Type of addiction

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction Treatment

alcohol addictionFor those struggling with alcoholism, severe drinking problems, and the general unmanageability caused by alcohol addiction, GateHouse treatment centers offers a way out. For individuals who are ready to overcome their alcoholism, we offer a personal approach to alcohol addiction treatment that is based on proven methodologies. We give our clients the tools needed to build a strong recovery by promoting personal responsibility and accountability. We are personally invested in our clients’ recovery process, and putting people first has always been the bedrock of our treatment philosophy. Reach out today, and find out how GateHouse can help.

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. Alcohol is one of the most widely abused drugs across the country. Abuse of alcohol can result in alcohol withdrawal which can be fatal, all detoxification from alcohol should be monitored by a medical professional.

History of Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse

Throughout history, Americans have struggled to strike a balance between alcohol consumption and alcohol. Because of widespread abuse and consumption in 1935 Alcoholic Anonymous was founded and the American Medical Association declared people suffering from alcohol addiction were valid patients. By 1944, alcoholism was the fourth largest health concern in America. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse disorders in our society is still shocking.

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 controling thought process, 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 it causes feelings of euphoria, some use alcohol to “loosen up” in social situations. With repeated consumption and abuse, individuals begin to become dependent and are not able to function normally when alcohol isn’t in their system. Once a person gets to the point of physical dependence they will go through a physical 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. Call GateHouse today for more information.

Quick Facts

  • In the US about 14 million adults abuse alcohol
  • Over 3 MM american teenagers have an alcohol abuse problem
  • People ages 12-20 often binge drink
  • Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day
  • More than 15 MM people struggle with an alcohol use disorder in the US
  • In 2014 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths
  • Approximately 17% of men and 8% of women will be dependent on alcohol in their lifetime
  • Alcohol abuse can have long-term side effects on a person including brain damage and liver disease
  • Chronic alcohol abusers can develop alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis of the liver

Signs of 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, liver issues, beer belly, consumption, long recovery time after alcohol consumption, weight gain