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ALCOHOL

 

 

Therápia Alcohol Addiction Recovery

Alcohol addiction is particularly challenging for a number of reasons. Alcohol is a legal drug with broad cultural and social acceptance, which makes it especially difficult for addicts to successfully navigate sober life post-rehabilitation. The effects of alcohol abuse can be very dangerous, both mentally and physically. An estimated 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths occur worldwide every year. If you and your family suffer from alcohol dependency, there’s no better time than now to recognize that you have a problem and to find out how you can get help.

Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Chronic alcohol abuse takes a significant physical toll on the body. For the heart and cardiovascular system, it can mean a gradually stretching and drooping of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), irregular heart beat (arrhythmia), and high blood pressure. For the liver, alcohol abuse can cause steatosis, or fatty liver; alcoholic hepatitis; fibrosis; and cirrhosis. Alcohol abuse can also cause the pancreas to produce toxic substances, which eventually leads to pancreatitis—a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas, eventually preventing digestion. Alcohol abuse is also known to cause stroke and has been linked to various forms of cancer in the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and breast. It can even weaken your immune system over time, making your body a much easier target for virtually any disease.

Alcohol abuse also brings with it a wide range of possible negative mental effects. It can cause drastic, sometimes manic changes in the addict’s personality. Mood swings and aggression are especially common among heavy drinkers. Because alcohol decreases the activity of the nervous system, it can also cause severe anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Perhaps the most dangerous effect of alcohol to the abuser is depression, which comes from alcohol’s interference with the brain’s chemical balances. In addition to it’s mental side effects, alcohol abuse negatively effects the body in countless ways. Liver damage, heart arrhythmia, esophagus tears from vomiting, and gastritis are all common physical effects of alcohol abuse. If not treated early enough, many of these effects can be very dangerous, even fatal.

It can be surprisingly difficult for an alcoholic to admit they have a problem, especially to themselves. If you regularly drink alone, miss work or other responsibilities due to drinking, often drink more than you intend to, or consciously hide your drinking habits, chances are you have a drinking problem. Therápia is a residential treatment center focused on addiction recovery. Therápia is here to help.

Outlook

At Therápia, we believe in the principles of the 12 Steps implemented by alcohol recovery programs for decades, integrating honesty, personal accountability, reliance on a higher power and service to others into our own curriculum of care. We effectively implement cognitive and behavioral techniques, defense mechanism identification, therapeutic community, relapse prevention, case management, experiential and equine therapy, and family social work to help the recovering alcoholic prepare for an alcohol-free life. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to successfully recover from addiction, but surrounding the individual with the principles of the 12 Step process, the right tools, and the right support can greatly enhance their recovery odds. At Therápia, our clients find a safe and secure place to begin the process of recovery.

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