Alcoholics of Different Shapes and Sizes

When you find an alcohol rehab, one of the most important things you must do is find the rehab that provides the right alcohol addiction treatment you need. Even though they each suffer from some form of alcohol use disorder, there are different types of alcoholics. Each kind will require different styles of alcohol addiction treatment programs—addiction therapy, medication management, ancillary services, etc.

5 Types of Alcoholics

Scientists and addiction treatment specialists have long wondered why some alcoholics and addicts respond to only specific types of addiction therapy and medication. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it’s because there are different kinds of alcohol and drug addicts. So, it makes sense that only different kinds of alcohol treatment will work for them.

Here are five subtypes of alcohol addiction and how we can help them:

Young Adult

  • Percent of Alcohol Addicted Population – 31.5 percent
  • Demographic – Young adult/adolescent (13 to 19 years old)
  • Dual-diagnosis/Cross-addiction – Low levels of both dual-diagnosis and cross-addiction to other substances
  • Family History – Relatively little histories of alcoholism in family
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment – Rarely find or receive treatment

Young Antisocial

  • Percent of Alcohol Addicted Population – 21 percent
  • Demographic – Mostly mid-20s to 30s, with early symptoms of alcohol abuse
  • Dual-diagnosis – 50 percent can be diagnosed with Antisocial Personality Disorder and many suffer from depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders
  • Cross-addiction – Over 75 percent use cigarettes and marijuana; cocaine and opiate addictions are also common
  • Family History – Over 50 percent have family histories of alcoholism
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment – About one in three are treated

Functioning

  • Percent of Alcohol Addicted Population – 19.5 percent
  • Demographic – Middle-aged (about mid-40s to 60s), mostly educated with relatively steady careers and social lives
  • Dual-diagnosis/Cross-addiction – About 1 in 4 suffer from major depression and over half are smokers.
  • Family History – 1 in 3 have family histories of alcoholism throughout multiple generations
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment – So-called “functioning alcoholics” rarely recognize their own alcohol abuse, and so hardly ever seek treatment

Intermediate/Familial

  • Percent of Alcohol Addicted Population – 19 percent
  • Demographic – “Middle aged” (about mid-40s to 60s)
  • Dual-diagnosis – Almost 1 in 2 have experienced depression and 1 in 5 are bipolar
  • Cross-addiction – The vast majority are smokers and about 20 percent have abused cocaine and marijuana
  • Family History – 50 percent have family histories of alcoholism throughout multiple generations
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment – 25 percent have sought treatment

Chronic/Severe

  • Percent of Alcohol Addicted Population – 9 percent
  • Demographic – Middle aged (about mid-40s to 60s) with early drinking problems and criminal behavior
  • Dual-diagnosis – High occurrence of antisocial personality, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders
  • Cross-addiction – High cross-addictions with nicotine, marijuana, cocaine, and opiates
  • Family History – As many as 80 percent have family histories of alcoholism throughout multiple generations
  • Alcohol Addiction Treatment – two-third seek treatment

Need Alcohol Addiction Treatment? Call Us Now

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse, it may be time to consider getting alcohol addiction treatment. Feel free to call the Drug Treatment Center Finder 24-hour helpline at (855) 619-8070 and one of our addiction specialists will help answer any questions about alcohol treatment you may have. Discuss treatment options, how to afford alcohol addiction treatment, and aftercare steps to take. Start your recovery today.

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