When it comes to alcohol addiction, many individuals are unaware of how serious it can become. At Coastal Detox, our staff knows that in order to become completely sober from alcohol after extended use, MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, is often needed. Research shows that a highly effective medication for MAT is Naltrexone.
We understand how scary being prescribed other medications while in rehab can be to some individuals already struggling with addiction. We want to assure each patient that comes through our facility that we take every precaution necessary.
Within our MAT treatments, all medication that is prescribed is heavily monitored, including dosages of Naltrexone. With this blog, we want to provide more helpful information to encourage current and future patients to no longer be afraid to consider MAT as a viable option.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is the term used to describe the addiction to alcohol an individual may be facing. Even though alcohol is a widely used substance within our society, it can often lead to many serious consequences if used over a prolonged period. Those suffering from alcoholism often aren’t even aware that a problem has occurred.
Once the problem has been addressed, it is often too late to fix it without medical assistance. This is where our staff at Coastal Detox can help. We are able to evaluate each patient and determine how severe their alcohol addiction is once admitted into our facility. Our specialists will then create a specific plan to combat the effects that alcoholism is having on an individual.
The History of Naltrexone: Why Do People Use It?
Originally created in 1963 by Endo Pharmaceuticals, modern Naltrexone is now know by three different brand names: Vivitrol, Depade, and ReVia. Naltrexone has been used to treat alcohol disorders since the mid-1990s, and it continues to perform leaps and bounds over other medications. It can be administered through long-lasting injectables or prescription tablets.
The reason Naltrexone is used to help cope with alcoholism is that it suppresses feelings of cravings. It is most typically used for those who have already overcome their withdrawal symptoms and who want to continue you to stay sober. Most of the time this is at the very end of their medical detox period. It further helps by taking away the feeling of being “rewarded” when a patient has a drink of alcohol.
What is Medical Detoxification?
Medical detox is the removal of a foreign substance, like alcohol, from an individual’s body over an extended period of time. Detox can be done in various different ways, but most often our licensed physicians administer smaller and smaller doses of the alcohol before completely cutting a patient off of it. This allows the body to slowly become acclimated to sobriety instead of being forced to stop altogether.
Medical detox is often a very painful part of the treatment process because of the withdrawal symptoms that can come along with it. Withdrawal symptoms can include things like tiredness, vomiting, and even be as serious as strokes and heart attacks. It all depends on the current state of the addiction at hand.
Detox can take anywhere from a couple of days to complete to a couple of months to complete. So, our physicians at Coastal Detox are equipped to handle even the most serious cases. We do everything we can to make sure each of our patients has as smooth and painless of detox as possible.
What is Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)?
Medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, is a type of treatment used within our facilities to help patients cope with cravings or pain they may be having due to their addiction disorders. It is used in combination with other forms of therapies and treatments to provide a “full-body” type of healing from addiction.
The goal of using MAT as part of the treatment process is to allow our patients to recover completely. When used side-by-side with behavioral therapy techniques, it has been proven to help patients with different life skills including:
- Survival skills
- Increase treatment technique retention
- Being hired and maintaining a steady job
- Discourage illegal activity after completing rehab
- Improves the birth outcomes of patients who are pregnant when in treatment
All of the substances prescribed during MAT are monitored by our licensed doctors and staff at Coastal Detox. We do not allow any patients to be given more than their needed amount. We also only suggest MAT if there is a true need for it because, in some cases, it could be more harmful than helpful.
How Naltrexone Helps the Alcohol Detox Process
Naltrexone is considered as an opioid antagonist. This means that it helps reduce the effects that alcohol has on a person’s brain. It blocks the feelings of satisfaction that come along with alcoholism, as well as preventing future cravings from happening.
Naltrexone is prescribed to those who are at the end of the detox process. Medical professionals start administering daily or monthly doses of Naltrexone to prepare an individual for possible relapse. Relapsing is when a patient falls back into the same cycle they were in before detox, and they start drinking alcohol again.
Because there is a significant chance that a patient may relapse after going through withdrawal, Naltrexone is very important. The Naltrexone will help discourage prolonged drinking if a patient decides to start abusing alcohol again.
The Side Effects of Using Naltrexone
Like with any other medication, Naltrexone has possible side effects. This is why each dose will be closely watched by our staff to ensure that no serious reactions happen. Some of the side effects that a patient may face when using Naltrexone can include things like:
- Mood swings
- Joint pain
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Lower or higher energy levels
- Vomiting, constipation or diarrhea
- Changes in weight, especially weight loss
Possible serious side effects of using Naltrexone can include:
- Feelings of guilt
- Allergic reactions
- Difficulty breathing
- Development of depression
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
- Development of eye problems like blurred vision
How to Know if MAT is Right For You
Medication-assisted treatment is clinically proven to help those struggling with alcohol addiction. It has significantly decreased the percentage of patient relapse. The use of Naltrexone in MAT has also made it possible to allow patients to avoid going through detox altogether.
MAT allows our doctors to help stabilize the brain chemistry of each of our patients. By using medications to suppress cravings or pain, the patient is able to focus on their recovery process instead of how uncomfortable they are. Each MAT program is tailored specifically to a patient’s needs and how severe their addiction is.
Although MAT can be an extremely helpful form of treatment, our staff only recommends it if needed. We take a lot of different factors into consideration if a patient is wanting to try MAT or if we believe it would be helpful. This also requires our staff to break the stigma that is often associated with using other medications to help further improve the treatment process. Our MAT program will only be used in coordination with other types of therapies, as well.
Why Choose Coastal Detox?
Coastal Detox is located on the beautiful Treasure Coast in Florida’s Martin County. In our 15,000 square foot facility, our patients will enjoy a relaxing environment while attending rehab. Our center is within walking distance to the St. Lucie River, as well as the Atlantic Coast.
Safety and privacy are two of our top priorities, and we want each of our patients to feel comfortable during their stay with us. We offer many different types of therapies besides MAT, as well. Some of these include holistic therapies, as well as individual and group therapy sessions. We also offer homemade, healthy meals daily. These are made by our in-house chef that plans and prepares each menu to cater to our patient’s health needs.
Our patients also have access to the many amenities that we offer here at Coastal Detox. The residential bedrooms are spacious, and they include a pillow-top mattress and LED TVs for each patient. Our common areas are designed for maximum comfort, and they allow patients to have a space to interact with peers.
We also have many outdoor activities available. These include taking walks on our walking paths, meditating in our Zen garden, and enjoying the waterfalls on campus.
Coastal Detox is Here to Help
Although drinking alcohol is so common in our society, alcohol addiction is not something to take lightly. If alcohol addiction occurs, our staff at Coastal Detox is here to assist. We not only provide state-of-the-art detox treatments, but we also encourage our patients to be placed into our MAT programs, if needed. Detox and the help of Naltrexone in MAT could potentially give someone their sobriety back.
If you believe you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, do not hesitate to reach out to our staff today. We are available 24/7 to answer your calls and messages. We understand our MAT treatment could be the turning point you have been waiting for.
Self-isolation, lockdown, and social distancing – all of these new terms and phrases have brought on some distressing health concerns the world over. If you or your loved one were struggling with alcohol addiction prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this concern has only been increased.
The everyday life of someone who is recovering from alcohol addiction is one that leans heavily on communication with family, friends, and outside group therapy support systems.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the common form of communication – face-to-face contact – is no longer recommended. The support groups or individuals that you lean so heavily on in times of stress aren’t as readily available as they were in the past.
Without your network of support, the temptation to slip back into bad habits is powerful. Because of this, you may begin to feel that consuming alcohol is a good way to escape from the tumultuous happenings going on all around you.
Coastal Detox, located in Stuart, Florida, can provide the support you or your loved one needs during this time of uncertainty. Our medical treatment program and clinical therapy, combined with various holistic options, will help in the development of an individualized plan designed just for you.
The coronavirus has inundated our lives for months now and is not going to go away any time soon. The mental and physical effects it is having on those who are trying to maintain a grasp on the recovery stage of alcoholism are many. It is important to recognize these struggles and find creative ways to remain strong in your battle to stay sober.
Combatting the Fear of the Unknown When Dealing With Alcoholism and Coronavirus
The coronavirus pandemic has everyone feeling helpless in the sense that this is a battle like no other we have ever fought. And it is a worldwide battle at that. The media continually bombards us with information and concerns over how we will win this battle with a virus that, as of today, we have no control over, or means to stop.
The overabundance of information about the coronavirus has combined with the potential loss of work and income. The concern of keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy contributes to the worries.
If you are already struggling to maintain control over your battle with alcohol addiction, the added stress of the coronavirus can be overwhelming. However, self-medication, in the form of alcohol consumption, is not the answer. To combat the fear of the unknown it is best to face things head-on. Acknowledge your concerns and reach out to your support system.
The Psychological Challenges of Self Isolation and Alcoholism During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic is having an increasingly negative psychological impact on everyone. Some of the effects include:
Depending on the structure and status of your family life, you may be self-isolating alone. The long days and nights without consistent contact from friends and family can create a sense of abandonment and an extreme sense of loneliness.
For those who are battling alcohol addiction, this may lead to an increased desire to dull the worries and slip out of recovery and back into old habits.
You may also be struggling with symptoms of depression during this time of uncertainty. Humans are social creatures, but because of the need for social distancing, and the request to avoid interacting with our friends and family outside of our homes, it is possible to experience feelings of depression. It is important to remember that alcohol is a depressant in itself; thus drinking would be self-destructive.
A feeling of uneasiness is common among everyone while we’re faced with this virus that, as of now, has no cure. This sense of uneasiness brings with it feelings of anxiousness.
Anxiety from the coronavirus, coupled with anxiety due to addiction, can be enough to alter the status of your recovery and cause a relapse. Unfortunately, alcohol will only add to the stress.
Alcohol will not help you cope with your feelings of anxiety. Consuming alcohol has the opposite effect and only increases the problem.
