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Treating Utah's Growing Alcoholism

Mar 27, 2008
Even though Utah has the lowest rate of alcoholism and alcohol abuse in the country, there are still thousands across the state who struggle with alcohol addiction and the negative consequences that come with it. Many negative consequences can be eradicated though with UT alcohol addiction treatment.

Part of the reason treatment is becoming more important is that alcohol consumption in Utah is on the rise. The Deseret Morning News reports that tax revenue from alcohol sales has more than doubled in the past decade and alcohol is available in more stores and restaurant across the state. There is also a greater selection of liquors to choose from.

As alcohol consumption increases, more and more people are affected by the negative consequences of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. A few of the possible negative consequences of alcohol abuse include: poor performance at school and work, damaged relationships between friends, family members and loved ones, increased tendencies for depression, suicide and homicide and even death or injury.

In purely economical terms, alcohol abuse costs society billions of dollars every year. When you add the heartache, physical pain and emotional damage it inflicts on people, the cost soars to even greater heights. If you have any of the following symptoms, you are probably suffering from alcohol addiction and you should seek qualified UT alcohol addiction treatment.

Signs of Alcoholism:

- Cravings
- Loss of Self-Control
- Physical Dependence
- Tolerance

Once alcohol has such a strong hold in the body, it can be painful and difficult to break free of the substance. Some alcoholics do manage to quit drinking on their own, but several studies show that the success rate is much higher when individuals have help.

There are a lot of different ways to treat alcoholism. Twelve-step programs, wilderness survival retreats, spiritual and physical rejuvenation, support groups and counseling are just a few of the ways to aid the process. If you are looking for a facility to help treat this addiction, it may be wise to find a place where several different methods of treatment are applied because it can increase your chances of success.

Follow-up care is also an important element to search for in alcohol addiction treatment programs. Some facilities will offer all of their graduates two years of follow-up care for no extra cost. That kind of continued support can be very helpful in maintaining the goals you set for an alcohol-free lifestyle. And of course, it is always wise to see if your insurance will cover any of the program costs.
About the Author
The Journey Healing Centers (http://www.journeyhealingcenters.com) provide individualized UT alcohol addiction treatment plans in several different locations and they cater to a wide variety of budgets. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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