Alcohol Abuse and Addiction
When struggling with alcoholism, severe drinking problems, or the unmanageability of life caused by alcoholism, recovery can seem impossible. GH Recovery Solutions treatment center offers treatment to get you to long-term recovery. You can stop drinking and build a way of life where you don’t have to drink. GH Recovery Solutions knows that recovery is possible, and we are ready to stand by your side on this journey. GH Recovery Solutions offers a personalized and comprehensive approach to alcohol abuse treatment. All the treatment methods and approaches GH Recovery Solutions utilizes are evidence-based and put into a treatment plan that is crafted to each client’s unique needs for alcoholism treatment.
At GH Recovery Solutions, we promote personal responsibility, holding yourself accountable, all while we teach you the tools required to build the foundation of a strong recovery from alcoholism. We are personally invested in every client’s recovery. Putting people first is the base of our alcohol addiction treatment. You don’t have to continue to live suffering from alcoholism. Call GH Recovery Solutions today to start your pathway to sobriety.
If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol, please reach out to GH Recovery Solutions at (888) 345-2025. We can help.
Important Things to Know About Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Alcohol is classified as a drug since it’s a depressant; depressant drugs slow vital body and neurological functions like breathing, normal brain functions and impairs memory. There is a large difference in drinking in moderation, and signs of alcohol abuse. Deciphering if yourself or a loved one is suffering from alcoholism or alcohol abuse can be difficult. With alcohol being legal, it is harder to realize when the shift from casual consumption or hard partying transitions to alcoholism.
An alcohol addiction can be extremely destructive in your life. Alcoholism can occur even after years of normal drinking. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs across the country. Repeated abuse of alcohol, even with binge drinking, can cause serious health complications. Alcoholism is defined as a primary, chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. While alcoholism is not curable, it is treatable. GH Recovery Solutions can help you or a loved one overcome alcoholism.
Quick Facts About Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse
- In the US about 14 million adults or one in every 13 adults abuse alcohol.
- Alcohol-related deaths are the third leading preventable cause of death.
- People ages 12-20 often binge drink, which becomes more prevalent as they get older.
- Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day.
- Youth who drink are 7.5 times more likely to use other illegal drugs
- Almost 30 people in the US die in drunk-driving accidents.
- Alcohol can produce impairments in memory after just a few drinks.
- Women are more susceptible to medical consequences with fewer years of heavy drinking than men are.
- Heavy chronic alcohol abusers can develop alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, and cirrhosis of the liver.
Physiology and Side Effects of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol affects the brain and bodily functions by altering levels of neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit signals throughout the body that control behaviors, emotions, and thought processes. Alcohol also increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Meaning, the reward center in the brain releases more chemicals when someone drinks alcohol.
When alcohol is frequently abused more alcohol is required to have the desired effect. Consuming alcohol at higher levels more frequently then turns into tolerance, and the consumption of alcohol must be steadily increased to maintain the desired effect. At a certain point, consumption must remain regular, so the drinker doesn’t experience alcohol withdrawals. Common side effects of alcohol abuse/use are:
- Slurred speech
- Excessive drowsiness
- Out of the norm emotional changes
- Nausea & vomiting
- Temporary loss of consciousness (blackouts)
- Weight gain or loss
- Increased urination
Understanding Alcohol Use Disorders
When alcohol is consumed, it creates a euphoric feeling. Some people use alcohol to “loosen up” or to feel comfortable in social situations. With repeated consumption and abuse of alcohol, the body doesn’t know how to function without the presence of alcohol. Once a person gets to the point of physical dependence on alcohol they will go through a physical withdrawal when alcohol is not in their system in high enough concentrations. Withdrawal from alcohol is one of the only detoxes that someone can die from. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal if not monitored by a medical professional. GH Recovery Solutions can help you, or a loved one to be medically detoxed from alcohol in a safe, healing and stable environment.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of an alcohol use disorder is paramount to get yourself, or a loved one help. There are physical, emotional and behavioral signs of alcohol abuse. If you or a loved one is suffering from the following symptoms, you may have an alcohol use disorder and could benefit from entering an alcohol treatment center, such as GH Recovery Solutions.
Signs of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
- Large fluctuations in mood
- Over expression of emotions
- Fatigue & Drowsiness
- Loss of appetite
- Impulsive behaviors
- Attention Deficient
- Change in eating habits
- Unwarranted aggression
- Drinking alone
- Legal problems related to alcohol abuse – DUI’s or Public Intoxication charges
- Continuation of drinking despite negative consequences
- “Rituals” around drinking such as times or certain places
- Hiding alcohol around the house
- Neglecting responsibility
- Increased risky behavior
- Increased tolerance
- Withdrawal symptoms when not drinking
- Compulsion to drink
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tremors “The Shakes”
- Liver issues
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Smelling of alcohol
- Uncoordinated movements
- Yellow of skin due to liver issues
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Alcoholism is hard to overcome, but GH Recovery Solutions can help you conquer alcoholism and live a life that’s worth living. You don’t have to go through this alone. We can help you to address the underlying issues that attribute to alcoholism, and to learn healthy coping skills to start your pathway to long-term sobriety. Contact us today at (888) 345-2025. You can heal, we can help.