The use of drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism for difficult times or in reaction to trauma can quickly evolve into substance abuse disorder, or SUD. With over 14.5 million Americans ages 12 and older suffering from alcoholism, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is among the most prevalent forms of addiction due to a mix of accessibility, public acceptance of drinking, and environmental factors. Tackling such a complex disease such as AUD takes an experienced medical team along with individualized treatment that addresses each guest’s unique needs.
Contributing Factors to Alcoholism
Developing AUD is often the result of multiple factors culminating into a perceived need to drink in order to get through the day or feel “normal” when around others. The most common driving forces that can increase an individual’s potential to become addicted to alcohol are:
- Co-occurring mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mood or anxiety-related conditions. Alcohol is a commonly used substance to mask the symptoms of these disorders which, over time, creates dependencies within the mind and body that require careful detox.
- Genetic predispositions to alcohol abuse can occur when there’s a family history of alcohol abuse, especially when individuals are exposed to the practice at a young age.
- Emotional and physical trauma can leave behind significant damage that should be addressed by a medical professional. When left unattended, the pain can quickly mount into an overwhelming source of anxiety or depression.
- Environmental factors that play a role in the development of AUD can be anything from friends or peers pressuring you into drinking to seeing someone perceived as successful or happy regularly drinking in excess.
The reason so many factors go into alcoholism is the fact that it’s slow to develop. Viewing alcohol as a coping mechanism can happen at an early age, cementing the idea that it’s ok to drink when you’re feeling sad or stressed before you’ve even had the chance to understand what any of it means. At America’s Rehab Campuses, we understand the silent progression of alcoholism and can help you identify the treatment needed to overcome it.
Triumph Over Alcoholism at ARC
It can be difficult to imagine a life without alcohol if you’ve been relying on it for years, which is common among guests with AUD. Recovering from any addiction takes specialized treatment from a compassionate team of counselors, psychologists, and clinicians who are all experienced in treating the disorder. Guests at ARC have access to all of this and more at our state-of-the-art facility that combines safety and comfort in luxury accommodations. To help you get the most out of your time at ARC, your treatment program will be tailor made based on your personal needs and goals.
Whether it’s outpatient treatment to stop a budding alcohol addiction or full inpatient rehab to address a severe case of AUD, there’s help waiting for you at America’s Rehab Campuses. Our staff is standing by 24/7 to help you get started on your recovery or to answer any questions you may have for yourself or a loved one. Simply reach out to us to get started.