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Alcohol Use Disorder Specialist

J. Kimber Rotchford, M.D., M.P.H.

Addiction Medicine Physician located in Port Townsend, WA

Around 14.4 million American adults and 401,000 adolescents suffer from alcohol use disorders. If you’re unable to control your drinking, contact J. Kimber Rotchford, MD. Dr. Rotchford is a board-certified addiction medicine specialist who treats alcohol use disorders at his private practice in Port Townsend, Washington. Call Dr. Rotchford or request an appointment online today.

Alcohol Use Disorder Q & A

What is alcohol use disorder?

Sometimes referred to as alcoholism, alcohol use disorder is a condition that causes physical and mental dependence on alcohol and leads to problems regulating your alcohol consumption. For example, you might be preoccupied with drinking or need to consume more alcohol to achieve the same effects.

Moderate alcohol use — no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink per day for women — is relatively safe. But if you regularly drink to excess and suffer from negative consequences because of your alcohol consumption, you could have an alcohol use disorder.

What are the symptoms of alcohol use disorder?

The warning signs of alcohol use disorder can range in severity and include:

  • Experiencing intense cravings for alcohol
  • Being unable to control how much you drink
  • Spending a significant amount of time drinking alcohol and recovering
  • Experiencing social, physical, or interpersonal problems due to alcohol use
  • Developing a tolerance to alcohol’s effects
  • Using alcohol in unsafe or inappropriate environments
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol use disorders often cause distress and problems with functioning normally in your daily life. Most alcohol use disorders develop slowly. You might begin by overdrinking with increasing frequency and, over time, develop a dependency on and eventually, an addiction to alcohol.

When should I talk to a doctor about alcohol use disorder?

If you’re concerned about your alcohol use and its effect on your health, life, and overall well-being, it’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Rotchford. The earlier you get help for an alcohol use disorder, the better. 

Also, even if your alcohol use doesn’t meet the clinical criteria for an alcohol use disorder, Dr. Rotchford can still help you change your relationship with alcohol and improve your health and well-being.

What should I expect during treatment for alcohol use disorder?

After your initial consultation and exam, Dr. Rotchford creates a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Your program can include detoxification, medication, counseling, support groups, and other therapies.

Call Dr. Rotchford or request an appointment online today for personalized treatment of alcohol use disorder.