Rosecrance offers Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Addiction Treatment that Leads to Success and Sobriety

Alcohol is legal and accepted in society. Alcohol’s also the most commonly consumed addictive substance in the United States. Tens of millions of Americans have dependency or addiction to alcohol that negatively impacts their lives. In addition, millions more Americans — including teens and adolescents — are at risk for problem drinking and alcohol addiction/alcoholism, which is a clinically recognized disease.

Is alcoholism really a disease?

It is true that alcoholism, like drug addiction, is a disease. In fact, it has the same fundamental characteristics as other physical diseases:

  • It is progressive – Without effective alcoholism treatment, it will worsen over time
  • Alcoholism can be fatal – If not treated, it can and often does lead to death
  • There is an inherited biological connection – Genetics can cause an increased likelihood or greater probability of someone having the disease of alcoholism
  • Alcoholism is predictable – Like other physical diseases, alcoholism has symptoms that are entirely predictable regardless of whom alcohol addiction affects.

Alcoholism is a disease, but you still bear responsibility

Because alcoholism (like drug addiction) is a disease, people may think this means that an adult alcoholic or teen alcoholic isn’t responsible for his or her condition. But just like with other diseases — such as lung cancer and heart disease — there is a clear connection between lifestyle and the onset of a physical problem due to alcohol abuse. For example, it’s well known that a poor diet can lead to heart disease.

As with these other diseases, individuals addicted to alcohol need to get proper medical care and follow their doctors’ advice. They will probably have to make lifestyle changes and get treatment — regardless of how the condition developed. In other words, people struggling with alcohol addiction have a disease and, to get healthy and live a life full of hope purpose and passion, they need to receive treatment.

Alcohol addiction is a lifelong disease, but treatment can lead to recovery

If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol, you can stop using by actively taking part in an effective, evidence-based treatment and recovery process. You won’t be cured, but you can live life well in recovery. Recovery means that, while you will no longer drink or use drugs, you will be fully aware that you will always be susceptible to alcohol or drugs and, therefore, will need to continue following your new lifestyle.

It’s important to remember that Alcohol addiction (alcoholism) has profound effects on you as a person. This means that, even when you no longer drink, your experiences as an alcoholic have had a lasting impact on how you view yourself and the world around you.

Trust Rosecrance for experienced, individualized and comprehensive treatment for alcoholism in Illinois, in Central Illinois, in Northern Illinois, in and around Chicago, and in and near Sioux City, Iowa

At Rosecrance, we’ve developed an evidence-based program rooted in the 12 Steps that uses a range of clinical, medical, educational and experiential therapies to create a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed for you. Your length of stay in any alcoholism treatment programs depends on your progress toward your treatment goals. These goals will be determined by you, your counselor and, when appropriate, your family.

To learn more about treatment for alcoholism and alcohol addiction at Rosecrance, visit these links:

You can also give us a call. We know that talking about alcoholism, or any substance use disorder involving you or a loved one, can feel overwhelming. That’s why we want to make the first step as simple as possible. It begins with a phone call. If you need help, call the licensed alcoholism/substance abuse treatment professionals at Rosecrance at (866) 330-8729.

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

How do we know that someone has an alcohol addiction? It’s not any one thing, action or behavior. Substance abuse counselors look at a combination of factors to determine if someone has an alcohol dependency or addiction. These factors usually form a pattern of behaviors, which include:

  • Consequences of Alcoholism – The person experiences negative consequences from their use but continues to use anyway.
  • Progression of Alcoholism – The consequences of use get more severe over the course of time but do not stop the person from using.
  • Alcoholism: Loss of control – The person drinks or uses more than they intended. They are unable to quit their use despite numerous unsuccessful attempts to do so, or they are able only to interrupt use for a short period of time.