What Effect Does the Absence of Face-to-Face Interaction Have On Alcoholism During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
During the pre-pandemic days, we took for granted the ease with which we could freely visit with our friends and family. Many new directives have been placed on the general population in an attempt to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Society was mandated to go into lockdown. People were also asked to adhere to the social distancing rule of maintaining 6 feet from others. This caused face-to-face interactions to become a thing of days gone by.
If by chance, you have to self-quarantine due to being exposed to the coronavirus, then your physical interactions with others are completely removed.
The lack of physical contact can have a detrimental effect on an individual. This is especially true if you rely on a group or individual in-person therapy sessions to support your recovery process from alcohol addiction.
Social interaction is what you thrive on to give you support during critical times and events. The advice of others is paramount to helping you move forward. Unfortunately, social interaction is also what the COVID-19 coronavirus thrives on.
Feeling A Lack of Control May Increase Relapse Into Alcohol Addiction During the Coronavirus Pandemic
You have a healthier mental outlook when there is a sense of control over your personal life. When things begin to feel out of control, you may find yourself looking for outside resources that you believe will help you to feel more settled.
For someone who is an alcoholic, that outside resource is alcoholic beverages. During the pandemic, these beverages are more readily available than ever before. Individuals can now obtain alcohol through delivery services and take out.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the overwhelming sense of loss of control may be the catalyst for your addiction to resurface. Most everything that was deemed “normal” has quickly disappeared.
One of the therapy options that we offer at Coastal Detox is relapse prevention. This form of therapy will alert you to the things in your physical environment and psychological makeup that may cause you to relapse. With this support and guidance, you can learn how to handle these moments and events so that you can prevent a recurrence from taking place. Our goal for you is to help you maintain the recovery stage that you have worked so hard to achieve.
Can Excessive Alcohol Consumption During the Coronavirus Pandemic Increase the Risk of Infection?
Studies show that long-term, excessive use of alcohol can increase the potential for many health issues such as:
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
It has been proven that people with such medical conditions are more easily, and more dramatically affected by the coronavirus than those who are healthy. Alcohol weakens the immune system. Therefore the risk of infection for someone who suffers from alcoholism is high.
What Are the Respiratory Risks From Coronavirus for Those Addicted to Alcohol?
Alcohol abuse can increase the risk of health-related problems with your heart and lungs. Consuming an excessive amount of alcohol can damage the cells that line the surface of your lungs, and this can cause a weakened immune system.
When the coronavirus attacks, it finds this compromised respiratory system and latches on. Your body is not strong enough to defend itself against the virus, and pneumonia or other lung complications can develop.
How Can Coastal Detox Help?
As a country (and a world), we have grown accustomed to natural and man-made disasters where, over time, we can “fix” the mess that is left behind. The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Unlike other disasters, the coronavirus pandemic does not yet appear to have finality.
Facing the enormity of the fragile state of the country is overwhelming. Choosing to lessen those feelings by relapsing and re-entering the world of alcohol abuse is not the answer. There are many ways to remain sober during the coronavirus pandemic. Your support system is still intact. It is simply a matter of finding creative ways to stay in touch with those resources while also remaining safely apart.
Coastal Detox is open, and our staff of trained medical professionals is available to answer any questions you may have. We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about the options and what our facility and staff can offer to you or your loved one during this time of crisis. Please contact us today!
Mixing Tylenol and alcohol can be risky. By taking both substances you’re risking such illnesses such as kidney disease, liver toxicity, and/or pancreatitis. If there is a problem with mixing alcohol and Tylenol, alcohol treatment is an excellent option to get yourself or a loved one the help deserved to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Here at Coastal Detox, we pride ourselves in helping patients to get better with numerous substance abuse programs.
It is also known as Acetaminophen, Tylenol is the name brand. Tylenol is the named brand of Acetaminophen most commonly used. Acetaminophen is best known for its fever, reducing qualities. Tylenol is also considered a mild pain reliever. There are dosages for infants to adults. In moderation, it helps with mild pain and to reduce fevers. Problems occur when the directions are not adhered to. By mixing alcohol and Tylenol, it can have adverse health effects.
Adverse Health Effects
Mixing alcohol and Tylenol can cause other problems. One of the health problems is it can cause kidney disease. Some diseases that can cause health problems when mixing alcohol and Tylenol, which are detrimental are:
- Kidney Disease
- Pancreatic Disease
- Liver Disease
Kidney disease refers to your kidneys being damaged and are unable to filter blood the way they should. It is an extremely serious problem. There are a lot of reasons why people get kidney disease. Alcohol can change the dynamic of your kidneys and the way they function. Kidneys filter out all the toxins out of your blood; this would include alcohol. By drinking alcoholic beverages, this would make your kidneys work harder to keep your blood clean. Tylenol also affects the kidneys in a negative way. Mixing Acetaminophen and alcohol greatly increases the damage to the kidneys, causing kidney disease.
Pancreatic disease is when your pancreas becomes inflamed. The pancreas is what regulates blood sugar and helps aid in digestion. The pancreas directly regulates the hormones that control blood sugar. A healthy pancreas can ward off diseases that affect the body and ensures proper health and blood sugar control. Alcohol can increase the number of carbohydrates and sugar in your blood, which can affect the pancreas. Tylenol increases the risk of pancreatitis. Mixing alcohol and Tylenol greatly increase these risk factors.
Liver disease refers to any disruption of liver function that causes illness. The liver can be deeply affected by mixing alcohol and Acetaminophen. Acetephaphen is used for the treatment of fevers and is a mild pain reliever. By mixing alcohol and Tylenol, you can have minor effects such as an upset stomach to severe problems like liver disease. While combining alcohol and Tylenol, you are increasing the toxins affecting your liver.
Symptoms of liver disease are:
- Pain in the upper right quadrant of the stomach area
- Getting sick to your stomach
- Not wanting to eat
- Unusually heavy sweating
Lethargy or a stupor is your body acting lethargic or with extreme tiredness. You do not feel like you want to do anything. You are extremely tired, and you are in a state of idleness and inactivity. Being in a state of Lethargy may cause depression, and it definitely has an underlying medical issue
Jaundice is associated with liver disease. Jaundice means that there is a yellowish hue to the skin and eyes. The yellowish hue is caused by an abundance of bilirubin in the patient’s system. In a healthy liver, bilirubin is excreted from the body. In an unhealthy liver, the liver cannot break down the bilirubin, so it is not discarded by the body. What is bilirubin, you might ask? Bilirubin is formed after the breakdown of the red blood cells in your body. Newborn jaundice is caused by high bilirubin. This is due to the liver not fully developed and functioning to full capacity. This condition usually corrects itself within a short period of time. Some symptoms of bilirubin are dark urine, stomach issues, a painful abdomen, chest pains, chills, weakness, and fever. You may want to seek medical attention if these are occuring.
Pain in the Upper Right Quadrant
Pain in the right upper quadrant of the stomach area is another symptom of liver disease. This area may be swollen and irritated, possibly even hard to the touch. If you have this described symptom, you may need to be looked at by a physician.
Bruising in abnormal circumstances is another unusual symptom of liver damage. In conjunction with other symptoms, it may be a cause related to liver problems. If it is believed that you have some of these symptoms listed, medical advice should be sought.
Getting Sick to Your Stomach
Getting sick to your stomach and not wanting to eat are both symptoms of liver damage. If there is a combination of these symptoms along with other symptoms, medical advice may be necessary.
Unusual Heavy Sweating
Sweating heavily, especially for no reason, is a good reason to be checked out medically. This is another symptom that is caused by liver damage. If you suspect liver damage, make an appointment to see a physician as soon as you can.
Body Systems Working Together
The kidneys, pancreas, and liver all work harmoniously together to get the body in homeostasis. That is to keep your body functioning and all working together. This is to keep your body functioning in a healthy manner. When one organ is not functioning properly, it will cause the other to have problems also. When an organ has a problem, the other organs have to work harder to keep you healthy. Mixing Alcohol and Tylenol or Acetaminophen together does create toxicity in one or more organs. This can cause a breakdown of one or more organs. It is best to avoid alcohol when using Tylenol. If you are someone who drinks alcohol, avoid taking Acetaminophen altogether to avoid health issues and future health issues.
Mixing Acetaminophen and Alcohol Studies
Many studies have shown mixing Acetaminophen and alcohol results in significant hepatic injuries. Hepatic injuries are injuries related to the liver. In one study, Acetaminophen associated with alcoholic use proved to have severe injuries. With Hepatic injuries, there is a toxicity that builds up in the body that cannot be flushed out by the kidney or liver. This toxicity builds up in the body, causing damage. In one study, it showed 67 out of 94 of the people mixing alcohol, and Acetaminophen resulted in injuries to the liver. In this study, it was concluded that 20% of patients with liver disease resulted in death. Another study showed toxicity in the liver after the mixing of alcohol and Tylenol or Acetaminophen for pain relief.
Here at Coastal Detox, we offer a variety of treatments. We offer a Residential Treatment program. This program offers a stay that is approximately 14 days in length. This treatment includes treatment from doctors and nurses to Psychiatric care. In this program, you will receive care as needed around the clock. Healthcare professionals are available to care for your needs at all times of the day or night. Residential treatment is for a plethora of addictions to help a loved one get the help needed to ensure a healthy outcome.
Here at Coastal Detox, we also offer Executive programs. This program is for professionals and executives seeking privacy. We specialize in protecting our client’s privacy, and their specific needs to help to personalize the program help in the recovery process.
Recovery Management Program
Our Recovery Management Program is your way to continue your recovery journey. This program helps to ensure success. This program helps you in the year following treatment and beyond. In this program, we partner with you for your success.
The Addictions We Help Treat
Here at Coastal Detox, we offer a variety of treatments for a variety of conditions. Here is a list of addictions we help treat:
- Crack Cocaine
- Crystal Meth
- Pain Killers
Avoid Mixing Alcohol and Tylenol
The mixing of alcohol and Tylenol is not a good idea. Alcohol and Tylenol mixture can exacerbate medical conditions such as Liver Disease, Pancreatitis, and Kidney Disease. The mixing of both alcohol and Tylenol even in moderation can cause health problems. These health problems can be major health problems and, in some instances, can cause death. When taking Acetaminophen, avoid drinking alcohol.
