Alcohol Recovery Programs
The Run Down...
As some of you already know as reading this recovery for alcoholism is an underestimated problem in this country. After all, it's socially acceptable to drink so why bother choosing recovery? Well if you're experiencing difficulties due to drinking alcoholic beverages with health, school, job, relationships, or controlling the amount of drinking then read the information disclosed on this page. Having a few drinks or a lot may be legal, but both could result in serious injury or death, whether it be an unintentional car accident or respiratory failure from alcohol poisoning.
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Symptoms, Signs, or the effects of Alcohol
Physical signs of alcohol over-consumption or intoxication:
- Slurred or incoherent speech
- Poor balance/clumsiness
- Delayed reflexes
- Stomach pains, vomiting or nausea
- Loss of consciousness or blacking-out
- Redness of the face during or after periods of consumption
- If after reading the above list you're saying to yourself, "Come on man. That's how I define a good time!" Then keep on reading.
Signs of continuous alcohol overuse:
- Start developing a tolerance to the effects of alcohol, requiring more drinks to achieve the desired effect.
- Loss of control over amount consumed once drinking has begun
- Regular inattention to family or professional obligations
- Dangerous behaviors that carry risk of legal, financial, or health consequences for yourself or others
- Increase in expressions of anger or other emotions, especially in inappropriate settings
- Insomnia, which could follow oversleeping
Before we continue let me put out a thought, you might be having. THESE AREN'T SIGNS THAT THE PARTY HAS STARTED! Although from time to time we know the alcoholic might enjoy the occasional illegal activity. Unfortunately, the last thing we need is a little Al Capone running around wreaking havoc. Otherwise, continuous problem with alcohol could lead to one of the following alcohol-induced disorder(s):
- Mood disorder (depressive or bipolar)
- Psychotic disorder with delusions or hallucinations
- Anxiety disorder
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sleep disorder
If any of the above induced-disorder(s) hit an unexpected emotional cord, just remember millions of people could say they've been there. If at this point you’re ready to find out how to start recovery I'd first like to affirm the courage it took to read everything up to this point. It's normal for people to run when they come face to face with their demon(s) so stay strong—as you're not alone.
We may believe that stopping without any assistance from someone may save us whatever dignity we've got left which is admirable but could also be life threatening. Let us imagine for a second you break your legs while out with friends or family attempting to do a double layout half in, half out flip off a two-story building. Are you going to accept help from your family or friends to get you to the hospital or are you going to reject it while attempting to do a modified low crawl to the hospital because you want to keep what's remaining of your dignity? You're going to accept the help of others. Why? Because the second you felt the bones in your legs break, you made the realization that maybe you’re not the best person to make decisions for yourself. Now, not everyone is going to need to admit themselves into treatment or join AA unless you did try doing a double layout half in, half out flip off a two-story building then I strongly suggest looking into that.
Reference (Re-Think Your Drinking)
“Low risk” is not “no risk.” Even within these limits, alcohol can cause problems if people drink too quickly, have health problems, or are older (both men as well as women over 65 are generally advised to drink no more than 3 drinks on any day or 7 per week). Based on your health and how alcohol affects you, you may need to drink less or not at all.
When is "low-risk" drinking still too much?
It's safest to avoid alcohol altogether if:
- Taking medications that interact with alcohol
- Managing a medical condition that can be made worse by drinking
- Planning to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
- Pregnant or trying to become pregnant
What's "at-risk" or "heavy" drinking?
For healthy adults in general, drinking more than these single-day or weekly limits is considered "at-risk" or "heavy" drinking:
- Men: More than 4 drinks on any day or 14 per week
- Women: More than 3 drinks on any day or 7 per week
About 1 in 4 people who exceed these limits already has an alcohol use disorder, with the rest being at greater risk for developing these or other problems. Again, individual risks vary. Problems drinking less than these amounts is still possible, particularly if they drink too quickly.
Too much + too often = too risky
It makes a difference both how much you drink on any day or how often there is a "heavy drinking day," that is, more than 4 drinks on any day for men or more than 3 drinks for women.
What are the risks?
You may have heard that regular light to moderate drinking can be good for the heart. With heavy or at-risk drinking, however, any potential benefits are outweighed by greater risks, including:
Injuries. Drinking too much increases your chances of being injured or even killed. Alcohol is a factor, for example, in about 60% of fatal burn injuries, drownings, and homicides; 50% of severe trauma injuries and sexual assaults; and 40% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, suicides, and fatal falls.
Health problems. People who drink heavily have a greater risk of liver disease, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, stroke, bleeding from the stomach, sexually transmitted infections from unsafe sex, and several types of cancer. They may struggle with managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions.
Birth defects. Drinking during pregnancy can cause brain damage and other serious problems in the baby. Because it is not yet known whether any amount of alcohol is safe for a developing baby, women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should not drink.
Alcohol use disorders. An alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that doctors can diagnose when a patient's drinking causes distress or harm. In the United States, about 17 million people are diagnoses with an alcohol use disorder.
Beyond these physical or mental health risks, frequent heavy drinking also is linked with personal problems, including losing a driver's license or having relationship troubles.
if you think you need help keep these detox notes in mind!
Alcohol detox can be split up into four categories:
(Referenced from MedMD)
Minor alcohol withdrawal symptoms often appear 6 to 12 hours after a person stops drinking. Sometimes a person will still experience a measurable blood alcohol level when symptoms start. These symptoms include:
- Mild anxiety
Between 12 to 24 hours, after they stop drinking, some patients may experience visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations. These usually end within 48 hours. Although this condition is called alcoholic hallucinosis, it isn't the same as the hallucinations associated with DTs. Most patients are aware that the unusual sensations aren't real.
Withdrawal seizures usually appear between 24 to 48 hours after someone stops drinking, although they could appear as early as 2 hours after drinking stops. The risk of seizures is especially high in patients who previously undergone multiple detoxifications.
Delirium Tremens (DTs):
DTs usually begin between 48 to 72 hours after drinking has stopped, Risk factors for DTs include a history of withdrawal seizures or DTs, acute medical illness, abnormal liver function.
Symptoms of DTs, which usually peak at five days, include:
- Disorientation, confusion, severe anxiety
- Hallucinations (primarily visual) that cannot be distinguished from reality
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Racing or irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
Measure the Severity of your Withdrawals
To assess the severity of symptoms clinicians typically use the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol, revised scale or CIWA-Ar for short.
Launch the CIWA Scale below if your curious!
Living with Shame
Shame is having thoughts or feelings of "I am a bad person", compared to "I did a bad thing", which would be considered guilt. Shame is focused on the entire being of a person, while guilt is focused on the behavior. Guilt allows space for a person to realize they did something wrong with the power to make an amends where needed. When a person is experiencing shame they're more prone to withdrawing from the situation feeling less than without empowerment. Living with shame is very debilitating, as well as limiting to an individual.
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Compare Your Drinking to the U.S Average
A major nationwide survey of 43,000 U.S. adults by the National Institutes of Health shows that only about 2 in 100 people who drink within both the single-day or weekly limits below are dianosed with an alcohol use disorder.