Alcohol dependency is a condition that occurs when a patient becomes physically and/or psychologically dependent on alcohol. Patients with this condition experience strong cravings for alcohol and may experience severe symptoms if they try to stop drinking. Alcohol dependency isn’t the same as alcohol abuse. Many people who abuse alcohol aren’t yet dependent on it. However, continuous alcohol abuse usually leads to dependency.
Alcohol dependency occurs when a patient drinks alcohol regularly, usually in significant amounts. Over time, the body becomes accustomed to having alcohol. If the patient stops consuming alcohol, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, including:
In extreme cases, seizures and even death can occur because of alcohol withdrawal.
For most patients with alcohol dependence, the body will also build a tolerance to alcohol. When this occurs, they will need to continue increasing their intake of alcohol to get the same effect.
If a patient comes to New Hope Recovery House with a suspected alcohol dependency, the staff will begin by conducting a thorough evaluation of the patient to determine whether a dependency exists. If the staff concludes that the patient is dependent on alcohol, they will recommend treatment options to help the patient overcome their dependence and recover.
For most patients with alcohol dependence, the first step in treatment is detoxification. During this part of the treatment process, patients will likely experience symptoms of withdrawal as the alcohol leaves their system and their body adjusts to its absence. The team at New Hope Recovery House will work closely with the patient during this time to make sure that their detoxification is as safe and comfortable as possible. They will also provide supportive services to help the patient deal with cravings.
After detoxification, the patient will need continuing services to support their recovery, including:
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