Feel free to contact us at Coastal Detox to get help for you or a loved one needed to maintain a healthy life. Contact us directly at 1-877-978-3125. Our welcoming and compassionate staff are here for all your needs.
Congratulations! The first tip to reducing one’s intake of alcohol is to realize that there is a need to quit. Whether you regularly awaken with a fuzzy memory of the night before while drinking. Or if there is the regular prospect of an all-consuming headache flavoring your morning coffee, you have recognized a need for change. Overall reducing your alcohol intake and quitting drinking. What follows are ten suggestions or tips to help you reduce or eliminate your consumption of alcohol. We, at Coastal Detox, are at the end of a phone line if additional counseling is required.
#1: Recognize the Need to Reduce Your Alcohol Intake or Quit Drinking
As stated above, the first tip is to recognize that you need to reduce your intake of alcohol or possibly even quit drinking altogether. We each have our individual and unique reasons for believing that our consumption is more significant than our comfort level. Alcohol is a depressant drug and has long-range effects on the body. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), consumption of alcohol in excessive quantities, either in a single day or regularly, can lead to detrimental changes in the following organs:
- Brain—changes in cognition and physical appearance
- Heart—changes in muscle and electrical function
- Liver— affects the ability to detox the blood
- Pancreas—interferes with the vital functions of producing insulin and digestive enzymes
In addition, excessive alcohol intake has been implicated as a risk factor in several cancers of the head and neck, esophagus, liver, breast, and colon (National Cancer Institute). Even one night of heavy drinking can interfere with your immune system, making you more susceptible to bacterial and viral infections. Quitting drinking alcohol can have vast improvements in your health!
#2: Discover What is Considered “Normal” Alcohol Intake.
What is considered a safe alcohol intake? According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the safe alcohol intake for an adult female is one drink a day. An adult male can usually drink two drinks a day. No amount of alcohol is considered safe for a pregnant or lactating female or a child so reducing consumption or quitting drinking is key for expecting or new mothers.
These amounts of alcohol may also be excessive for someone who is on psychotropic medicines (pain meds, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety meds, etc.) or someone with a diseased liver, which may prevent the alcohol from being fully metabolized. Also, someone who has blood pressure problems or gait and mobility issues, consumption of any amount of alcohol may further put them at risk.
How is a “drink” defined? The National Institute of Health (NIH) describes a drink as a 12-ounce beer, 8 ounces of malt liquor, 5 ounces of wine, or a 1.5 ounce (shot) of 80 proof liquor (vodka, rum, bourbon, etc.).
Evaluate your alcohol intake. Does it regularly exceed the national recommendations? Is excessive alcohol intake worth the risks? Would quitting drinking improve your life? For additional information on how to reduce or quit alcohol intake, Coastal Detox offers the answers you need.
#3: Determine Your Personal Motivation to Reduce Your Alcohol Intake
Are you a new grandparent? Have you found that it’s getting more challenging to maintain your weight? Are you tired of that hangover feeling? Do all of your friends and family members buy you wine or alcohol for the holidays? If the answer is yes than reducing your alcohol intake or quitting drinking may be a good move for you.
You know why you are searching for help. Your motivations for wanting to reduce or quit drinking alcohol are as unique as you are. Use that motivation to your benefit. Write down your motivation and post it where you will see it daily. Hang a picture of your children or grandchildren over the coffee pot. Chart your weight loss on the refrigerator door to remind you how cutting out the empty calories provided by alcohol no longer affects your weight. Celebrate your early morning clearheadedness with a brisk walk outdoors. Welcome the new variety of gifts from family members on holidays now that Aunt Sally isn’t drinking.
#4: Maintain a Journal of Your Alcohol Consumption
Life can go along pretty smoothly, then suddenly, you find yourself with many stressors. Stressful situations are not always bad things. Even good things: planning a wedding, changing jobs, moving into a new home, celebrating a football victory, can all bring stress into someone’s life. That is why when one wishes to reduce or even quit his/her drinking, it is important to evaluate the triggers that cause his/her excessive alcohol intake.
Journaling is a simple way to record how many alcoholic drinks a day that are consumed and the circumstances that encouraged the intake of alcohol. It is important to record the emotions that you were experiencing at the time. Did Ohio State beat Michigan while you were excitedly celebrating at the local sports bar? How many beers were consumed in the excitement? Were you stuck in the corner at the office Christmas party with George from accounting reciting his predictions for the stock market for the next three years, and sipping the spiked punch was the only way to keep you from telling him to shut up?
# 5: Make Substitutions For Drinking Alcohol
Granted, it is difficult to sit at the sports bar with other cheering fans and sip on Shirley Temples. Instead, always order a glass of water along with that frosted mug of brew. Having something else to sip on will delay finishing that beer. Also, have you noticed that ginger ale, root beer, and even iced tea poured into a beer mug can appear to be beer? With all the new varieties of craft beers with their fruity odors and unusual colorations, no one will be the wiser!
Wine spritzers look pretty, especially adorned with fruits and crystallized adornments but have less alcohol content when mixed with seltzers. Ginger ale sipped from a tall fluted champagne glass looks very festive.
Substitutions to your alcoholic drink of choice and help with reducing your alcohol intake and/or quit drinking with fancy non-alcoholic beverages and can help you to stay on track.
# 6: Consume Food Along with Alcohol Intake
Having an alcoholic drink while consuming food helps reduce the effects of the alcohol as it helps to slow absorption. Alcohol may have an effect on increasing appetite, thereby increasing food consumption and potentially leading to obesity (NIH). Alcohol consumption may reduce the mental/emotional inhibitions against overeating.
# 7: Maintain a Ready Reminder to Limit Your Alcohol Intake
Do you recall when people (probably your grandparents!) would talk about tying a string around their ring finger to remember to do something? Well in that same vein, wearing a constant reminder such as a plastic stretch bracelet around your wrist or a ring with a message of strength or awareness may be your secret message to reduce your alcohol intake or assist with your decision to quit drinking.
Another option is to set your watch or phone to alarm an hour after arriving at a social gathering as a reminder that that first alcoholic drink is your last for the evening. If nothing else it can be an excuse to escape George from accounting!
# 8: Enlist the Help of a Friend
Finding a friend to aid you in your journey towards reducing your alcohol intake and/or quit drinking can be, if not a lifesaver, a motivation builder. Friends want the best for us as they are reflected in our eyes. One of my closest friends maintains safe alcohol consumption by only having a drink on a Friday or Saturday. She prefers that she has that one alcoholic drink at her home and then has water with her meal at a restaurant. Granted, there are times when she breaks that rule, but it’s few and far between. I call that Maggie’s Rule. It works for her.
Pick friends and associates with good habits, and those habits will rub off on you. Also, remember that your behaviors and habits will impact those around you. Be a good friend and support your friends and family on their journeys towards reducing alcohol intake and/or sobriety.
# 9: Ask For Help From Your Higher Power
One of the more successful twelve-step programs encourages one to seek assistance from one’s higher power. There have been repeated studies showing the benefits to human health through meditation and/or prayer. Whatever your beliefs, accepting your own human failings, forgiving yourself for your own mistakes, and allowing the healing peace of meditation or prayer assist you in your striving for improved health and well-being will aid your journey in reducing your alcohol intake, to help quit drinking and/or total sobriety.
#10: Reward Yourself for Your Successes
Get the French manicure, get the dessert (it probably costs less than that glass of wine you passed on), play that extra round of golf, buy the OSU jersey from the amount you saved on beer. Changing behaviors can be difficult, but when you practice those changes, they become habits. New habits, healthier habits, become something to celebrate. Life is short; enjoy every sober moment. You choose when and if you drink alcohol.
In summation, these are my 10 tips to reduce your alcohol intake and/or quit drinking: Recognize the need to reduce alcohol intake; Discover what is normal alcohol intake; Determine your personal motivation to reduce your alcohol intake; Maintain a journal of alcohol consumption; Make substitutions; Consume food along with the alcohol; Maintain a ready reminder to limit your drinking; Enlist the help of a friend; Ask for help from your higher power, and reward yourself for your successes.
If you need additional help and your life has spun out of control because of drug or alcohol use or both concurrently, please contact Coastal Detox at 1-877-978-3125. Coastal Detox is an accredited state of the art facility dedicated to the treatment of those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. It is located on the beautiful Treasure Coast of Florida in the quiet city of Stuart. Please call for a tour to witness the holistic therapies offered to assist you in your struggle for wellness.
Helping an alcoholic seek treatment or simply cut back on drinking is a difficult task. For everyone, there are different reasons you’re looking to help.
Maybe you are still cleaning up the broken glass from the ornaments shattered when Uncle Charlie knocked over the Christmas tree after finishing off that 12 pack of beer.
Maybe you are sitting in the emergency room with your sobbing child whose arm was dislocated when Daddy became outraged because she accidentally spilled his fifth drink.
Perhaps you are worried whenever there is the sound of emergency vehicle sirens in the near distance because you know that your girlfriend likes to stop in at the corner bar after work.
You know when it’s time to seek assistance for your loved one who abuses alcohol or is an alcoholic. So, how exactly to help an alcoholic? Read more to help answer that important question.
Addiction, whether of cocaine, heroin, prescribed medications, or alcohol, can elicit a toll on one’s life. In fact, addiction or alcoholism can elicit a number of tolls on one’s health, one’s ability to hold employment, to one’s emotional state, to one’s relationships with family, friends, and co-workers (NIH). Addictions, including alcoholism, affect the well-being of all who care for those who are affected. Outlined below are eight suggestions on how to help an addict and/or an alcoholic.
