What is the definition of an Alcohol Intervention?
Alcohol intervention describes a situation where an individual has a drinking problem, unable to stop drinking, consequences from drinking, binge drinking, loss of jobs and relationships, drinking while driving etc. This is a common to received calls from family or friends requesting professional help.
At CanAm Interventions we provide interventions in both united states and Canada offering various intervention approaches through evaluation, assessment and education on the disease of alcoholism, recovery support services, and treatment for alcoholism.
The definition of Disorder of Alcoholism from the Mayo Clinic states that alcoholism includes an inability to control drinking despite health and social consequences, preoccupation with alcohol, physical dependence on alcohol, and denial of drinking.
Symptoms include five or more drinks daily for a man or four for a woman, the need to start each day with a drink to feel guilty over drinking. Treatment may involve Intervention, individual or group counseling, a residential inpatient stay in a rehabilitation center with aftercare support.
Some people who are addicted to alcohol can have long-term stable jobs, have healthy-looking families and can appear to “have it all together”.
Other examples of Alcoholics include stay-at-home moms having a glass of wine to deal with the stressors of being a mother, wife, and/or caregiver.
Another type of Alcoholic is someone that is a hardworking person working a 9-to-5 daily job, providing financial support for their families.
An alcoholic does not have to end up on skid row and lose everything.
The progression of Alcoholism leads to the loss of control, inability to stop drinking alcohol and the need to drink alcohol in spite of the people they hurt, in order to continue to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.
The Consequences of Alcohol Abuse can include:
• Losing jobs
• School interruptions
• Broken relationships or divorces
• Involvement in the criminal justice system
• Hospital visits, admission to psychiatric wards, and/or death
• The physical outcomes of alcohol abuse include liver disease, memory loss, cancer, brain damage, and loss of life.
• Alcoholism is a silent killer! Alcoholism is painful to watch, as a loved one is killing themselves, but recovery is possible.
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