Alcoholism and the three major stages gives insight as to how the individual changes as it goes through the stages from the earliest stage of alcohol use, to the middle stage of losing control of alcohol use and to the final stage of the breakdown of organs and the effects of not getting the appropriate help in the right amount of time.

The 3 stages listed below are the stages as defined by traditional alcohol and drug treatment centers. However, according to the Saint Jude Retreats program there are no stages of alcoholism, which separates the program from traditional alcohol treatment.

Early Stage

In the early stage the alcohol user becomes fixated on their next alcohol use. As they continue to consume alcohol, they begin to build a tolerance and increase their consumption in order to achieve the same feeling as before. As the body begins to adapt to the alcohol in their system it may seem as if they have more control, but it is an illusion. When the individual stops consuming alcohol, they will notice that they have an equally difficult time trying to function.

Middle Stage

There is an increased lack of control over alcohol use. The individual’s tolerance is lowered and but there is not a decrease in alcohol use. If the individual decreases their alcohol consumption, withdrawal symptoms begin. The alternative is to increase alcohol use. The alcohol user is a bystander in their own life as it spins out of control. Others around them may witness what is happening, however no one can help the individual.

Although a “loss of control” is promoted in treatment, an individual is always in control of their own actions, behaviors and thoughts. Promoting a loss of behavioral, habit and thought control, excuses a substance user from taking all responsibility for their drinking habits. This is by far one of the more damaging mentalities of the three stages of alcoholism.

Late Stage

In this late stage, the alcohol user’s health is in sharp decline and the use is consumed with their next drink. The individual may have already suffered irreparable damage in their relationships with family, friends and co-workers and they may have lost or be on the verge of losing their career as well as suffer financial loss and possibly legal problems as well. In the last stage, the alcohol user may suffer from some moderate to severe organ damage. In this stage there are a high amount of suicides and accident injuries.

While traditional alcohol use rehab treatment and 12 step programs would have you believe that alcohol use is a disease that you inherited, the truth is that you do have control over your alcohol use and you can quit. 12 step programs promote that you are powerless against your alcohol use and that the only treatment available is abstinence, belief in a higher power and group meetings.

The truth is that an alcohol user can at any moment stop their drinking habit. It may be unheard of to them, but once they discover the truth about what addiction is, and what it is not, they will have an overwhelming sense of complete control. If you or a loved one is tired of endless treatment , “the stages of alcoholism” and recovery now is the time to try a different program at Saint Jude Retreats. We will give you hope as well as the tools to understand why you’re drinking and resolve those issues. We can offer you a permanent solution. Why wait any longer?