#1 Help Yourself First
What? I’m not the one who abuses alcohol! Why would I seek help? Alcoholism affects the entire family. Just as the instructions for airline travel includes placing oxygen on yourself prior to assisting others, the same goes for helping someone with an addiction. Alcohol abuse affects every aspect of one’s life.
Those who interact intimately with someone who abuses alcohol feels the stress of the uncertainty of what will happen next. How will I be able to awaken to go to work? How will I get home in time to watch the kids? How can I afford groceries after I spent all my money on alcohol at the bar? How can we afford the lawyer for the DUI charge, let alone fix the car?
There are so many uncertainties when you have a loved one who is an alcoholic. Seeking assistance for oneself in order to help that person navigate the difficult task of detox and rehab is a logical first step. It is important to express your concerns, your fears, and your disappointments. You will feel relief once you express your feelings and have them validated by those who have experienced similar issues.
Many addiction treatment programs offer assistance for family members of those who suffer from alcoholism either through family therapy or support groups. 12 step programs are known for providing support for spouses and children (Al-Anon) and support for the alcoholic (AA) or addict (NA). Remember that no matter how strong and in control that you are at this time, there may be a point in your future when you may need to interact with those who also have had emotional trauma from living with the specter of alcoholism.
#2 Seek Professional Assistance for the Alcoholic
You have had long, heartfelt talks with your loved one. He or she has admitted that it’s time to make changes in his/her alcohol consumption. Yes, he/she has made promises before. Yes, he/she has been able to stop drinking for days/weeks/months. Detox can be painfully difficult. Relapse is common and almost inevitable.
Withdrawal symptoms from being an alcoholic are related to the fact that alcohol is a depressant, and sudden stoppage can cause overstimulation of the brain and neurotransmitters (health.harvard.edu).
Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:
- Abnormal heart rate and/or pressure
- Heart attack
Seek assistance from accredited medical professionals. The first place to begin is with their family physician, someone familiar with their unique health concerns and needs. Although his or her physician may not share information with you without your loved one’s permission, he or she can listen to your concerns and recommend action. Many physicians are experienced in dealing with addictions like alcoholism or may be able to offer referrals to those who do. The professional healthcare provider (PCP) may also be able to recommend local groups that work specifically with alcohol addiction and its consequences like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
Professionals, like those at Coastal Detox, a licensed and accredited healthcare facility in Stuart, Florida, are trained in how to help an alcoholic or an addict by easing the alcohol withdrawal symptoms through medication, meditation, counseling, and a number of supportive holistic approaches.
#3 Realize That There May be Another Underlying Mental Illness or Disorder
What other disorder or illness may have contributed to one’s abuse of alcohol or other substances? Does your spouse have social anxiety? Does your wife have bipolar disorder? Has a childhood of trauma contributed to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Chronic unrelieved pain may contribute and lead to addiction and/or alcoholism.
An untreated mental or physical illness will contribute to alcohol abuse or addiction (dual diagnosis or co-occurrence). That illness may create an unconscious effort by your loved one to self-medicate with alcohol or other substances.
Someone with high anxiety or experience the racing thoughts of one in the throes of mania (manic behavior) may seek the depressant properties of alcohol. Someone in physical or emotional pain may seek the solace and numbing of alcohol ingestion. Medical and professional assistance is vital so that your loved one will receive the appropriate intervention and treatment to help an alcoholic or an addict achieve long and lasting sobriety.
#4 Assist! Do Not Enable the Alcoholic
It’s very hard to be supportive while avoiding being enabling. When you rely on that person’s paycheck to pay the rent when you want your extended family to accept your loved one when you want to quell your own anxiety, you make excuses; you call them off work “sick,” you avoid those conversations. Don’t enable the alcoholic or addict! Instead, help them by showing them your resolve.
You have to make the alcoholic or addict responsible for their own actions. Address them with what you are feeling, witnessing, hearing, and ultimately experiencing. Tell that your concerns are based on love and concern for them and your relationship with them. Make them understand that you will do what you can to support them in their journey to sobriety from alcohol and/or drugs but that you can’t do it for them. Tell them that you respect their individual right to make choices for themselves but that you will applaud and assist them in celebrating their successes.
#5 Do Not Set the Alcoholic Up For Failure
When your loved one is in recovery from alcoholism and/or addiction, you will want to do whatever it takes to help them succeed. Plan activities without alcohol. Encourage engaging activities that your loved one enjoys. Use the healing power of the natural world by walking along a tree-lined path, visiting a zoo, or working in a garden – together. If the weather doesn’t permit outside activity, engage them in hobbies that they enjoy, games that are involving, or tasks that showcase their particular talents.
Keep the temptation of alcohol out of the home. If it’s not handy, then it becomes more of a conscious effort if your loved one chooses to drink or take drugs. One relative of mine would dilute vodka with water to extend the length of time a half-liter would last. It was counterproductive, though, as it took responsibility for the amount drunk from the alcoholic to the loved one. Remove it from home and transfer the responsibility to the alcoholic and/or addict.
Avoid attending restaurants and events that serve alcohol. There are plenty of excellent “family” restaurants. Enjoy the atmosphere and the tastes of food unaltered by the bitterness of alcohol.
#6 Praise The Alcoholics Efforts
Everyone responds to positive reinforcement. Encourage the alcoholic or addict efforts at sobriety. Congratulate them on their decision to seek medical and professional assistance. Praise their successes no matter how small. You can be their greatest cheerleader. Recognize that sobriety is probably the most challenging task they have ever attempted by an alcoholic and/or addict. It can be done, and your support and encouragement may be the key to their success.
#7 Reward Yourself
Congratulate yourself! It’s hard; it can be very hard living with and loving someone who abuses or is addicted to alcohol and/or drugs. Applaud your own efforts at assisting your loved one to find help to beat their alcoholism or addiction. Celebrate the changes in your interactions with your loved one at avoiding blaming them but encouraging their responsibility. Cheer your decision to keep your home free of the temptations of alcohol and avoiding places and situations where alcohol or drugs are frequently abused.
#8 Research Acceptable Places For Detox And Addiction Treatment
You care deeply for the health and well-being of your loved one. What better way can you show how much you care than by seeking and researching acceptable places for detox and rehabilitation from alcohol and/or drugs. As stated earlier, alcohol or drug withdrawal can be difficult and can cause serious health consequences. Alcohol and/or drug withdrawal should be medically supervised with the assistance of a trained medical and professional staff. A holistic, licensed, and accredited facility such as Coastal Detox, in the beautiful Treasure Coast city of Stuart, Florida, will assist your loved one in achieving their sobriety goals. Coastal Detox offers a variety of therapies to allow one to Sail into sobriety including:
- Infrared sauna
- Nutritional supplementation
Coastal Detox is open 24/7 and reachable by phone for tours at (866) 924-3350. Call and hear how Coastal Detox can make a difference in your loved one’s life and your own. You can also reach out to us online here.
A very serious but rare condition that can be brought on by the consumption of alcohol is alcohol-induced psychosis. While many drink alcohol to relax or to have a good time with family and friends, many are unaware of the many risks that are associated. There are many negative effects alcohol has on the mind and body. The risks of alcohol consumption vary due to the length of time, the amount consumed, and our own chemical makeup or genetics.
Alcohol’s Impact on the Body
- The brain’s pathways of communication
- Increased risk of cancer
- Immune System
What is Psychosis?
The word psychosis is described as a mental break from reality. It is essentially the loss of reality and the confusion of what is real and not real. Psychosis is not a mental health illness. It is a symptom of another mental health diagnosis’. It can occur with the presence of other mental health conditions or it can be induced through substance use disorders. One of which is alcohol use disorder.
Psychosis can include a hallucination, a delusion, or dissociation. Hallucination and delusion are words that are often confused and believed to be the same or have the same definition. They are not the same but are in fact similar. Below describes three main symptoms of psychosis for better clarification.
- The first symptom is a hallucination. A hallucination involves seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, and feeling that something or somewhere is real. Essentially a hallucination involves all or some of our senses. Those experiencing a hallucination may experience drugs entering their system or the experience of bugs crawling all over them.
- The second symptom is delusion. A delusion is a belief that an idea is real and true even if it is not. A delusion may come in the form of paranoia. Those experiencing a delusion may feel like the world is after them or someone is trying to get them.
- The third symptom that may arise is dissociation. Dissociation is described as the feeling of being unattached from the world and sometimes from themselves. They may even feel that they are not real or others are not real even if they are. Dissociation may also be labeled as depersonalization. Both are rare in occurrence over hallucinations or delusions.
Psychosis is generally brought on by mental health conditions such as schizophrenia but can also be caused by the use of substances. The following is a full list of symptoms of psychosis.
- Incoherent Speech
- Problems with memory
- Lack of clear thought or focus
- The inability to apply knowledge to make a choice or decision
- Inappropriate behavior
- The inability to differentiate reality from fantasy
- False beliefs or delusions
- Disturbed thoughts
What is Alcohol-Induced Psychosis?
Alcohol-induced psychosis or alcohol-induced psychosis disorder is a psychotic state brought on by the consumption or withdrawal of alcohol. Meaning that for a diagnosis to take place the symptoms above must take place during or directly after intoxication from alcohol or during withdrawal. A diagnosis of alcohol-induced psychosis generally means that the symptoms will end once the consumption or withdrawal has ended.
What Are The Types of Alcohol-Induced Psychotic Disorders?
Alcohol-induced psychosis or alcohol-induced psychotic disorder is able to be broken down into three main forms.
- Acute intoxication or alcohol poisoning
- Alcohol withdrawal delirium
- Chronic or long term alcohol use disorder
Type one of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder: Acute Intoxication
Acute intoxication, although uncommon, can occur after binge drinking alcohol. Binge drinking is the consumption of a large amount of alcohol in one evening or sitting. Hospitalization tends to occur in these instances. Which is also highly recommended due to the likelihood of alcohol poisoning. Alcohol poisoning is a very serious occurrence and can lead to death if not treated properly. The signs that can present themselves during this form of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder are as follows:
- Long instances of sleep
- Aggression that is uncommon
- The impairment of consciousness
- Hallucinations that come and go
- Delusion or illusion
- At the end of the impairment amnesia sets in.
