Recognizing the Need for Help
Alcohol is so widely used and socially accepted that it can be difficult to recognize when it is being misused. More than 140 million people use alcohol in the U.S. alone, and while many people can drink alcohol without becoming addicted, it is a powerfully addictive substance that can ruin lives and relationships and contributes to 2 million deaths per year.
Degrees of alcohol use can vary, from binge drinking to heavy drinking. Binge drinking is classified as the consumption of five or more drinks in a single session. Heavy drinking is classified as having five or more episodes of binge drinking in a one month period. If your alcohol consumption meets these thresholds or if you exhibit the symptoms listed below, The Last Resort can help. We offer structured, evidence-based treatment programs for men in Austin who are struggling with alcohol addiction.
When someone is abusing alcohol, they may exhibit any or all of the following symptoms:
- Inability to control alcohol consumption
- Increased alcohol tolerance
- Spending more time drinking
- Isolation from family, friends, activities, and responsibilities
- Continuing to drink even when alcohol consumption is causing serious problems
- Using alcohol regularly to reduce stress or solve problems
- Inability to stop drinking even if there is a desire to do so
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
“The Last Resort is family. It’s a place where you leave with this brotherhood of men who now know how to hold you accountable, who have a better understanding of you and how you used to deal with your struggles… It’s a place that I’m very grateful for, the place that saved my life.”
– Patrick, Recovered Alcoholic
Effects of Alcoholism
The effects of alcohol addiction on the mind and body are numerous, and the harm increases with continued, habitual use. When alcohol is consumed, it is absorbed into the bloodstream and carried throughout the body, affecting most major organs. The immediate, short-term effects of alcohol include:
- Slurred speech
- Impaired motor function
- Reduced inhibitions or poor judgment
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting
- Headaches and drowsiness
- Memory lapses and loss of consciousness
- Coma and death
While the short-term effects of alcohol use subside as the body’s blood alcohol content, or BAC, drops, the long-term effects can result in severe problems and complications that may not be reversible, such as:
- Liver damage
- Heart disease
- Certain types of cancer
- Weakened immune system
- Memory loss
- Impaired coordination
- Depression or anxiety
The effects of alcohol addiction extend beyond the user and can also negatively impact family and friends. Heavy alcohol use can impair your ability to maintain healthy relationships, honor social obligations, and be productive at work or school. The damage to your personal, societal, and professional relationships can be severe and isolating, making it increasingly difficult to stop drinking. It can also make it more difficult to gain perspective on your drinking habits and recognize the destructive power of alcohol abuse. The statistics below show just how destructive alcohol addiction can be:
- Alcohol ranks as the third leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
- Alcohol contributes to more than 200 recognized diseases and injury-related health concerns
- The economic costs of alcohol abuse rose to more than $249 billion in the U.S. by 2010
- More than 10% of children in the U.S. live with a parent struggling with alcohol addiction
- More than 30% of all driving-related fatalities occur as a result of alcohol impairment
- Men are almost twice as likely as women to be involved in fatal alcohol-related traffic incidents
- Less than 8% of those struggling with alcohol use disorder receive treatment for their addiction
When left untreated, alcohol addiction can wreak havoc on your life, as well as those around you. Don’t wait to see the destruction alcohol abuse can have. Seek help, and get your life back on track.
How We Treat Alcohol Addiction in Austin
Alcohol addiction doesn’t develop overnight and nobody becomes a heavy drinker on purpose. Most people struggling with alcohol addiction start with a drink after work to unwind. Eventually, they find that they need two or three drinks to achieve the same effects. After a while, it becomes difficult to make it through a single evening without at least a couple of drinks, and so the addiction takes hold. The Last Resort understands that there is almost always an underlying reason that alcohol addiction develops. Whether the issue is past trauma, inability to cope with stress, or something else entirely. At our alcohol addiction treatment center near Austin, we understand that getting to the bottom of the issue is crucial for sustainable recovery.
Some of our programs and treatment options include:
"A magical place with magical people. Beautiful property and a solid program. I've been to treatment all over the state and country, thankfully, this was my last. I have 16 months and this has been my most wonderful recovery... grateful for The Last Resort!"
- Matt Lowman
"The Last Resort has been the most effective resource available to my Son who is celebrating two years of recovery. The skilled staff prepared a detail recovery roadmap with major milestones and supported his journey with hands-on professional guidance and aggressive follow-up. The process provides realistic action plans with foreword looking goals."
- Randell Floyd
"I would not be where I am today without The Last Resort Recovery Center. The biggest two components that helped me the most were the staff and culture. They encouraged me to surround myself with a group of men that would hold me accountable, but at the same time show me how to have fun sober. Amazing staff and beautiful secluded property."
- Austin Berry
"The Last Resort helped turn my brother's life around. I am very thankful for the help he received from this recovery center. It has been a few years that he was in treatment here and he now helps others on their path to recovery."
- Leslie E
Treat Your Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is a serious disorder that can have lifelong consequences. As such, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible before the effects are irreversible. At The Last Resort Recovery, we offer comprehensive treatment programs that help you overcome alcohol addiction and maintain sobriety long after. To learn more about our alcohol rehab programs in the Austin area, contact The Last Resort Recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Alcohol abuse can be identified when someone shows symptoms, such as increased alcohol use, inability to control alcohol consumption, increased alcohol tolerance, isolation from loved ones, and withdrawal symptoms when not drinking.
The short-term effects of alcohol consumption can include slurred speech, impaired motor function, poor judgement, headaches, nausea, drowsiness, memory loss, confusion, and death.
Prolonged alcohol abuse can lead to severe problems and complications that may be irreversible, such as liver damage, heart disease, pancreatitis and certain types of cancer. Alcohol consumption can also weaken your immune system, making you more vulnerable to many different types of illnesses. The brain is adversely affected as well. Certain functions, such as memory and coordination, can be permanently impaired. Additionally, mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, may arise or worsen due to the chemical imbalances caused by excessive drinking.