Over time, alcoholism will lead to severe consequences.

Alcoholism constitutes the excessive use, abuse or addiction to alcohol. Alcoholism is a disease which is progressive in nature and characterized by denial. By progressive we mean that a persons’ alcohol consumption increases over time until a physical dependence results. At this chronic stage of physical dependence, medical supervision is required to safely manage the withdrawal symptoms the alcoholic will experience.

The denial system of the alcoholic progresses along with the alcoholism. The denial of the alcoholic does not allow them to see themselves objectively and they often minimize, rationalize or deny they have a problem altogether. Denial also protects the alcoholic from painful realities related to the consequences and losses of their disease (physical, emotional, legal, job loss, strained relationships, etc.). The good news is that alcoholism is a highly treatable disease. It is important to identify the most appropriate treatment center to both assess and treat the alcoholic and family of the alcoholic.

How Our Helpline Works

For those seeking addiction treatment for themselves or a loved one, the helpline is a private and convenient solution.

Calls to any general helpline (non-facility specific 1-8XX numbers) for your visit will be answered by American Addiction Centers (AAC).

We are standing by 24/7 to discuss your treatment options. Our representatives work solely for AAC and will discuss whether an AAC facility may be an option for you. Our helpline is offered at no cost to you and with no obligation to enter into treatment. Neither nor AAC receives any commission or other fee that is dependent upon which treatment provider a visitor may ultimately choose.

For more information on AAC’s commitment to ethical marketing and treatment practices, or to learn more about how to select a treatment provider, visit our About AAC page. If you wish to explore additional treatment options or connect with a specific rehab center, you can browse top-rated listings or visit SAMHSA.