Alcoholism is a disease that many associate with degenerative behavior. In fact, people from all walks of life can become an alcoholic, and the reasons for their condition developing are often multi-factorial.
As one of the few JCAHO certified alcohol treatment facilities in the U.S., our team of clinicians believes that broadening the public’s view of alcoholism is essential. Why? Because when you have a clearer understanding of facts about alcoholism, you’ll have an easier time helping yourself and those you love.
Alcoholism affects a significant proportion of Americans and most are male
Around 7.2 percent of Americans suffer from a disorder that involves abusing alcohol. When you focus on the male population only, that figure rises to 9.9 percent. While such statistics might seem staggering to some, to us they suggest two things:
- If you’re struggling to recover from alcoholism, you’re not alone
- Alcohol abuse is a disorder that’s far-reaching and requires a lot of society’s attention
Having an alcohol addiction is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality
When most people think about the conditions that can cause deaths and disabilities to rise in the U.S., they may consider heart disease, cancer, and other words you’re more likely to hear in the news. Few, however, will see the following statistics:
- Excessive drinking directly results in 88,000 deaths per year
- Among lifestyle-related mortality causes, alcoholism is the third biggest
- Around 40 percent of U.S. hospital beds are occupied by those requiring treatment for a disease caused or exacerbated by alcohol
At our recovery center, we realize that the journey towards recovery is one that should remain bespoke. When we see the statistics above, our clinicians recognize they should come together to create patient-centered treatment plans for each person who walks through our doors. By taking such an approach, we hope to lower the number of alcohol-related deaths and disabilities in America. Our JCAHO Accreditation shows how we’re capable of taking patient-centered approaches to promote recovery.
Short-term alcohol abuse can cause as much harm as long-term
When most people think about the far-reaching consequences of heavy drinking, they reflect upon years of consuming too much alcohol. As a potent substance, alcohol has the potential to cause short-term consequences that have lifelong effects. For example:
- Small volumes lead to slower decision making and visual disturbances, which increase your risk of falls and roadside accidents
- Moderate volumes may leave you feeling confused to the extent that you’re vulnerable, and you may experience an inability to walk straight, nausea and vomiting
- Large volumes can result in reckless decision making, a dangerously low heart rate, coma, or death
If you or someone you love consistently abuses alcohol in the short-term, but you don’t feel as though you, or they, can stop to achieve long-term health, you may need professional support. Again, as a caring team, we have a strong understanding of the facts about alcohol. Using a combination of medical and psychological therapies, our customized programs will help you recover and stay sober.