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  • AK - (907) 268-4185
  • AL - (256) 399-0220
  • AR - (870) 277-4314
  • AZ - (480) 478-0747
  • CA - (760) 316-9505
  • CO - (970) 315-0224
  • CT - (860) 986-7636
  • DC - (202) 509-9590
  • DE - (302) 342-8812
  • FL - (305) 514-0038
  • GA - (706) 664-0799
  • IA - (712) 266-3564
  • ID - (208) 228-5228
  • IL - (708) 572-6030
  • IN - (317) 215-5587
  • KS - (620) 860-0534
  • KY - (270) 803-0011
  • LA - (337) 376-0116
  • MA - (978) 233-2133
  • MD - (443) 219-0618
  • ME - (207) 221-2169
  • MI - (586) 276-7452
  • MN - (952) 657-7857
  • MO - (417) 429-4943
  • MS - (228) 285-7004
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  • NC - (704) 215-4895
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  • NE - (402) 261-2768
  • NH - (603) 509-3985
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  • SD - (605) 370-5086
  • TN - (901) 221-4025
  • TX - (682) 200-1764
  • UT - (435) 267-0140
  • VA - (804) 302-5207
  • VT - (802) 221-4687
  • WA - (425) 242-5130
  • WI - (920) 482-2915
  • WV - (304) 721-2107
  • WY - (307) 222-0333

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Alcoholism and Alcohol Treatment

Alcohol is a depressant drug that is absorbed by the stomach where it enters the bloodstream and is spread to all the tissue in the body. The effects of alcohol depend on a multitude of factors, such as the individual's age, size, weight, sex, and the amount of food in the users stomach. Alcohol is used in so many social situations because of the disinhibiting effect.

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AK - (907) 268-4185LA - (504) 602-9686OH - (937) 310-2260
AL - (334) 246-5330MA - (978) 384-1206OK - (918) 708-1811
AR - (870) 277-4314MD - (240) 790-7121OR - (503) 406-2408
AZ - (520) 979-3403ME - (207) 221-2169PA - (484) 846-6263
CA - (626) 626-7979MI - (313) 887-0305RI - (401) 256-5113
CO - (719) 694-2623MN - (952) 657-7857SC - (843) 206-0371
CT - (203) 764-2028MO - (573) 303-5851SD - (605) 385-0105
DC - (202) 509-9590MS - (601) 206-0014TN - (931) 548-0659
DE - (302) 294-0983MT - (406) 545-2136TX - (682) 200-1764
FL - (305) 514-0060NC - (919) 238-4011UT - (435) 227-3306
GA - (678) 820-3990ND - (701) 355-6372VA - (757) 337-2939
IA - (712) 266-3564NE - (402) 261-2767VT - (802) 428-4698
ID - (208) 965-8108NH - (603) 821-4064WA - (509) 464-6014
IL - (708) 248-8393NJ - (732) 587-6264WI - (262) 347-3369
IN - (574) 231-7020NM - (505) 216-2904WV - (304) 982-7023
KS - (913) 543-3828NV - (775) 473-9873WY - (307) 222-0116
KY - (270) 803-0011NY - (845) 247-5704  


Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol will usually produce a feeling of tranquility and happiness, but after further consumption will also cause blurred vision, coordination issues, dizziness, and talkativeness. After a greater dose of alcohol the user could also have symptoms such as slurred speech, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting. Even at minimal amounts, alcohol can greatly impair the judgment and coordination that the drinker requires to drive a car. Alcohol has also been known to cause the drinker to act more aggressively, causing domestic violence and child abuse situations. Those who drink a large amount of alcohol are also likely to suffer from a hangover, which causes thirst, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.

The long term effects of consuming large amounts of alcohol can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and liver. If an individual consumes excessive alcohol, unconsciousness and even death may occur. It is also possible for a person to suffocate on their own vomit. In addition, pregnant women who drink alcohol have a high risk of giving birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome, which causes mental retardation and other irreversible physical abnormalities. Studies have proven that children of alcoholic parents are at a much higher risk of becoming alcoholics themselves.

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Alcoholism and Alcohol Dependency

Extended heavy use of alcohol can lead to an addiction known as alcoholism. Alcoholism is considered a chronic disease, which means that it will last a person's lifetime. Alcoholism will usually follow a predictable course and have its own symptoms. The risk of developing alcoholism is dependent on many variables such as the person's genes, lifestyle, their personality, and many other factors. Therefore, signs of alcoholism vary from person to person. However, there are specific behavioral patterns that can indicate that someone may have a problem with alcohol. Some of those signs include; chronic depression, anxiety, irritability, loss of employment, frequent falls, bruises, blackouts, insomnia, divorce or separation, financial troubles.

Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism in that it does not necessarily have a strong yearning for alcohol, no control over drinking, or physical addiction. A large number of alcoholics go unrecognized by health care professionals because of the alcoholic's ability to hide the amount and frequency of drinking. When confronted, alcoholics will usually deny excessive consumption of alcohol.


Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal

A sudden stop of extensive, long term alcohol consumption will most likely cause withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal is significantly different from withdrawal from other drugs in that it can be directly lethal. These withdrawal symptoms cane be easily controlled with a medically supervised detoxification.

Alcoholics who are undergoing detox are given drugs that have correspondent effects to offset the withdrawal symptoms. Detox manages the physical effects of alcohol dependency, but followup treatment is usually necessary. Alcohol detox rehabs can have either inpatient or outpatient programs. The necessity of detoxification depends on various factors such as the persons age, medical status, and history of alcohol intake.


Alcohol Rehab

Alcoholism is a disease that can be treated, although there is no cure available. Many alcohol rehab centers are different because of the various views for the condition. The professionals who view alcoholism as a disease recommend different treatments than those who view the condition as one of social choice. Most alcohol rehabs focus on assisting people to stop their alcohol consumption, followed by life training or social support in order to help them resist the urge to return to alcohol use.

The type of rehabilitation offered depends on the severity of the individual's alcoholism and the resources that are available in their community. Programs can link them with community resources, such as legal assistance, childcare, job training, and parenting classes. There are many types of counseling that train people who suffer from alcoholism to determine situations and feelings that trigger the urge to drink and to find new ways to cope without turning to alcohol.

Alcoholism contains a multitude of factors that encourage a person to continue drinking and they all must be identified and addressed in order to successfully stop the addict from having a relapse. It is very typical for a person to slip and have a relapse and that does not mean that they have failed or that they cannot recover from alcoholism. If the addict does have a relapse, it is necessary for them to try to cease drinking and get the support they require to abstain from drinking again.
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