Alcoholism is a disease that most people don\u2019t quite understand. When one thinks of a disease, they picture someone realizing they have a problem and seeking help. A person diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or heart disease, will instinctively go see a doctor and get\u00a0help. This is a much different situation when it comes to alcoholism. Those who have a problem often are in denial and they don\u2019t think they need help. This makes treatment\u00a0difficult for an individual under the influence. It also hurts family members to see treatment being ignored. Understanding the disease may help you get some answers and also help your loved one recover. \r\nUnderstanding Alcoholism is a Disease\r\nIt\u2019s important for the family of a person with drinking issues to realize alcoholism is a disease. Otherwise, it can make children, parents and spouses feel as though they are to blame. The misconception that alcoholism is a choice also deters people from having their loved one seek help. Families often believe that they can provide someone with enough love and support after they notice symptoms of alcoholism, that they\u2019ll want to stop drinking. When you realize that you\u2019re dealing with a powerful illness like cancer, you\u2019ll understand that loving a person won\u2019t solve their problem. \r\nProof that Alcoholism is a Disease\r\nSometimes friends or family refuse to believe that a person has lost control of their drinking. They believe that someone should be able to stop when they want to. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as well as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) are government organizations that research addiction and have been able to provide evidence that addiction is a chronic brain disorder. If you were to put a normal person\u2019s brain next to someone who suffers with addiction, you\u2019d see that the person with addiction has abnormal brain reactions to alcohol. This reaction causes a person to crave alcohol and feel as though they need alcohol in order to survive. \r\nEvidence-Based Treatment Helps\r\nDue to the findings of the NIDA and NIAAA, there have been years of research\u00a0that have resulted in treatment methods scientifically proven to help heal\u00a0the brain. Although there is no cure for addiction, Beaches Recovery uses evidence-based treatment methods to help your loved one recover from alcoholism. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic process that retrains the brain to replace old behaviors with new ones. It takes time to fully heal, but the treatment process will provide your loved one with the tools they need to maintain their sobriety post-treatment. Call an addiction specialist today at <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a>. We\u2019re ready to help you get back on track.