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Legacy Healing Center is a comprehensive addiction treatment provider located in South Florida, committed to creating a better life for those suffering from alcohol addiction. Built from our core values of compassion, commitment and integrity, our personalized holistic healing approach focuses on healing the mind, body and spirit of individuals seeking a more fulfilling life.
There are many symptoms and warning signs common among those struggling from alcohol abuse. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following, it may be necessary to seek treatment for alcohol addiction:
Alcohol is the heart of many social situations and gatherings. You may be invited to go out for some drinks to celebrate a birthday, or for happy hour with some colleagues at the end of the work day. Maybe your friend is hosting a party to drink some beers and watch the game, or perhaps a bottle of wine is opened to go along with some conversation at the dinner table. No matter the situation, the opportunities and pressures to drink are abundant.
Due to the prevalence and easy accessibility of alcohol, it doesn’t always take much for “social drinking” to develop into an addiction. Before you know it, that addiction takes over and your life starts to spin out of control. Your career is put in jeopardy, relationships with loved ones become strained, money becomes tight, and your health starts to deteriorate. It can be difficult for you or a loved one to admit to having a problem, but overcoming this denial is the first step to overcoming your addiction.
Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the United States. Over 51% of adults in the U.S. are current regular drinkers. 16.3 million of these adults (8% of the American adult population) suffer from an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD).
This widespread use has caused alcohol to become one of the main contributors to disease and death in the United States. Alcohol-induced liver disease accounted for one out of every three liver transplants in 2009. Excessive alcohol consumption and alcohol-related incidents, such as drinking and driving, account for more than 100,000 deaths per year in the U.S. The numbers don’t lie: alcohol abuse is a serious issue.
Alcohol has many negative side effects and can lead to very serious health complications. The excessive or long-term use of alcohol increases an individual’s chance of developing many life-threatening health issues, including the following:
An increase of fat inside liver cells, making it more difficult for the liver to function properly. This is the most common alcohol-induced liver disease.
A liver inflammation that causes destruction to liver cells.
The most severe alcohol-induced liver disease. Occurs when scar tissue replaces the normal tissue. Can be caused by fibrosis, another alcoholic liver disease. Liver damage caused by cirrhosis cannot be undone.
Irregular beating of the heart.
The weakening and thinning of the heart muscle. This makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood and leads to heart failure.
Inflammation of the pancreas, which alters its functionality and structure. Prevents proper digestion and can cause complications with other organs.
Excessive drinking increases the risk of developing certain types of cancer. These include cancer of the liver, mouth, throat and breast.
Alcohol interferes with communication pathways in the brain. This can damage the way your brain functions, which could affect your behavior, mood, coordination and thinking capacity.