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Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a disease that affects 14.4 million adults in the United States. A range of psychological, genetic, and social factors can increase the risk. If alcohol is negatively affecting you or a loved one, you should reach out.

Alcohol addiction affects more MA residents than you think. In fact, 21% of MA adults are binge drinkers, making MA one of the worst-affected states in the United States.

Binge drinking turns into full-blown addiction fast. You can get ahead of your alcohol addiction with the help of Bedrock Recovery Center.

Our evidence-based residential treatment program helps you understand why you’re living with addiction and change your behavior, coping skills, and stress management techniques. Recover today in our state-of-the-art MA facility!

Alcohol is a serious drug linked to a long list of health issues. Because many social events are based around alcohol, some people believe this drug is harmless, but in the United States, alcohol causes 88,000 deaths per year. It also ruins many peoples’ health, careers, and family lives. If you or a loved one is struggling with drinking, we can help.

What Is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction is a disease that affects all kinds of people. Anyone can face alcoholism. A range of psychological, genetic, and social factors can increase the risk. If alcohol is negatively affecting you or a loved one, you should reach out.

Alcohol addiction changes your brain. When you drink, your brain releases endorphins, and although alcohol is a depressant, you feel good. Over time, your body starts to rely on alcohol to feel good. And eventually, you can lose control of your actions.

How Do You Know If You Are Addicted to Alcohol?

Alcohol addiction can take a lot of different forms. Some people drink every day. Others binge drink and then stop for a few days. Typically, alcohol addiction begins slowly. People drink casually with friends or at parties. Then, they start relying on alcohol. Eventually, alcohol begins to take over multiple aspects of their life.

The line between casual drinking and alcohol abuse can be hard to see. While some people hit rock bottom, others are highly-functioning alcoholics, and their lives look successfully from the outside. In either situation, if alcohol is negatively affecting your life, you are likely abusing this drug.

If you are worried about your drinking, you should get help. Look at the signs and symptoms of alcoholism, and decide if they apply to you. If you no longer look forward to activities that don’t involve drinking, you should get help now.

How Easily Can You Get Addicted to Alcohol?

How easily you get addicted depends on multiple factors. Some people are more predisposed to addiction than others. Social factors also have an impact. If you work around alcohol or live in a family with a lot of alcoholism, you may be more likely to become addicted.

The age you start drinking can also have an effect. People who start drinking young are about 7 times more likely to become addicted than those who don’t start drinking until they are older.

Stats About Alcohol Addiction in Massachusetts

Alcohol addiction can affect anyone. People of all races, genders, education levels, and professional status seek help for alcohol addiction. In Massachusetts, about 1/3 of people who enter treatment for alcohol addiction are women, and the other 2/3 are men.

In Massachusetts, 18.2% of residents report that they drink chronically or have binge drank in the last 30 days. Bring drink is having 4 or more drinks for a woman or 5 or more drinks for a man in one sitting. Chronic drinking refers to 8 or more drinks per week for women or 15 or more drinks per week for men.

Compared to the rest of the country, Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of fatal auto accidents caused by alcohol. Close to 15% of fatal accidents in Massachusetts involve alcohol.

Massachusetts also has the highest rate of underage drinking in the country. About 29% of Massachusetts residents between ages 12 and 20 drink alcohol. The next highest states only have a rate of 25%. Additionally, over 19% of minors binge drink.

Alcohol addiction is surprisingly prevalent.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

  • 7.6% of men and 4.1% of women have AUD
  • Only 7% of adults with AUD receive treatment
  • 10% of children live with a parent who has AUD
  • 401,000 teens had AUD in 2018
  • 88,000 people die from AUD yearly

Get Help With Alcohol Addiction

If you are struggling with drinking, you don’t have to deal with this issue on your own. You can get help. Many people can’t quit drinking on their own. With the right support, you can stop. You can learn to live a life without alcohol, and you can improve your health, personal life, and more.

Don’t wait another day. Contact us today. At Bedrock Recovery Center, we care about you. We can give you the support you need to get past alcohol addiction.

FAQ

What does alcohol treatment look like?

Alcohol abuse treatment often comes in multiple stages. The stages are dependent on how much alcohol an individual consumes and how often. Typically, treatment consists of detox, inpatient/residential treatment and/or intensive outpatient treatment. This process usually takes on average 90 days. An individualized plan will be made for each patient by their clinician and therapist.

Can I afford alcohol addiction treatment?

Often times, your health insurance plan can cover a majority of the cost of your treatment from alcohol addiction. Not sure where to start? We can help verify your insurance plan and point you in the right direction, even if it’s not with us.

Can I force a loved one to go to rehab for alcohol abuse?

If you live in the state of Massachusetts, there is a law that passed, known as Section 35. Under this law, it “allows a qualified person to request a court order requiring someone to be civilly committed and treated involuntarily for an alcohol or substance use disorder”. Read more about Section 35 and speak with one of our treatment specialists today to help assist you through this process.

How can I stage an intervention alcohol addiction?

If you have tried talking to your loved one about their issue with drinking and still can’t get them into treatment, give us a call. We can talk you through the steps needed to hold an intervention and can even send a certified interventionist to help assist you during this process. There is some planning that goes into place in order to conduct a successful intervention. You can read more about this process here.

How do I talk to a loved one about alcohol addiction?

Talking to a loved one about alcohol addiction treatment can be tough. It’s important to go about it in a healthy way, without them feeling judged or pressured. Here are some tips on talking to a loved one about addiction treatment.