Sacramento Intervention Help

Sacramento, CA Intervention HelpAlcoholism is a serious disease and can take many forms.  A steady, long-term dependence is most commonly identified as a disease and frequently has the most tragic consequences for family and friends of the alcoholic.  Binge drinking is technically not alcoholism but classified as alcohol abuse.  It can be as serious a substance abuse problem as taking street drugs and can be addressed with many of the same resources and tools that apply to long-term alcoholism and substance abuse. If you have a friend struggling with binge drinking in Sacramento, an intervention may be in order.

Alcoholism vs. Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholism differs from alcohol abuse in that there is a physical component to the addiction as well as psychological.  Developing a tolerance is one of the first indications of  alcoholism.  An amount of alcohol that used to get you drunk no longer does, so you drink more to get the same effect you used to get with less.  Other signs of physical addiction are blackouts/memory loss after drinking and withdrawal symptoms when the addict doesn’t drink for even a short interval of time.

The dangers of alcoholism are both physical and psychological.  Liver disease is one of the worst consequences of alcoholism and is ultimately fatal because the liver stops working altogether.  Alcoholism also increases the risks of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Brain damage
  • Insomnia
  • Heart muscle damage
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Cancers of the liver, esophagus, larynx and colon
  • Accidents, especially traffic accidents
  • Accidental deaths

Sacramento, CA Intervention Help and Detox

Getting sober gradually reverses much of the physical damage done by alcoholism, but both the process and continued abstinence are extremely difficult because the disease is never cured.  Detoxification is the first step in recovery and best supervised by a doctor.  The worst of detox lasts up to a week and in extreme cases, it can be fatal.  Medical supervision is also advisable because there are medications that can help prevent relapses.  Some, like Vivtrol, actually decrease cravings for alcohol.  Others, such as Disulfiram, can make you physically ill if you drink alcohol which can discourage use when cravings are strong.

If you are worried about someone you love who is struggling with alcoholism or alcohol abuse in Sacramento, call (888) 371-5722 for Sacramento, CA intervention help.  You can learn more about interventionists and California treatment facilities. Currently only 15 percent of people with alcohol dependence enter any kind of treatment.  With the help of an intervention hotline and an interventionist, you can do more to make sure your loved one is one of those who do.

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