Alcohol Dependency Specialist

Eaton Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Addiction Medicine located in Methuen, MA

Alcohol dependency is a disease that affects 15 million people in the United States. Despite its effects on a person’s physical and emotional health, many with alcohol dependency deny they have a problem. Internal medicine physician and addiction specialist, Anthony Eaton, MD, at Eaton Medical Associates offers evidence-based, individualized care for patients struggling with alcohol dependency. If you or someone you love needs help, call the office in Methuen, Massachusetts, or book an appointment online today.

Alcohol Dependency Q & A

What is alcohol dependency?

Alcohol dependency, or alcohol use disorder, is a chronic disease that causes alcohol cravings that are difficult to ignore and control. People with alcohol dependency need to drink more to get the same effects and continue to use despite the consequences.

Genetic, environmental, biological, and social factors may play a role in developing alcohol dependency. Researchers theorize excessive consumption of alcohol may change the areas of the brain that control pleasure, judgment, and behavior.

The changes in the brain may lead to cravings and dependence on the drug.

What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency?

Signs and symptoms of alcohol dependency vary in type and severity. Warning signs that you or someone you love may be dependent on alcohol include:

  • A tendency to drink more than planned
  • Attempts at stopping alcohol fail
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about alcohol
  • Strong cravings for alcohol
  • Needing to drink more alcohol to get the same effects
  • Alcohol affecting your professional or personal relationships
  • Continuing to drink despite the potential for harm

People with alcohol dependency also experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking, which may include nausea, sweating, or shaking.

How is alcohol dependency treated?

Dr. Eaton is an addiction specialist and creates individualized treatment plans for patients struggling with alcohol dependency. He offers comprehensive programs that treat not only the addict but also the family and significant others.

Alcohol dependency treatment services at Eaton Medical Associates may include:

Therapy and counseling

Dr. Eaton uses an individualized case management process for therapy and counseling.

Medication management

Dr. Eaton offers medication management to prevent alcohol use or control cravings.

Disorders treatment services

Most patients with alcohol dependency suffer from other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression. These mental health conditions often precede alcohol dependency.

Dr. Eaton provides comprehensive treatment for the underlying mental health issues to support your recovery.

Multiple modalities

Multiple modalities is an instructional practice that improves patient engagement. It involves using diverse presentations and experiences, so patients use different senses and skills during counseling sessions.

Recovery planning

Recovery planning at Eaton Medical Associates matches your personal needs and includes your outside support system, such as your family and friends.

Nutritional education

Eaton Medical Associates offers nutritional education to improve overall health and wellness and support your recovery from alcohol dependency.

Relapse prevention skills

Like other addictions, your alcohol dependency places you at risk of relapse. Your counseling sessions include tools and techniques to prevent a relapse.

Alcohol dependency is a powerful disease, but with the right tools and support, you can recover. For personalized care for your alcohol dependency, call Eaton Medical Associates, or schedule an appointment online today.