When drinking has gone from a recreational pastime to a full-blown addiction, it is often recommended to enter alcohol rehab. Alcohol rehab centers offer full-time medical treatment and therapy in residential facilities. Treatment programs for alcoholism are designed to find the source of a patient’s substance abuse problems and to teach them to cope with cravings and other hardships as they begin to live a sober lifestyle.
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Alcohol abuse is when a person drinks frequently and to excess. Excessive drinking means that a person is getting intoxicated to the point that it becomes problematic and interferes with their life. Drinking to quell anxiety or to dampen the symptoms of depression is considered substance abuse.
Alcohol abuse commonly takes two forms. Those forms are binge drinking and blackout drinking. Binge drinking is rapidly consuming between three and four or more drinks in a one to two hour period with the intent of becoming intoxicated. Blackout drinking refers to a person becoming so intoxicated that they actually lose their short-term memory and cannot remember what happened while they were intoxicated.
When a person has a drinking problem, there are specific signs of abuse and addiction that they exhibit. Those signs can be physical, social, health, and mental.
How Does Alcohol Abuse Transition to Addiction?
Alcohol abuse transitions to addiction based on the chemical reactions that alcohol causes when it enters the body. When a person drinks, alcohol permeates or soaks through the linings of the esophagus and stomach to get directly into the bloodstream. When it does this, it triggers the brain and nervous system to release dopamine, a chemical that induces pleasant sensations and feelings, along with other chemical processes.
With repeated substance abuse, a person’s nervous system stops being able to perform these actions without alcohol telling it to do so. This is a chemical dependence that causes physical addiction.
How Does Alcohol Rehab Treat Alcohol Abuse and Addiction?
The first step of alcohol rehab is medical detox. This is the process of ridding the body of addictive substances under medical supervision to help treat withdrawal symptoms as well as to gradually (rather than suddenly) reduce the effects of the substances in the person’s system in order to reduce the negative effects of withdrawals and to help the body adjust to functioning without the drug in question.
After detox, treatment includes individual and group therapies to uncover and deal with the reasons behind the development of an addiction. Additionally, these therapies help with developing coping skills and strategies to deal with future temptations.
Art therapy, restorative yoga, acupuncture, and music therapy are also treatment options that may be offered in rehab to further treat the mental and physical aspects of addiction.
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