A problem with alcohol can take many shapes and vary wildly in appearance and severity. However, it is generally perceived as progressive and eventual alcohol dependence is characterised by a strong need to drink despite the undeniable problems associated with continued use.
Alcohol addiction is overshadowed by drug dependence and its harmful effects are underrated. It is physically destructive and takes an enormous toll on those close to a problem drinker.
Fortunately, over the last fifteen years, much research has been conducted, and alcohol and drug addiction are now seen as a condition of the mind, body and soul, often caused by complex underlying reasons. This progress means that, thankfully, new solutions for the successful treatment of alcohol addiction have opened up.
The latest research shows that there is a spectrum of alcohol addiction ranging from mild dependence to binge drinking to complete chemical dependence. An effective alcohol treatment program requires a deep understanding of the individual and their unique issues for successful treatment.
Alcohol addiction is a condition involving memory, motivation and brain reward and it is “caused by a combination of behavioural, environmental, and biological factors”. Your particular alcohol addiction really is unique to you, and a truly personalised alcohol treatment program is critical for a successful and sustainable outcome.