A National Directory of Drug Treatment Centers and Alcohol Treatment Centers, Therapists and Specialists. A free, simple directory providing assistance and guidance for those seeking help regarding alcohol addiction, drug addiction, dependency and many other conditions that affect the mind, body and soul.
Call 800-580-9104 to speak with an alcohol or drug abuse counselor.

Who Answers?

Understanding the Stages of Alcoholism

There are many beliefs as to how alcoholism sets in, with a growing number of people accepting that this is a disease.

There are multiple stages of alcoholism, all of which can be pinpointed if a person is facing an addiction.

While it is not always easy to determine if somebody is addicted to alcohol, there are four stages to be aware of:

  • Early stage. This is marked by an increased tolerance and physical changes, which are mostly hidden. During this stage, the brain becomes more tolerant to alcohol, meaning that the person must consume more to achieve the desired result.
  • Middle stage. It can be difficult to determine the line between the early and middle stage, but there are some characteristics to be aware of.The pleasure associated with drinking during the early stage is now being replaced by consumption meant to deal with issues caused by prior drinking or other life issues, such as job related stress.
  • Late stage. Also referred to as the deteriorative stage, this is when the negative effects on the mind and body are evident, as physical symptoms make their way to the forefront.Somebody who reaches this stage is faced with a variety of physical and psychological problems, due largely to the fact that vital organs have been damaged.
drinking problem

When a person begins hiding their drinking it is clear a problem has developed.

Treatment. While quitting alcohol can be accomplished at any stage, many never consider this until they enter the late stage of alcoholism. This is when they, as well as those around them, may realize that professional help is necessary.

While some people attempt to quit alcohol cold turkey, those who have reached the late stage of alcoholism will have a better chance of success by checking into a rehab facility. With professional help, it is easier to overcome an addiction and avoid future trouble (such as a relapse).

When somebody finds him or herself in the third stage of alcoholism, it is important that the next step be the acceptance of rehab. Without rehabilitation, there is a good chance that the problem will continue for many years to come, causing harm along the way.

If you understand the stages of alcoholism, it is easier to decide if you or a loved one is dealing with this disease. Furthermore, it makes it easier to decide on an acceptable treatment schedule that can yield results.

More Treatment & Detox Articles

Alcohol research finds women need to drink accordingly

Sometimes I hate being a girl, especially if you’re a girl who enjoys the occasional cocktail. We all know drinking can have unintended consequences, but it turns out that imbibing poses more risks for us than it does the guys. When women drink, they become intoxicated more quickly than men do, and the alcohol causes….

Continue reading

Getting your fix at the doctor’s office

heroin addiction treatment program

A group of Canadian researchers has demonstrated the truth of a practice commonly used in European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland: Heroin can be an effective treatment for chronic, relapsing heroin addicts. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study is “the first rigorous test of the approach performed in North America,”….

Continue reading

Paris gets a taste of teen binge drinking

teen binge drinking programs

It Tells You something about the novelty of a French debate about “le binge drinking” that an equivalent French term has yet to enter into common usage and that whenever the media broach it, they feel obliged first to explain to people what exactly it is. They’ve been doing a lot of explaining lately. According….

Continue reading

French try to put cork in teen drinking binges

Opinion Alcohol and teens are a heady mix, writes Cherie Sivignon in this week’s L’expat. Before I moved to France I was under the impression that French citizens had a better attitude to the consumption of booze than my New Zealand peers. And that is true. My husband Franck, born and raised in France, had….

Continue reading

How AA helps an alcoholic recover from addiction

Before Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, there was little hope for those with a drinking problem. Intelligent, highly successful people could not understand why they consistently got into trouble when they drank. Moreover, they could not fathom why they repeatedly returned to the bottle despite pledges of total abstinence. Alcoholics frequently visited hospitals….

Continue reading

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by a quality treatment center within the USA.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by a licensed drug and alcohol rehab facility, a paid advertiser on TreatmentCenters.com.

All calls are private and confidential.

I NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOWI NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE NOW 800-580-9104Response time about 1 min | Response rate 100%
Who Answers?