Alcohol Use Disorder (Alcoholism)

Start treatment for alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) today by calling Mindful at 516-505-7200

Mindful is ready and able to address a wide variety of substance use disorders, including alcohol use disorder (or alcoholism). This includes any misuse of alcohol such as binge drinking (five or more drinks within two hours for men, four or more drinks within two hours for women), drinking that causes repeated issues in daily life or functioning, frequent periods of alcohol intoxication or alcohol withdrawal, preoccupation with alcohol, increased tolerance to alcohol (needing to drink more to achieve the desired effect), and continued use despite problems caused. Alcohol use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe and can intensify over time if not treated early.

Here are some symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Wanting to cut down on how much you drink or making unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Spending a lot of time drinking, getting alcohol or recovering from alcohol use
  • Feeling a strong craving or urge to drink alcohol
  • Failing to fulfill major obligations at work, school or home due to repeated alcohol use
  • Using alcohol in situations where it’s not safe, such as when driving or swimming
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms — such as nausea, sweating and shaking — when you don’t drink, or drinking to avoid these symptoms

Alcohol use disorder is said to be caused by a variety of factors: genetics, starting to drink at a young age, social/cultural influences, mood disorders such as depression or other mental health concerns, and more. If not treated, alcohol use disorder can lead to significant health and safety concerns, such as high-risk behavior, violence, legal issues, liver damage, heart and digestive issues, sexual dysfunction, and more.

It can be extremely difficult to admit or recognize that drinking has become problematic. Often, loved ones notice before the individual does. If you or a loved one is concerned about alcohol use, Mindful is your first step toward treatment. We can provide appropriate medication management to ease cravings and symptoms of withdrawal, provide support and counseling for emotions associated with becoming sober, and link you to a supportive sober network for follow-up care. Call us today to get started.