Alcoholism | Alcohol Use Disorder
People with alcohol use disorder have an intense need to consume alcohol. This can negatively affect work, relationships and health. Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism, is a disease. Excessive alcohol use can permanently damage the body, in particular the brain and the liver. Quitting drinking is the only thing that will prevent the further risk of health issues.
Your primary care provider can connect you or a loved one with help and support.
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At Maine Behavioral Healthcare, we treat the whole person. We care about your physical and mental health, so we are making it easier than ever before to access behavioral healthcare through your primary care provider. We are locating counseling, therapy and many other behavioral and mental healthcare services at physician and provider practices.
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Alcohol use disorder is treated with a variety of therapies and support services, including detox, 12-step, and peer-to-peer programs.
Some medications can help treat alcohol use disorder and help cravings.
People who are trying to quit drinking can often experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can prevent people from continuing treatment or quitting alcohol use. Services are available to help patients with withdrawal symptoms such as:
Contact your provider if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol use.
What is alcohol use disorder?
Alcohol use disorder is a chronic condition with physical and psychological consequences. It is a disease that requires treatment. Treatment can help people manage symptoms, as well as establish and maintain sobriety.
Rehabilitation, support groups, counseling services and medication can help treat patients and allow them to address their problems with alcohol. Alcohol use disorder is associated with many health issues, including:
- Chronic diseases
Harm to developing fetus
Alcohol use disorder symptoms
Strong craving for alcohol
Inability to limit drinking
Repeated alcohol use despite previous negative results
Need to drink more to feel the same effect
Tremors the morning after drinking
Memory lapses or blackouts during episodes of alcohol consumption
Neglecting social, school or work responsibilities