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Alcohol use disorder (AUD) affects millions of women every year. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), in 2021, “12.4 million women ages 18 and older (9.5% in this age group)” were diagnosed with AUD.

Untreated AUD has the potential to cause severe mental and physical health issues. Avery Lane provides women with a safe space to heal and recover from alcohol addiction. The clinical team uses evidence-based methods to ensure clients have a positive treatment experience.

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What is Alcohol Addiction?

    Alcohol addiction is a chronic disease characterized by an inability to control one’s drinking despite adverse side effects. According to the NIAAA, “Alcohol addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder associated with compulsive alcohol drinking, the loss of control over intake, and the emergence of a negative emotional state when alcohol is no longer available.” AUD is one of the most common health issues worldwide.

    Many potential risk factors contribute to the development of AUD, including:

    • Family history of substance abuse, AUD, or mental health disorders
    • Drinking as an adolescent or teen
    • Co-occurring mental health disorders
    • Genetics
    • Peer pressure
    • Low self-esteem
    • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
    • Trauma
    • Drinking as an adolescent or teen
    • Drinking as an adolescent or teen

    Women often have multiple underlying and co-occurring issues affecting their mental health and contributing to alcohol abuse. Family or relationship problems, financial strain, chronic stress, trauma, and other factors may cause some people to use alcohol to escape emotional or physical distress. Avery Lane uses trauma-informed treatments and personalized care to help women manage their condition.

    The Difference Between Binge Drinking & Alcohol Addiction

    Many people use the terms binge drinking and alcohol addiction interchangeably. However, they are different, and each has unique potential side effects. According to MedlinePlus, “Binge drinking is drinking so much at once that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is 0.08% or more.” Individuals with AUD may binge drink and vice versa. However, binge drinking does not inherently mean a person is dependent on or addicted to alcohol.

    People who binge drink may experience the following:

    • Blackouts
    • Memory problems
    • Increased blood pressure
    • Arrhythmia
    • Death from sudden heart failure
    • Fatty liver disease
    • Alcoholic hepatitis

    Binge drinking is a significant risk factor for AUD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Binge drinking is the most common and costly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States.” Binge drinking in women involves drinking four or more alcoholic beverages in a single sitting.

    Potential Physical Health Side Effects of Alcohol Addiction

    Alcohol misuse affects women differently than men. Women absorb alcohol quicker, digest it slower, and may experience more severe side effects.

    Some potential physical health side effects of chronic alcohol abuse include:

    • Osteoporosis
    • Liver disease
    • Cancer
    • Brain disease
    • Heart disease
    • Complications during pregnancy
    According to NIAAA, “Studies show that women start to have alcohol-related problems sooner and at lower drinking amounts than men and for multiple reasons.” Early intervention and treatment are the best way to help women affected by AUD.

    Find Freedom from Alcohol Addiction Today

    Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is one of the most common health issues affecting women today. Recovery from AUD may involve a combination of prescription medications and psychotherapy to address underlying issues and manage symptoms. To learn more about our programs and services, call Avery Lane today at (800) 270-2406.

    How Does Alcohol Affect the Brain?

    Alcohol has a direct effect on brain function and the physical structure of the brain. Chronic alcohol addiction or binge drinking can cause temporary or permanent brain damage.

    Alcohol abuse affects brain function by doing the following:

    • Damaging areas of the brain responsible for speech, balance, sleep regulation, memory, and decision-making
    • Reducing the size of neurons
    • Interfering with neurotransmitters
    • Increasing the risk of dementia and other brain diseases

    Women should seek clinical diagnosis and treatment as soon as they notice a potential problem with alcohol abuse. According to the CDC, “Alcohol-related cognitive decline and shrinkage of the brain develop more quickly for women than for men.

    Gender-Specific Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

    Excessive alcohol use poses a significant risk to women’s health. At Avery Lane, we are a treatment center by women, for women. The clinical team collaborates with clients and their families to create effective personalized care plans for every stage of recovery. Avery Lane offers 30 to 90-day treatment programs for women struggling with alcohol abuse and co-occurring disorders.

    Clients choose from a continuum of gender-specific care, including the following programs and services:

    Women benefit from engaging with peers who share similar life experiences. Avery Lane offers a vibrant, sober community where people in recovery learn from and support one another through every stage of treatment. Clients are never alone as they progress through their recovery journey.

    Treatment options generally include multiple levels of care and stepping down one program at a time. Avery Lane offers a wide range of treatment options and encourages women in recovery to play an active role in creating their own care plans. Our clinicians motivate women to empower and uplift one another as they heal from AUD and other disorders.

    Reclaim Your Future with Effective Addiction Treatment

    Avery Lane offers meticulously crafted treatment programs for a diverse range of substance use disorders, encompassing:

    Substance Use Disorder

    Regain your ability to function in day-to-day life.

    Alcoholism Treatment

    Overcome alcohol dependency and gain sobriety.

    Amphetamine Addiction Treatment

    Let Go of Prescription Stimulants.

    Benzodiazepine Addiction Treatment

    Distance Benzodiazepine dependance.

    Cocaine Addiction Treatment

    Break free from cocaine dependency.

    Fentanyl Addiction Treatment

    Remove the severe risks of Fentanyl addiction.

    Heroin Addiction Treatment

    Medically-assisted heroin detox and therapy.

    Meth Addiction Treatment

    Recover from methamphetamine abuse.

    Opioid Addiction Treatment

    Focused opioid addiction strategies.

    Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment

    Address dependency on prescription drugs.

    Stimulant Addiction Treatment

    Therapeutic treatments for stimulant addiction.

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    We were all so fortunate to find Avery Lane when our daughter was at a low point. An initial diagnosis was confirmed by staff and the time spent there in recovery was very beneficial to both our daughter and ourselves. Our daughter was able to find out why she was behaving the way she was and was given many tools to help her recovery.

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    I can only say that seeking help is the first big step. I am so grateful to have found the team at Avery Lane…this past year has been far from easy or simple. I’ve had my moments of doubt, crisis, despair, loneliness…. but in each of those instances I had an incredible group of women to help me through my journey…reminding me of the many tools at my disposal, the strength of my soul and the freedom that comes when you face your worst fears.

    D.R. - Avery Lane Alumni

    My daughter chose to go to Avery Lane because it was founded by a woman, run by women and only treated women. It gave her a safe sanctuary to heal as well as peace of mind for us, her parents, who did not want her in a co-ed treatment program."

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