Alcohol Addiction in Washington State
Millions of people struggle with the negative side effects of alcohol abuse or addiction. In many cases, if the person maintains their habit despite the harmful and unpleasant consequences, it’s likely that they suffer from alcohol addiction. Fortunately, Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington is here to help. Our facility offers a quiet, relaxing environment and alcohol addiction treatments that are respectful and dignified.
Serving the Pacific Northwest, including Washington (Vancouver), Oregon (Portland), and Alaska.
What Is Alcohol Addiction?
When someone is struggling with alcohol addiction, they consider alcohol to be a necessity, so many people go to extremes just for another drink. Indeed, this means that alcohol can start taking priority over your work, finances, friends and family, hobbies, and other important areas of your life. Addiction is most apparent when an individual spends considerable amounts of time abusing alcohol.
When alcohol abuse is severe or prolonged, withdrawal will result. Often, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are unpleasant and uncomfortable enough to drive the person to keep drinking, even when they wish to quit. Furthermore, drinking fails to mask the triggers that so often lead to alcohol abuse, so many individuals have to face those as well as the symptoms of withdrawal. At Free by the Sea, you will receive help and support from our highly experienced medical staff to guide you along the path of recovery.
Indications of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol abuse can be extremely harmful to a person’s mental and physical health. It’s critical to become aware of the signs of alcohol addiction so you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Some of the signs that you should look for are as follows:
- An overbearing obsession with alcohol and drinking, such as talking about it frequently and at length or a strong desire to visit places where alcohol is being served.
- Isolation from friends and loved ones, abandoning hobbies and interests, and even neglecting responsibilities in favor of abusing alcohol.
- Routinely consuming excessive quantities of alcohol, possibly to the point of becoming ill, blacking out, or losing consciousness.
- Maintaining your drinking habit simply to prevent the symptoms of withdrawal, even when you would rather quit.
- Drinking increasingly larger quantities to get the same effects, which is caused by your body developing a tolerance to the alcohol.
Shifts in Behavior
Deviations from normal behavior are also frequently seen with alcohol addiction. In most cases, these include the following:
- Irrational or extreme reactions to relatively small stresses or using alcohol to control stress levels
- Frequent absence from work, poor job performance, and going to work drunk or hung over
- Socializing primarily with other people who drink
- Hiding alcohol, drinking in secret, and dishonesty about your degree of consumption
- Increasing frequency of arguments with friends and loved ones, straining or ruining relationships
- Feeling like it’s impossible to quit drinking or manage your consumption
- Avoiding, denying, or belittling the problems your addiction causes
- Drinking to alleviate hangovers
- Legal trouble caused by addiction to alcohol, such as driving while intoxicated, public urination, indecent exposure, assault, and disorderly conduct
- Being unable to perform everyday tasks and responsibilities, such as household chores, job duties and other tasks without drinking
Physical and Psychological Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction can involve several mental and physical symptoms, especially during withdrawal. In severe cases, the symptoms can become life-threatening, such as the following:
- Digestive upset, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, acid reflux, and abdominal cramps
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Insomnia and night sweats
- Passing out frequently
- Tremors in the head and extremities
- Fatigue and restlessness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Diminished reasoning ability
- Depression and anxiety
- Mood swings involving irritability, anger, sadness, apathy, and rage
- Anhedonia, an inability to feel satisfaction or pleasure
- Low motivation
- Alcohol cravings
- Requiring another drink soon after the first
- In severe cases, seizures
- 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
Don’t Wait. Call Today.
Enrolling in a rehabilitation program helps you put a stop to the cycle of abuse and dependence. The cycle of addiction and alcoholism has extremely damaging effects not only on you but also your friends and loved ones. If left untreated, alcohol addiction may even ruin your life and take away everything you care about. Please call us today at 800-272-9199 to learn about how Free by the Sea can help you.
Contact Free by the Sea
At Free by the Sea, located in the State of Washington, our top priority is offering patients a wide variety of treatment options. With our long history of success in helping people successfully beat alcohol addiction, you can rest assured that we will provide you or the person you care for with the quality treatment they need and deserve. Contact our office today to find out more about the services we offer.