The immediate objectives of an alcohol treatment program are to relieve the symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal and treat any medical or psychiatric conditions present. Once these objectives have been accomplished, the alcohol detox team helps prepare you for your next level of treatment which may include: a residential alcohol rehab program, outpatient alcohol treatment program or attendance at alcoholic's anonymous meetings.
Alcohol dependence can lead to heart related and liver problems. Our liver works extra hard to break down alcohol and remove it from our systems. Too much alcohol consumption can lead to extra burden on the liver and ultimately liver failure. There are also mental health and psychological problems associated with alcohol dependence. Too much consumption can lead to stress, anxiety and feelings of suicide. Relationships get ruined this way and your performance at work can also be affected.
Research shows that the risk for developing alcoholism does indeed run in families. The genes a person inherits partially explain this pattern, but lifestyle is also a factor. Currently, researchers are working to discover the actual genes that put people at risk for alcoholism. Your friends, the amount of stress in your life, and how readily available alcohol is also are factors that may increase your risk for alcoholism, alcohol dependence or alcohol addiction.
But remember: Risk is not destiny. Just because alcoholism or alcohol dependence tends to run in families doesn't mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic too. Some people develop alcoholism even though no one in their family has a drinking problem. By the same token, not all children of alcoholic families get into trouble with alcohol. Knowing you are at risk is important, though, because then you can take steps to protect yourself from developing problems with alcohol or alcohol abuse.