and 34 (college-age and above), and older adults 55 or older.
Blackout drinking is also known as alcohol-induced anterograde amnesia. What this means is that once in the body and bloodstream, it interferes with the normal activities of the brain that work to take current sensations, thoughts, feelings, and experiences and make them into memories that the person can access or recall at a later time. This ability to form new memories will not return until the amount in a person’s body is reduced.
When a person begins to abuse it, they will change in numerous ways. These changes manifest themselves as signs of addiction. Some of these include:
When a person stops consuming alcohol, they will go through withdrawals as a result. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include: