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Addiction Education: Top 5 things to know about Alcohol

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Addiction Education: Top 5 things to know about Alcohol

July 15, 2016
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This post is more or less meant for the families and friends of those whom are suspected of being under the influence of harmful substances. In order to solve the problem, we need to know what the problem is. Although we may know what drug someone is addicted to, we may not always be aware of the nuances regarding that certain drug. It may help to hear some general information that not everyone knows about.

How it Works

Although when used sparingly, alcohol can be a recreational vice. However, it is very capable of being abused. Alcohol affects the body in numerous ways. The strengths of the effects increase depending on the amount and frequency of consumption. The greater the concentration of the substance, the faster it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Once Alcohol enters the brain, it disrupts the communication channels. This affects not only speech, but also mood and thoughtful coordination. It first enters the bloodstream by dissolving into the water in the blood. Once that happens, the bloodstream carries the alcohol throughout the body and dissolves wherever it can. This in tern affects most parts of the body very quickly.

How we treat it

There are many routes to treat alcohol addiction, but they all go hand in hand for the goal of abstinence. Our rehabilitation programs feature comforting, therapeutic programs for our patients. We are there for the patient and walk with them through detoxification, therapeutic consultations, possible medications, nutrition plans, physical and social coaching. Ultimately the goal is to get patients back onto their own feet and stand against addiction in their own lives.

Short term Symptoms

Loss of Motor Skills
Alcohol Poisoning
Headaches
Impaired judgment
Speech Problems
Disrupted Coordination
Lowered Perception
Anemia
Diarrhea
Drowsiness
Vomiting
Blackouts
Violent tendencies
Breathing disruptions
(For Pregnant Women) Miscarriage or Birth defects

Long term Symptoms

Alcohol Dependence/Addiction
High Blood Pressure
Stroke
Digestive issues
Alcoholic hepatitis
Risk of Dementia and other memory impairments
Nerve Damage
Ulcers
Malnutrition
Irregular Heartbeat
Loss of productivity
Heart Muscle Poisoning
Steatosis
Cirrhosis
Fibrosis
Risk of Cancer in the following:
- Mouth
- Breast
- Liver
- Throat
- Esophagus

Mental Health Issues:
- Depression
- Anxiety

Withdrawal Symptoms

DTs (Delirium Tremens or dangerous confusion)
Seizures
Hallucinations
Mild Anxiety
Headaches
Insomnia
Sweating
Vomiting
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