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What is alcohol rehab?

"Alcohol rehab" can mean multiple things, but when we refer to it we mean residential treatment facilities.

Alcohol rehab can be the beginning to the end. Alcohol rehab is much more than a vacation spot. It is much more than getting away from society and individual problems. It is the place where the platform for a new life is created. It is the end of the drinking problem, if the alcohol rehab facility is chosen correctly. 

Why listen to us about alcohol rehab?

Our owner, each of our writers and marketers have ALL been to alcohol rehab. In fact, this company was created for people like us. People that struggle with alcohol, seeing the problems manifest in our jobs, our homes, and our relationships. It was created by the alcoholic for the alcoholic. We make referrals based on the best interest of the alcoholic/addict and THAT’S IT. That is why we do not take marketing contracts. We are a free service that provides people to connect with the best help available.


WHAT IS ALCOHOL?

Alcohol is the most prevalent, socially acceptable drug on this list. Classified as a depressant, alcohol slows down the body’s vital functions. Ethyl alcohol is the only type of alcohol used in beverages. This type of alcohol is created by the fermentation of fruits and grains. Alcohol is served in a variety of ways, each containing different amounts of alcohol.

ALCOHOL CONTENT

  • Beer: 2-6% alcohol
  • Wine: 8-20% alcohol
  • Liquor in general: 15-60% alcohol
  • Rum: 40% or more alcohol
  • Gin: 40-47% alcohol
  • Whiskey: 40-50% alcohol
  • Vodka: 40-50% alcohol

HOW DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT THE BODY AND BRAIN? 

As the most recognizable depressant, alcohol slows down the central nervous system. It affects the mind’s ability to reason and clouds judgment. Like most drugs, alcohol’s effects vary from person to person and depend on the amount consumed. Larger amounts result in more dangerous consequences.

WHAT ARE THE SHORT- AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL?

Alcohol is the most commonly overlooked drug on the planet. Its short-term and long-term effects can be extremely life-threatening. 

The short-term effects of alcohol include a dulled sense of perception and lack of awareness. Alcohol can also cause euphoria along with unconsciousness, vomiting, fights, car accidents, and dehydration. "Blackouts" are a possible result of heavy alcohol intake and can be a sign of alcoholism, if frequent. Causing harm to others is another short term risk with alcohol use. More people have been harmed by alcohol than any other drug. 

Long-term effects of alcohol can result in a damaged liver, cancer, high blood pressure, strokes, and extreme behavioral changes. Alcoholism is the most common form of addiction and causes the alcoholic to be physically dependent on alcohol. Withdrawal is possible from long-term alcohol use but can cause seizures, sweating, confusion, hallucinations, sickness, and even death.

FACTS:

30,000 Americans suffered from alcohol-related deaths in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  17 million people were deemed to have a substance use disorder with alcohol and 2.6 million people had a substance abuse disorder with alcohol and other drugs. Alcohol is the most common drug of abuse known to man.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE SUFFERS FROM ALCOHOLISM:

Call or chat now. Alcoholism takes lives every day, and it doesn’t have to be you. If private treatment is not financially possible, please visit the nearest AA group in your area. We are happy to help you along the journey in any way we can.


Alcoholism

What is Alcoholism?

In 2014 alone 16.3 million American’s had an alcohol use disorder. In that same year only 1.5 million adults received treatment for their alcoholism. (NIAAA) This leaves almost 15 million American’s left alone, without help. We hope to change that amount, and allow for a portion of the 15 million still struggling to find the best private treatment available. Nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. This makes alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the U.S.(NIAAA)

According the to the Mayo Clinic, alcoholism can include problems controlling your drinking, thinking about alcohol frequently, continuing to drink even when it is causing problems in your life, needing more drinks to get the same effect as before, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. Attempting to hide your drinking from others is another sign of alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anonymous, a popular support fellowship for alcoholism, identifies two components: a mental obsession, where the alcoholic thinks about alcohol often, and a physical craving, where the alcoholic experiences a compulsion to drink more after having a drink.

Today, most sources identify alcoholism as a lifelong, chronic disease or illness, with some form of treatment required and relapse a possibility if that treatment fails.

Like other diseases, alcoholism is progressive. Many future alcoholics do not start out drinking that way. Instead, they may enjoy drinks with friends, finding that they enjoy the effects. Over time, their drinking becomes heavier and more frequent and they begin to display the warning signs and consequences of alcoholism.