How to spot the warning signs of alcohol abuse

If you or someone you love is living with an alcohol addiction, you may see these signs and symptoms:

  • Withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, sweating, shakiness or feeling sick to the stomach
  • A lot of time spent drinking and recovering
  • Giving up other activities in favor of drinking
  • Drinking early, alone or in risky situations (such as driving)
  • Feeling guilty after drinking
  • Making excuses or altering behavior to hide drinking (such as buying alcohol from different stores)
  • Worrying about having enough alcohol
  • Binge drinking, even with days or weeks between binges

Be on the lookout, as recognizing alcoholism can be challenging

Recognizing a drinking problem is not always easy. Many people abuse alcohol without realizing their use has become a problem. Some don’t drink large amounts. Some alcoholics may go without a drink for days, even weeks. But even if someone doesn’t drink frequently or consume large quantities, it is possible for a person to still be abusing alcohol… and to have a high risk for becoming addicted.

At Rosecrance, we’re here to help people overcome their alcohol dependency or abuse and live hopeful, fulfilled and productive lives. We provide free, confidential consultations and offer a highly focused, individualized and evidence-based treatment program that’s right for you. For more information, or to take the first step toward recovery, call (866) 330-8729.

You can also get additional, detailed alcohol addiction information at the links below:

Get Familiar with the Facts About Alcohol

Introduction to alcohol

In truth, alcohol needs no introduction. It is the most commonly used addictive substance in this country. One in every 12 adults — more than 17 million people — are alcohol dependent in some form. Several million more engage in drinking patterns that could lead to dependence on or abuse of alcohol.

From a family perspective, more than 7 million children live in a household where one or more parent is abusing or dependent on alcohol. And more than half of all adults have a family history of problem drinking or alcohol dependency. This is significant, as alcoholism can influence all aspects of an individual’s life, from emotional stability to career and financial stability, health and, of course, relationships.

Here are the facts about alcohol

Class of drug: Depressant
Main active ingredient: Ethanol/Ethyl alcohol, which is made by fermenting or distilling grains, fruit or vegetables. Alcohol is found in beverages like beer and wine, and in hard liquor, such as rum, gin, tequila, whiskey and vodka.
What it looks like: Liquid, either clear or colored
Street names: Booze, Juice, Spirits, Brew, Sauce
How it is used: Taken orally
Duration of high:  Effects of high can last from one to four hours. The effect of alcohol on the body by volume is the same. The effects are based on the amount of ethanol consumed, not the type of alcoholic drink.
Withdrawal symptoms: Restlessness, sweating, tremors, insomnia, anxiety, convulsions, death
Detected in the body: With a healthy liver, an average person can eliminate one drink (.6 oz of alcohol) per hour. Detection time in urine is one to two days.
Physical effects: Small amounts can produce relaxed muscles, headache, nausea. Larger amounts can cause slurred speech and double vision. Very large amounts can cause respiratory depression, coma and death.
Mental effects: Small amounts can impair judgment and decrease inhibitions and anxiety. Large amounts can produce memory loss.
Long-term effects: Liver and brain damage, heart disease, cancer, ulcers, pancreatitis
Doses: A standard drink is equal to 0.6 oz of pure alcohol, which is equal to 12 oz of beer, 8 oz of malt liquor, 5 oz of wine and 1.5 oz or a “shot” of 80-proof liquor (e.g. gin, rum, vodka).


Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration to 0.08 g/dL or above. This typically happens when men consume 5 or more drinks, and when women consume 4 or more drinks, in about 2 hours.


Teen Alcohol Use in the U.S.

In 2017, 15.5 percent of high school students in the United States reported that they drank alcohol for the first time before the age of 13. Approximately 60 percent of students said they had at least one drink of alcohol in their lifetime, compared to 63 percent in 2015 and 79 percent two decades ago. (U.S. Centers for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2017)

Sources: National Household Survey–US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug Abuse Warning Network, US Department of Health and Human Services-Center for Disease and Prevention, Illinois Drug Education Alliance

For more information about alcohol, alcoholism or alcohol dependency, abuse, and addiction — or to take the first step toward new hope and sober living — call Rosecrance at (866) 330-8729.