Healing the Alcoholic

Alcoholism is a long-term chronic disease in which a person has developed an unhealthy addiction to alcohol. It goes by several names, including “alcohol dependence syndrome” and “alcohol use disorder”. Any person affected by alcoholism (also known as an alcoholic) has a very high tolerance to the substance, is unable to use it in moderation and has extreme physical withdrawals without it. Every day and all day, we are faced with commercials that trigger our desire to drink. Alcohol ads are at every sporting event, and drinking is featured in television, movies, and on the Internet. Such advertising is designed to make a person believe that life can be easy, fun, and without consequences.

Common Causes of Alcoholism

There are many factors that can lead to alcoholism. There are a few common reasons people turn to regular and heavy drinking in the first place. Some of these include:

  • To overcome anxiety or a traumatic event. Some people are naturally anxious or have experienced a traumatic situation that has caused them to have perpetual anxiety. Drinking lowers people’s inhibitions and makes them more comfortable in social situations, which can become addictive for those who use it this way.
  • When a person uses alcohol to relax from the many stresses of everyday life, they are likely to develop a dependence on the drug. By drinking too often, it requires more and more alcohol to produce the same results, causing people to become frequent and heavy drinkers.
  • Family members had an addiction. Growing up with members of the family– those you look up to most as a child– who are alcoholics can make it confusing for people to see that it’s not the norm to drink so much and so often. For them, it’s common to develop the habit themselves.
  • To feel good. Some simply enjoy being high. For those people, continual use of the drug eventually causes an addiction, which can quickly become a complete dependence.
  • Alcoholism is a long-term chronic disease in which a person has developed an unhealthy addiction to alcohol. It goes by several names, including “alcohol dependence syndrome” and “alcohol use disorder”. When a person uses alcohol to relax from the many stresses of everyday life, they are likely to develop a dependence on the drug. By drinking too often, it requires more and more alcohol to produce the same results, causing people to become frequent and heavy drinkers.
  • To become isolated. There are many people who do not have strong support networks, who have a lack of mobility, who have limited access to transportation, etc. It’s common for these types of individuals to develop an addiction to alcohol in attempts of embracing that loneliness.
  • To cope with loss. Losing someone can take a serious toll on a person’s emotional and mental stability. Drinking can be a way to cope with that loss, even if they know it’s only a temporary distraction from their situation.
  • It’s common for these types of individuals to develop an addiction to alcohol in attempts of embracing that loneliness.
  • To neglect responsibilities. While some people drink after dealing with their daily stresses, some alcoholics neglect their responsibilities altogether, including taking care of their families, attending school or work, caring for themselves and more.

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