Alcoholism Treatment Program

Alcoholism Treatment

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.

``Descent is easy, and often slippery`` - Mahatma Gandhi

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:

  • Drinking to get drunk.
  • Being unable to limit how much you drink.
  • Blacking out and not remembering what transpired while you drank.
  • Drinking alone.
  • Drinking in secret.
  • Losing interest in things you once enjoyed.
  • 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:

  • Stress – The amount of stress you are under on a daily basis may lead you to drink.
  • Social situations – If you tend to frequent social gatherings where drinking is the norm, you may be more likely to do so, simply because that is what everyone else is doing.
  • 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:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver, which is irreversible
  • Brain damage
  • Pancreatic problems
  • Heart failure
  • Increased risk for depression and other mental illnesses
  • Increased risk for certain types of cancers
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Your personal life can be hurt as well:

  • You may withdraw from family and friends.  You could even potentially lose your family due to domestic violence or fits of rage.
  • Your work or school life may suffer to the point where you could lose your job or fail school due to poor grades.
  • You bank account may suffer as all of your money is going toward alcohol rather than to necessities such as rent and utilities.

Getting Clean

``Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending`` - Carl Bard

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

``What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself`` - Hecato

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:

  • The amount of fat on your liver decreases.
  • Your blood glucose levels decrease, lowering your odds of diabetes.
  • 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:

  • Adopt healthier habits to deal with stress, such as exercise.
  • Try your old hobbies.  You may find a rekindled desire for them or you may even find some new ones.
  • 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!

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