Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse

Excessive drinking will detrimentally affect all organs, especially the brain, liver and heart. Alcohol is a depressant that is quickly absorbed into the blood upon reaching the stomach.

Although the liver is capable of metabolizing alcohol, it is not able to metabolize large amounts of alcohol, which is why we get feel intoxicated if we drink don’t wait awhile between drinks.

People who are addicted to alcohol generally exhibit the following behaviors:

-They drink alone
-They become aggressive, combative and violent when drunk
-They continue drinking even though it causes serious problems with their family relationships, ability to maintain employment and health
-They will vehemently deny they are abuse alcohol when confronted about their drinking habits
-They will blame others for their drinking or make excuses for why they drink (financial problems, divorce)
-They avoid going to social gatherings unless alcohol is provided
-They neglect their personal hygiene
-They will develop severe withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, trembling and flu-like symptoms unless they have alcohol in their system/ so called “symptoms of alcoholism“/
-They will think about nothing but getting a drink

Unless alcoholics seek treatment for their addiction, the long-term outlook for them is grim. Most will get arrested numerous times for alcohol-related offenses, most will lose their jobs and some may end up homeless and involved in violent street activity.

In addition, the mental and physical health of untreated alcoholics deteriorates rapidly. Early onset of dementia, heart disease, stroke, liver and kidney disease and a host of psychiatric issues await alcoholics who continue drinking.

Standard treatment for alcoholism involves several stages:

-Detoxification
-Individual and group counseling
-Psychotherapy
-Recovery

Serenity Malibu Rehab patients may also receive medications that can help curb cravings and reduce the anxiety associated with abstinence. For example, a drug called disulfiram is often prescribed after patients successfully complete the detoxification phase and have no alcohol in their body.

Disulfiram interferes with the way the liver metabolizes alcohol so if the patient in recovery does drink alcohol, the patient will suffer adverse physical affects such as vomiting, nausea and blurry vision. In other words, drinking becomes an unpleasant rather than desirable experience when taking disulfiram.

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