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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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
  • Injuries
  • Violence
  • Harm to developing fetus

Alcohol use disorder symptoms

  • Excessive drinking

  • 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

Alcohol use disorder treatment

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:

  • Shaking

  • Sweating

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Emotional issues

Contact your provider if you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol use.

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From counseling to case management to psychiatric care in a hospital setting, Maine Behavioral Healthcare provides a full range of services to both adults and children.
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