Alcohol Abuse Believe it or not

Alcohol abuse is a chronic and progressive medical disease. Individuals who abuse alcohol may start out drinking normally, but are now drinking to the point of causing harm to themselves or those they love. The consequences of their drinking can affect almost every area of their life, including their relationships with friends and family, career, motivation, and mental health.

Some of the most obvious signs of drunkenness include:
  • slurred speech
  • poor motor skills and coordination
  • delayed reactions
  • vomiting and nausea
  • memory loss (blackouts)
  • redness in cheeks or face
If you have a friend or loved one displaying any of these symptoms, then there is a good chance that they are intoxicated. This does not necessarily indicate a history of alcohol abuse, but frequent episodes may be an indication that there’s a problem.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

By referring to alcoholism as a “progressive disease,” we mean that the amount of alcohol consumed and the negative effects that it causes will worsen as time goes on. This increase can have severe medical and psychological consequences. Alcohol also begins to take center stage in the individual’s life, and pushes aside social activities, hobbies, and interests that they used to enjoy. Alcohol abusers can sometimes regulate the amount they drink in order to the magnitude and frequency of their drinking.

Some of the symptoms of chronic alcohol abuse include:
  • inability to control how much they drink once they start drinking
  • lack of attention or concern to family and work
  • engaging in dangerous behaviors while drinking, including legal and health risks
  • Increasingly unpredictable temperament, including sudden bouts of anger.
  • Poor sleep habits, which can include insomnia or excessive sleeping
Consequences and Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Continued abuse of alcohol can result in serious effects to an individual's psychological well-being and self-esteem. In addition to having serious consequences on an individual's marriage, family life, relationships, career, alcohol abuse can also take a toll on the body. No longer drinking is sufficient to allow the body to heal in some circumstances, but often times the body is just too damaged to heal properly even if the individual does stop drinking.

Some of the organs most commonly affected by alcohol abuse are the:
  • Live (Cirrhosis)
  • Stomach (Poor Digestions)
  • Heart (Enlarged Heart, Poor Circulation)
  • Brain (“Wet Brain,” Decreased Cognitive Abilities)
In addition these severe medical consequences, alcohol abuse can also result in social consequences. Drinking or hangovers can cause a person to perform poorly at work, which could result in the loss of their job. This not only does damage to an individual’s self-esteem, but can leave them- and anyone financially dependent on them- unable to pay their bills and support themselves. Additionally, most individuals involved in domestic violence are under the influence of either alcohol or drugs.

Treatment of Alcohol Abuse
As a serious medical issue, alcohol abuse rehab requires medical treatment in the same way that cancer or diabetes requires treatment. Northbound Treatment Services offers professional treatment for individuals recovering from alcohol abuse. Treatment is usually begun at the one EIGHTY medical detox center, where the client is stabilized with the help of a 24 hour clinical and medical team.

After one EIGHTY, our clients generally begin our intensive inpatient program, which is a 12 Step approach that utilizes evidence-based treatment of addiction. After completing inpatient, we offer extended care programs for continued support, including men and women’s gender specific care, school and work programs, and a Christ-centered Christian program.

Please contact one of our treatment professionals today at (866) 538-4356.
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