Tag: alcoholism

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.

Quitting Drinking Alcohol for Good

Download Alcohol Abuse Brochure

Watch more alcohol recovery reviews –>

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.

More about becoming an alcoholic –>

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Woman Abusing Alcohol

  • 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.

Download Alcohol Abuse Brochure

How Addiction Happens

No one sets out to become an addict or alcoholic, it is a process that happens overtime and often the user does not see the warning signs before its too late.

For the majority of addicted individuals, their substance use begins innocently enough. They didn’t set out to become an addict when they first experimented with drugs or alcohol. Often, their first introduction to alcohol or drugs is through another person in a social setting. They may be visiting a friend and decide to go through their parent’s liquor or medicine cabinet. They might be at a party and are offered alcohol or drugs. It is rare for a person to experiment with a substance for the first time when they are by themselves. Typically, experimentation with drugs or alcohol begins during the individual’s teen years or even preteen years, when they are ill-equipped to properly think through the consequences of their actions. Preteens, teens and young adults are known for engaging in risky and unwise behaviors. This is because their focus in on the immediate pleasure and gratification they receive vs. being concerned about the potential consequences of their actions. All too often, the younger a person experiments with substances and begins using them recreationally the more likely it is that they will develop an addiction problem. Their attraction to drugs and alcohol and repeated use of substances becomes intertwined with their developmental growth and leads to much larger problems for them in the future; namely addiction.

Another way that people become addicted to drugs is through doctor-provided prescriptions. While the individual seeks out treatment for a ligament ailment, such as pain or anxiety – their use of prescribed medications becomes habit forming. Many medications used to treat pain and anxiety are known to be habit forming and carry a great deal of risk when consumed in any other way than prescribed by the physician. When the person develops an addiction to their medication it is not uncommon for them to “doctor shop” to feed their prescription drug addiction. Prescription drug addicts will go from doctor to doctor in hopes of cajoling the physicians into prescribing them a specific type of drug. As they continue to see doctor after doctor their skill at being able to manipulate the physicians increases and they are able to get the prescription drugs they are after. While many doctors today are savvy to “doctor shopping”, there are still some who take their patients at face value and prescribe the medication their patient indicates they require. Additionally, the online prescription drug market offers addicts access to opiates and benzodiazepines easily and hassle free. Street drug dealers also are known to sell prescription medications along side their illicit street drugs.

While it would be great to be able to tell who has the potential to become an addict, the science isn’t there yet and there is no way of knowing who will get hooked and who will stop at merely using drugs and alcohol recreationally. Generally speaking, most addicts look just like everyone else until their addiction becomes so out of hand that it physically, emotionally, and/or financially takes a toll on them. Knowing how addiction develops is critical in preventing it from happening.

 

Its 2014, are you ready for a change?

Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab centers are the most effective treatment option for individuals who have already tried short term treatment, meetings and counseling. Their drug rehab facilities are the Fort Collins New Life Center in Colorado, The Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas, the Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada and the Sunshine Summit Lodge in California are picturesque and ideal settings for working on one’s personal issues. Each of their locations provides program participants with individualized treatment so that they can personally overcome their drug or alcohol addiction. The Narconon Fresh Start program is designed to help the recovering individual recognize, confront and resolve their underlying issues that drove them to abuse drugs or alcohol in the first place. Their drug rehab center’s locations are chosen for their ability to provide a safe retreat from the day to day struggle of drug addiction.

Narconon Fresh Start centers know that drug addiction and alcoholism are not a disease, they are a learned behavior. Unlearning this behavior takes time and patients. Attending a drug rehabilitation center helps drug addicted individuals to remove themselves from their environment for a period of time with less distractions. This provides the individual with time to contemplate what began their destructive path toward drug addiction and how they are going to repair the past, and plan for a new future.

Using the long term steps of recovery learned through Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation centers, individuals are able to better manage their life and create more happiness than sadness. Narconon drug rehabilitation centers assist in all aspects of one’s life; even after recovery from drug addiction so that hazardous or dangerous situations do not continually occur. Graduates of Narconon Fresh Start programs are able to overcome obstacles which may have seemed impossible in the past. Overcoming drug addiction takes tremendous desire to change one’s life, hard work and a program that works. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation centers success rates are unsurpassed. Are you ready for a change? Contact Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab today and begin on the journey to change your life Please call (855) REHAB-CENTER (855-734-2223) for a consultation and assessment.

