Elevate Recoveries Alcohol Rehab
The addiction to alcohol begins when a person develops a tolerance for and dependence on alcohol. Tolerance occurs when the body gets used to alcohol in its system that it no longer feels the effects if used in normal dosages. The body will begin to feel less of a pleasurable effect, causing the user to consume more alcohol more frequently in order to feel the effects again.
Nearly 88,0009 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
When a user needs to constantly feel the effects, this becomes dependency. Dependence can happen physically, psychologically, or both. Because the pleasure centers are destroyed, the body will continuously want alcohol, rather than real pleasure, to stimulate the neurotransmitters.
Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism
Someone who has an alcohol addiction or dependency may display one or more of the following characteristics:
- Blackouts and/or memory lapse
- Compulsion to constantly drink alcohol
- Inability to control their cravings
- Drinking in secret or solitary drinking
- Inability to limit alcohol intake
- Increasing amounts or frequency of alcohol consumption
- Intense belief that alcohol drinking is normal
- Irritability and aggression when confronted about their alcohol consumption
- Nausea, tremors and sweating if the individual does not drink
- Problems with work, social relationships and brushes with the law
The body will not be able to function without alcohol and the user will experience withdrawal symptoms the minute they stop using.
Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include:
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Night terrors
A lot of alcoholics continue to drink more and more in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms; this is only a temporary fix and can be extremely dangerous. The prolonged used of alcohol can negatively affect physical and mental health, as well as home, work and social lives.
Effects of Alcoholism On The Human Body
The consumption of too much alcohol can affect your stomach, liver, heart, kidneys and immune system.
Enzymes in your stomach break the alcohol down into a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, a close relative of formaldehyde. The side effects of this substance can significantly damage the gastrointestinal tract and eventually the brain.
After the stomach breaks down acetaldehyde, it reaches the liver and becomes acetate, which is similar to vinegar. Although vinegar may sometimes be used as a detoxifier, too much can become toxic and cause sweating, nausea and vomiting.
Consuming alcohol causes the heart rate to increase, causing unnecessary stress on the heart. Over time, a person will experience cardiac problems.
Kidneys send water to the bladder causing urination. Frequent urination increases the chance of dehydration due to lost fluids, electrolytes and essential nutrients.
Alcohol reduces the productivity of the immune system causing susceptibility to all kinds of illnesses.
Women and Alcoholism
For women, the prolonged used of alcohol will also increase their chance of breast cancer. Alcohol increases the risk for breast cancer because both alcohol and estrogen are processed in the liver; while alcohol is being metabolized, estrogen spends more time in the bloodstream and the excretion of alcohol from the body is slowed down.
Alcohol is also known to increase the risk for mouth and oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, stomach, colon, rectum, liver and ovarian cancers.
Alcoholism and Your Family Tree
Seventy-six million American adults have alcoholism in their family. Fifty to sixty percent of the risk for alcoholism comes from genetics. First-degree relatives, such as a parent, sibling or child, are two to four times more likely to become an alcoholic themselves.
Besides genetics, living with an alcoholic plays a role in spawning an alcoholic. The parent’s mental health, poor role modeling and family communication, stress from unpredictability and violence in the family contribute to alcoholism.
For those who binge drink or with alcohol dependency, these problems become increasingly harmful to their bodies. It is important to seek help in order to restore the body to its best possible condition.
All treatments begin with a detoxification process. Alcohol treatment and withdrawal require monitoring by a professionally trained staff of doctors, therapists and addiction treatment personnel. In some cases, the symptoms of withdrawal are so severe, such as seizures, hallucinations and delirium, that a user will need medically assisted detoxification.
Another important step in the detoxification process is nutritional support. Alcohol is an appetite suppressor and nullifies the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Chronic alcohol abusers often have severe nutritional deficiencies, including Vitamin-B, which increases hydration and aids in removing alcohol from the body. Most vitamins and minerals are administered orally; however, in some severe cases, where standard methods are ineffective, they are administered intravenously. Either way, nutrient intake is essential for the safety of the patient and to help ease the detoxification process.
Alcohol Treatment Aftercare
Aftercare is an very important of the alcohol treatment process. After detoxification, patients begin to attend therapeutic sessions both individually and in groups. Individual therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, will teach patients how to recognize their maladaptive behaviors and replace them with positive coping mechanisms. Group therapy is just as important as the individual communication between patients and our staff. We believe that group therapy offers insight into other’s addiction, such as their behaviors and mistakes and how to learn from them. It also creates a support network which is invaluable and crucial to living and maintaining a life of sobriety.
Once patients complete a rehabilitation program, they will return to their normal lives where they will utilize the tools they were taught in treatment. Elevate’s drug rehab facility will offer aftercare programs in order for patients to remain on the road to recovery.
It is important to attend support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to immerse yourself into a positive environment where people understand and support you. Support will keep you motivated to maintain sobriety.
Elevate Recoveries Alcohol Addiction Philosophy
Elevate understands the apprehension one can experience when considering alcohol treatment, but we assure you that we will be with you every step of the way to provide you with guidance and support. We believe addiction is a manifestation of a deeper issue, not a literal ‘disease.’ An individual can become victimized by life or events outside their control, but only by tackling life’s problems can we create a life we desire. Our goal is to transform the despair of addiction into into a positive life full of purpose and confidence. Clients can expect an environment where addiction treatment is administered in a professional and positive manner. We strive to use an empowering and innovative approach to treatment that heals the body, spirit and mind. We provide only the best services and will work just as hard as you do to achieve a long-lasting recovery.