Alcohol Abuse vs. Alcohol Addiction in Washington State
In the State of Washington, Free by the Sea can provide you or a loved one with alcohol addiction and abuse treatment. Our facility is one of the finest for recovering from alcohol, and our experienced and trained staff provide the most comfortable rehabilitative care possible. You need an understanding team that you can put your trust in, and the worthy professionals at Free by the Sea know how to get you through the hardest phases of withdrawal and recovery safely.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Vancouver), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
What Is Alcohol Abuse?
When you drink too much alcohol, you are at risk for alcohol abuse, a condition common among young adults and college students who binge drink at parties and bars. Alcohol affects your inhibitions and mood, impairs your judgment, and distorts your thoughts. When you abuse alcohol, you are putting yourself and the people who surround you in danger.
Individuals with diminished inhibitions and motor skills are more likely to put themselves in dangerous positions, including driving while under the influence. Abusing alcohol makes you a very visible target for authorities, and this could potentially result in heavy legal consequences.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are different. Abusers do not physically depend on alcohol, but even infrequent episodes of alcohol abuse can permanently damage their livelihoods and are highly likely to progress into addictions.
Understanding Alcohol Addiction
Alcoholism progresses in individuals who drink or abuse alcohol on a regular basis. An alcoholic’s body completely depends on the substance and requires it to function. The longer the individual abuses alcohol and does not seek treatment, the more tolerant the body becomes. This progression results in the individual needing more alcohol to achieve the same effects.
Alcohol addiction can eventually become so powerful that alcoholics feel like it is impossible for them to live without it. Even going without it for one day could lead to serious and sometimes deadly symptoms of withdrawal, so these individuals usually start drinking when their days begin to avoid those symptoms.
Individuals who are suffering from alcohol addiction could be drinking to deal with stress, sneaking drinks throughout their day, or drinking alone. It is difficult for alcoholics to stay sober, and it can be very dangerous for them to get clean. They should seek professional medical attention to ensure they remain safe and healthy throughout the process.
Treating Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Due to the dangerous symptoms of withdrawal that arise when alcoholics try to stop drinking cold turkey, it is necessary for them to go through medical detox to ensure they remain safe. When the detox is over, they have to go to therapy, counseling or both to get assistance in regaining control of their lives. This process of rehabilitation helps them understand the underlying causes of their drinking and helps them develop healthier behaviors. If you or a loved one frequently abuse alcohol or suffer from alcohol addiction, at least consider getting involved with a support group.
- Dual diagnosis services in the State of Washington
- Psychologist and psychiatrist on staff
- Long-term transitory living
- 30-, 60-, and 90-day programs
- Men and women in separate buildings
- Eating, activities, and classes are all gender-specific
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Alcohol addiction traps individuals in a circle of self-loathing and momentary relief, and anyone can find reasons to want to break that cycle. Addiction to alcohol is damaging to the drinkers, their personal relationships, and their jobs. When the addiction continues without treatment, it will take everything that the individuals have. If you or a loved one wants help with alcohol addiction or abuse, do not hesitate to contact Free by the Sea today.
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You or your loved one can break the cycle of addiction and get the treatment and help you need and deserve. Contact Free by the Sea, a State of Washington recovery facility, today to take the first step toward a happier lifestyle without alcohol abuse or addiction.