Alcohol

2nd Chance Treatment Center

Addiction Medicine & Psychiatrists located in Gilbert, AZ, Phoenix, AZ and Glendale, Phoenix, AZ

While many people can moderately consume alcohol, for some, any alcohol consumption turns into a problem. If you have a difficult time managing your drinking, the experienced team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Phoenix, Glendale, and Gilbert, Arizona, can help. They have a comprehensive program for the treatment of alcohol use disorder. To learn more or get started with treatment, call the office today or request an appointment online.

Alcohol Q & A

Is alcohol a drug?

While alcohol is legal, it’s considered a depressant drug. It affects your central nervous system and may impair your perception, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.

How do I know if I have a problem with alcohol?

Because alcohol consumption is common and socially accepted, you may wonder whether or not your drinking is a problem. While it’s acceptable to have a drink on occasion, you may have a problem with alcohol if you:

  • Have more than seven alcoholic drinks a week for women, or 14 for men
  • Experience strong cravings for alcohol
  • Can’t stop drinking when you start
  • Develop a tolerance
  • Experience withdrawal symptoms

Excessive alcohol intake over time also affects your physical health, and may increase your risk of liver disease.

What is alcohol use disorder?

Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition in which your drinking causes distress or harm. You may have an alcohol use disorder if:

  • You’re preoccupied with alcohol consumption
  • You continue to drink despite the effects
  • You can’t limit your alcohol consumption
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms when you cut back or stop drinking
  • You limit social activities

Alcohol use disorder affects 18 million people in the United States. You are at risk of alcohol use disorder if it runs in your family. Certain social and environmental factors may also put you at risk.

How is alcohol use disorder treated?

The team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center offers a comprehensive program to treat alcohol use disorder. Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward your recovery. The team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center understands your struggles with your alcohol use and can help you take back control of your life.

Your treatment may include medication and behavioral therapy. Some of the medications the team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center uses to manage alcohol abuse disorder includes:

  • Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
  • Acamprosate
  • Off-label medications with significant evidence for the treatment of alcohol use disorder (Topamax, gabapentin)

Alcohol use disorder is a disease that requires ongoing treatment and care. The team at 2nd Chance Treatment Center provides the medical management you need to recover from your alcohol use disorder and prevent a relapse.

Alcohol can be an addictive drug. To get the help you need, call 2nd Chance Treatment Center today or request an appointment online.