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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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Help for Drug Addiction

If you think you have a problem with drug addiction, there is a lot of help out there for you. You have already taken the biggest step to recovery–admitting there is a problem. The next step is figuring out how to beat the addiction. The first thing you should do is get your addiction assessed. Every person is different, and every addiction is different. In order to ensure that you attend the right type of program to meet your recovery needs you should speak with an addiction counselor. Locating an addiction counselor can be accomplished by contacting your insurance company, conducting a search on the web, speaking with your primary physician for a referral or even contacting a prospective drug rehab program you are considering attending. When you speak with the counselor it is imperative that you are forthcoming with the details of your drug use. You will have to describe any and all effects the addiction has had on your life and the lives of others. This can be a very intimate and revealing process, but it is essential to making your way to recovery. This helps the counselor to make an accurate judgment as to what level and duration of care is necessary to help you end you cycle of addiction.

Narconon Fresh Start Can Help

We here at Narconon Fresh Start understand what a difficult situation you going through. We know that you have tried and attempted solutions within the family to end the addiction, we know you have been through a lot and have different feelings about what to do and how to go about doing it. As one of the most successful drug rehab programs in the country we will help you change this movie that has been playing for too long now and transform it to a better movie for you and your family that does not have the addiction cast into it. Many of us have been through and overcome addiction ourselves. We want you to know, while every person and family is different, there is one thing you all have in common – you can have your life back and we will help you get there. Contact us today to speak with our addiction counselors and see how our program will help you achieve sobriety.

Our programs are considered the most effective form of addiction rehabilitation, with a high number of our graduates remaining sober after their graduation. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are residential, long-term, drug-free, holistically based rehabilitation programs able to address all forms of substance abuse and addiction. Clients enter our centers addicted to all different substances including alcohol, meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills, over the counter medication, synthetic drugs (spice, bath salts, etc.) and are able to fully recover from their addiction and go on to live the life they imagined for themselves before their addiction took hold.

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.

Alcohol Drug Rehab

Here in the United States alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances. Depending on the time of day, it is not unusual to see a large number of patrons at restaurants consuming beer, wine or hard liquor. That number grows experientially at bars and night clubs in the evening when patrons frequent the establishments solely to get a drink and socialize. Even though drinking alcohol is legal for people 21 and older, it is still a drug and an addictive substance. People drink alcohol for a variety of reasons: to relax, have fun, be part of a group, curiosity, to escape from boredom also to alleviate physical or psychological pain.

While the great majority of alcohol users do not develop a problem with the substance, many unfortunately do. For these alcoholics, treatment to end their alcohol addiction usually requires they attend an alcohol drug rehab program. Ending alcoholism takes a lot more than strong self-control and willpower; it takes changing the way the alcoholic functions in the world around them. Conquering alcoholism is something that Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs is able to achieve and has been doing so for over 45 years.

Their long-term residential programs address the client’s issues with alcohol while also uncovering and resolving the underlying problems that drove the person to drink in the first place. While attending one of Narconon Fresh Start’s alcohol rehabilitation locations the program participant will:

  • fully withdraw from alcohol and any other substance they are dependent on
  • go through a total body purification process like none they have ever experienced before effectively ridding them of future physical cravings for alcohol or other drugs
  • learn to live life as a sober individual
  • learn key life skills necessary to maintain their sobriety
  • create a battle plan for their future

When the program participant completes their treatment at Narconon Fresh Start they no longer consider themselves an “alcoholic” or an “addict” because they have been fully rehabilitated; with over three quarters of Narconon Fresh Start graduates never returning to a life of alcohol or drug use after completing the program. They now have all the necessary tools and skills to remain sober and face challenges without resorting to drinking or using. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs do not use any drug replacement or drug substitution therapy so graduates complete treatment and do not take any prescription medication to ensure their sobriety. Also, they do not need to attend meetings to maintain the gains they have achieved while in drug rehab. Graduates of the Narconon Fresh Start drug and alcohol rehab program are able to seamlessly reintegrate into their families, friendships and communities.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction are NOT Voluntary Behaviors

While a person’s choice to try drugs or alcohol was initially a voluntary choice, their progression into full-fledged addiction goes beyond their personal decision. No drug abuser has ever thought to themselves that they would like to become an addict; it is a process that happens overtime often without the user’s awareness of what is happening to them.

As a drug or alcohol abuser continues to use their body becomes accustomed to having the substance present at all times. Their brain also begins to rely on the substance to feel “normal” and function properly. This progression is not something that the user has control over. They are often blind to the changes taking place in their body and mind; to the drug or alcohol user their continued drug use is a way to solve whatever problem in their life they are looking to escape from.

When they attempt to decrease the amount they use, or stop using all together they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Some substances such as alcohol, heroin and other opioids cause the person to become physically addicted to the substance, thereby causing them physical withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking it. Their body calls out to them through the pain, letting them know that if they were just to take the drug or drink they would put an end to their physical suffering…for now at least. This cycle goes on and on, dragging the addicted person deeper into the downward spiral of addiction.

Drug rehab programs such as Narconon Fresh Start’s network of treatment centers are able to address not only the client’s physical addiction problem, but the underlying issues that drove the individual to abuse the substance in the first place. Through their entirely drug-free program, clients become students learning invaluable life lessons about communication, intrapersonal skills and stress management. Each client works at their own pace through the drug rehab program and is never rushed to complete any portion of treatment in a pre-specified period of time. This is because true recovery takes as long as it takes and cannot be rushed. While the majority of program participants complete the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program in an average of three months, those who need longer to progress through the program have the ability to do so.