Saying Goodbye to 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve! This is a time to think back and reflect upon the last 365 days. What changes have you made in your life? What accomplishments have you succeeded in? For individuals addicted to drugs and alcohol it is likely that their answers will not be very positive.

Perhaps you have attempted to stop using on your own and found that your dependence on your substance of choice is much more powerful than you anticipated. Ending addiction to drugs and alcohol often requires help from professionals. While you may be able to stop using for a period of time on your own, maintaining sobriety without understanding: addiction, why you choose to abuse drugs or alcohol, addressing the reasons for your substance use and developing ways of preventing future drug use will result in your return to drug and/or alcohol use to solve your problems.

Maybe you stumbled on difficult times in your life and wound up relapsing? Losing your way on the road of lifelong sobriety doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to regain the footing you once had. For recovered addicts who have relapsed, it means that you know how to achieve being sobriety and must work on ways to maintain it: learning new stress management tools, relapse prevention techniques, being able to identify individuals who will cause harm to your sobriety and developing a plan for your day to day life as well as a long-term plan for your future.

Planning each day as well as what you want to accomplish in the future gives the individual something to focus on. Creating structure in one’s day is valuable to everyone, no matter if they are a recovering addict or someone who is struggling with depression (or any other psychological issues). Planning and scheduling one’s time helps them to know what is expected of them each day and their free time will be filled with enjoyable, healthy activities (reading books, watching movies, spending time with supportive friends and family). Having a plan for the future gives the person achievable goals to work towards and by accomplishing these goals gives the person a sense of success and pride; two very powerful emotions that will motivate them to continue on the road of sobriety instead of returning to a life of substance use.

Narconon Fresh Start and their staff at Fort Collins New Life Center in Colorado, Lone Star Victory Ranch in Texas, Rainbow Canyon Retreat in Nevada and Sunshine Summit Lodge in Southern California wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat Breaks the Chains of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Rainbow Canyon Retreat, part of the Narconon Fresh Start network of drug rehab programs address all aspects of drug addiction and alcoholism. Their results, along with the other Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab programs are exceptionally higher than other addiction treatment programs. Many of those graduating from Rainbow Canyon Retreat are drug-free two years later; this is in contrast to the 16%-20% of more traditional rehabilitation treatment.

Because drug addiction and alcoholism are more prevalent in today’s society than in the past, drug rehab programs such as Rainbow Canyon Retreat must be effective at helping their clients get off drugs and learn to live a drug-free lifestyle. The grip of addiction knows no boundaries; affecting young and old, male and female, rich and poor. It is not uncommon for drug users to abuse multiple substances at the same time, becoming addicted to a combination of lethal drugs. Families suffer huge losses while the drug addict steals, lies, gets arrested and goes to jail. Many go through rehab, only to relapse after a short time.

An addict faces many hurdles on the road back from the insanity of drug addiction. So many in fact that, most drug addicts become overwhelmed along the way and fall back into using. Cravings, guilt and depression are the primary barriers that a drug addict encounters. These barriers are almost impossible to break free of, and cause him to remain in the enslavement of drug addiction.

One effective alternative method to recovery is the life skills training and moral inventory used by Narconon Fresh Start in all of their drug rehab centers including Rainbow Canyon Retreat. Narconon Fresh Start drug rehabilitation and education services provide a specific course of treatment which includes training in communication, a full body detoxification process, counseling in problem identification and solving, as well as counseling in personal values and integrity. Narconon Fresh Start programs assist individuals in accomplishing heightened moral standards and sobriety with an improved quality of life.

Rainbow Canyon Retreat breaks the chains of drug and alcohol addiction. Becoming drug free is only the first step of a long journey; the real task is helping the individual acquire the skills necessary to live life comfortably without drugs. We know the journey to recovery is not complete until the individual has a firm grasp of how to set and accomplish their goals. Rainbow Canyon Retreat drug rehab center provides the life skills necessary to become a contributing member of society again.

Located in a valley meadow beneath the beautiful layered colors of Rainbow Canyon, near Caliente, Nevada this drug rehab program is the ideal distraction free environment for addressing drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Narconon Fresh Start (i.e. Rainbow Canyon Retreat) programs are long-term inpatient drug and alcohol rehab centers for people from all over the United States and the world. Completing the Narconon Fresh Start program can take anywhere from 3-5 months and lasts forever. It is our professional opinion that the time it takes to complete our program is beside the point because each individual is different. We require that our graduates accomplish what it is they set out to do – handle their addiction problem forever!