- Amnesia is the loss of memory of occurrences during the episode.
Type two of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder: Alcohol withdrawal delirium
While it is a rare occurrence, alcohol withdrawal delirium (AWD) or delirium tremens, is a scary possible symptom of withdrawal. Thus the importance of proper treatment and monitoring. Withdrawal can be handled and managed to ease those suffering through the symptoms.
Alcohol withdrawal delirium, the second form of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder is caused by withdrawal from alcohol. It is more likely to occur in instances of those that suffered alcohol use disorder for a long length of time and had been consuming large quantities daily and had abruptly stopped their drinking.
Some factors that can lead to an even larger chance of occurrence are head injuries and the lack of the consumption of food while withdrawing. Showcasing the importance of seeking treatment within a facility to assist the detoxing process. Medically assisted detox facilities, like ours here at Coastal Detox, specialize in the detoxification of alcohol from the system. Allowing the mind and body to have a more comfortable experience and receiving the nutrients needed to avoid issues like alcohol withdrawal delirium.
Alcohol withdrawal delirium has a large number of symptoms that can accompany it. The symptoms begin to arise around six hours after the last drink was consumed. The following is a list of some of those symptoms, some of which do not present themselves until after 12 hours after the last drink was consumed.
- Anxiety and/or fear
- Chest pain
- Irritability, agitation, and/or mood swings
- Nightmares and/or delirium
- Increased heart rate
- Increased breathing
- Nausea, stomach pain, and / or vomiting
- Involuntary eye movement, muscle contractions, and/or seizures
- Fever and/or sweating
Type three of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder: Chronic or long term alcohol use disorder
The previous two types of alcohol-induced psychotic disorder can occur for those that have reached the chronic stage. However, due to the length of time and the amount of alcohol that was abused those in the previous categories are unlikely to experience the severity of the chronic stage.
Chronic alcohol use disorder is caused by the long-term and heavy use of alcohol consumption. Due to the amount and length of use alcohol causes changes to the brain and the physical body. Thus leading to psychotic symptoms either from the changes to the chemical balance in the brain or even damage to the digestive tract.
Unlike the other two forms of alcohol-induced disorders, chronic alcohol use disorder can produce three forms of alcohol-induced psychosis.
- Alcohol Hallucinosis
- Alcoholic paranoia
- Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
The first condition, alcohol hallucinosis, are auditory hallucinations. This condition of alcohol-induced disorder is rare but can occur in those that had always displayed clear thought and memory. Aside from hallucinations, mood swings and delusions are likely to become present. This is not the same as delirium tremens.
Although paranoia is a common symptom of alcohol-induced disorders, alcoholic paranoia is due to brain changes caused by the heavy and long-term use of alcohol. Alcoholic paranoia is fear and intense anxiety to those struggling.
The third form is a combination of two other conditions. Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome is caused by a vitamin B1 or thiamine deficiency due to the lack of proper food or its digestion being supplemented by drinking. Some of the symptoms from both are confusion, coordination loss, inability to form new memories or loss of old, and hallucinations.
How is Someone at Risk of Alcohol-Induced Psychosis?
As stated previously, psychosis is not a diagnosis itself. It is a symptom of other mental health conditions, some physical illnesses, or even in some cases while taking proper doses of prescription medications.
Many mental health disorders can present symptoms of psychosis. Some of those mental health disorders are schizophrenia, manic-depression or bipolar disorder, or those with a major depressive disorder. In some cases, those suffering from mental health disorders may turn to drug or alcohol abuse in hopes of self-medicating. Thus creating a more likely chance of developing a substance use disorder.
Psychosis can also present itself due to untreated illnesses within the body. Physical illnesses like HIV or syphilis are some examples of diseases that can cause psychosis.
Alcohol-induced psychosis is rare but can present itself to those who have experienced an acute intoxication, during withdrawal, or chronic alcoholics. Alcohol-induced psychosis can also be more common depending upon the genetics and the mental history of those suffering from alcohol use disorders. Those who have already experienced an alcohol-induced psychosis are more likely to continue to experience it if drinking continues.
Is There a Treatment for Alcohol-Induced Psychosis at Coastal Detox?
Alcohol-induced psychosis is not a long-lasting condition. Generally symptoms of psychosis only last hours or days. Although, as stated previously, a psychotic episode is more likely to occur if someone has already experienced one previously.
Treatment for an alcohol-induced psychotic episode begins by no longer consuming alcohol. Although the first step seems simply for those with an addiction to alcohol it is far from an easy task. The withdrawal symptoms from the refrain from alcohol can even bring about a psychotic episode. Thus the need for addiction treatment centers with a variety of treatment options.
Treatment centers, like ours here at Coastal Detox, are able to offer treatment options fit for each person. In the event of alcohol-induced psychosis, and many other conditions, there is a need for medically assisted detox. With the help of medical staff and trained personnel, recovery from alcohol use disorders and their symptoms like psychosis recovery is possible.
While rehabilitation treatment and detox can be terrifying, we at Coastal Detox want to provide you and your loved ones with the best possible resources for a full recovery. By offering a variety of amenities for the mind, body, and soul to recover we are confident in placing you and your loved ones on the right track. Contact us today at 1-877-978-3125 and begin writing your own story of recovery.
The liver is the organ responsible for removing toxins in the body during detox. The most important question to answer is what are the signs of alcohol detox? Being able to know when your liver is detoxing, is an important step in recovery. Excess binge drinking or chemical consumption means that the liver must work exponentially harder to cleanse the body of harmful chemicals. This is an essential process of the body’s system to ensure proper functioning. When abusing drugs and alcohol, many are unaware of how essential the liver detox system is to sustain life.
Liver Detox: The Signs Your Liver is Detoxing
When making the decision to remove alcohol from your daily life after dependency, it is important to have all of the resources available to you during this time. Coastal Detox is available to provide you with the insight and support you will need to detox your liver safely. In only a few hours after abstaining from alcohol, the functions of the liver will automatically start the process of detox. How extreme this withdrawal will be, depends upon overall health, as well as how severe a person’s alcoholism has progressed. This process is typically broken down into three steps, lasting until the body has completely adjusted and removed all harmful substances, and will become more and more difficult as the detox continues. These three steps are essentially the timeline and symptoms that liver detox consists of:
- 8 to 10 hours after your last drink of alcohol
- 24 to 78 hours after the first symptoms of liver detox begin
- 2 to 4 days after consuming your last sip of alcohol
Knowing what to expect when the detox of your liver begins, can prepare you for what’s ahead. Being informed of what liver detox and withdrawal consists of is the best preparation for a healthy journey to recovery, and will assist you in creating a plan for the type of treatment you will need.
Liver Detox: Timeline of Detox
- In the first few hours:
- In the first 8-10 hours, the first symptoms will begin. Nausea and abdominal pain are the first physical symptoms, accompanied by the psychological influence of anxiety. Not only will a person detoxing experience fatigue, but you will most likely suffer from insomnia and restlessness as well. This is due to the liver is steadily playing catch-up and filtering out immediate toxins, becoming exhausted in the process.
- The first day after:
- Within the following day, 24-78 hours after consuming your last drink, the fatigue will likely continue. Confusion, problems focusing, or an overall haze in consciousness begins to set in. The body working overtime affects the brain’s ability to use the information surrounding you and can reduce reaction times, making for dangerous interactions to you and your environment.
- Thanks to the need for the body to compensate for the extra pressure being placed on it, your temperature will rise, resulting in even higher blood pressure readings. This leads to increased heart rate and anxiety, creating a loop back to anxiety and exhaustion. Typical at this point, there is a misconception that reaching for another drink may be the solution to ease the symptoms of withdrawal and reduce anxiety. Though this is not the answer, many people assume this to be the end of the liver detox cycle, and in turn, begin the abusive habit over again.
- Within the first week:
- Beginning two to four days after your last sip of ethanol, emotional irritation and agitation come into play. The craving will increase, and the habit of steadily drinking has the liver stuck in detox mode waiting to be overworked again. Hallucinations and auditory anomalies can be noticed, such as ringing in the ears and black spots in vision. Seizures and tremors of the extremities are common when going through this extreme liver detox and withdrawal. These can be terrifying things to experience alone or without the help or treatment rehab resource centers and should be reported immediately.
With extreme cases of alcohol abuse and the need for liver detox, the symptoms of the third phase of withdrawal are the most difficult and life-threatening to endure. Not all people experience the uncomfortability of these factors. However in extreme cases, after four days without alcohol, the liver and body systems become confused and lead to severe consequences. During these times, Coastal Detox is here for you to ensure that you have the resources you need.
Liver Detox: 5 Signs of Alcohol Detox
There are five telltale signs that you are experiencing liver detox. These include:
- tremors, anxiety, seizures
- nausea, vomiting
- headache, irritability, confusion
- an increased heart rate, sweating, high blood pressure
- insomnia, nightmares
These five signs of liver detox may happen all at once, over a period of days, or in all different combinations.
Liver Detox: How Everyone Reacts Differently
Alcohol affects everyone, in every quantity, and under different circumstances. For example, a 110 lb female may feel the effects of a single ounce of liquor or a single glass of wine, much more quickly and with much more of a reaction than a 260lb man would. Knowing your limits, and how your body reacts to the substance is critical, and could be the difference between life and death.
It has been scientifically proven that men process alcohol through their bodies at a more rapid pace than women do. This is due to different hormones and chemicals through the body and brain by biological makeup. In addition, different races and ethnicities also fall into this category by possessing different enzymes, whether, through food, environment, or biology, that may hinder or assist liver detoxification. Though to many extremes, this area of study is largely lacking scientific study. Because of this, it may be difficult for an individual to put a number or amount of adequate alcohol consumption into a chart and can leave to addiction and abuse, and essentially binge drinking.
