American Center is a rehabilitation facility committed to helping those battling addictions overcome obstacles and live their lives free from the harboring disease. Alcoholism is one such condition treated at the rehab facility. There is plenty of misconceptions surrounding alcoholism, formerly known as Alcohol use Disorder, or AUD. It is the goal of AAC to provide education for those who may have heard those myths or who may want a clearer understanding of AUD.
AUD Is a Disease
Although some people feel that it is a personal choice to pick up a bottle of alcohol and drink, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says those suffering from AUD don’t have a choice. It’s all caused by the compounds in the brain. More than 15 million adults in the U.S. suffer from AUD.
AUD is a Progressive Disease
AUD progresses slowly over time. No one with the condition wakes up one morning with the symptoms displayed during AUD or with the desire to drink as soon as they wake in the morning or before they go to sleep at night.
It starts with one drink, then another. Many people consume alcohol to help them deal with an untreated mental illness. In fact, more than 8 million AUD sufferers use it to cover up this type of problem. Read more: American Addiction Centers Offers Insight Stages Alcohol | AliveNewsPaper and American Addiction Centers Reviews | Glassdoor
The longer that a person battles AUD, the worse it becomes for their health. Consuming alcohol regularly takes its toll on the body.
Many health conditions and diseases may result from drinking alcohol. It may also cause problems at work, with family and friends, and even with the law in some cases. All of these things occur as the AUD progresses over time.
Get a Diagnosis
Take the NIAAA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders quiz to determine if AUD affects you or someone that you love. The more ‘yes’ answers to the questions, the more severe the disease. Even one ‘yes’ answer is a sign that it’s time to talk to a doctor to get help for this disorder. Although beating AUD alone may be hard or even impossible, with trained counselors and help, you can overcome this disease.
Help is Available
Inpatient and outpatient rehab offers treatment for AUD and coexisting disorders that oftentimes accompany this concern. Apart from rehab, other treatments for AUD are available, including medications and lifestyle changes.
It all starts with you, however, so take that first step and get the help that you need to live a life free from the reigns of alcoholism.
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