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Widely available in all 50 states, advertised regularly and a regular presence in most people’s lives, it can be easy to forget that alcohol is an addictive drug. And although most drinkers are able to control their alcohol use, the consequences for those who can’t are devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 80,000 deaths each year in the U.S. are attributed to excessive alcohol use – indeed, alcohol abuse has become the third-highest cause of death in the U.S.

Whether it’s due to genetics, family history or an attempt to self-medicate for trauma or a mental disorder, Sovereign Health knows how harmful untreated alcoholism can be. We offer alcoholism treatment for women in Arizona at our Chandler treatment facility. Our alcohol rehab facility offers expert alcoholism treatment as well as treatment for mental disorders and trauma.

Abusing Alcohol

Ethanol, also called ethyl alcohol, is produced when yeasts ferment sugar. It’s the active ingredient found in every alcoholic beverage, from light beer to spirits. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, and its use has been recorded since ancient times.

Many people consume alcohol regularly and are able to control their use of the drug – even when experiencing its effects. However, like every other psychoactive drug, alcohol is addictive. Unlike most other psychoactive drugs, however, alcohol is also legal, frequently advertised and easy to obtain.

The phrase “alcohol abuse” refers to a behavior pattern. An alcohol abuser continues to harmfully use alcohol despite experiencing negative consequences – job difficulties, blackouts, health problems, DUI arrests and so on. There are two forms of alcohol abuse:

  • Alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism. This involves a person engaging in drinking large amounts of alcohol over a long-term period,
  • Binge drinking, which involves consuming large amounts of alcohol with the express goal of getting drunk. For women, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as consisting of four or more drinks consumed in a two-hour period.

Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

  • Drinking in high-risk or dangerous situations
  • Having to drink more to achieve the same effects
  • Feeling out of control or guilty while or after drinking
  • Spending more and more time drinking, or recovering from drinking sessions

Red Flags of Alcohol Abuse

  • Legal problems resulting from drinking
  • Causing physical harm to another person while drunk
  • Drinking interfering with work, school or normal daily functioning
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking which may indicate the need for help from an alcohol detox center

Alcohol Inside the Body

Alcohol enters the bloodstream via the stomach shortly after being consumed. Once in the bloodstream, it’s distributed around the entire body. In the brain, alcohol impairs areas controlling balance, memory and thought. It also interferes with the brain’s messaging network, causing the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Although moderate drinking generally causes no long-term issues, heavy drinking over a long period of time creates many serious health problems. In addition to damaging internal organs like the stomach, heart, liver and pancreas, the severe judgment impairment heavy drinking causes puts the user at risk for accidents, assaults and even death. Also, like other addictive substances it’s possible to build up a tolerance to alcohol’s effects over time, requiring the user to consume more alcohol in order to achieve the same effects. Eventually, the body will learn it needs alcohol to function, causing addiction as well as withdrawal symptoms when alcohol isn’t available.

Binge drinking has its own hazards. A person who drinks heavily only on the weekend may tell themselves they don’t have a problem, but they face the same health risks as a long-term habitual drinker. Additionally, because binge drinkers often consume large amounts of alcohol very quickly, they run the risk of alcohol poisoning.

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Getting Help for Alcohol Abuse

Realizing that one has a problem and needs help is a critical step in alcoholism treatment. However, recovering from any substance can be nearly impossible on one’s own. Sovereign Health’s safe, comfortable alcohol rehab center in Chandler provides expert addiction care for women – particularly for those individuals dealing with trauma in addition to addiction.

Sovereign takes a holistic view towards treatment – we don’t merely treat the physical symptoms of alcohol abuse, we also address the complex mental and behavioral causes which drive addiction. At Sovereign, patients can utilize traditional methods such as psychotherapy along with alternative treatment like yoga, neurofeedback and meditation to gain the tools to deal with their problems.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

Sovereign Health’s Chandler facility has one of the leading alcohol treatment programs in Arizona. Why?

  • Our Arizona center is specifically geared towards women
  • We make use of the latest evidence-based treatment modalities
  • We are fully licensed by the state of Arizona

A healthier life can start today – call our 24/7 helpline for more information on our alcohol rehab.

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