The “feel-good” effects of drinking alcohol rely on many elements, namely birth gender, age, weight measurements, ethnicity, food absorption and the amount consumed, and well as the time frame in which alcohol is ingested. According to a study done by the Mayo Clinic, more than three drinks a day for women is considered alcohol abuse, and more than 4 drinks within an hour are binge drinking. Just as well, within the time of a week, more than 6-8 drinks is considered alcohol abuse.
In the case of men, and binge drinking alcohol, the number that constitutes a problem is increased by only one drink per day, making the dangerous number to be four measured drinks, and 5 drinks within an hour are binge drinking standards. That said, consuming more than 2 drinks a day through a week’s time, measuring to about 12-15 drinks a week is considered to be abusive drinking for males.
Liver Detox: Excessive Alcohol Abuse
Both binge drinking and alcoholism can wreak havoc on one’s body and liver functions and detox. The negative interactions can be extremely dangerous and even deadly. Poor judgment aside, physical conditions that impact the function of the body include the following, when the overuse of alcohol takes its toll on the detoxification process of the liver:
- Hormones become imbalanced
- The risk of cancer increases
- Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Damage to the muscles of the heart resulting in cardiomyopathy
- Higher risk of stroke
- Bloating of the abdomen
- Problem with dangerously high blood pressure
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Fatty Liver
- Poor sleep and insomnia
- Physical injuries due to intoxication
- Irreversible damage to the body that results in death
- Death from unsupervised detox
A healthy body is the result of a healthy liver properly removing toxins from the body, such as alcohol and other substances used in excess. Liver detox can dramatically lower the risks associated with drug and alcohol dependency.
Liver Detox: The Process of Detoxification
A healthy body and liver are constantly working to rid the body of toxins. Whether environmental or chemical, the detox of the liver is important to optimal performance. Even the foods that we eat require the liver to detox and filter some components from the body. Sugar, carbs, protein, caffeine, or nicotine require the liver to work to break down the beneficial from the waste. Liver detoxification, however, does not come without symptoms that are classified under experiences of withdrawal.
Aside from the body’s detox system of the liver working to stabilize the nutrients and daily pollutants flowing through the digestive system, pumping out other things like alcohol, becomes a priority. In this case, other dangerous particles cannot get the attention and time they need to be processed properly, creating a hazardous environment. When using alcohol to an excessive level, the body must work double-time to process ethanol, which is the active ingredient in alcohol.
In the event that a person is consuming more ethanol than that body can filter through within the time needed, the liver cannot function properly due to the overload. Respecting the theory that one alcoholic beverage per hour allows the liver the time and energy needed to perform its process and preparing itself for the next round of work ahead of itself. By hindering this process, someone abusing alcohol may find themselves at risk of complications or even disease of the liver.
Quitting “cold turkey” is one method of liver detox. Another is slowly weaning off of the substance. The second option seems more appealing, due to the lack of withdrawal symptoms a person can experience, however, both can be very dangerous. The shock to the system once dependence is formed is best done with the help of drug and alcohol treatment programs designed to safely assist you in regaining control over addiction.
Liver Detox: Rehab Treatment Center Supervision
For most people, dealing with the initial hours of liver detox can be done alone, or without the assistance of rehab treatment centers, or inpatient residential programs. However, any further into these conditions should be done under the guidance of medical professionals. This is to ensure that the level of care needed is provided at the right times to avoid life-altering tragedy or death as a result of detox.
The symptoms and cravings that are encountered even just days after the initial detoxification of the liver, can result in relapse. Falling back into the vicious cycle of consumption and hangover, then to withdrawal, is easily the culprit leading to dependence and abuse. Without the steady oversight and care of a treatment facility, it may seem hopeless to be free of substance abuse and therefore lead to a life of suffering from alcoholism.
If you have any signs that your body and liver detox is unmanageable after just a few of the beginning stages, it is advised that you seek medical attention and assistance from rehab treatment centers. The cleansing process can be scary and harmful if left untreated my a medical professional. While the desire to be free of dependence can be the ultimate goal, the fear of experiencing unwanted withdrawal symptoms can lead a person to avoid or put off improving their life through rehabilitation. Drug and alcohol resource centers have the tools and training available to make this decision a more permanent way of life.
Liver Detox: Getting Help At Coastal Detox
Education, awareness, and hope are all you need to break free of the restraints of alcohol abuse and dependency. Liver detox is one of the most important steps to take, and can often be the most frightening. Our substance abuse treatment resource center at Coastal Detox, promises to take exceptional care to treat each individual with the utmost respect and to cultivate a successful path to wellbeing. Let’s beat substance abuse together. To learn more contact us here at Coastal Detox or you can call us at (877) 978-3125.
Many of us drink alcohol for recreational or celebratory purposes which doesn’t result in alcohol addiction or alcoholism. On that same token, some of us have drank more than we intended to on occasion, this is considered “normal”. Throughout our lives, we are exposed to the idea that we should ‘have a drink to have a good time.
Drinking is a Commonly Used for Marketing
We have watched this marketing tactic in movies, sitcoms, and commercials. Many of us here in the United States even watch football games every Sunday with a beer or alcoholic beverage in hand, waiting until the final game occurs which is broadcast across the United States.
Many sit and cheer on their favorite team while the others grow in excitement over the notorious commercials. The whole day has nearly become a tradition across the United States. The commercials are known for their sentiments or amusing skits. One brand produces content for its beer company each year to broadcast. Thus creating more viewership and a lax perception of alcohol consumption.
The reality though is that even though alcohol consumption is ingrained into our daily lives it can come at a cost. This blog is intended to bring awareness to what is considered average recreation alcohol consumption vs. alcoholism and why so many of us try to hide it.
Those of us that have experienced a loved one, a friend, maybe even ourselves facing addiction knows that when alcoholism strikes, it impacts everyone. Alcoholism not a disorder only reserved for those who overuse alcohol. The disorder impacts the whole ecosystem of family, friends, and associates of those affected by those that hide their alcoholism. To put alcoholism into perspective provided below are some findings provided by SAMHSA.
Alcoholism Facts and Statistics
Annually, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides its results from the national survey they conduct over drug use/alcoholism and mental health. Their findings provide estimates each year. They include the number of people and their demographics within the United States that use or abuse specific substances and/or encountered mental health difficulties and other diseases like alcoholism.
Some of their findings of people across the United States in 2018, twelve years and older, were:
- Throughout the United States, there are an estimated 139.8 million people that use alcohol.
- Out of those millions of people, there are 67.1 million that binge drink alcohol.
- 16.6 million that heavily use alcohol.
- 14.8 million people were diagnosed with alcoholism.
- There were 51.1 million that admitted to past month use of alcohol.
- 24.5 million recorded as past month binge alcohol drinking.
- 6.1 million estimated as past month heavy alcohol drinking.
These numbers or estimates are only a small glimpse of substance use in the United States.
The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) provides a plethora of information, jingles, notices, campaigns, and warnings each year to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road. With the growth of rideshare companies across the United States, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel after the consumption of alcohol. However, as recent as 2017, there were 10,874 lives lost due to drunk driving collisions.
Hiding Alcoholism: The Signs That You May Need Help
As a society, we can and need to strive for better, especially when it comes to how we handle alcoholism and substance abuse. Although the numbers are declining in regards to alcohol use disorder or alcoholism it is still a battle many of us face within ourselves, our family, or even our business associates. There are many indications of someone struggling with alcoholism. Some are more noticeable than others.
The Beginning: Hiding, Masking, and Tolerance Of An Alcoholic
Many times those struggling with addiction or alcoholism will try and hide the fact that they have developed an alcohol problem and/or addiction. Which can sometimes prove to be easy due to the prevalence of the use and abuse of alcohol within our society? There are many different signs that will help with the identification of alcoholism or an alcohol use disorder. While some may occur with anyone who uses alcohol, these signs are meant to flag awareness.
1: Alcohol Tolerance
Those facing a drinking problem (alcoholism) will have grown their tolerance to alcohol. Loved ones may notice that it takes quite a bit more alcohol to get them to the limit of their satisfaction. Although even with larger quantities they may not behave as if they consumed as much alcohol as they really have.
Not only has their tolerance grown for alcohol but the duration of drinking lengthens. Those impacted by alcoholism have a tendency to begin drinking before everyone else and proceed to continue drinking afterward. Everyone else may be entirely finished drinking alcohol for the night while those who suffer from alcoholism will continue to consume alcohol.
2: Hiding and/or Stashing Alcohol
A loved one or friend may stumble upon hidden bottles in odd locations. Some examples of hiding alcohol/alcoholism locations are in drawers, closets, cars, and desk drawers. The hiding places of alcohol can even be found in more crafty locations such as within used soda containers or even within a mattress. When alcohol is found stashed in very odd locations, it is definitely a red flag that alcoholism is likely the problem. Aside from alcohol tolerance and continued abuse, this sign of alcoholism is along the same lines as their hiding of the substance.
Hiding and stashing alcohol is done to prevent further feelings of guilt and/or from judgment being placed upon them from their alcohol abuse.
3: Masking Alcohol Abuse (Hiding Alcohol) And The Disease
To prevent others from finding out about their alcoholism, a common way to mask their abusive drinking is by consuming vodka. Vodka lacks the strong odor of other alcoholic beverages and mixes well with other beverages. Thus making it an easier alcoholic substance to hide from friends, co-workers and even loved ones. Those experiencing alcoholism likely will feel the need to drink alcohol more often to feel “normal”.
Similar to the consumption of vodka, there may be an increase in the use of breath mints, gum, cologne or perfume. Those affected by alcoholism may even mask their consumption by implementing common hygienic principles. Principles such as brushing their teeth more frequently, using mouthwash, or showering more often.
Hiding Alcoholism: Health Issues & Changes to Personality and Interests
4: Increased Physical Signs of the Disease
Due to alcoholism’s impact on the mind and body while intoxicated the likelihood of getting hurt rises in addition to a lowered immune system. In the event a loved one, friend, or co-worker appears to have more frequent displays of bumps or bruises and/or has come down with more colds than usual, may be a sign of alcoholism.
