How is an alcohol addiction treated?
Detoxification is the process of removing toxins, poisons or other impurities. In the specific case of an addiction to alcohol, detox refers to the process through which a person rids their body of alcohol. The detox from alcohol will occur in a safe environment such as a rehabilitation centre, where qualified professionals can continuously monitor the comfort as well as safety and continued health of the individual during their alcohol addiction treatment.
Fortunately, at New Leaf Recovery we offer a comprehensive alcohol rehabilitation programme for those in need of alcohol rehab.
Alcoholism is usually predicated by a pattern of drinking in excess to the point of intoxication. Compulsive drinking on a regular basis eventually creates a chemical dependency, causing the body to crave alcohol. The individual then becomes unable to control the desire or need to drink, despite the consequences, therefore causing an addiction.
Although alcohol is considered a legal substance, it is the primary drug of choice in our society because of its widespread availability. Alcoholism has no social, economic, or cultural boundaries. Nearly 10% of adults in the UK abuse alcohol.
The pervasive effects of alcohol abuse and addiction can manifest to varying degrees on a physical, psychological, and behavioural level. While often used initially as a means of coping with stress, or the emotional challenges in one’s life, over time alcohol can eventually cause the reverse effect, as the ability to function becomes more and more impaired.
Effects of an alcohol addiction
Someone suffering with an alcohol addiction can experience anxiety, irritability, palpitations, tremors, insomnia and depression, all of which can lead to the desire for more alcohol to relieve these symptoms.
Physically, an alcohol addiction can also lead to severe liver damage (cirrhosis), high blood pressure, inflammation of the digestive system, impotence, and malnutrition. It increases the risk of cancer of the larynx, liver, oesophagus, and colon.
Alcohol also alters the transmission of nerve impulses, so users can experience a loss of balance, numbness of the hands and feet, and tremor.
The prolonged use of alcohol disrupts the brain’s chemistry to such a degree that the person’s cognitive abilities are severely impaired, resulting in a loss of judgement, slowed reaction time, and unpredictable or erratic behaviour.
Over-consumption of alcohol over a short period of time can also lead to blackouts. This condition, called Anterograde Amnesia - the inability to recall recent events. When the blood alcohol concentration increases rapidly over a short period of time, it blocks the brain’s ability to retain short-term memory during that time.
The impact of alcohol addiction is not only disabling to one’s health, but it also affects personal relationships with loved ones, professional performance, social interactions, and the ability to manage the responsibilities of daily life. Because many people who are dependent on alcohol are unable to recognise that they have a serious problem; the initial, and probably the most important, step for alcohol addiction treatment is admitting that the problem exists.
Alcohol addiction treatment and help
At New Leaf Recovery, we understand the struggle of facing an addiction alone. Our dedicated team at our alcohol rehab centre tailor our innovative alcoholism treatment program to address your needs — body, mind, and spirit—so you can get your life back on track.
The complete recovery journey at New Leaf will ensure you receive the highest standard of alcohol addiction help to achieve a sustained recovery. Contact us today via our online contact form, email us at email@example.com or call us on 0300 999 0330.
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