Category: Alcohol Abuse

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Even without the diagnosis of an alcohol use disorder, excessive drinking can lead to long-term issues. The outcomes can range from chronic diseases to early death. Recognizing the potential long-term effects of alcohol abuse before they occur can help you make a choice to start recovery quickly and safely with medical detox.    Heavy drinking for a long period of time can have devastating consequences on the body’s vital organs. Heart, liver, kidney, and brain function can be negatively impacted

Am I a High Functioning Alcoholic?

A high functioning alcoholic can be self-diagnosed. Using some standard criteria can help you determine if you or someone you know fits the definition. The awareness of that diagnosis can be the foundation to begin recovery efforts with a medically-supervised detox center. What is a high-functioning alcoholic? A high-functioning alcoholic can drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol routinely, yet still appear successful in their professional life and stable and satisfied in their personal life. They may excel in their industries and

Benefits of Short-Term Detox for Addiction

Detox comes in multiple forms, including one attached to an inpatient treatment program. However, short-term, stand-alone detox offers its own set of benefits to move a person in the direction of recovery. As you learn these benefits, you can make informed decisions about starting a medical detox and knowing how to identify the aftercare that’s suited to your needs. What Is Short-Term, Stand-Alone Detox? A short-term detox at a stand-alone facility only focuses on the most urgent needs for a

Planning an Intervention

Before a loved one is ready to accept the need for detox, a need for an intervention may be apparent to you. This kind of action can have a potentially beneficial outcome if it’s carefully planned and executed. If handled poorly, it can negate any chance of motivating your loved one to get to detox anytime soon. So let’s look at some effective ways to plan an intervention with the highest probability of success.    Planning an intervention for a

Is My Spouse an Alcoholic?

A spouse’s health and well-being affects the health of their partner and the of their relationship. Ignoring a growing substance use problem can have a ripple effect on the way everyone communicates and functions in the home. Learn the signs to look for to see if your spouse is an alcoholic and how to identify if your spouse needs detox for alcohol. What is Alcoholism? For alcoholism, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) provides the criteria to

Dangers of Combining Benzodiazepines and Alcohol

The risk of harmful drug interactions is why people taking prescription medications must be careful about mixing other substances. For people taking benzodiazepines, alcohol is one of those substances to avoid. If you’ve been prescribed benzos, learning about the effects of drinking while taking them is essential to making safe choices around alcohol use. Effects of Alcohol Use Alcohol’s widespread accessibility makes it an easy substance to obtain and consume. Daily and binge drinking can lead to physical, emotional, and

Alcohol’s Effect on Mental Health

Anyone who drinks knows how alcohol makes them feel different. The way it impacts your body is likely not a mystery to you, but the way it affects your mental health may be something you haven’t considered yet. Regular use of alcohol can lead to numerous changes in mental health. We’ll discuss some of them here. How Does Alcohol Use Relate to Mental Health? Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. How you think, feel, and act is connected

Is it Safe to Detox at Home?

Detox is an essential first step toward recovery. But is it safe to detox at home or do you need professional help? Before choosing to detox, it’s imperative to understand how the process works and what risks may be involved. Your comfort and safety should be among the factors in the decision-making. The choice to detox at home might come from a familiarity with the setting, a sense of privacy, and a belief that you should be able to end