While those impacted by alcoholism may have more broken bones or bruises due to falling, continued abuse with higher quantities of alcohol compromises our internal health. The immune system will be lowered causing more frequent occurrences of catching an illness. Internally large and prolonged consumption of alcohol causes damage to the liver and nervous system.
People that are concerned about your or a loved one’s frequency of injuries or sickness may question their occurrence. In these instances, those impacted by alcoholism will likely make up an excuse that doesn’t quite “add up”.
In another instance, those suffering from alcoholism may be confronted about their various hidden stashes of alcohol. They will likely come up with an elaborate lie for their behavior. Producing a variety of reasons why they had hidden their purchases.
For some suffering from alcoholism, they may have even lied to themselves. Convincing themselves, and maybe to others around them, that they are able to control their alcoholism.
6: Imbalanced Mood
Loved ones, friends, and co-workers may also notice mood swings and more so than not, drastic ones. Anyone suffering from alcoholism will have moderate to severe behavioral changes. These can occur from the lack of alcohol or the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol causes people to lower their inhibitions and increases the likelihood of causing the consumer to become irrational and angry. They may even become angry if friends or family decline an invitation to get a drink after work or while out on the town. Those battling with alcoholism may exhibit these signs even if they aren’t drinking at that time. This can be due to alcohol withdrawal or even from accusations of their alcohol dependence.
Some people that suffer from alcoholism may have resorted to drinking in a way to self medicate. However, because alcohol is a depressant, it actually causes the opposite effect. Those that were generally happy-go-lucky before their alcoholism set in, may become depressed after drinking large quantities. This is in part due to the fluctuations in the body’s chemistry and possibly for some, due to extreme guilt.
6: Lack of Focus and/or Attention
Those that battle alcoholism will show signs of loss of attention and/or focus. This is due to the majority of their time is spent thinking about alcohol.
Their attention will be turned to thinking about things such as:
- Wondering when they will be able to drink.
- How or when they will be able to attain alcohol.
- Better ways to stash or hide their alcohol.
- Places alcohol can come in handy.
Those dependent on alcohol are suffering internally. They have become obsessed with alcohol. Therefore everyday things like taking care of finances, their job, home, or family and friends are likely to lose their feeling of self-worth.
Their attention span will be short-lived due to their need for alcohol to function properly due to their chemical imbalances. So signs of alcoholism, like their loss of focus on a normal day, may occur at work or at home.
7: Loss of Interest and Isolation
A more subtle sign a loved one, friend, or co-worker is battling alcoholism or alcohol use disorder is blatant lack of interest in hobbies that they previously had. Due to their constant drinking, they will be unable to focus on things they used to love or be unable to do them due to their health. They will stop partaking in those activities and withdrawal from friends and family.
While suffering from alcoholism those impacted may feel guilt and shame due to their alcohol dependence and start to isolate themselves because of these feelings they may become solitary. Isolating themselves to refrain from judgment, receiving accusations, or even the suggestion of seeking help from their attempts at hiding their alcoholism. They may have even rebutted previously saying that they are able to control it but know that they are incapable of doing so. They may feel that hiding their alcoholism from others is their best chance.
8: Finance, Legal and/or School, and Family Problems
Those caring for someone facing alcoholism will likely see their family life decline. They may experience watching their loved ones lose their job. A long-time friend may ask for money to pay bills or to bail them out of jail. Alcoholism systematically works it’s way into all parts of life. With it, causing a plethora of issues due to their poor attempts at hiding their alcoholism.
Financially, the responsibility to pay proper bills will likely go unnoticed due to the previous signs of alcoholism. Such as the lack of attention. There is also the financial blow due to the constant purchase of alcohol and ways to mask it. In some cases, a lawyer may need to be hired due to incarceration from robbery, a car accident or DUI, or even public intoxication. In other instances, hospital bills may need to be paid due to injury from falling, liver failure, or (again) a car accident.
Alcoholism causes people to make unwise decisions. Those suffering from an alcohol use disorder or alcoholism may make even more poor decisions to fund or fuel their alcohol addiction and/or abuse. They may resort to stealing to attain money from family, friends, or even stores. Stealing from others may cause legal problems. They may lose rights to their children and will have to fight for their rights to remain in their children’s’ lives.
With job loss or potential legal problems, a very large financial responsibility occurs. Thus straining the family and loved ones. Without a job to pay for the incoming bills, family members are put into a position of needing to pay the bills or watch as a member of their family loses everything due to the hiding of their alcoholism.
Alcoholism: Adolescents & Young Adults
Adolescents or young adults suffering from alcoholism may face problems at school. Due to their likely loss of attention or care, there may be a decrease in their grades or likely their attendance in class. They may face expulsion due to these instances or due to their behavior inside or outside of the class. Possibly, even leading towards legal trouble.
Adolescents and young adults may find themselves facing charges or even hospitalized due to harming others or themselves due to the hiding of their alcoholism. Binge drinking alcohol is common in high school and even more common in higher education. Although it is extremely common it causes a variety of mental and physical problems and changes. Because of this, they may make poor decisions that can lead to harming themselves or others, which oftentimes leads to placing their family in a very uncomfortable and heartbreaking position.
Alcoholism: Seeking Help
There are many signs that a loved one, friend, co-worker, or maybe even you have developed the debilitating disease known as alcoholism. The above are all signals or red flags and each can have various ways of manifesting. It is important to seek professional guidance and advise if any of these seem familiar. There are a variety of difficulties and health issues that stem from alcoholism and seeking help sooner rather than later will prevent more deep seeding problems.
We encourage you to reach out to us. Get the treatment you deserve to help you or your loved one get back on their feet and into a more stable situation. Don’t wait any longer; contact us here at Coastal Detox today.
We all need something to run towards. Something to feel excited about and propel us forward in our lives. Alcohol detox can give you this purpose.
Running away from our past and our pain may be what leads to alcoholism in the first place. Changing our lives through alcoholism recovery can be scary, but also rewarding.
And, although it’s considered to be a positive change, some will still encounter challenges and difficult emotions. By reinventing our lives, however, we can give ourselves something to work towards. And, something to get excited about.
Recovery doesn’t need to be just about overcoming addictions. It can also be about giving ourselves the love and wonderful life we deserve. It’s about looking at our past choices, assessing them, and making changes.
Alcoholism recovery is about healing. And, even though it’s difficult to face our emotions, pasts, and addictions, reinventing ourselves makes it all worth it.
Want to know the best part? You never have to do it alone. Your fellow alcoholics-in-recovery can guide you along the way and help you to find your new truth.
Read on to learn more about how alcoholism recovery can reinvent your life.
Alcoholism Recovery: Discovering a New You
Alcoholism recovery won’t always be “rainbows and unicorns.” But you will learn how to deliberately create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. Explore the following ways you can reinvent your life during alcoholism recovery.
Millions of people around the world suffer from alcoholism.
1. New Coping Skills
You’ll learn new coping skills such as journaling, deeper breathing, and gaining support. You’ll learn more about people, places, and things to avoid, and what to do when you feel triggered. In alcoholism recovery, you can escape this vicious cycle.
For many alcoholics, drinking is a coping skill. Initially, alcohol may have provided you with relief from your emotions, feeling self-conscious, or painful memories. It may have also helped you to loosen up and enjoy yourself.
But, eventually, using alcohol as a coping skill can turn into an addiction. You start to drink even when you don’t want to. More and more problems pop up in your life, and then you use alcohol to cope with the problems it created in the first place.
You may also need to drink to avoid withdrawals. At this stage, your body is physically dependent on alcohol.
2. Change in Interests
If your addiction to alcohol was severe, it’s possible that you didn’t even consider having interests. Alcohol consumed and controlled your life to the point where it may have been your only interest. This is a very exhausting lifestyle to lead, but alcoholism recovery can offer you a new set of interests and hobbies.
In recovery, it’s beneficial to take some classes, volunteer, and discover or rediscover your hobbies. Take up a new sport or start a blog. Connect with what lights you up and allow yourself to explore.
3. Improved Physical Wellness
Alcoholism recovery also gives your body a chance to recover. It gives you the ability to add healthy habits into your life. You can eat more nutritious foods, workout, and drink more water.
Hangovers are physically, mentally, and emotionally painful. Our bodies feel achy, we may vomit, or have the shakes. Alcohol wreaks havoc on our bodies and can cause an assortment of health problems.
4. New Social Life
One part of alcoholism recovery is assessing your social life. If the people you interact with are still in active addiction or were one of your party friends, then it may be best to limit or eliminate time spent with them.
As a result, you’ll avoid triggers and make space for new friends. Your new social group can be others in recovery or people you meet while participating in new activities.
These people can provide you with a new perspective. They can also introduce you to new habits, mindsets, and other positive influences.
5. Improved Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is the belief in your own worth. In alcoholism recovery, you’ll learn that you’ve always been worthy of a positive and fulfilling life. And, when you begin to act out that truth, your self-esteem will improve.
We can take action to improve our self-esteem by practicing self-care, self-love, and doing what’s right.
You’ve been through a lot in your life. Before and after active addiction, you may have encountered many painful experiences. Alcoholism recovery gives you a chance to become a survivor of these circumstances.
As a result of healing, developing new coping skills, and not drinking, you can also become more resilient to life’s challenges. You’ll learn how to think differently and what to do instead of taking a drink.
Forgiving yourself and others can also produce healing. However, part of recovering also involves grieving. You’ll grieve for the alcohol, your previous lifestyle, and the people, places, and things you leave behind.
This is completely normal. It is a part of reinventing yourself and allowing in new people and experiences.
7. New Set of Behaviors
When you begin alcohol recovery, your life may feel foreign. Everything is new and sometimes that feels overwhelming. You may wonder what to do on a Friday night or how to mow your lawn for the first time without having a drink.
