Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction Treatment in Cumming & Suwanee


Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder (AUD), is one of the most common forms of addiction in the United States, taking the second spot to tobacco addiction. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 14.1 million adults ages 18 or older in the U.S. struggle with AUD. An estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes each year, making alcohol the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Addiction to alcohol is typically a gradual process. It often begins with the individual drinking casually and rationalizing reasons to drink more often. However, it is important to note that there isn't “one way” to develop alcoholism, nor is there one definable behavior that marks an alcoholic. If you believe you or a loved one have a drinking problem, it is worth your time to discuss the situation with someone who is experienced in diagnosing and treating addiction.

We don’t charge anything for a consultation with our staff. If you would like to learn more about alcoholism and our addiction treatment centers, call (678) 737-4430 today.

Symptoms of Alcoholism

As mentioned above, there is no symptom that definitively indicates a drinking problem. That said, there are several behaviors that suggest someone has an addiction or is in the early stages of developing one. These include:

  • Lying about how much you drink and/or drinking in secret
  • Frequently drinking alone
  • Feeling irritable or anxious if you cannot drink
  • Frequent Binge drinking
  • Memory loss or blacking out when drinking
  • Damaging relationships or careers as a result of drinking
  • Loss of interest in things that once brought you joy in favor of drinking

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define binge drinking as consuming four drinks in two hours for the average woman, and five drinks in a two hour period for the average man. If you find yourself consuming this amount on a regular basis, you should start limiting your intake of alcohol.

Long Term Effects of Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction can cause damage to the following organs:

  • brain
  • liver
  • heart
  • pancreas
  • kidneys
  • stomach

How Does Someone Become Addicted?

There are many things that can drive someone to abuse alcohol. The longer someone abuses alcohol, the more likely they are to develop a dependency.

People may turn to alcohol for many different reasons, including:

  • To relieve stress
  • To feel happy
  • To feel comfortable in social situations
  • To cope with loneliness
  • To numb symptoms of unresolved trauma
  • To dwell in feelings of shame or regret
  • To cope with loss

It’s not unusual for most people to drink for these reasons once in a while, but when people continuously rely on alcohol to relive a sensation or feeling, the dependency starts forming.

Diagnosing Alcoholism

The American Psychiatric Association has created a series of criteria to help diagnose alcoholism. If an individual has experienced at least three of the following symptoms in the last year, they would be diagnosed with alcoholism in the United States:

  • Your tolerance has reached the point where you need excessive quantities of alcohol to “feel” it. It is important to note that damage to the liver or central nervous system may affect this.
  • You end up drinking more than you originally intended.
  • You experience physical discomfort, also known as withdrawal when you cut down on consumption. This may include insomnia, anxiety, or nausea, among other things.
  • You continually use a substance even though you realize it is harming you physically or mentally (substance abuse).
  • You have tried to cut down on consumption but failed.
  • You spend significant amounts of time obtaining alcohol, using it, or recovering from its effects.
  • You find yourself spending less time with friends or engaging in your hobbies since you began drinking.

The Treatment Process

Before treatment has to begin, the person struggling with alcoholism needs to decide that they want treatment. While this is not something that can be forced, friends and family can help push their loved one into realizing they need help through an intervention.

Alcoholism is not a problem that should be handled alone. Depending on how long someone has been drinking, and how often they do it, detoxification may be required before they can cut themselves off from alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable, and many people give up at this stage if they don’t receive professional help. In a medical detox center, clients will receive monitoring and treatment to help them manage withdrawal symptoms.

After detox, patients should seek treatment at a rehab center like The Carter Treatment Center. It is recommended that patients begin with an inpatient program followed by outpatient therapy, but for patients who can’t manage this, outpatient treatment should be the next step.

Remember that detoxification alone is not treatment for alcoholism. Patients need to undergo therapy and address the issues that motivate them to drink: depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. In therapy, patients will learn strategies to identify their triggers for drinking and how to handle them in healthy, substance-free ways.

Our Treatments Are Built Around Your Needs

No matter what you’ve heard about alcoholism recovery, you should know that no two people have the same experience. At The Carter Treatment Center, we offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehab services. Our staff takes the time to learn more about you and the underlying factors that contributed to your addiction in order to build a treatment plan that will address your mental, physical, and emotional needs. We strive to set patients on the path of long-term recovery without fear of relapse.

Recommended Reading

Our centers for alcoholism treatment are located in Suwanee and Cumming, GA. We serve the surrounding communities of Alpharetta, Canton, Dawsonville, Gainesville, Johns Creek, and Roswell, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, and Gwinnett County. Call (678) 737-4430 today to get started.

Our Success Stories

Read Reviews From Individuals Who Have Recovered Their 
  • “"I love The Carter Treatment Center so much because for the first time in my existence I came out with peace, self love and most of all confidence that I will make it much further this time."”

    - C.M.
  • “"They don't do cookie-cutter treatment. My plan was about ME and MY needs."”

    - B.M.
  • “"The Carter Treatment Center has given me the full toolbox (My Hard Work) to succeed in my recovery."”

    - K.V.
  • “"I am so thankful for this place. I am coming up on a year of sobriety and my life has changed so much for the better."”

    - M.T.
  • “"I feel safe and protected. I am realizing I'm important."”

    - J.F.

How To Get Started

  1. Fill Out the Form to the Left

  2. We Will Contact You to Verify Your Insurance

  3. You Will Complete a Quick Evaluation

  4. You Will Begin Your Journey to Recovering Your Possibility

380 Dahlonega St,
Cumming, GA 30040
Map & Directions [+]

Contact Us 678-737-4430


Located in Both Cumming and Suwanee
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.