Although it is a legal substance in the United States, alcohol is a potent and addicting substance. You must be at least twenty-one years of age to legally purchase it, but alcohol is plentiful and available for purchase almost everywhere. Consuming alcohol can lead to alcoholism. Alcoholism is an addiction. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease which is characterized by compulsive drug-seeking activity. If you believe someone in your life is showing the warning signs of an alcoholic, contact Houston Drug Treatment Centers at (713) 493-7860 to learn about treatment options that can help your loved one overcome alcohol addiction.
Alcoholic symptoms can develop quickly. Addiction does not discriminate, it does not care what color you are, or much money you make. When alcohol begins to take over the mind of the person abusing it, so that all they think about is sourcing and abusing drugs or alcohol, it has become a serious problem. Signs of alcoholism include (but are not limited to):
If you are worried about a loved one, or yourself, do you notice these signs of alcoholism? If you do, please seek help immediately before things get worse. Although addiction is a lonely disease – there are people out there who want to help.
Many things may contribute to someone becoming addicted to alcohol. The chemistry of the substance allows alcohol to affect a variety of cells in the body. Most importantly, alcohol affects the cells in the central nervous system. When you use alcohol, over time, the brain becomes dependent on alcohol. Other things may influence this as well.
It has been proven that life expectancy is reduced by ten to twelve years for an alcoholic. Are you suffering from alcoholic symptoms? If so, do not wait to seek treatment, the longer you wait the harder it will be.
Alcohol, a legal substance, does contribute to crime, suicide, and accidents.
The signs of an alcoholic may be hard to spot sometimes. But if you do notice them, it is time to get help. Alcoholism can lead to overdose which can lead to death. Remember that just because something is legal does not make it ok. If you spot the signs of an alcoholic in yourself or a loved one, please call Houston Drug Treatment Centers at (713) 493-7860 to learn about alcohol treatment centers that can help you overcome an addiction to alcohol.