Alcohol is a drinkable form of ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. Upon consumption, the alcohol acts on the nerve cells deep in the brain. Alcohol acts on the central nervous system as a depressant and is powerfully addictive. When an individual drinks, it initially acts as a stimulant, then later it induces feelings of relaxation and lessened anxiety.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 19.3 million people needed alcohol treatment in a one year period. In addition, 87% of them did not receive treatment.
General Statistics on Alcohol
The following are some general statistics on alcohol:
• The percentage of actual alcohol contents typically varies as follows: beer – 3-6 %, wine – 18-20 %, liquor – 40-50 %.
• Statistics have shown that almost half of all Americans over the age of 12 are consumers of alcohol.
• An estimated 10 to 15 million alcoholics exist in the United States.
• Alcohol attributes to more than 100,000 deaths every year.
• The leading cause of death among the youth in America, age 15-24, is alcohol.
• There are an estimated 4.5 million adolescents that are problem drinkers or alcoholics in the United States.
Signs of That Someone Might Be Abusing Alcohol
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol that might indicate that someone needs alcohol treatment:
• Loss of physical coordination
• Loss of balance
• Slurred and/or incoherent speech
• Impaired cognitive thinking
• Impaired short-term memory
• Smell of alcohol on breath and on skin
• Inappropriate behavior
• Unsteady walk or gait
• Loss of consciousness
Signs of Alcohol Dependence
Some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are as follows:
• Paranoia and delusions
• Nausea and vomiting
• Elevated heart rate and blood pressure
• Anxiety and panic attacks
• Increased body temperature
What Can Happen If You Don’t Get Help
There are many aspects of one’s health directly associated with alcohol abuse or alcoholism. These are just a few of the negative consequences a person can experience if they don’t get into an alcohol treatment program.
• Liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and alcoholic fatty liver, which is an early and reversible indicator of a disorder of the liver, which kills 25,000 Americans every year.
• Cardiac problems such as elevated blood pressure and heart rate, risk of heart failure and stroke
• Respiratory issues such as respiratory depression and failure, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and lung abscesses. Alcohol also increases the chances of developing mouth and throat cancer.
• The gastrointestinal system is affected in various ways negatively; alcohol increases the chances of duodenal ulcers, reflux, and diarrhea, the pancreas, and the kidneys. In addition, alcohol consumption may cause malnutrition, disrupt the absorption of nutrients in food, and suppress the immune system, increasing the potential for illness.
• Additionally, are the psychological dangers that include impaired judgment and verbal capability, introversion, apathy, antisocial behavior, inability to concentrate, and deterioration of relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
Recovery from any drug or alcohol addiction is a process; however anyone can fully recover from alcoholism. There are many methods of treatment available.
Traditional 12 Step Method
This method can be successful if the program is worked every day of the addict/alcoholic’s life. It involves attending thousands of support meetings, having an accountability partner at all time, called a sponsor, working the 12 steps backwards and forwards, and believing that addiction is a disease which will always be present in one’s thoughts and lives.
This method is rarely successful. It usually involves years of counseling one on one with a psychiatrist, and possibly some hypnotherapy. These visits and take home hypnotherapy tapes are very costly and the individual usually never resolves any drug or alcohol issue. Hypnotherapy can be effective but it takes many years of reiteration to really address drug and alcohol problems. The problem with this is that by the time most alcoholics or addicts reach the point where they genuinely seek help at any cost, are too far down to wait for years of therapy to work. They need help now.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries in the Eastern part of the globe. Only recently, in the past 15 years, has the United States begun to use this ancient practice to help one come off of drugs. It is primarily functional to relieve withdrawal symptoms and alleviate pain. Additionally, it helps to regulate the body’s energy level. This method can be successful but, still does not provide the life or coping skills necessary for most to remain clean.
Psychiatric 12 Step
Psychiatric 12 step programs are designed for those individuals who are considered dual diagnosis. These are the people who are chemically dependent and are also affected by emotional or psychiatric illness.
The success rate with this treatment is low and many addicts are treated with medications. Often they become addicted to the medications and can mix them with alcohol which is extremely dangerous.
Holistic Biophysical Approach
True to the sense of the word, holistic, meaning without the aid of medication. A true holistic approach to drug and alcohol treatment can be very effective. The approach is to treat the body first, handling the physical cravings, then address the issues of the mind. The reality of this approach seems to prove higher success rates than any other treatment methods.
This is the treatment approach used by the Narconon program which achieves a more than 70% success rate for alcohol treatment. Call Narconon today at 800-468-6933 for more information.
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