Resources and Guides for Alcohol Addiction

Explore our library of resources for alcohol addiction written by medical experts.

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Living With an Alcoholic: How to Deal With an Alcoholic Spouse

Impacts of Living with an Alcoholic Spouse An alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a chronic medical condition characterized by an inability to stop or control drinking despite health, social, or professional consequences. The impact of an AUD isn’t always limited to the one suffering from this chronic medical condition. AUDs may affect not only the […]

Loving Someone with an Addiction: What You Can Do to Help

Symptoms of Substance Use Disorders Symptoms of a substance use disorder include:1 Using more of a substance than was originally intended. Trying to stop using or cut back on using substances, but not being able to do so. Continuing to use a substance, despite being aware that the substance causes a physical or emotional problem […]

How to Talk to an Alcoholic: How to Talk to Someone About Alcoholism

What is an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD)? Drinking becomes problematic when it affects a person’s life to the point where they can no longer control their alcohol use. They continue to drink despite negative impacts it has on their life. When someone’s drinking progresses to this extent, a person may have an alcohol use disorder.1 […]

Sending a Family Member to Alcohol Rehab

How to send a family member to alcohol rehab? Families that spot an addiction in a loved one can start the healing process by researching treatment options. Once a provider has been chosen, the family can hold a conversation about the addiction and its consequences. After that talk, they can escort the person to the […]

How to Help an Alcoholic Father

Terms such as “alcoholic,” “alcoholism,” and “alcohol abuse” are generally terms we avoid using in the articles we publish at American Addiction Centers (AAC). Stigmatizing language, like this, can create a negative bias, perpetuate the view that addiction is a moral failing—and not a medical disease—and adversely impact treatment retention. Additionally, research shows that stigma […]

Alcoholism, Marriage, and Rehab

When a husband, wife or significant other is struggling with alcoholism, it can be difficult to accept that alcohol rehab may be needed. In some instances, it may be hard to admit that there’s even a problem. In other situations, it may be hard to ignore or difficult to change due to a loss of […]

Take Our “Am I an Alcoholic?” Self-Assessment

Take our free, 5-minute “Am I an Alcoholic?” self-assessment below if you think you or someone you love might be struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD).

Self-Assessment: Am I Addicted?
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Disclaimer: Only a medical or clinical professional may diagnose a substance use disorder. This assessment may serve as an indicator of a potential addiction but should not replace a diagnosis from a professional treatment provider.


Alcohol Addiction & Abuse: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

What is Alcohol Addiction? Alcohol addiction, clinically referred to as an alcohol use disorder (AUD), is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control unhealthy alcohol use despite adverse consequences. Instances of alcohol abuse and misuse are frequently referred to as an alcohol use disorder, alcohol dependence, and alcohol addiction. This […]

Alcohol Poisoning and Overdose: Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Overdose

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used mind-altering substances in the U.S–as well as an extremely dangerous drug.1 Excessive alcohol use can result in alcohol intoxication, alcohol poisoning, or alcohol overdose. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include: Mental confusion and stupor. Difficulty remaining conscious. Vomiting. Seizure. Slowed or irregular breathing. Clammy skin or paleness. Slow […]

How Much Does Alcohol Rehab Cost?

Spanish Version About 17.6 million people in the United States, which equates to one adult in every 12, have an alcohol abuse or dependence issue, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. The issue develops due to a complex interplay between genetics, environment, and opportunity, and sometimes, it develops so slowly that […]

Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Alcohol Misuse?

Does Insurance Cover Rehab for Alcohol Misuse? Substance Use Disorders (SUD) continue to be a problem in the United States. In 2021, more than 46 million Americans aged 12 or older suffered from an SUD. Of those, 94% did not receive treatment for the disorder.1  For many, the cost of healthcare services for alcohol addiction […]


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