Alcoholism Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

More than 15 million American adults live with alcoholism, also referred to as an alcohol use disorder. The team of experts at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York can help you overcome your disease and restore your healthy, active, and fulfilling life. Call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today if you're ready to start your journey toward sobriety.

Alcoholism Q & A

What is alcoholism?

Alcoholism is a common but complex brain disease that leads to compulsive consumption of alcohol despite adverse consequences to your health and relationships. Alcoholism distorts your thoughts, behaviors, and body function.

Some of the common symptoms and signs of alcoholism include:

  • A compulsive need to drink alcohol regularly
  • Needing greater quantities of alcohol to feel the effects
  • Spending money you don’t have on alcohol
  • Choosing to drink alone instead of taking care of other responsibilities
  • Failing to meet your professional obligations and responsibilities
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as tremors, when you don’t drink

Drinking too much also causes significant health problems such as liver disease, digestive problems, and heart problems. It impacts your body function and can exacerbate other health conditions such as diabetes.

What causes alcoholism?

Medical researchers and psychiatrists are still studying alcoholism and researching why some people develop the disease while others don’t. Most of the time, alcoholism develops slowly, and you may not realize you have a problem for some time.

For example, initially, you may have an alcoholic drink during a social occasion, but then over time, you consume more alcohol regularly, eventually needing alcohol to feel normal. Excessive and long-term use of alcohol ultimately damages the regions of your brain that control judgment and impulse control.

A variety of factors are known to contribute to alcoholism, including:

  • A family history of addiction
  • Starting to drink at an early age
  • Steady, regular drinking over time
  • Depression and other mental health problems
  • History of trauma, abuse, neglect, or poverty

Some of the warning signs that you should seek help include regularly drinking more than the recommended daily intake of alcohol or feeling that you need alcohol to get through the day. If either of these situations sounds familiar, call Mindful Urgent Care for customized help today.   

How is alcoholism treated?

The team at Mindful Urgent Care offers customized treatment plans that often combine medication and therapy to help you recover from alcoholism. While medication can help control your cravings and withdrawal symptoms, therapy allows you to explore the issues that contribute to your alcoholism and learn techniques to manage your cravings and impulses.

Call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online today to start your journey toward sobriety.

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