Rehabilitation Center For Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and is the most commonly used substance in the United States. Its effects depend on a person’s age, health and family history as well as how much and how quickly he or she drinks. The more alcohol people drink, the higher their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) rises. Higher BACs are associated with greater impairments in a person’s ability to think clearly, talk, remember information, react and coordinate motor movements. Alcohol addiction centers can be found just about anywhere, but getting the person battling this disease to treatment is half the battle.

Symptoms

The effects of alcohol largely depend on how much and how quickly a person drinks as well as age, gender and having a family history of alcoholism. Some of the common effects of alcohol include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Mood swings
  • Aggression
  • Memory, balance and coordination problems
  • Poor reactions and judgments
  • Vision/tactile problems
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hangovers
  • Blackouts
  • Amnesia

Alcohol Overdose

Alcohol poisoning results from drinking too much alcohol too quickly in a short period of time and can have potentially life-threatening consequences. The NIAAA reported that some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:

  • Low body temperature
  • Bluish, clammy or pale skin color
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Loss of coordination
  • Slow, irregular or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness, coma or inability to awaken
  • Vomiting
  • Slow heart rate
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Seizures
  • Dehydration

People who do not seek or receive treatment for alcohol poisoning can experience serious complications such as permanent brain damage, seizures, heart attacks or even death. Immediate medical attention is necessary to avoid fatal consequences.

Warning Signs

Warning signs can be helpful to look for to determine if you or a loved one is drinking alcohol is a negative or problematic way. Some of the major warning signs to look for include:

  • Loss of appetite, preferring a drink to a meal
  • Denial or secrecy about alcohol consumption
  • Drinking prior to functions or taking additional alcohol to ensure a sufficient supply
  • Drinking more alcohol to obtain a desired buzz or to feel high (tolerance)
  • Spending time planning the next drink or recovering from the last one
  • Lack of interest in appearance, work, school and relationships
  • Drinking alcohol in the morning (eye opener) to get rid of a hangover or withdrawal symptoms
  • Failed attempts to try to cut back
  • Feeling guilty about drinking
  • Legal problems involving alcohol
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, anxiety, headache, nausea, hallucinations and nightmares

Long-Term Effects

Alcohol is a legal substance, yet it can contribute to serious problems, including alcohol dependence, relationship problems, legal and health consequences and even death. People who drink heavily at one sitting or over long periods of time can damage nearly every organ in the body.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reported that drinking too much on a single occasion or over long periods of time can have the following health consequences:

  • Fatty liver
  • Cirrhosis
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, liver, breast and esophagus
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Stretching and drooping of the heart muscle
  • Heart disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Alcohol dependence

Alcohol Abuse, Binge Drinker or Alcoholic?

There are three main types of drinking:

  • Binge drinkers are men who drink five or more drinks and women who drink four or more in one sitting.
  • Alcohol abusers drink in a harmful way and continue to drink even after they have experienced problems due to their alcohol use.
  • Alcoholism, also called alcohol use disorder, is a compulsive need to drink and a high tolerance for alcohol, which means they must drink more to feel buzzed. These individuals are not willing to or cannot stop or cut back on their drinking without assistance, and withdrawal symptoms such as tremors occur when they do try to stop or cut back. Alcoholism treatment is paramount once the individual has accepted that they have a problem.

Whatever form of abusive drinking a person takes part in, their best course of action is to seek alcohol addiction recovery at an alcohol rehab center.

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Why Choose Sovereign Health of California?

Sovereign Health’s alcohol treatment programs targets the physical effects of alcohol and underlying conditions that fuel the patients’ addiction. Our alcohol rehab provides detox and effective treatment for alcohol addiction.

Our alcohol detox center offers complete rehabilitation for alcohol abuse and dependence. Sovereign Health’s alcohol rehab medical staff ensures that every patient who receives detox does so following medical guidelines. As part of our comprehensive alcoholism treatment programs, we offer conventional clinical therapies as well as alternative treatment, such as art therapy, yoga, equine therapy, neurofeedback training and cognitive retraining.

We accept most private insurance plans and work with My Treatment Lender to provide treatment loans to those who do not have insurance and need assistance covering the costs of treatment. If you would like further information, please call our 24/7 helpline to speak with a member of our admissions team. They will be happy to answer your questions.

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