How alcohol affects more than just the addict
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are over 16 million American adults who suffer from an alcohol disorder; sadly, only a small percentage seek help mostly because of social stigma and feeling embarrassed. Drug Treatment Finders is here to let you know that taking the courageous step to seek help for a life-threatening disorder is nothing to be embarrassed about; you should be proud of yourself for even coming this far! For those who suffer from any type of alcohol disorder, we recommend attending an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation center.
Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation
In order for addicts to admit themselves into an alcohol rehab facility, they will have to admit to an addiction first. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of alcohol disorders in order to recognize whether or not you or a loved one may need help at an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation facility. Those who suffer from alcoholism and alcohol addiction will also experience behavioral issues, such as:
- Blackouts or memory loss
- Compulsion to constantly drink alcohol
- Inability to control cravings
- Drinking in secret or solitary drinking
- Inability to limit alcohol intake
- Increasing amounts or frequency of alcohol consumption
- Intense belief that drinking alcohol is normal
- Irritability and aggression when confronted about their alcohol consumption
- Nausea, tremors and sweating if they do not drink
- Problems with work, social relationships and brushes with the law.
It is also important to determine the level of alcohol abuse. The following questions can help addicts recognize an addiction:
- Are you able to leave an unfinished drink, or do you have to finish it?
- Has drinking affected your health, such as increased blood pressure, elevated liver enzymes or weight gain?
- Do you blackout or have memory loss after drinking?
- Have you been late for work or school because of a hangover or still being drunk?
- Do you drink during work or school?
- Have you had any legal trouble related to drinking, such as a DUI?
- Do you ignore your financial responsibilities?
- Do you spend too much on alcohol?
- Have friends or family members confronted you about your drinking?
- Do people say you become a different person when you drink?
- Do you need a drink in order to be around certain people?
- Have you ever lied about your drinking or about any of the above situations?
If any of these questions, or your answers, make you feel uncomfortable, you might have an alcohol problem and should consider alcohol treatment at an inpatient alcohol rehabilitation facility.
If alcohol disorders are left untreated, they will lead to many negative mental and physical health effects. Alcohol destroys the liver, heart, kidneys, stomach and immune system; it can also take complete control of the brain. Because of its main ingredient, ethanol, alcohol is mind altering and leads to the development of excessive consumption patterns which leads to the development of physical and psychological addiction. The other chemicals in alcohol cause the brain’s natural production of pleasure receptors to cease because it is used to receiving them from the alcohol. At this point, the body will only rely on alcohol to feel their pleasure receptors.
Additionally, your body will become tolerant to your normal intake of alcohol and you will need to use more and at a more frequent rate in order to feel its effects. This will cause you to drink too much and potentially overdose or die.
Drug Treatment Finders believes that the best way to treat addiction is by educating patients, their families and the entire world about the power of addiction.
Addiction does not always begin when addicts begin to abuse a substance; sometimes addiction can be traced back to family history, as well as genetics. Studies show that those who suffer from addiction carry a similar gene that medical experts believe contributes to addictive personalities. Additionally, those who have multiple family members who have suffered from substance addiction will have an increased chances of developing an addiction themselves. It is important for family members to know that they may have played a part in their loved one’s addiction, which is why the best treatment facilities will offer family therapy during the inpatient alcohol rehabilitation.
During the inpatient alcohol rehab program, patients will undergo thorough assessments of their mental and physical health, a detox process and a series of therapeutic modalities. The physical evaluation helps medical professionals determine whether there are any wounds or noticeable damage to the body that should be treated before receiving drug addiction treatment. During the mental evaluation, patients will have their feelings and behaviors analyzed in order to diagnose any underlying mental health disorders. Therapists and psychiatrists are able to pinpoint psychological disturbances that cause emotional and mental imbalances. Through these assessments, the staff is able to craft a highly individualized treatment program that will meet the unique and specific needs of the patients.
All alcohol treatment facilities have one goal in mind: to provide the best possible treatments and most effective programs in order to ensure a successful recovery. All programs are scientifically-proven, evidence-based and up-to-date. Because everyone experiences addiction and reacts to treatment differently, alcohol treatment facilities offer a wide variety of options beginning with a detoxification (detox) process followed by a combination of therapeutic modalities.
The detox process cleanses the body while the therapeutic modalities focus on cleansing the mind and soul. Alcohol treatment facilities work just as hard as the patients do to ensure a successful recovery. They provide the tools necessary to live a healthy, sober life.
Drug Treatment Finders provide only the best of the best options for every person seeking help for their addiction. We understand how stressful, scary and overwhelming this entire process can be, which is why we offer guidance and support 24/7 online and over the phone. We are here for you whenever you need answers. We can help you take the right steps toward a successful recovery in order to live a life free from the dependence of stimuli. Do not hesitate to seek help and regain control of your life.
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