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Is Alcoholism a Disease?

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While there are many debates around whether or not alcohol addiction is a disease, we're here to set the record straight.

The short answer is yes—alcohol addiction is a disease. To understand why, one must first have an understanding of what alcohol addiction is. 

Understanding Alcohol Addiction

What is Alcoholism?

According to the American Addiction Centers, alcoholism is when an individual is no longer in control of their alcohol use, drinking compulsively and in excess, while potentially experiencing distressing emotions when they aren’t drinking.

Also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic relapsing disease. To be diagnosed with this condition, you must meet at least two of the following criteria within a twelve-month period:

  • Being able to cut down on alcohol consumption despite the desire to drink less.
  • Spending large amounts of time seeking, using, or recovering from the effects of alcohol use.
  • A strong desire to drink alcohol.
  • Experiencing trouble fulfilling responsibilities in your personal or professional life due to alcohol use.
  • Using alcohol in dangerous situations like drinking and driving.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when going without alcohol.
  • Having an abnormally high tolerance for alcohol.
  • Losing interest in or giving up previously enjoyed activities because of alcohol use.
  • Continuing to use alcohol regardless of its negative relationship issues that are likely caused by alcohol.

Treatment Options Available

When it comes to seeking help at North Georgia Recovery Center, there are a variety of alcohol treatment programs available that can be tailored to your specific needs and goals and you work toward wellness and recovery. Your rehabilitation plan may involve the following programs:

Seeking Help at North Georgia Recovery Center

The road to recovery starts with taking the first step. Let us walk alongside you on the path to sobriety and wellness. When you choose to get treatment at North Georgia Recovery Center, you can rest assured knowing that you will be treated by licensed therapists in our state-of-the-art facilities. Every one of our team members is certified to address and effectively treat the issues that come along with addiction.

To schedule your free consultation with our team, call (678) 940-7873 or get in touch with us online today.