Alcohol rehab is a form of residential addiction treatment. This means that the person who is addicted to alcohol stays in the alcohol rehab facility for a set period of time, and engages in their addiction treatment full time without outside influences to dissuade or distract them from their goals of recovery. This type of alcohol rehab program is most effective as it provides patients with the best chance at preventing a future relapse. At Indianapolis Drug Treatment Centers, our dedicated professionals work closely with patients to tailor treatment programs to match their specific needs. Call our addiction specialists at (317) 682-1670 today for more information.
Alcohol abuse is a term which is often confused with alcoholism or addiction. While the two terms are related, they are not synonymous. Alcohol abuse is the misuse and overuse of alcohol. This means that a person consumes the substance for more than just recreational purposes, such as to numb pain or to intentionally become intoxicated. There are two forms of abuse that are the most common. These are binge drinking and blackout drinking.
Binge drinking is the rapid consumption of alcohol in a relatively short period of time. To be more specific, for the average person, this equates to anywhere between 3 or 4 or more drinks in a period of about an hour or two. Binge drinking occurs quite often, particularly among young adults from ages 18 to 34, as well as older adults 55 or older.
Blackout drinking does not refer to the type of alcohol consumption in which a person loses consciousness. Instead, it refers to the loss of short-term memory that occurs when a person over-consumes alcohol. When a person’s blood alcohol reaches a certain level, the substance affects the area of the brain that is responsible for converting current experiences and events into memories. Once the alcohol level lowers again, a person’s brain is able to resume converting experience to memory.
When a person begins to abuse alcohol and develops an addiction to alcohol, they start to show certain signs that they have a problem. These signs may be physical, social, mental, or health-related. Some signs include:
When a person consumes alcohol, it begins to affect the brain almost immediately. One of the processes that it stimulates is the release of dopamine, the pleasure chemical in the brain. With continued use and abuse of alcohol, the brain begins to think that it should only perform such actions when instructed to do so by the alcohol. This means that the brain adjusts the way it operates based upon the presence of alcohol in the system. The change that occurs is known as a chemical dependence or physical addiction.
As previously mentioned, alcohol rehab can help a person suffering from an alcohol addiction to focus on their recovery fulltime and without chance of relapse. This begins with the breaking of the physical addiction through medical detox and then the mental addiction through individual and group therapies, family therapy, art and music therapy, and even restorative yoga. This type of program helps to ensure that both sides of the addiction are addressed.
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