Victory Recovery Partners
Addiction Recovery located in Hempstead, Farmingville, Shirley, Hicksville and Massapequa, NY
About 15 million American adults suffer from alcohol addiction. If you’re concerned about your alcohol use and want to reduce or curtail your consumption, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Victory Recovery Partners in Hempstead, Farmingville, Shirley, Hicksville, and Massapequa, New York, the addiction recovery experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol addiction. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.
Alcohol Addiction Q & A
What is alcohol addiction?
Alcohol addiction, or alcohol use disorder, occurs when your consumption of alcoholic beverages causes distress or harm. It’s a chronic disorder characterized by compulsive alcohol abuse, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state.
If you have an alcohol addiction, it’s important to get treatment. Studies show that alcohol dependency increases the risk of fatal burn injuries, drownings, car accidents, suicide, and severe trauma. It can also interfere with your relationships, affecting your marriage, job, or friendships.
What are the symptoms of alcohol addiction?
Symptoms of alcohol dependency may include:
- Drinking more or longer than intended
- Wanting to cut back on drinking but being unable to
- Cravings or urges to drink
- Continued drinking, even though it causes problems with family or friends
- Being in situations that are risky or dangerous
- Continuing to drink, even if you’re anxious or depressed
- Drinking more each day
As your dependency worsens, you might also experience symptoms of withdrawal, like sweating, nausea, or insomnia.
How is an alcohol addiction diagnosed?
To diagnose an alcohol addiction, your Victory Recovery Partners provider reviews your medical history and asks about your alcohol use, including how often you drink and how much. Next, they conduct a complete physical exam.
Your provider also conducts a psychiatric evaluation. To do that, they ask about your feelings, thoughts, and behavior patterns. You also fill out a comprehensive psychiatric questionnaire.
How is alcohol addiction treated?
Victory Recovery Partners uses evidence-based medicine to help people with alcohol addiction achieve lasting recovery without having to stay in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility. Depending on your age, medical history, and the severity of your addiction, they might recommend:
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Vivitrol® (naltrexone) injections
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Family therapy
- Alcoholics Anonymous (or another support group)
Ultimately, the goal of treatment is to reduce cravings and minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawals. When combined with education on how to live a healthy lifestyle without the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s possible to achieve long-lasting results.
To learn more about the various treatment options for alcohol addiction, make an appointment at Victory Recovery Partners by calling the nearest office or using the online scheduling feature today.