Consequences of Alcoholism

The short term effects of alcohol are well-known to most people: increase in mood and sociability, euphoric feeling and decrease in anxiety, flushed face, and impaired judgment and coordination. Sedation, vomiting, and amnesia are possible with heavier use.

In the long term, alcohol can have more serious effects, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, and stroke. Heavy drinkers have a reduced life expectancy and are at a higher risk for liver and pancreas disease, dementia, ulcers, sexual dysfunction, and some types of cancer. Alcoholism can even cause damage to the brain and nervous system.

Alcoholism can cause more than just health problems, however. Changes in the brain from drinking over time as well as simply being drunk can cause people to drive drunk, get in fights, commit crimes, lose jobs, or cause injury to themselves or others.

Alcoholism can also cause serious consequences to the family. Households with an alcoholic experience increased rates of conflict, divorce, and domestic violence. It can cause child neglect, with serious long-term consequences for the children involved.

If you or a loved have had experience with an alcoholic in the household, you will know firsthand the pain and suffering that can come as a result. Fortunately, there are a number of effective treatment options available today.


Signs of Alcoholism

When someone develops a problem with substance abuse or addiction, it becomes hard to hide the symptoms from other people. If you suspect someone in your life is having issues with addiction, it may be helpful to be aware of the following signs.

Changes in Personality

Addiction is a progressive illness, meaning it gets worse over time. What starts out as occasional, recreational drinking or drug use can develop into a more serious problem. As someone develops an addiction, he or she will seem different. You may notice mood swings, an increase in arguments, depression, and irritability. 

Changes in Behavior

You may catch this person lying or engaging in risky behavior, like promiscuous sex or breaking the law. Activities that used to be important, like spending time with family or on hobbies, might now be spent using drugs or alcohol. Performance in school or at work may deteriorate. It may seem like they are trying to keep a secret or hide something from you or others. 

The person may begin drinking or using drugs alone and experiencing withdrawal when they can’t get their substance of choice. They may seem to be losing control, and continue using even when they experience negative consequences.

Changes in Appearance

Substance abuse usually goes along with a change in appearance. As addiction develops, self-care takes the backseat to drinking or getting high. A person might lose or gain weight, have red eyes or bags under their eyes, and stop taking care of their hygiene—not shaving, showering, or brushing their teeth, and wearing dirty clothes.

What Should I Do?

If you suspect someone close to you is abusing drugs or alcohol, you may be asking yourself this question. If left untreated, abuse can develop into addiction and result in serious consequences, like health problems, criminal charges, and even death. Unfortunately, people are usually extremely upset when confronted about their drug or alcohol use. 

Fortunately, there is help available to deal with these situations.


DUI/DWI

Drunk driving, often called driving under the influence, or DUI, is operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated from alcohol or drug use. It is illegal in every state in America as well as in most other countries across the world. It is one of the most common and serious consequences of drinking and drug use.

Impact of Drunk Driving

While drug addicts and alcoholics may think their substance abuse problem is only hurting them, the reality is that other people are almost always affected. Drunk driving is one of the many ways that being intoxicated puts other people in danger.

Some of the statistics, taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, may shock you.

  • In 2014, nearly ten thousand people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States, causing 31% of traffic-related deaths.
  • The same year, 1.1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence, making up less than 1% of the 121 million who admitted to doing so.
  • 13% of drivers at night and on weekends have marijuana in their systems, and these people are 25% more likely to be involved in an accident.

Consequences of Drunk Driving

Because of the serious impact drunk driving has on our nation, laws are strictly enforced. Anyone caught driving with a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of over .08% or under the influence of drugs is subject to penalties including ticket, court, and attorney costs. Additional consequences include jail time, mandatory participation in classes or programs about substance abuse and drunk driving, the installation of an ignition interlock or breathalyzer system in the convicted person’s vehicle, and driver’s license limitation or revocation. Convicted drunk drivers may be required to put special license plates on their vehicles, pay higher insurance costs, be banned from entering Canada, and, in some states, even have their car impounded by the police and forfeit ownership.

Drunk Driving and Alcoholism

Driving drunk and other risky behaviors are a major red flag for alcoholism and drug addiction. If you or a loved one has been driving under the influence, it is important to seek treatment before legal consequences or a serious accident occur.


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