Alcoholism is a disease with a common cause: a dependence on alcohol. There are usually four symptoms of alcoholism:
Craving: A strong need, or compulsion, to drink.
Loss of control: The inability to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion.
Physical dependence: Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety, occur when alcohol use is stopped after a period of heavy drinking.
Tolerance: The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol in order to “get high.”
Drug addictions are very similar to alcoholism in that the symptoms are usually the same depending on the drug that the addict uses. With drugs the physical symptoms can very drastically due to the different chemical properties of some drugs.
Alcohol or drug abuse is different from alcoholism and drug addiction in that there is no craving, loss of control over the use, or physical dependency. Abuse is a continuing use of alcohol or drugs and having recurring and repeated problems with life due to drinking or drugs. These can be operating vehicles while impaired, work or school related problems and relationship disputes due to use of alcohol or drugs.
If you say to yourself and others that you can quite anytime, you don’t have a problem, you are in control and yet others are aware of your drinking or drug use, you may have a problem.
If you have constant and recurring thoughts about drinking, how you get your next drink or when you can get your next drink you may have a problem.
If you hide your drinking from others, if you lie about your drinking or if you are having problems with work or home life due to drinking you may have a problem.
In life there are many reasons people say why they drink or use drugs. You can say you use due to stress, problems in your relationship or pressures of work or home. These are not reasons you use but excuses. You use because you have a problem and need help taking care of it.
To get the help you need you have to do a few things to start. Any drug or rehabilitation center will have a program that is similar in how they run due to the nature of the disease and the treatment that has been known to work on a majority of those with this disease.
The first thing in treating any alcoholism or drug addiction has to be a detoxification period to get the substance out of the body and clear the mind of the person. Until this is done the person is not going to be able to think clearly and deal with his or her problems.
With this in mind that is the first part of any rehab centers program. You need to have a period that the person can stop using and come off the chemicals in a safe manner with monitoring of their physical condition to prevent serious problems such as seizures.
The person has to be able to stop using and not be able to get anymore for the period they are detoxifying. This is usually done in a hospital environment that is controlled by the staff of the rehab center.
After the detoxifying, there is counseling and help with recognizing the addiction and creating a recovery plan to start the journey of sobriety. This usually starts inside the hospital or center and then continues with help and assistance outside with support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
Family support is a must in recovering and family members can also attend support groups to learn how to cope with friends or relatives who are addicts. They can attend AL-Anon meetings for the significant others in the life of an adult with an addiction problem.
These support groups are lead and run by the members of the group, membership is only a desire to stop the use of alcohol or drugs in the case of AA or NA and having a significant other who has an addiction in the case of Al-Anon.
In the Fargo Moorhead Area there are three rehab centers in the area that include inpatient care as part of their programs.
Prairie St John’s
510 4th St S
Fargo, ND 58103
1720 University Dr S
Fargo, ND 58103
4227 9th Ave SW
Fargo, ND 58103
The Veterans Hospital in Fargo also has a rehabilitation program that Veterans can take part in. Theirs is also a short term program that helps you detoxify and start on a recovery program through counseling and outpatient care.
Fargo VA Medical Center
2101 North Elm Street
Fargo, ND 58102
All three of these have a program that includes inpatient care and outpatient counseling and other services. These centers should be contacted for specific information about insurance, availability and any other questions or concerns.
If you or someone you know has a problem, here are some places that can help:
Fargo Area Alcoholics Anonymous Group
They will have information and phone numbers on their sites to get help and support.