Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain works. It causes negative emotions, impulsive behavior, cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Treatment for alcohol addiction includes supervised detox, counseling, and therapy, and support group participation

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Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol. Symptoms include repeated alcohol consumption despite related legal and health issues. Those with alcoholism may begin each day with a drink, feel guilty about their drinking and have the desire to cut down on the amount of drinking. Treatment involves counseling by a healthcare professional. A detoxification programme in our Center and medical facility is an option for those who need additional assistance.

        Causes

Side Effects

             Treatment

       Recovery

“Addiction is not your fault, but recovery is your responsibility.”

Causes

You may understand what alcoholism is, but how does it start? What leads a person from having the occasional drink to a full-blown alcohol addiction? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so simple. Alcoholism is a result of a combination of genetic, psychological, environmental and social factors. The more risk factors a person exhibits, the more likely they are to become an alcoholic. And sometimes those risk factors are entirely out of the person’s control. Let’s cover some of them below:

1. Stressful environments

While not every person turns to alcohol to relieve stress, some people do. When a person has a stressful job, for example, they may be more likely to drink heavily. This is often the case with certain occupations such as doctors and nurses – their day-to-day lives can be extremely stressful. To lower this risk factor, take the time to de-stress with healthy methods, like reading a good book, exercising or taking a nap.

2. Drinking at an early age

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who begin drinking at an early age are more likely to have an alcohol problem or a physical dependence on alcohol as they get older. Not only is this because drinking may become a comfortable habit, but also because the body’s tolerance levels may increase.

3. Mental health problems like depression

Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or other mental health issues can increase the risk of alcoholism. It’s easy to turn to alcohol when a person is feeling anxious or depressed – and the effects of alcohol may seem to temporarily ease those feelings. This can resort to drinking more and more, leading to alcohol addiction.

4.Taking alcohol with medicine

Some medicines can increase the toxic effects of alcohol on the body. When a person continually takes alcohol with their medications, they may become addicted to the effects that follow – some of which have the capability to be very dangerous and even life-threatening.

5. Family history

If you have a parent or other relative who is an alcoholic, your risk of alcoholism automatically increases. Part of this is due to genetics, but the other part has to do with your environment. Spending time around people who drink heavily or abuse alcohol can influence you to do the same. Multiple factors can play a role in a person’s risk of alcoholism. While the above may not directly be considered “causes” of alcoholism, they can play a role in its development. It’s important to understand your risk and do what you can to lower it as much as possible.

Side Effects

The side effects of alcohol include the hangover, in which headaches, nausea, and vomiting continue after a drinker is no longer actually intoxicated or experiencing the alcohol high. Weight gain and high blood pressure can result from repeated overconsumption of alcohol, and long-term overconsumption of alcohol can raise the risk for:

    • Depression.
    • Liver damage.
    • Cancer.
    • Depression of the immune system.
    • Reduced sexual performance.
    • Alcohol use can also have serious consequences for expecting and breastfeeding mothers and their babies, including fetal alcohol syndrome.

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

A number of medical emergencies can result from prolonged alcohol use, including cirrhosis, pancreatitis and cardiac arrhythmias. Long-term overconsumption of alcohol causes death of brain cells, which can lead to brain disorders as well as a lowered level of mental or physical function. Liver damage from alcohol can result in cirrhosis, a severe medical condition that can require a liver transplant to treat. Long-term overconsumption of alcohol can cause pancreatitis, a very dangerous inflammation of the pancreas, and it can also cause nerve damage.

Tolerance :

A long-term effect of alcohol in which the body becomes accustomed to higher and higher doses of alcohol after a long period of overconsumption. This makes it possible for long-term drinkers to consume amounts of alcohol that are dangerous without experiencing short-term effects that might otherwise convince them to stop. Tolerance can lead to dependence and then to addiction or alcoholism in some individuals. Alcohol Dependence Alcohol dependence, or alcoholism, occurs when the body cannot function without alcohol. Alcohol affects certain neurotransmitters in the brain. When the brain becomes accustomed to the way that alcohol affects these brain chemicals, it can no longer send proper signals to the rest of the body without the presence of alcohol. Once someone has developed a dependence on alcohol, he or she will continue to drink regardless of any serious physical symptoms caused by alcohol. In addition, a person who has developed alcohol dependence will continue to drink even if he or she suffers social or personal circumstances such as the loss of a job or career, breakup of personal relationships, or arrests for behavior related to alcohol consumption.

Short-Term Effects

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Headaches.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Impaired judgment.

Long-Term Effects

  • Blackouts.
  • Memory loss.
  • Liver disease.
  • Thiamine deficiency.

Other Concerns

Risk of:

  • Certain cancers.
  • Brain damage.
  • Immune system obstruction.

Treatment

How is it treated? Treatment for alcohol use disorder varies, but each method is meant to help you stop drinking altogether. This is called abstinence. Treatment may occur in stages and can include the following:

  • Detoxification or withdrawal to rid your body of alcohol
  • Rehabilitation to learn new coping skills and behaviors
  • Counseling to address emotional problems that may cause you to drink
  • Support groups, including
  • Medical treatment for health problems associated with alcohol use disorder
  • Medications to help control addiction.

Testimonials

From my school life I started to experiment with various drugs and became an addict. I have abused drugs and alcohol for about 20 years. Due to my addiction, I lost many things such as family, friends, my job, money, talents, principles & values. Several times, I was treated for my problem, but I relapsed time and again. After my last detoxification, I came to Art of Living it helped recover from my addiction, now am gradually recovering to the normal life.

Dipankar Guha, Badakhshan province, Afghanistan

I have been at the center for few months for my alcohol Addiction treatment. It's a well-managed center. we are given freedom to an extent, unlike other centers. Yoga, Agnihotra, and meditations were very soothing. Counseling for me, as well as my family, was provided.A big Thanks to the team here for helping me recover

Rajan, Sales and marketing

The work-related pressure made me an alcohol addiction. Just to experience a high I got into the habit of alcohol. I joined a center where I was locked up in a confinement for days nor did the treatment help me recover. My sister recommended me this center, here I can move around freely inside the campus we even go out to a garden to have a nice time with nature. The timely sattvic food they serve is good. I realized that I don't need alcohol to feel high.I have found better ways here will take them home .

Rudraiya, manager at LNT

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