Tag: Alcohol Abuse

Information about alcohol and its harmful effects, signs and symptoms and how you can help 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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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.

Are you an Alcoholic?

Smoking and Drinking AlcoholProblems with alcohol develop over time and can be difficult to identify. Knowing the common signs of alcoholism will help you determine whether you or your loved one has a drinking problem. While countless people in our country abuse or overuse alcohol, they are not physically dependent on it. If alcohol were removed from their lives they would not suffer any physical withdrawal symptoms or severe cravings to drink. On the other hand, a person who is an alcoholic and has to go without drinking will experience a number of withdrawal symptoms.

Some of the initial signs of an alcohol abuse or addiction problem include tolerance, withdrawal, denial and out-of-control drinking. Tolerance is when the user’s body begins to need more and more of the said substance to achieve the desired effect. For example, a person who once only drank a beer or two now needs four or five to experience the buzz that comes from alcohol. Professionals in the field of addiction share that an increased tolerance is one of the first major warning signs of alcoholism.

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Withdrawal is the next issue when it comes to answering, what are common signs of alcoholism? When the user’s body begins to depend on the substance and it is no longer provided, they experience withdrawal. Depending on the severity of the alcoholic’s problem they may suffer jumpiness, shaking, sweating, vomiting, fatigue, insomnia and depression. In rare cases, withdrawal can be serious or dangerous and include symptoms of fever, hallucinations and seizures.

Many people who have problems with alcohol are in denial about their level of dependence. A person who is in denial about their alcohol use may underestimate how much they are actually drinking. They may become defensive when confronted by family and loved ones and downplay how much they consume. They might turn the attention back on the loved one and say that they are making a big deal out of nothing or blame their alcohol use on problems they are experiencing in their life (i.e. work, school, relationships, money, etc.).

Out-of-control drinking is another one of the common signs of alcoholism. A person who is struggling with early stages of alcoholism will have a limited ability to show self-control when it comes to their alcohol consumption. As their problem progresses they may choose to drink alone and/or in secret. Alcoholics are known for keeping a constant supply of alcohol in the house as well as hiding alcohol is peculiar places so that it is always accessible to them. As their addiction spirals out of control they will lose interest in their family and friends. They may develop problems financially, legally, in their personal health and other areas of their life.

Drinking and driving is a major problem among alcoholics. They drink more than they think they do and then get behind the wheel. This may happen unintentionally because as an alcoholic their ability to judge how much is too much no longer exists. Their actions take on a new level of recklessness because their drinking now affects more than just them; it affects all those who are on the road with them while they are intoxicated behind the wheel.

Another sign of alcoholism is having the desire to cut-back or stop drinking all together and not being able to. This is a classic symptom of addiction. Even though the person knows that their drinking is negatively affecting them they cannot stop drinking. This is a wakeup call for the drinker. They cannot stop on their own and need to take a hard look at getting help for their addiction problem.

People suffering from alcoholism will often neglect activities that were once important to them. They begin to spend more and more time getting alcohol, drinking and getting drunk and then recovering from their overindulgence. It takes up so much of their time that they no longer have the energy to engage in hobbies or spend time with people they care about.

Suffering from blackouts and memory loss are common signs of alcoholism. An alcoholic may drink so much that they suffer a blackout or partial memory loss. They cannot remember their actions during a period of time that they were under the influence. During a blackout the alcoholic may say or do things to those they care about and have no recollection of it. Their hurtful words or behavior can leave lasting emotional and physical scars that they personally will never be able to recall inflicting. Also, alcoholics are known for breaking their word. They may have the best of intentions to attend their child’s dance recital or soccer game, to pay their bills on time or not call in sick for work. These good intentions never come to fruition because the alcoholic does not follow through.

The downward spiral of alcoholism doesn’t have to continue. Contacting Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab can put you or the person you care about on the right path to getting the necessary treatment to break the cycle. Their drug-fee, non-traditional rehabilitation philosophy has helped thousands of alcoholics over the past 45 years end their struggles with alcohol and other addictive substances and learn to live a sober, productive and happy life. The results their program is able to achieve are unsurpassed in the field of addiction recovery; with over three-quarters of their graduates continuing a clean and sober lifestyle after completing the program.

