Conquering Alcohol Use Disorder
By Acknowledging Alcoholism, You Can Regain Control of Your Life
What Exactly is Alcohol Dependency?
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) affects over 17 million people. A person becomes an alcoholic after prolonged use, causing them to rely on alcohol to produce needed chemicals in their brains that have stopped being produced because of the constant presence of alcohol. Alcoholism can run in families, and it can also develop in individuals with no history of alcoholism. Some of the signs of AUD are: spending a large amount of time drinking, drinking to relieve stress, lying about having consumed alcohol, drinking to avoid withdrawals, drinking even when it interferes with daily responsibilities and drinking more to reach the desired level of intoxication. In order for a person suffering from AUD to successfully obtain treatment for their disorder, they must first admit that they have a problem with alcohol consumption. Once you or a loved one recognizes that AUD is occurring, steps can be taken to recover from the disorder. AUD recovery starts with a medical detox to address the physical symptoms of addiction. It is then followed by therapy services, which are conducted on an individualized level as well as in group sessions. Finally, ways to overcome the temptation to relapse are addressed. To begin your path to AUD recovery, call 614-502-6247 to discuss your treatment options.
The Risks Associated with a Prolonged Use of Alcohol Are Profound
AUD usually starts as a social inclination to drink and turns into a physical dependency. The risks associated with alcohol abuse are many and they affect social, psychological and physical attributes of an individual. Alcoholism is usually described as a mental illness that ultimately affects a person’s behaviors and brain functions. It usually begins with a psychological dependency, marked by a desire to dull sensation and emotions through alcohol’s depressive properties. This psychological addiction to become numb develops into a physical dependency which can lead to liver and kidney problems, as well as a variety of cancers. Alcohol impairs brain function by getting in the way of messages between cells, called neurotransmitters, and eventually by over-producing neurotransmitters because of the ever-present presence of alcohol in the blood stream. When this level of dependency has been reached, medical intervention is absolutely necessary to help a person sober up off of alcohol as sustained brain damage can occur if they quit cold turkey.
Your mental health deteriorates with prolonged alcohol abuse because of the inherent brain damage and depression of emotions and speech caused by AUD. Genetically inherited mental health disorders can be exacerbated or masked by prolonged alcohol consumption, and mental health issues can develop as a result of the brain damage and cognitive impairment brought on by alcoholism. Sometimes alcohol is used as a coping mechanism for mental health disorders, but it is nearly impossible to diagnose the nature of a co-occurring mental illness while you are still using alcohol. In order to address psychiatric distress, you must sober up off of alcohol for a limited period of time so you can be assessed without alcohol affecting your mood and perceptions. This is why proper treatment is vital in reclaiming a stable life outside of alcoholism. Remember, though, that sobering up suddenly and without medical support can be deadly as your brain chemistry has been altered by your use. To find out more, call 614-502-6247.
Medical Detox Starts Your Recovery Journey by Clearing Your Body and Mind of Your Drug of Choice
In order to begin your journey toward recovery, you must undergo a medical detoxification (detox). While this journey looks a little different from individual to individual, there are generally two types of detoxes available: alcohol detoxification and drug detoxification. Alcohol Detox begins as soon as two hours after your last drink, and is marked by three separate stages which you will experience in varying degrees depending on the severity of your alcohol intake. The first stage is denoted by depression, anxiety, insomnia or fatigue (or a rotating combination of the two), clouded judgment, mood changes, abdominal pain, nausea, a loss of appetite, tremor and heart palpitations. It is highly advisable that you detox while staying at a residential in-patient program, so these debilitating symptoms can be treated as they occur. Alcoholics experience a progression of symptoms, and begin to experience an increase in body temperature, high blood pressure, heart irregularities, confusion and irritability. These symptoms can be life threatening, and medical assistance should surround you so you are kept safe. The final stage, also known as Delirium Tremens, is the toughest, and consists of seizures, fever, agitation and aggression, more confusion, and hallucinations. It is highly advisable that these symptoms be experienced while you are in an in-patient program.
Drug detoxification is similar to alcohol detoxification, and both forms of detoxification can be combined in users who used both drugs and alcohol. Users detoxing off of drugs often experience seizures, strokes, fever, headaches, extreme fatigue while also experiencing insomnia, muscle tension, shaking, a rapid heart rate, nausea, diarrhea, unusual breathing, severe depression, panic, anxiety, hallucinations, an inability to concentrate, confusion, irritability and mood changes. The effects of these symptoms can be alleviated by medical professionals in an in-patient detox program. Once a medical detox has ended, the chances of relapse are very high if you do not immediately enter an intensive therapy program targeted at helping you cope without your drug of choice. It is imperative that a proper treatment plan be in place to optimize your success. Call 614-502-6247 to discuss your needs and begin your journey. 614-502-6247 now!