Category: Alcohol Abuse

Information about alcohol and its harmful effects, signs and symptoms and how you can get help at Narconon Fresh Start for someone suffering from alcohol addiction.

What You May Not Know About Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol AbuseAlcohol is a drug though many people would not consider it as such and can cause both physical and emotional dependence. Alcohol consumption is widely accepted globally, glorified in movies and used at many occasions. It is the number one drug problem in the US with over more than 12 million alcoholics. $197 million dollars are spent daily on alcohol in the US alone.

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Others

Alcohol abuse affects not only the person who abuses it, but the lives of those around them. Every 30 minutes a person is killed in an alcohol-related car accident. Alcohol use plays a big factor in felony cases, child beating cases, rape cases, wife battering cases, homicides and stabbings. Family members are also severely impacted emotionally and / or physically by a parent or spouse or someone else in the family who abuses alcohol.

Economically it cost the US over 200 billion a year in alcohol misuse problems.

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Effects of Using Alcohol

When you are drunk, your behavior changes. Your mind starts swinging and you loose your balance. You can’t concentrate or focus and your words will more than likely have no meaning.

Effects of Alcohol UseWhen alcohol is consumed, it causes dizziness, relaxation, sleep, uncontrolled behavior, uncontrolled perceptions and poor judgement. Lack of consciousness can result in poor decisions causing a person to do what he or she normally wouldn’t do. The person can become hostile and assault someone.

Some people may have no recollection of what they did or what happened after waking up from drinking alcohol. When the blood-alcohol level returns to zero, the user will often experience a hangover. This will sometimes involve a combination of effects including upset stomach, headache, nausea, fatigue, food aversion, thirst and diarrhea.

Health Effects of Abusing Alcohol

Alcohol abuse can cause heart failure, kidney failure, chronic pancreatitis, brain damage, sleep disruptions and cirrhosis of the liver. Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the liver, mouth, esophagus, pharynx and breast. Read about alcohol shakes and tremors.

Signs and Symptoms Leading to Alcoholism

  • When alcohol use hinders work or school and other activities.
  • Drinking even when a physical condition can be made worse.
  • Drinking even when he or she knows they have to drive.
  • When blackouts or memory loss occurs.
  • Accidents occur when drinking.

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Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

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  • Drinking uncontrollably.
  • Always relying on alcohol to relieve stress.
  • Drinking in the morning, staying drunk or drinking alone.
  • Hiding their drinking or making excuses for drinking.
  • Withdrawal symptoms from not drinking.
  • Putting drinking over hobbies and activities that were once enjoyed.
  • Drinking even though education, career, family and relationships are jeopardized.
  • Making sure there is always enough alcohol or that social events include alcohol.

Helping Someone with Alcohol Addiction

People who abuse alcohol or drugs will usually deny that they have a problem and refuse help. If you suspect a loved one is abusing alcohol, reach out to them and get them some help. An intervention may be needed and can save a person’s life. Speak with a drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialist today to see how you can help your loved one get his or her life back or to find out more about the Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehab program by calling 1-855-734-2223.

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Becoming an Alcoholic

Becoming an alcoholic is a process that doesn’t happen the very first time the person takes a sip of alcohol. Often, it is a development that happens over a long period of time. The individual initially uses alcohol recreationally, socially to have a good time with those around them. As they enjoy themselves, the way the alcohol makes them feel, they want to recreate that feeling again. Perhaps they are bored, maybe they are feeling stressed or they just want to relax and unwind – they choose to have a drink and it does the trick. They have found a solution to the issue they were having and they now know that when they feel that way they can turn to alcohol to make them feel better.

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Alcohol AbuseThe person will begin to rely on alcohol more and more to solve their problems…in turn creating additional problems in their life caused by their drinking. They may receive DUI’s, have problems in their relationships or family life and/or their career.  As the individual continues to drink their body becomes used to the alcohol. This is called tolerance and is the primary reason why one person feels tipsy after one glass of wine, and for another it takes several more to feel the effects of the alcohol.

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A person who continues to drink and gets drunk regularly will likely suffer from blackouts. A blackout is when you do not remember part or all of the time you were intoxicated. The next day you forget what you said the night before or how you got home. This startles the drinker in the beginning, but later on he or she deals with it with a sense of indifference. This is the downward spiral into addiction; the person turns a blind eye to the symptoms of their alcohol abuse and continues to use despite the negative consequences.