Realizing You’re an Addict

Some people are able to use drugs or alcohol recreationally, meaning that they do no experience negative consequences due to their substance use or develop an addiction problem. On the other hand, there are a large number of individuals who find that their substance use has escalated to the point where it causes them problems at work, home, school and in their relationships. What was once a fun or stress relieving activity has now left them feeling helpless, isolated and ashamed.

For the addicted person, it sometimes seems that it’s as if you wake up one morning and suddenly realize you’re an addict. When this realization hits home and you finally grasp what it means to be so dependent on a substance that you have lost nearly everything you previously valued, it can feel overwhelming. If you personally have developed an addiction problem or if someone you care about struggles with addiction it is important that you know there is help available.

Narconon Fresh Start has several drug rehab programs available to help you or the person you care about find a permanent solution to ending addiction. Their drug rehab programs are located in a variety of settings and provide clients with the seclusion and safety they need while they rehabilitate and recover. With centers in Colorado, Texas, Nevada and California there is sure to be a drug rehab treatment location that meets you or your loved one’s specific needs.

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Sunshine Summit Lodge was formerly an executive retreat. Its open spaces, beautiful scenery and fresh country air provides program participants with a healthy change of environment. Located in the picturesque hills of Northern San Diego, this drug rehab center is a safe sanctuary to focus on one’s recovery.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat is one of Narconon Fresh Start centers and is located near Caliente, Nevada. This facility rests on 320 acres and was formerly a dude ranch. Made up of several buildings on the property, the main log cabin style house sits on active cattle and horse grazing land giving the center a country ranch feel. With the closest city 160 miles away, this country retreat is the ideal setting to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Fort Collins New Life Center is located just east of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. This drug rehab facility provides clients with an accommodating, yet secure residential treatment environment to address their addiction problem. With park-like grounds, mountain views and fresh air – the process of recovering from addiction is made much more amiable.

Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas rests in the heart of the majestic Rio Grande Valley. This drug rehab program is surrounded by lush farmland and provides recovering clients the peace and quiet necessary during their recovery. Situated on 17 lush acres, this drug rehab center is a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape. Program participants find Lone Star Victory Ranch welcoming and homey with the ability to take walks or jogs around the lovely fountain and pond or go fishing in the little river that borders the property.

When you or your loved one is ready for help, Narconon Fresh Start intake counselors will are here to assist you in locating a drug rehab program ideal for your personal recovery needs. Each of their treatment centers operates under the same rehabilitation philosophy and treatment methods ensuring that no matter which program you attend you will receive the best quality care available.

What sets Narconon Fresh Start programs apart from other treatment centers is their rehabilitation philosophy. It is not based on the disease model of addiction that dictates a person with an addiction problem will always be an addict with an incurable disease; a disease they cannot ever overcome but only hope to learn to cope with for the rest of their lives. Instead, Narconon Fresh Start uses an education rehabilitation philosophy based on locating, confronting and resolving the root causes of their program participant’s addiction problem and the numerous behaviors associated with it as well.

While clients enter Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs as addicts or alcoholics, they soon become students learning the important educational life skills and tools necessary to become truly rehabilitated. When they graduate from the program they no longer use the labels of addict or alcoholic because they have fully recovered from their addiction problem.

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers provide their clients with much more than just helping them get off the addictive substances they are dependent on. These treatment programs teach clients about themselves: why they act and react the way they do, why they choose drug or alcohol use to solve their issues, how to take control over themselves and their environment as well as how to prevent future relapse when they return home. Program graduates learn valuable life skills that benefit them throughout their lives. They strengthen their able to confront difficult or stressful situations without resorting to substance use, they develop effective communication skills, they learn how to stay in the moment instead of sinking back into past thoughts or behaviors and they receive ethics training to help them become a more honorable and moral version of themselves.

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