Alcohol Abuse

There are many addictions in many forms. Some are well-known, such as alcohol addictions or substance abuse, and others are less common or less understood. A few examples of less-known and often less severe addictions include addictions to social media, video games, skin-picking, shopping, sugar, or exercise.

However, many addictions are recognized as harmful and occasionally require rehabilitation and help from professionals. We offer help for a myriad of addictions. Here are some of the common ones we help overcome, along with what they are and how they can be treated.

Alcohol is found in many drinks and is commonly used to relax or for celebrations. This is because it is a form of a depressant and allows dopamine to stay a little longer in the brain. When someone drinks an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol makes them feel “relaxed” due to the slowing effects it has on the brain. They also tend to feel happier while the alcohol is in their body.

However, alcohol can be easily addictive for some people. Sometimes the relaxed and carefree feeling is what addicts them, while some become heavily influenced by alcohol and find it is a way for them to “let go”, much like sleep.

Signs of alcohol addiction can include:

●    Irritability and Moodiness

●    General Memory Loss

●    Hiding While Drinking

●    Disconnecting with Friends and Family to Drink

●    Avoiding Responsibility by/to Drink Alcohol

●    General Withdrawal Feelings When Sober (Similar to Feeling Hungover)

If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism, there are treatments available. Some treatments include therapy, detoxification, medical attention, or recreational activities to substitute the desire to drink.

Therapy can be useful in treating alcoholism by addressing the emotional issued which prompt drinking. For example, if someone became addicted to alcohol after experiencing a rough breakup or a death in the family, they may be displaying a self-medicating behavior by drinking to avoid the pain. Therapy allows these individuals to speak with someone who will guide them in understanding why they began their alcoholic behavior, which emotions make them want to feel “relaxed” again, and how they can healthily deal with these emotions.

Detoxification allows those with an addiction to alcohol to be monitored closely for several days while they get the traces of alcohol out of their system and substitute in healthy alternatives, such as juice or team sports. While in the care of others and an environment of healing, many alcoholics are allowed to reconnect with themselves, healthily deal with their emotions, and rewire their brains to overcome the alcohol addiction.

Medical attention is sometimes a good alternative for those confronted with heavy alcoholic behavior. They might need something to balance chemicals in their brain, giving them a sense of being “relaxed” or “happy” without it being addictive. This helps them overcome the need to reach out to alcohol to feel balanced.

Recreational activities are primarily a way for alcohol addicts to focus on other things while working through their addiction. They do well with sports, which help them sweat out toxins and detox quicker, and with art, which helps them find expression once more.

Overall, alcohol addiction can be faced and overcome through reaching out to others and dealing with the root of the problems which led to alcoholic behavior in the first place. We place clients in an atmosphere that nurtures healing and allows them to confront past trauma.