Alcoholism Treatment Program
With the ability to consume you both physically and mentally, alcoholism is an illness. It is an addiction to drinking alcohol, where the desire to drink is stronger than the ability to say no. It also includes the behavior resulting from drinking. This illness is capable of consuming your entire life, though it often doesn’t start out that way.
How Does Alcoholism Progress?
Drinking regularly can disrupt certain brain chemicals that control impulsiveness and feeling good. Over time, your body becomes used to the alcohol, and therefore requires more in order to produce the same desired effects.
Alcoholism is a progressive illness. It starts with just one drink. Next, you may only drink in certain situations. Soon, you are regularly seeking it out and finding reasons to drink. Eventually, with this continued use, you develop an addiction to, or dependence on, alcohol.
What Are the Signs?
There are several signs of alcoholism. Most who suffer from it may not exhibit every single sign, but a mixture of their own signs and symptoms, some of which include:
- Problems with money, work and/or relationships.
What Causes Alcoholism?
There is no one clear cause of alcoholism. Genetics can play a role. Some people are more vulnerable than others. If there are alcoholics in your family, your risk is higher. How old you were when you took your first drink may also play a role. Other factors that may trigger the illness include:
- Depression – You may find that since alcohol tends to relax the body, you think you feel better after having a few drinks. If you have undiagnosed depression, you might think drinking is the only way you can feel good.
How Does Drinking Affect You?
Drinking affects your body as well as your life. There are several health effects associated with alcohol:
- Heart failure
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Your personal life can be hurt as well:
- You bank account may suffer as all of your money is going toward alcohol rather than to necessities such as rent and utilities.
Quitting alcohol use is possible when you know where to turn, but it is also important to note that it may not always be easy. The first couple of days, while your body is trying to detoxify itself, you may suffer some withdrawal symptoms, including sweating, rapid heart rate, and insomnia. But despite these, you may begin to feel a sense of empowerment, that you have control over your life again. It is also important to note that you should never try and detox or withdrawal from alcohol on your own, as that can lead to very serious health ramifications. You should always have help by your side – professionally trained and experienced help.
In the weeks following your choice to get clean, you may begin to feel better about yourself and also feel that you can reach out to others again, as well as begin to develop healthier habits. You may also find that your emotions are running rampant, which may cause anxiety, depression, insomnia and aggression. It is possible that even months or years after you quit drinking that you could face a situation that may cause you to want to drink again. Relapse is also possible. These things should not discourage recovery. It is important to know that there is help out there, no matter how far along you are.
A New Life
Coming into New Creation Treatment and getting control over your alcoholism is the first step to a new life. It can help you feel better, get free from your alcohol addiction in a safe and controlled environment, and allow you to learn the proper tools to break free from your addictive cycle. After you quit drinking, your body and your life can be greatly improved. Simply by quitting you are already on your way to being healthier:
- Your blood cholesterol decreases, which also decreases your chances for heart problems.
You also have the opportunity to work on your personal life as well:
- Reach out to family and friends from whom you may have distanced yourself.
Alcoholism can be an all-consuming illness. It affects your body and your mind. But it is important to know that recovery is possible. There is help available at New Creation Treatment and you can get better. Call us today!