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Essential Infomation

According to the Mayo Clinic, Alcohol Dependence is defined  A chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol.  Alcohol Dependence is very common, nearly three million people worldwide are diagnosed annually.  Alcoholism is the inability to control drinking due to both a physical and emotional dependence on alcohol.

Symptoms include repeated alcohol consumption despite related legal and health issues. Those with alcoholism may begin each day with a drink, feel guilty about their drinking, and have the desire to cut down on the amount of drinking.

What Causes Alcohol Dependence

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Genes:
Some specific genetic factors may make some people more likely to develop an addiction to alcohol and other substances. There may be a family history.
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The age of the first alcoholic drink:
A study has suggested that people who start drinking alcohol before the age of 15 years may be more likely to have problems with alcohol later in life.
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Stress:
Some stress hormones are linked to alcohol abuse. If stress and anxiety levels are high, a person may consume alcohol in an attempt to blank out the upheaval.
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Peer drinking:
People whose friends drink regularly or excessively are more likely to drink too much. This can eventually lead to alcohol-related problems. Low self-esteem: Those with low self-esteem who have alcohol readily available are more likely to consume too much.
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Depression:
People with depression may deliberately or unwittingly use alcohol as a means of self-treatment. On the other hand, consuming too much alcohol may increase the risk of depression, rather than reducing it.
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Media and advertising:
In some countries, alcohol is portrayed as a glamorous, worldly, and cool activity. Alcohol advertising and media coverage of it may increase the risk by conveying the message that excessive drinking is acceptable.
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Easy access:
There appears to be a correlation between easy access to alcohol — such as cheap prices — and alcohol abuse and alcohol-related deaths. One study registered a significant drop in alcohol-related deaths after one state raised alcohol taxes. The effect was found to be nearly two to four times that of other prevention strategies, such as school programs or media campaigns.
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How the body processes (metabolizes) alcohol:
People who need comparatively more alcohol to achieve an effect have a higher risk of eventually developing health problems related to alcohol.
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Effects of Alcohol

The effects of alcohol depend on a range of factors, including:
Age
Amount of fat or muscle
Amount of food in your stomach
Drinking history
Gender
How fast you drink
Mental health and emotional state
Gender
Other medications and drugs in your system
Physical health
Tolerance to alcohol
Short-Term effects
Alcohol poisoning, coma and death
Blackouts
Blurred vision
Drowning
Fires
Flushed appearance
Headache
Injuries associated with falls, accidents, violence and intentional self-harm
Intense moods (aggression, elation, depression)
Lack of co-ordination
Loss of inhibitions and a false sense of confidence
Motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents
Nausea and vomiting
Reduced concentration
Slower reflexes
Slurred speech
Long Term effects
Alcohol dependency
Alcohol related brain injury
Cancers – including cancer of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, bowel (in men) and breast (in women)
Cirrhosis and liver failure
Concentration and long-term memory problems
Family and relationship problems
Heart and cerebrovascular diseases including hypertension and stroke
Gender
Poor nutrition
Poor work performance
Problems with the nerves of the arms and legs
Sexual and reproductive problems (impotence, fertility)
Skin problems
Stomach complaints and problems

Co-occurring Disorders

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines Dual diagnosis  or co-occurring disorders when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. People experiencing a mental health condition may turn to alcohol or other drugs as a form of self-medication to improve the mental health symptoms they experience. However, research shows that alcohol and other drugs worsen the symptoms of mental illnesses.  Some common presentations of mental illness with Substance Use Disorder are:

Post-traumatic stress disorder
Panic disorder
Social anxiety
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Major depression
Dysthymia
Gender
Schizophrenia
Schizoaffective disorder

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

The National Institutes of Health describes the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol withdrawal as follows:

Most patients manifest a minor symptom complex or syndrome, which may start as early as six to eight hours after an abrupt reduction in alcohol intake. It may include any combination of generalized hyperactivity, anxiety, tremor, sweating, nausea, retching, tachycardia, hypertension and mild pyrexia. These symptoms usually peak between 10 to 30 hours and subside by 40 to 50 hours. Seizures may occur in the first 12 to 48 hours and only rarely after this. Auditory and visual hallucinations may develop; these are characteristically frightening and may last for five to six days.

Delirium tremens (DTs) occurs uncommonly, perhaps in less than 5% of individuals withdrawing from alcohol. The syndrome usually starts some 48 to 72 hours after cessation of drinking and is characterized by coarse tremor, agitation, fever, tachycardia, profound confusion, delusions and hallucinations. Convulsions may herald the onset of the syndrome but are not part of the symptom complex. Hyperpyrexia, ketoacidosis, and profound circulatory collapse may develop.

Minor degrees of alcohol withdrawal are commonly encountered and individuals can be managed without recourse to specific therapy. However, patients with moderate or severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms often require sedation to prevent exhaustion and injury.

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs

Inpatient Treatment

Inpatient treatment, is also commonly described  as residential treatment or even RTC. This type of treatment is the highest level of care for clients diagnosed with alcohol use disorder.   Typically, inpatient drug rehab programs include medical detox services. In addition to being medically monitored, inpatient treatment provides individual and group therapy, nutritional support, wellness and fitness, holistic interventions in a 24 hour per day supervised environment.  Inpatient treatment lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 days.

Outpatient Treatment

Traditionally,Upon treatment completion from inpatient treatment, most clients step down to outpatient treatment.  Outpatient treatment is a continuum of care from an inpatient treatment stay. Many clients return to work or their homes while attending treatment anywhere between 3-5 hours per day.  Clients are supported to continue to explore relapse triggers, develop early recovery skills and continue with group and individual psychotherapy.

The newest trends in treatment are now embracing utilizing outpatient treatment as a frontline intervention rather than going to an inpatient setting.  Often times, clients that choose this option are supported with MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment)

Telehealth

The connections clients make in treatment are amongst some of the most influential connections one can make in life.  The shared experience and support can be supported via technology. Telehealth is a modality that allows for continual support and monitoring, access to peer support, care resources and coping skills to ensure that the journey to sobriety is long-term.

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