Alcohol Addiction

Addiction Recovery located in Knoxville, TN

Alcohol Addiction

About Alcohol Addiction

Up to 29 million Americans struggle with alcohol addiction. The disease can be challenging to face on your own, but with professional help, recovery is possible. At Victory Treatment Program in Knoxville, Tennessee, addiction medicine specialist and board-certified family nurse practitioner Stacey Maltman, FNP-BC, and the team have years of experience diagnosing and treating alcohol addiction. Using medication-assisted treatment (MAT), you can reduce cravings, manage withdrawals, and improve your quality of life. Call Victory Treatment Program today to schedule alcohol addiction treatment, or book your visit online. 

Alcohol Addiction Q&A

Are alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorder the same?

Alcohol addiction and alcohol use disorder refer to the same thing –– alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking and continuing to drink even when it causes problems in your personal or professional life. Over time, you may also need to drink more to get the same effects or prevent symptoms of withdrawal.

Alcohol addiction ranges from mild to severe. Regardless, if your alcohol consumption puts your health or safety at risk, seeking professional help at Victory Treatment Program is essential. 

What are the symptoms of alcohol addiction?

Alcohol addiction symptoms include:

  • Difficulty limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Wanting to cut back but unsuccessfully doing so
  • Spending most of your time drinking alcohol or trying to get it
  • Failing to fulfill responsibilities at home or work
  • Giving up hobbies and activities to drink alcohol
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol and needing more to get the same effect

As the condition worsens, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t drink, such as nausea and shaking.

When should I see an addiction specialist about alcohol use disorder?

Make an appointment at Victory Treatment Program if you have a problem with alcohol and it causes conflict in your personal or professional life. That’s especially true if friends or family are concerned about your drinking. Millions of people struggle with alcohol — there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and treatment can help.

How is alcohol addiction diagnosed?

Stacey and the team review your medical records and ask about your drinking habits. They might also ask permission to speak with your friends and family members. 

You have a physical exam and lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis, to assess your kidney and liver function. The team also completes a psychological evaluation to assess your thoughts and feelings toward alcohol. Answer the questions honestly, as they play a crucial role in guiding treatment.

How is alcohol addiction treated?

At Victory Treatment Program, the team treats alcohol addiction with a holistic, faith-based approach. They might suggest:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with Vivitrol®
  • Intravenous (IV) therapy
  • Outpatient detoxification
  • Support groups
  • Referrals to a mental health specialist
  • Treatment for alcohol-related health problems (like fatty liver or kidney disease)

Most people suffering from alcohol abuse benefit from a combination of the above treatments. Vivitrol is particularly beneficial as it blocks certain receptors in your brain, reducing cravings and making it easier to stay sober. The team monitors your progress at routine checkups and adjusts your care plan as needed.

Call Victory Treatment Program today to learn more about alcohol addiction treatment, or book your appointment online.