Due to the excessive amount of alcohol the person consumes they begin to experience problems brought on by their drinking; these can be physical and social problems. They may lose touch with their non-drinking friends and associates, may experience issues at work or school and will likely have some degree of financial problems. The question “do I drink because I have problems, or do I have problems because I drink?” becomes the question. The answer, it is likely that you drink because you are using an ineffective method (alcohol) to solve your problems.

Entering an alcohol drug rehab program will help to end your problem drinking. Programs such as Narconon Fresh Start are equipped to address the specific issues of alcoholism as well as other substances. Their programs have some of the highest success rates in the field of recovery; A profound amount of their graduates achieve lasting sobriety after completing the program. In addition to their superior success rate, they also provide a written guarantee to the graduates of their programs. This ensures that if for any reason in the six months after completing treatment a graduate experiences any need to return to the center they attended they may do so for an advanced treatment review. For over 45 years their drug rehab programs have been helping people get off the addictive substances they are dependent on and regain the life they imaged they would be living before their addiction took hold of them.

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What is an alcohol intervention?

Drug and Alcohol AddictionAn alcohol intervention is a process used to address a loved one’s problems with alcohol. The primary goal is to get the alcoholic or problem drinker to acknowledge their addiction and realize that they need help to stop drinking. A successful intervention is when the addicted person realizes that they have a serious alcohol addiction problem and that their drinking is hurting themselves as well as those who care about them. They come to realize that in order to stop their drinking they need to enroll in an alcohol drug rehab in order to achieve lasting sobriety.

When an alcoholic is deep in their addiction they will often be oblivious to how serious their problems with alcohol really are. They may look at their friends and acquaintances and feel as though their drinking is not problematic or out of control and that they have no reason to put down the bottle. This is why holding an alcohol intervention can be an important part of getting your loved one the help they need. By speaking with them about their self-destructive behavior you are opening up the lines of communication and showing them that their problems with alcohol need to be addressed.

When you are ready to hold the alcohol intervention there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  • the timing
  • your tone
  • ultimatums
  • treatment options

It is vital to hold the intervention when the person is sober. It may be challenging to find just the right moment when your loved one is clear-headed and the other people who are supporting you in the intervention are available; do your best. If the addict is intoxicated there is no point in trying to reason with them and address their addiction issues. They will likely blow you off, not remember the intervention or become confused and hostile; find another time.

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When you speak with your loved one about their problems with alcohol you need to be mindful of your tone. Your tone should be non-judgmental, non-critical and empathetic. Think of it this way, no one likes to hear bad things about themselves and the way they have hurt others; it is likely that your loved one will become standoffish and defensive at first. This is normal and should be expected. Keep your cool and do not engage in an argument or become hostile towards them. Talk to them about how you remember the way they were before alcohol became a problem. Let them know how much you miss the “old” them. Tell them that you are there to support them and look forward to the future when they will sober.

Another part of an alcohol intervention is using your positive influence to change your own behavior and that of the addict. Before the intervention think of the ways that you enable them to continue with their self-destructiveness:

  • do you loan them money
  • do you give them a place to stay
  • do you make excuses for them
  • do you drive them to purchase alcohol when they are too intoxicated to do it themself

Set ultimatums that you are willing to hold firm to and let them know that you will no longer help them in that manner. You will need to pick actions that you can truly follow through with, otherwise it is wasted time if the addict knows that you say one thing but are easily persuaded to do what they want. Remember, if your loved one does not stop drinking and get the help that they need you will need to follow through with the ultimatums you have stated.

One last key part of preparing for an alcohol intervention is locating alcohol drug rehab options that are available the very day of the intervention. This helps to ensure that the alcoholic has a place to go if they agree they are ready to stop drinking and get help. Call around and do your research. Ask lots of questions about the treatment programs:

  • how long have they been in business
  • what is their long-term success rate
  • what are their treatment methods
  • are they drug-free or do they use prescription medications during their rehabilitation process
  • what is their treatment philosophy
  • do they carry the appropriate accreditation
  •  can you speak with any graduates or parents of graduates
  • do they have any type of guarantee

Also, be sure to let them know that you are going to be holding an alcohol intervention; they may even have some tips or helpful advice as well to make the process go even smoother.

