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defining alcoholism

There is no “one size fits all” cause for defining alcoholism. In reality, there are multiple risk factors that play a part in the development of an alcohol addiction. These factors interact differently within every individual, leading to alcohol abuse disorders in some but not in others.

  • Psychological Factors

Many people who suffer from psychological illnesses turn to alcohol as a method of coping with their illness. For example, some individuals with schizophrenia claim that alcohol silences the voices in their head, and some with depression report that alcohol improves their mood. This is very common in those who haven’t been diagnosed or who have found that medication creates uncomfortable side effects. In addition to this, many psychological disorders decrease an individual’s ability to understand the  severity of their drinking or to ignore risks and warning signs.

  • Personal Choice Factors

There are some aspects of personal choice when it comes to alcoholism. For example, someone who has decided that they will never have a drink is obviously not going to develop alcoholism. Additionally, those who choose to avoid social situations where drinking is likely to occur are also less likely to develop alcoholism. However, once an individual begins drinking personal choice has considerably less influence over whether they become an alcoholic compared to other factors.

  • Familial Factors

Excluding genetics, an individual’s family life plays a significant role in the likelihood that they develop alcoholism. People who grow up in a family where heavy drinking is practiced, or even encouraged, are more likely to develop alcoholism. In these families, heavy drinking is normalized and glamorized, making it socially acceptable, expected, and potentially desirable.

  • Age Factors

An individual’s age strongly influences the likelihood of alcohol abuse. In general, alcohol use begins in late teens to early twenties, peaks in late to mid-twenties, and slows down by the early thirties. Individuals in their early to mid-twenties are the most likely to abuse alcohol and suffer from alcohol use disorders. However, the younger an individual is when they begin consuming alcohol, the more likely they are to develop alcoholism later in life. This is especially true for individuals who start drinking before 15.

At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some may believe they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to addition and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.

The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery, and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.