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Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is serious and powerful. Lifelong recovery is possible through education and treatment.

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The Road to Recovery Starts Here

Alcohol abuse and addiction has the potential to profoundly damage health, relationships and lives. It impacts people of all ages and has far reaching consequences. Despite this, addicted persons can recover with professional support. Whether you struggle with alcohol or you care for someone who does, the following materials can help you understand the disease and determine appropriate next steps. Alcohol addiction is serious, but recovery is possible.

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism, like other drug addictions, is medically defined as a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. Those suffering from alcoholism experience an incessant craving for, increased tolerance of and physical dependence on alcohol. They continue to abuse alcohol despite the many negative consequences their destructive habits have on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. 

Whether you struggle with alcoholism or you care for someone who does, the following materials can help you understand and address this disease.

What causes alcohol addiction?

Alcoholism is caused by a combination of biological, genetic, psychological, environmental and social factors, including:

  • Frequency of use
  • Age at which alcohol was first consumed
  • Demographics such as age, gender, and genetic background
  • Family history of alcoholism (a person is much more likely to become an alcoholic if a parent was an alcoholic)
  • Prenatal exposure to alcohol
  • Overall health

What are the effects of alcohol addiction?

Alcoholism can lead to long and short-term effects that impact the health, relationships, and lives of those who suffer. Learn more about the effects of alcohol use for occasional and excessive users.

Can it be treated?

Yes, alcoholism is treatable. Treatment for alcohol addiction usually includes therapy, counseling, support groups and education. Many benefit from joining a self-help group or 12-Step programs, while others seek out inpatient or outpatient treatment. With professional help, it is possible to overcome alcoholism.

If you or a loved one struggles with alcoholism, Caron can help. Contact us for more information.