Alcoholism, also known as “alcohol dependence”, is a disabling addictive disorder. In earlier stages of dependence it is characterized by problems that occur as a result of drinking that include embarrassment over actions while drinking, loss of control while under the influence and a preoccupation with drinking activities.

In the latter, acute stages it is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcohol despite its negative effects on the drinker’s health, relationships, and social standing. Problems in the latter stages are a threat to the happiness and well being of the individual and his family, coworkers and the community as a whole.

Alcoholism is the drinker’s inability to control compulsive drinking, despite awareness of its harm to his health and those around him.  Alcohol detoxificationmay be needed before treatment; our Medical Director is available for assessment.   At Last Door we treat alcoholism and addiction as one disorder – often, alcoholicsalso are addicted to other drugs, most often benzodiazepines and pain medications. In any case the problems that stem from drug abuse and alcohol abuse  are similar.