Alcohol Addiction


For those struggling with alcoholism, severe drinking problems, and the general unmanageability caused by alcohol addiction, GateHouse treatment centers offers a way out. You can stop drinking and find a new way of life. Getting sober is possible, and GateHouse is ready to stand by your side. For adults who are ready to overcome their alcoholism, we offer a personal approach to alcohol addiction treatment that is based on proved alcoholism treatment methodologies and your unique experiences.

We offer participation in recovery by promoting personal responsibility, accountability, and giving you the tools needed to build a strong recovery. We are personally invested in each and every one of our clients’ recovery processes, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy. End the insanity of doing the same thing over and over, reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help you live a life worth living.

What is Alcoholism & Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol is classified as a drug, it falls under the category of depressant drugs, meaning it slows down vital functions. Drinking in moderation and signs of alcoholism are two very different things. Realizing when you or a loved one has an alcohol abuse problem is hard to face sometimes since alcohol is a legal drug, if you or a loved one think you may be suffering from alcoholism, there are alcohol treatment centers available to help. If you think you may be an alcoholic read more here.
Alcohol addiction can be crippling to your life and can occur even after years of regular drinking or have had normal experiences with alcohol. Alcohol is one of the most widely abused drugs across the country. Repeated abuse of alcohol even in binge drinking can result in alcohol withdrawal which can be fatal, all detoxification from alcohol should be monitored by a medical professional, there are many alcohol detox programs available for those struggling with alcohol abuse disorders.

History of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol has been around for thousands of years, the first signs of it began to pop up around 3200 B.C. Alcohol was a staple of nutrition in the early ages of humanity when they were trying to figure out ways to sustain on crops and what they could hunt. As time went on issues with alcohol began to arise very early. Alcohol control first emerged in about 1720 B.C when Hammurabi’s Code said that alcohol could not be served to criminals because of the correlation between keeping the peace and the inebriating effects alcohol abuse had on people.

Over the next few hundreds of years alcohol manufacturing, distilling and consumption surged all over the world. After seeing the problems associated with widespread alcohol abuse and consumption the 18th Amendment was made and the Volstead Act which outlawed the production sale and transportation (not the consumption or private possession) of alcohol in 1920.

Prohibition didn’t stop bootleggers and speakeasies began popping up all over the country. In 1933 the 21st amendment went into place and repealed the 18th amendment, by 1935 Alcoholic Anonymous was founded. The American Medical Association declared that people suffering from alcohol addiction were valid patients. Even with these advances across medical and private landscapes were made by 1944, alcoholism was the fourth largest health concern in America. This has only increased over the past 80 years.  Alcoholism and alcohol abuse disorders have increased and decreased, but the prevalence in our society is still shocking. There are alcohol abuse programs more readily available today and are within reach.

Common Street Names for Alcohol

  • Liquid Courage
  • Booze
  • Brew
  • Cold One
  • Hooch
  • Moonshine
  • Sauce


Physiology and Side Effects of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol acts in the brain by altering levels of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit signals throughout the body that control thought processes, behavior, and emotion. Alcohol increases the effects of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid) it also inhibits the excitatory chemical Glutamate, by suppressing the stimulant chemical and rising the amount of an inhibitory compound it causes a similar physiological slowdown. Alcohol also increases the amount of dopamine in the brains reward center which creates a pleasurable feeling when someone takes a drink of alcohol.

The more someone abuses alcohol, the more is required to have the desired effect they are used to achieving, meaning more alcohol consumption is needed, and this creates dependence on alcohol and increased consumption. Common side effects of alcohol abuse/use are:

  • Slurring of speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Emotional changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Weight gain
  • Blackouts (Not remembering what the drinker did while drinking)
  • Increased urination
  • Disorientation

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorders

When alcohol is consumed is causes users feelings of euphoria, some use alcohol to “loosen up” in social situations. With repeated consumption and abuse of alcohol, users begin to become dependent on the way alcohol functions in their bodies and their bodies start not to be able to function normally when alcohol isn’t in their system. Once a person gets to the point of physical dependence on alcohol they will go through a physical withdrawal which can be fatal. At GateHouse we can help you, or a loved one medically detox off alcohol so that it will be a safe experience and the user can have a chance to get out of the cycle of use and abuse of alcohol.

Signs of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

While every person exhibits signs of intoxication differently some of the most common symptoms of alcoholism and alcohol use disorders are:


  • Fluctuation of moods
  • Depression
  • Euphoric
  • Over expression of emotions
  • Anger
  • Violence
  • Overconfident
  • Boisterous
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Anxious
  • Loss of appetite


  • Impulsive behavior
  • Attention Deficient
  • Overeating or not eating
  • Aggression
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Anxiety relief/ increased anxiety
  • Drinking alone
  • Legal problems related to alcohol abuse
  • Continuation of drinking despite negative
  • consequences
  • “Rituals” around drinking such as times or certain places
  • Hiding alcohol around the house
  • Neglecting responsibility
  • Blackouts
  • Increased risky behavior


  • Tolerance
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Compulsion to drink
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Tremors “The Shakes”
  • Liver issues
  • Beer Belly due to excessive alcohol consumption
  • Long recovery time after alcohol consumption
  • Weight gain