People in all levels of society may suffer from alcohol addiction. Alcohol addiction is one of the most common addictions. When the use of alcohol becomes alcohol abuse, the risk of addiction is high.
Alcohol addiction develops quickly and manifests itself in three ways.
Psychological effects of alcohol addiction
Alcohol reaches the brain within 10 minutes of drinking. Alcohol numbs the brain – you may lose your inhibitions, your memory and your ability to concentrate may deteriorate and self-criticism may disappear. Furthermore, alcohol influences the way the nervous system transmits signals to the brain. The more you drink, the more it affects the central nervous system. In cases of prolonged alcohol abuse, the brain becomes conditioned. Situations in which alcohol is used are stored in the drinker’s memory. When he or she is reminded of these situations (by sensory stimulation for example, or even by looking at pictures), the receptors start demanding alcohol again – addiction is memory.
Soon, the drinker develops a compelling need for alcohol. There is always a reason to have a drink and when the drinking starts, there is no stopping. Everyone suffering from alcohol addiction goes through a phase of denial: you tell yourself that your drinking behavior is under control, but the facts prove you wrong. Alcohol addiction often occurs in combination with anxiety, depression (burnout phenomena) and confusion.
Physical effects of alcohol addiction
The drinker’s tolerance to alcohol becomes higher and higher. Increasing amounts of alcohol are needed to achieve the same effect. At the same time, withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, sweating, sleeping difficulties and a feeling of anxiety occur when alcohol is not taken. This, in turn, leads to renewed drinking simply to reduce these symptoms. The alcohol addict soon ends up in a vicious circle.
Alcohol can seriously damage your health. Critical organs such as the pancreas and the liver are the first to fall victim to the harmful effects of alcohol. Damage to these organs may grow progressively worse in cases of prolonged alcohol abuse. Diseases caused by alcohol include pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, hepatitis B and even liver cancer. The effect of alcohol on the heart (cardiac arrhythmia, heart attack, cardiac arrest) is often underestimated, as is its impact on the brain (blackouts, stroke, Korsakoff’s syndrome, and dementia). These effects may even be fatal.
Social effects of alcohol addiction
Drinkers start functioning differently at work and in their private lives. They have difficulty keeping appointments and achieving targets. Alcoholism also has an increasingly negative effect on the drinker’s energy levels, ultimately leading to a complete lack of initiative and a consequent decline in performance.
Dealing with alcohol addiction
Solutions deals with the alcohol problem at each of these levels.
From the very start of admission to one of our rehabilitation centers, we will treat the drinker’s physical and psychological problems. A stay at our clinic is often felt to be very intense, but it is also a period of reflection in which the underlying causes of the addiction can be discussed and possibilities and opportunities for the future can be considered.
When the client returns home, Solutions immediately starts a follow-up programme. Years of addiction cannot be resolved in 4 weeks. Even though our clients receive all the tools they need to build a new life without alcohol, support and real help are absolutely essential during this period. Our follow-up care helps clients to establish an independent and balanced life without alcohol.
Addiction Solutions: effective treatment of alcohol addiction
Solutions uses state-of-the-art methods to help you beat alcohol addiction. SolutionS offers direct, discrete and respectful care.