Alcohol Abuse Specialist

LifeSync Malibu -  - Addiction Medicine Physician

LifeSync Malibu

Addiction Medicine Physician & Rehab located in Lifesync Malibu Healing Center, Malibu, CA

If you can’t get through the day without drinking, or you’ve tried to stop drinking and can’t, it’s time to get help for alcohol abuse. Board-certified addiction medicine specialist Geoffrey Booth, MD, and the skilled team at LifeSync Malibu give you the best chance of staying sober in the long run with an individualized detox program, comprehensive medical care, and therapy that supports your recovery. To learn more about treatment for alcohol abuse, call the clinic in Malibu, California.

Alcohol Abuse

How does alcohol abuse develop?

When you drink excessively or binge on a regular basis, it’s easy to cross the line into addiction because alcohol changes your brain chemistry. 

Alcohol affects the brain’s reward system, triggering the release of biochemicals, such as dopamine, that make you feel good, improve your mood, and boost your self-confidence.

 With ongoing alcohol use, your brain changes and becomes dependent on high levels of dopamine. Then you start to have strong cravings and urges that make it hard to resist the need to drink.

At the same time, your brain develops a tolerance to the amount of alcohol you typically consume. Then you’ll need to drink more to achieve the same pleasurable effect. 

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What symptoms or behaviors occur due to alcohol abuse? 

Many people who abuse alcohol aren’t aware they have a problem, or they deny that they drink too much. But if you’re a woman who has more than eight drinks a week or a man who consumes more than 15 drinks weekly, you’re a heavy drinker at risk of developing an addiction – if you haven’t already. 

The team at LifeSync Malibu evaluates these symptoms to determine if you have an alcohol use disorder:

  • Having a strong craving or need to drink
  • Being unable to cut down or stop drinking
  • Giving up social activities and hobbies so you can drink
  • Failing to meet responsibilities at home, work, or school
  • Spending a lot of time drinking or feeling sick after drinking
  • Continuing to drink even though it causes trouble with your family
  • Continuing to drink despite a health problem or memory blackouts
  • Using alcohol when it’s not safe, such as while driving
  • Needing to drink more to get the same effect
  • Having withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink

Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, irritability, nausea, shakiness, or sweating. 

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How is alcohol abuse treated?

The team at LifeSync Malibu provides comprehensive medical care for patients who are addicted to alcohol, including a full detox program and exceptional residential care. 

One of the most successful treatments for alcohol abuse, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), combines medication with therapy.

The first step of your treatment is detoxing to clear the alcohol out of your body. Throughout your detox, you’re closely monitored by the exceptional team at LifeSync Malibu. You also receive medications that relieve your withdrawal symptoms and reduce your urges for alcohol.

While medication supports your detox, therapy supports your ongoing recovery. During individual and group therapy, you learn what triggers your alcohol abuse, begin to recognize behavior patterns, and gain the tools you need to maintain your recovery.

To learn more about treatment for alcohol abuse, call LifeSync Malibu.

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