The Dangers of Alcoholism

It might seem hard to view alcohol as detrimental considering its prevalence in society. Celebrities drink, TV shows and movies portray people drinking and crack the occasional alcoholic joke; there are commercials, drive-thru liquor stores, and an entire social stigma around drinking in social environments. These factors can make fighting alcoholism that much more difficultas many may not even realize, or be able to admit, that they have problem.

Truth be told, in small doses alcohol isn’t a dangerous. Some doctors even prescribe a glass of red wine on occasion for blood-pressure issues. Unfortunately, alcohol use can quickly turn into alcohol abuse if used as a coping mechanism, or simply over used from partying too hard. While partying does not necessarily lead to alcoholism, excessive drinking through a party-lifestyle via binge drinking, or just drinking on a regular basis, can create a dependency. This dependency becomes addiction, and once this sets in you no longer have the ability to say no to alcohol. All other priorities are erased and replaced by the need for another drink.

The Side-Effects

Many people don’t realize the harmful effects that excessive alcohol use can have. Liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver are commonly known, whereas sideeffects such as heart attack, stroke, and even throat cancer are significantly less known. On top of these, a lot of psychological issues are tied to long-term alcohol abuse, including an increased chance of dementia.

Other psychological side-effects can include anxiety, severe confusion, long-term dulled reflexes and even hallucinations. Yes, regular abuse of alcohol can cause tactile (feeling), audio (hearing), and visual (seeing) hallucinations to occur while intoxicated.

These are some of the sideeffects that afflict the alcoholic through consistent use in large quantities. There are more, but there are also ways that alcoholism can affect those around the person dependent on the beverage. Relationships tend to crumble, work gets neglected resulting in a lack of finances, financial troubles, all of which suffer due to alcohol taking up all of the mind’s priorities. There is also a startling correlation between alcohol abuse and domestic violence. According to the NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency), two-thirds of victims who were attacked by their significant other reported alcohol to be involved. Another 118,000 incidents of family-related assaults (not including spouses or significant others) also involved alcohol per year.

The good news is that there is help available.

Get Help Now with Rehab

Alcoholism is a disease, just like drug addiction. Like any disease, it requires the right approach in order to fight and resist it. Some believe that the disease can be cured with the right treatment and therapy, while others believe that there is no cure, therapy and treatment simply help the addict resist the disease. Either way, treatment gives the addict a way to fight their dependency.

Rehabilitation is, first and foremost, a journey. It doesn’t happen overnight, and there is no magic pill that can erase the addiction within a few days. We recommend rehab after detox. Rehab is the stage that we recommend after detox has been complete. The goal of rehab is to help each client re-enter society and help them establish productive responses towards stress and better ways to cope with reality. Rehab incorporates a lot of therapeutic approaches ranging from individual and group therapy sessions to things like exercise, nutrition, art and music, animal care, and even family therapy. These all have their own purpose, but at the end of the day the goal is the same: gain insight into your own life, create positive habits, and learn to live without alcohol.

One of the best things rehab does is identify triggers and help addicts learn how to avoid and resist them. Triggers are the psychological responses to items, situations, places, or even people that drive the individual to abusing a substance, in this case alcohol. It could be anything from an old drinking buddy, seeing a favorite beer mug, or encountering a familiarly stressful situation which you destressed from with alcohol. Any of these could cause relapse if the individual doesn’t know how to handle them. That is why teaches skills and techniques that can be utilized to resist these triggers and continue living a sober life.

Call (239) 244-8977 in order to speak to an expert and find out how you can help your loved ones. Addiction is a disease and it requires the right help, get that help today.