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Alcoholism


Struggling with Alcoholism? Cirque Lodge Can Help According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism roughly 18 million people in the United States can be classified as having an alcohol problem. Alcoholism is when the drinking has turned into dependence. With Cirque Lodge, we offer a private and exclusive alcohol rehab in the mountains. We believe we have one of the most effective alcohol treatment programs to help individuals and families overcome their struggles. We encourage you to call us at any time 1-877-997-3422 to discover more about our multi-systemic alcoholism treatment program.

Alcohol related drinking problems have far reaching impacts. It dismantles homes, ruins careers and prematurely takes the lives of many individuals we care about. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the economic impact of alcohol abuse and alcoholism is roughly $185 billion dollars annually in health costs, productivity loss, crime, incarceration and law enforcement. This condition is treatable, and to the struggling alcoholic, an appropriate alcoholism program can be a life saving measure.

False Benefits of Alcohol Addiction



Most of us already know that alcoholism, as it is clinically defined, is simply a powerful craving for alcohol. This craving then leads to compulsive consumption of alcohol, which should be classified and treated just like any other addiction. However, the causes of the craving - and therefore the nature of treatment - can be heavily debated. Cirque Lodge can help with our alcohol rehab program.

Popular beliefs about the source of alcoholism range from genetic predisposition to neurological defects to chemical and/or nutritional imbalances. Many believe it can be classified as a biological disease. Regardless, it is certainly not just a simple issue of willpower or moral character. At Cirque Lodge, drug and alcohol rehab center, we treat both the symptoms of psychological and physical addiction with no judgments applied toward the ability of the patient to regulate their own willpower. The process is one of self-discovery - not group shaming.

One of the primary components of alcoholism and alcohol addiction is the person's belief that alcohol provides value to them. This value can from a large array of sources, such as:
  • Improved ability to socialize or feel comfortable in social situations
  • Handling stress and pressure more easily
  • Relaxation (as a result of the effects of a depressant)
  • Peer pressure or social alienation from those that do consume alcohol
  • Pride in the ability to consume great quantities of alcohol
For the sufferer of alcoholism, these benefits are real - not imagined. The effects of alcohol as a depressant can certainly manifest themselves in a very positive fashion for some users. However, alcoholism quickly becomes problematic when negative effects begin to exceed positive effects, and the person in question continues to use despite warnings, trouble-signs and consequences.


Effects of Alcoholism



The social problems arising from alcohol abuse can include loss of employment, financial problems, strife within personal relationships and legal issues (such as drunk driving and public intoxication) Alcohol dependence affects not only the addicted but can profoundly impact the family members and loved ones around them.

Long-term physical effects from alcoholism are quite severe - cirrhosis of the liver, increased chance of heart disease and death. Additionally, alcohol is known to compound any existing depressive tendencies, leading to a great potential for suicide attempts and other self-destructive behavior. Alcoholism can even lead to sexual dysfunction in some people.

At Cirque Lodge alcohol rehab center, we believe a person must be convinced of the net negative value of the alcohol problem in their lives before any treatment can have meaningful lasting effects. An inability to stop drinking despite a clear understanding of alcohol's negative effects is a clear sign that the patient needs help - and that the dependence is not simply psychological. We attempt to treat the social effects, physical health effects and withdrawal symptoms that all work in conjunction to keep an alcoholic in a steady pattern of abuse.

Withdrawal and Detoxification from Alcohol



There are several distinct withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol dependence:
  • High blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium Tremens - DT's, "the shakes"
Unlike withdrawal from opiates such as heroin, which can be unpleasant but never fatal, withdrawal from alcoholism can actually result in death if it is not properly managed. At Cirque Lodge, we provide a safe and secure environment for the patient to recover after detoxifying. The alcoholism treatment program is carefully monitored with a focus on a healing methodology.

After detoxification, various forms of group therapy can be used to deal with the underlying issues leading to alcohol dependence, and also to provide the recovering addict with relapse prevention skills. Additionally, at Cirque Lodge we also focus on nutritional therapy. Poor diet can affect behavior and emotions, including some side-effects often seen in residents of our alcoholism facility. We make certain these aspects of dependence are not overlooked.

Of the one half of the North American population who consume alcohol, it has been estimated by some that 10% are alcohol abusers and alcohol dependents, and 6% consume more than half of all alcohol. If you or a loved one can answer any of the following questions as a "Yes", please call the alcohol treatment facility at Cirque Lodge at 1-877-997-3422 for assistance and further evaluation.
  1. Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
  2. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  3. Have you ever felt guilty about drinking?
  4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?