When the time comes to hold your alcohol intervention, be strong and supportive towards the addict. It is helpful if you have other family and friends to assist you and provide loving examples of how the addict’s drinking is causing problems. Employing loved ones can also help to keep the addict sober before the intervention, help to get them to stay at the intervention (should they want to leave) and get the alcoholic to open up if they begin to shut everyone out.

If your loved one does not choose to stop drinking on the exact day of the alcohol intervention it does not mean that it was unsuccessful. Some addicts need time to think about what their loved ones have communicated to them. It may only take days or weeks before they come around and acknowledge that they need and want help to stop drinking. Those who don’t will still benefit from hearing what those who love them think about their drinking and it will plant the seed in their minds that they may have a drinking problem.

Shakes and Tremors Caused by Alcohol

Alcohol AbuseRecently a loved one in my life pointed out that she shakes badly every morning, especially after a night of heavy drinking. Since this loved one is somewhat older I told her that I thought it might be the beginnings of Parkinson’s; just like her father had. However, watching firsthand how difficult it was for her to even put toothpaste on her toothbrush due to her severe shaking the morning after she consumed a great deal of wine, I’m now inclined to believe that the tremors are caused by her alcohol abuse.

I decided to do some more research on this topic and this is what I’ve found. Tremors or uncontrollable shaking can be triggered by alcohol use. It is characterized by jerky, fluttery movements of the person’s hands and fingers that cannot be stopped voluntarily. In addition to uncontrollable shaking, the individual may experience tremors in their arms, head and eyes; these tremors can go so far as to affect their voice too. The research notes that if the individual experiences tremors and/or uncontrollable shaking brought on by their alcohol use they may have a very serious problem and should speak with a medical professional about their treatment options.

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When it comes to tremors and alcohol – alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal are the primary causes of tremors. When the person speaks with their medical professional about their alcohol consumption the doctor will ask if their drinking worsens or improves their tremors as a way to judge if alcohol is to blame for the uncontrollable shaking. It is important that the individual not stop drinking abruptly after a prolonged period of time (e.g. such as stopping after drinking most days of the week for several years) because they could suffer potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include a wide range of symptoms; everything from depression, vomiting and diarrhea to the severe extreme of seizures or death. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can take place within 5 to 10 hours of an alcohol dependent person’s last drink, worsen at 48 to 72 hours and continue for several weeks. Their uncontrollable shaking will likely be accompanied by anxiety, mood swings, irritability, clammy skin, dilated pupils, nausea and vomiting.

Lastly, the closing paragraph of the article I read really hit home and made the experience of watching my loved one’s shaky hands all that more scary. It stated that if the person is a heavy drinker and already experiencing tremors and uncontrollable shaking it is likely that their body is already dependent on alcohol. It has been reported that excessive alcohol use is characterized by consuming more than 15 drinks per week for men and 8 drinks per week for women. The article went on to state that a clear sign a person has an alcohol problem is if they schedule their daily routine around their drinking and/or experience negative consequences due to their drinking but continue to do so anyway. These negative consequences might include fighting with their spouse, getting arrested for drinking and driving, and not remembering things they’ve said and done while drinking.

I have to say that I knew all of this information. Working for Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab I’ve become very knowledgeable about alcoholism and every other kind of drug addiction. But, after doing additional research on the subject and reading it in black and white the fact that my loved one has a problem really hit home. All the times my loved one couldn’t remember singing Happy Birthday to my children at their birthday parties, the conversations we had on the phone the previous nights, not being able to follow a simple story from start to finish without getting confused – these have all been warning signs that there was a problem developing. I’ve even noticed that I do my best not to call after 6pm or so because that’s when I’m sure she has started drinking and won’t remember our conversation any longer, at that point I typically decide to wait until the next morning to call.

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It is only now that I realize the extent of my loved one’s problem and that I need to find a way to make a difference in her life. I have conquered my own drug addiction problems and I know how difficult it is to stop using. However, with the rehabilitation and education that I received at Narconon Fresh Start, the right words and properly chosen facts I believe that I can shed some light on my loved one’s issue for her and guide her into a healthy lifestyle.