What emerges is the chance to develop a new set of behaviors. For example, going to meetings, hanging out with sober people, and trying new things.
Other new behaviors that can come from recovery are learning how to make amends and how to become more mindful. You may also begin to pray and to lean on a higher power of your understanding.
Alcoholism Recovery: Gaining Support
Alcoholism recovery is difficult without the support of others. When learning a new way of life, we often need a mentor. This can come in the form of a therapist, sponsor, and/or fellow recovering alcoholics.
A rehab program can also give you the support you need in early alcoholism recovery. Additionally, some of these rehab programs offer medical detox programs.
Before you begin alcoholism recovery and quit drinking, you should always consult with a medical professional.
Are you interested in taking control of your life and going to a rehab facility in Florida?
Contact us today by calling 877-978-3125 to begin your recovery journey and the process of reinventing yourself.
Often, when people think of alcoholics, they think of belligerent individuals stumbling around and slurring their words. While these individuals could undoubtedly be classified as alcoholics, they are not the only types of alcoholics in existence.
Another type of alcoholic — one which is a little harder to spot — is the high functioning alcoholic — wondering how to spot a high functioning alcoholic? Read on to find out.
What is a Functioning Alcoholic?
A functioning or high functioning alcoholic is someone who suffers from alcoholism, but who is still able to tend to his or her responsibilities. High-functioning alcoholics work, go to school, raise kids, and pay the bills. Nonetheless, their alcohol consumption exists at potentially dangerous levels.
Because they function at such high levels, functioning alcoholics can be challenging to spot. Whereas the standard alcoholic is overt about his or her alcoholism, the functioning alcoholic is covert about his or her alcoholism.
You could have a high functioning alcoholic in your family and not even know it. In fact, you yourself could be a high functioning alcoholic, thinking of your alcohol consumption as nothing more than a small component of your lifestyle.
Functional Alcoholic Symptoms
As was noted above, spotting a high functioning alcoholic can be difficult. However, there are some symptoms to keep an eye out for. If you or someone close to you exhibit the following signs, there is cause for concern.
Drinking in Place of Eating
Perhaps the surest sign of alcoholism in high functioning alcoholics is the act of drinking alcohol instead of eating. Alcoholics will actually replace full meals with alcoholic beverages, opting for a few beers in place of a well-balanced food spread.
One of the ways that you might spot this in a loved one is by looking in his or her trash. If you notice an influx of alcohol receptacles but a lack of food waste, something could be amiss.
Extreme Behavioral Changes While Drinking
Alcohol changes a person’s behavior. This is true of everyone who consumes it. However, while some of the behavioral changes brought on by alcohol are normal, other behavioral changes brought on by alcohol are not.
If you or your loved one become exceedingly angry, impulsive, or sad while consuming alcohol, there could be a legitimate problem to consider. This is particularly true if your behavioral changes lead to negative consequences.
Inability to Drink in Moderation
Most individuals can consume one or two alcoholic beverages during a meal, then move on with their lives. Alcoholics, on the other hand, have a very difficult time stopping at one or two beverages. Typically, once they start drinking, they must drink to the point of inebriation.
If you find that you are unable to drink in moderation, you are likely suffering from some degree of alcoholism. A quick beer with a friend shouldn’t be an excuse to go on a bender.
Feelings of Shame
Do you ever feel bad about your alcohol consumption? Do you regard your drinking habits as shameful? If so, there’s a good chance that you’re an alcoholic.
Many alcoholics feel shame over their consumption of alcohol, but they also feel powerless to do anything about it. This is because their instinctual need to drink overpowers the logic of their minds. For these individuals, drinking is not a logical, practical choice, but one-seeded deep within their psyche.
Hiding the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
As was just noted, many alcoholics feel shame over their alcohol abuse. This shame exhibits itself in a number of ways, but to the outsider, it typically presents itself in the hiding of alcohol consumption. In other words, high functioning alcoholics will often try to drink covertly, as they are afraid that their loved ones will identify their problems.
So, how do you spot this symptom? After all, if the drinking is hidden, it’s not going to be visible to outsiders.
The key is to be observant. If the individual in question has beer cans, wine bottles, and liquor containers stored all over his or her residence, there’s a good chance that he or she is drinking from them regularly when you’re not around.
Spending Down Time Alone
Not all of those who like to spend time alone are alcoholics. Some are quite simply loners. However, if you notice that a once extroverted friend has taken to spending a lot of time by himself or herself, there is a chance that he or she is a high functioning alcoholic.
Because they want to keep their drinking habits hidden, and because they tend to feel shame over what they do, high functioning alcoholics will usually opt to drink by themselves. An increase in time spent alone could very well indicate an increase in alcohol consumption.
Make note, however, that a range of mental health issues can drive individuals to become loners as well. Depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia are just a handful of these issues.
Regardless, if your friend or family member is suddenly spending a lot of time alone, you’ll want to monitor his or her behavior.
One of the real talents (for lack of a better word) of high functioning alcoholics is the ability to compartmentalize. These individuals are able to separate different aspects of their lives, rarely letting them bleed into others. As such, they are able to drink copious amounts of alcohol without letting on that they have a problem.
While this can be difficult to notice in other individuals, you might be able to notice it in yourself. If you tend to drink to inebriation and then cohabitate with your family as if nothing happened, you might be a high functioning alcoholic.
There’s nothing ordinary about blacking out, even if you’re in college and drinking among others. The amount of alcohol needed to blackout is substantial and is never healthy to consume.
While blacking out once doesn’t necessarily make you an alcoholic, it does indicate that you’re on your way to being one. Start drinking in moderation. If you can’t, find help as soon as possible.
Inability to Quit Drinking, Despite Efforts to Do So
Do you find yourself continually attempting to drop drinking? Do you always seem to fail? If so, and if you’re making an honest attempt to stop, you are suffering from alcoholism.
If you are unable to refuse a drink despite the fact that you’re actively trying to do so, you have likely developed a dependency on alcohol. While you might be able to cease this dependency on your own, your past indicates that it’s not likely. At this point, professional help is probably the best option.
Denial Over Drinking Habits
Another sign of high functioning alcoholism is a denial in the face accusation. If you confront a friend or family member about his or her obvious drinking issues, and he or she brushes you off, he or she is likely an alcoholic.
As we’ve noted, many alcoholics feel deep shame over their habit. So, when confronted with the idea that it may be a problem, they tend to either aggressively rebuff the accusation or quietly downplay it.
Note, however, that for this symptom to indicate alcoholism, an actual drinking problem must be present. If someone is only drinking a few beers on the weekend, it does not make them an alcoholic.
Cracking Jokes About Drinking
Every drinker of alcohol makes jokes about drinking from time to time. Of course, not every drinker of alcohol is an alcoholic. Note, however, that if a loved one is making jokes about drinking on a regular basis, it might be because he or she is drinking on a regular basis.
Once you pick up on this pattern, it’s a good idea to start keeping your eyes open for other signs. If several signs exist, alcoholism is likely at the root.
Who is Most Prone to Alcoholism?
While anyone is capable of becoming an alcoholic, some individuals are more prone to alcoholism than are others. Those individuals are as follows.
Those Whose Family Members Suffer from Alcoholism
The studies are reasonably clear: the children of alcoholics are four times more likely to become alcoholics themselves than are the children of non-alcoholics. Therefore, if alcoholism runs in a person’s family, that person is especially prone to it.
There are several reasons for this. While genetics play a part, they are not the sole contributor to family-related alcoholism.
Emotional abuse due to alcoholism can often push children to drink as a way to hide from psychological demons. The alcohol slows their thoughts, keeping their negative emotions at bay.
Not to mention, being exposed to alcohol on a regular basis makes children more prone to drinking it themselves. These children begin to see drinking as a standard, everyday activity, and often see nothing wrong with the regular consumption of it.
Those Who’ve Suffered Trauma in the Past
As was noted above, some individuals will drink alcohol as a way to bury their emotions. The alcohol slows down activity in the brain, allowing individuals to distract themselves from the miseries of their everyday lives.
For this reason, alcohol becomes the drug of choice for many trauma victims. Those who have suffered an assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, a divorce, or some other traumatic event are highly susceptible to alcoholism.
In fact, one study shows that between 50% and 66% of those who suffer from PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) also suffer from addiction. While not all of these individuals suffer from alcoholism, in particular, a substantial portion of them do.
Those With Impulsive Personalities
Another group of people who commonly suffer from alcoholism is those with impulsive personalities. This includes those with severe mental illnesses (such as bipolar disorder) and those without them.
Alcoholism is prominent among impulsive individuals for a number of reasons. In some cases, their impulsivity leads to their addiction. In other cases, their addiction drives their impulsivity, leading them to try new things without much thought or foresight.
If you have a particularly impulsive individual in your life, know that it wouldn’t be unusual for that person to become an alcoholic.
Those Suffering from Mental Health Issues
The last group of people that is prone to alcoholism is those suffering from mental health issues. In some cases, these individuals use alcohol as a means of neutralizing their psychological pain. In other cases, their use of alcohol exacerbates their mental health symptoms.
In any case, if you know someone suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or some other mental health issue, he or she could very well indulge in alcohol on a regular basis. Note, however, that not all mentally ill individuals are abusers of the substance.
Treatment for the High Functioning Alcoholic
Fortunately, there is treatment available for high functioning alcoholics. So, if you have a problem with alcohol, you don’t have to go on suffering.
Alcohol rehabilitation centers are specially equipped to treat alcoholics, providing them with detox programs, psychological counseling, physical fitness regimens, and more. A rehabilitation center will help you or your loved one to establish appropriate tools, allowing you to combat your addiction throughout the rest of your life.
Need Treatment for Alcoholism?
Are you or someone you love a high functioning alcoholic? Are you looking for alcohol treatment in the Stuart, Florida area? If so, Coastal Detox is the rehabilitation facility you seek.
We offer comprehensive alcohol treatment, providing detox, counseling, and a variety of other services to our patients.
Contact us now to get help today.