Alcohol is one of the most widely misused substances worldwide. Its use has many detrimental effects on the mind and body, leading to more than 2 million deaths every year. Degrees of alcohol abuse vary, from social and binge drinking to heavy drinking. Although many people use alcohol socially without becoming addicted, it is a powerfully addictive substance that can ruin lives and relationships. If your alcohol use is affecting your life negatively or spiraling out of control, it is time to take charge and confront the problem directly. Alcohol addiction often requires the guidance and support of professionals for a safe, meaningful and long-lasting recovery. The Last Resort offers an effective, intensive recovery program for men seeking treatment in the Austin, Texas area. We will inspire and encourage you as you fight for freedom from addiction.
Recognizing The Need For Help
Alcohol is so widely used and socially accepted that it can be difficult to recognize when it’s time to consider treatment. More than 140 million people use alcohol in the U.S. alone, including binge use and heavy alcohol use. Binge drinking is classified as the consumption of five or more drinks in a session more than once per month. Heavy alcohol use constitutes binge drinking more than five days in a one month period. If your alcohol use meets these thresholds and it is impacting your life negatively or you find yourself unable to control your consumption, The Last Resort can help you take back that control with a structured, evidence-based treatment program in Austin, TX that gets results.
When someone is abusing alcohol, they may exhibit any or all of the following symptoms:
- Inability to control how much alcohol is consumed
- More alcohol is required to get the same effects (tolerance)
- Drinking is taking up more and more time
- Isolation from family, friends, activities and responsibilities
- Continuing to drink even if alcohol consumption is causing serious problems
- Alcohol is used regularly to reduce stress or solve problems
- Inability to stop drinking, even if there is a desire to do so
- Uncomfortable symptoms arise when drinking is stopped (withdrawal)
Effects of Alcohol Addiction on The Mind And Body
Alcohol is consistently ranked as the most harmful substance or drug by various studies, ahead of other drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines. The direct effects of alcohol on the body are numerous and the harm increases with continued, habitual use. When alcohol is consumed, it travels to the stomach where 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 from occasional alcohol use subside as blood alcohol content (BAC) drops, the long-term effects of continued and repeated use can lead to severe problems and complications. Serious health issues such as liver damage, heart disease, pancreatitis and certain types of cancer are linked directly to prolonged alcohol use. In some cases, the damage that alcohol abuse causes may not be reversible, even after the individual stops consuming alcohol. 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 due to irreversible damage caused by long-term alcohol use. Mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety can arise or worsen due to chemical imbalances caused by excessive drinking.
The effects of alcohol addiction also negatively impact your family and friends. Heavy alcohol use can impair your ability to maintain healthy relationships, honor familial or social obligations and be productive at work or school. You may also encounter legal problems as a result of your addiction. The damage to your personal, societal and professional relationships can be severe and isolating, creating a harmful situation that can make it more difficult to stop drinking. It can also make it more difficult to gain some perspective on your drinking habits and recognize the destructive power of alcohol abuse.
- 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 percent of children in the U.S. live with a parent struggling with alcohol addiction
- More than 30 percent of all driving-related fatalities occur due to alcohol impairment
- Men are almost twice as likely as women to be involved in fatal alcohol-related traffic incidents
- Less than eight percent of those struggling with alcohol use disorder receive treatment for their addiction
Untreated alcohol addiction can wreak havoc on your life in addition to deteriorating your health and wellness. The Last Resort understands how important it is for you to get your life back on track.
How The Last Resort Treats Alcohol Addiction in Austin, TX
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, getting to the bottom of the issue is crucial for sustainable recovery.
Long-term sobriety is exactly what we aim for at The Last Resort. During your time in treatment, you’ll participate in a variety of proven therapies and effective programs to help make The Last Resort your last treatment experience. Some of these include:
- Evidence-based treatments
- Family Program
- The Brave Heart Experience
- Equine Assisted Treatment Program
- Fitness Program
- Continuing Care
Together, the individualized treatment programs you receive will give you the support you need to recover. You’ll work with a therapist who knows your history and will help you discover why you turned to alcohol. You’ll receive individualized care that identifies what works best for you. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in equine, EMDR and other proven, engaging therapies. You’ll be offered continued care that gives you access to transitional living and sober living options. You’ll become part of a brotherhood — a support network of other men battling their own addictions. At the end of your program, you’ll be ready to face the world again with your sobriety intact.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment at The Last Resort Recovery Center
Alcohol addiction and abuse is a serious disorder that can have lifelong consequences. It is important to seek treatment for alcohol addiction as soon as possible before further problems occur. At The Last Resort, we offer a comprehensive treatment program for alcohol addiction that will help you overcome your disorder and embrace a new life of health and sobriety. Let us be your recovery support for yourself or someone you care about. To learn more about our programs for alcohol rehabilitation in Austin, Texas, contact The Last Resort at (512)750-6750.