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Is Alcohol Addiction Really That Bad?

Alcohol addiction is a serious problem, but an alcohol treatment program can get you to recovery. If you are suffering from alcohol addiction, you are at risk for many complications, including health problems, relationship issues and problems in your professional life, psychological problems, financial woes and trouble with the law. An alcohol treatment program can get your life into a healthier, more stable and more balanced place for happier and more productive living.

The Impact of Alcohol Addiction on Your Life

Your Health

Put frankly, alcohol addiction is dangerous to your health. Alcohol abuse negatively affects the body, damaging everything from the liver to the functioning of the brain. Even the skeletal system is affected by such consequences as weakening of the bones and an increased risk for such bone diseases as osteoporosis. Health consequences from alcohol addiction appear, both immediately following the use of alcohol as well as on a long-term scale.

Personal and Professional Relationships

Alcohol addiction can impair your personal and professional relationships, and left unaddressed, the damage could be permanent. There are many behaviors that alcohol addiction elicits. These actions often have nothing to do with who they are as people, but everything to do with their addictions and the subsequent surrounding circumstances. Some such behavior may include keeping secrets, partaking in risky or wild behavior, lying, not showing up for work or family events, taking part in deceptive behaviors to support the addiction or to hide it, spending time in unsavory places, becoming unreliable, becoming violent, and more. Getting the help that you need can help you manage healthy relationships at home and in the workplace.

Finances and Productivity

Alcohol addiction can be expensive and harmful to your finances for many reasons. These may include the costs for procuring alcohol, time spent away from work, loss of work (in some cases), health or legal expenses and others. Productivity is also sacrificed as consuming alcohol becomes the number one priority and everything else is left in its shadow including personal and professional life goals.

The Law

The law can also become involved as a result of your addiction to alcohol for a number of reasons. One of the most common instances is when an individual with an alcohol addiction makes the decision to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence. Driving under the influence puts your life and the lives of others at risk, and you can face jail time, prison time, hefty fines, community service and other punishments from the legal system.

Our addiction treatment counselors can help you deal with physical, emotional and psychological consequences of drug and alcohol abuse.  A substance abuse treatment program is effective, safe and has helped many men reclaim their lives. Destination Hope is a full service drug, alcohol and dual diagnosis treatment facility in Florida for men suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues.