An alcohol addict is a person who is physically dependent on alcohol and is mentally compelled to consume it. Alcohol addiction does not have a single cause and many factors influence its development. One common misconception is that alcohol addiction is an entirely genetic condition that is passed down from one generation to the next. Whilst genetic factors have a role to play in the development of an alcohol addiction, the reality is more complex – there are many psychological and environmental components that influence the development over time. One aspect is a quite clear, consistent consumption of alcohol in increasing amounts is required for a physical dependency and addiction to develop.
The Consequences Of Addiction
Many health benefits are associated with alcohol consumption – red wine, for example, has been associated with anti-cancer and heart-protective properties. These benefits are quickly outweighed by the negatives when alcohol is consumed in excess – this effect is magnified in those individuals who are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol addicts experience higher rates of heart disease, cancer, dementia, and liver disease. These factors all feed into the fact that alcohol addicts have a life expectancy that is 10-12 years lower than the US national average.
How To Recover From An Alcohol Addiction
Accepting that one has a problem is the primary focus for anyone considering treatment for his or her alcohol addiction – only then can the recovery process truly begin. A process of rehabilitation is the next step on the road to recovery – medical supervision in the form of professional counseling is often recommended throughout this process.
Here at Thriveworks Knoxville, we specialize in counseling methods proven to help addicts during rehabilitation. Our counselors work with clients on a one-on-one basis and tailor each session to the individual client. Please give us a call now and book your first session.