Alcohol and Alcoholism
Alcohol is widely accepted in the modern world as a way that people relax, unwind and socialise but it is a mind and mood altering substance and can result in severe consequences for many people. An Alcoholic is a very broad term and can be applied to anyone who regularly drinks too much and becomes unable to live a normal, happy life as a result of this behaviour. Alcoholism can of course can take a myriad of different forms from binge drinking to daily drinking with varying physical, mental and emotional repercussions. The World Health Organization recognises alcoholism as a disease and estimates that as of 2010 there were 208 million people suffering from this worldwide.
What are the effects of Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a potentially fatal, complex and progressive disease which has far-reaching ramifications for those who are afflicted. The physical consequences can include damage to the vital organs and in extreme cases this results in heart disease, alcoholic hepatitis and permanent damage to the liver. Other long term effects can include:
Accidental injuries such as car crashes and falling over
Other injuries for example assault
Loss of productivity at work
Family problems, broken relationships and social problems
Permanent damage to the brain
Vitamin B1 deficiency, which can lead to a disorder characterized by amnesia, apathy and disorientation
Ulcers and inflammation of the stomach walls
Cancer of the mouth and throat
Alcoholism also affects the mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the sufferer and ripples outward into the lives of their family and loved ones.
Withdrawal from Alcohol Addiction
The road to recovery always begins with withdrawal from the substance that the causing the problem. Alcohol, like most mind and mood altering substances, stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, these chemicals release pleasurable feelings which is part of the reason drinking can increase self-confidence, raise the mood and lower inhibitions. As the alcohol leaves the body these feelings and the dopamine levels dissolve. By repeatedly drinking and changing the levels of dopamine in the brain, the body begins to expect this outside help and ceases to produce the chemical naturally at the same levels. As a person drinks more and their tolerance increases, the brain becomes more dependent on the external substance to feel good or even just normal. Subsequently, when someone who is dependant stops using they will suffer withdrawal symptoms which can range in severity from mild discomfort to being potentially life threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms can include:
Loss of appetite, abdominal pain and vomiting
Depression, agitation and mood swings
Increased blood pressure and/or palpatations
Symptoms of withdrawal usually start to subside after 5-7 days.
Alcohol Withdrawal at Seasons Bali
Detoxing from alcohol is a potentially dangerous process and is always carefully monitored by our skilful medical team. This procedure usually entails a short substitution program with a tapered dose that will be administered by our highly trained doctors who are experienced in supervising this type of withdrawal. During the initial assessments on the telephone we find out as much as we can about the client’s drinking patterns but a full medical examination on arrival decides exactly the schedule that should be adhered to. Our clients are further fortified at this time by our excellent support staff, who understand exactly the challenges that they face.
Effective Alcohol Treatment at Seasons Bali
Alcoholism responds well to treatment and many years’ experience has proved that the most productive model for change is within a residential therapeutic community. We recommend that clients stay for 90 days in Seasons luxury primary care rehab facility but we also offer shorter programs of 28 and 60 days.
Our broad ranging Primary Recovery Program is informed by the very latest research and treats the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social aspects of alcoholism through a balanced schedule of group work, one on one counselling, educational groups and relapse prevention work. Also included in our holistic program are yoga and exercise sessions, art therapy and drama therapy as well as outings and time for rest and reflection.
This expansive program is designed to support ongoing recovery from alcoholism and is delivered by a knowledgeable team of staff who want nothing more than to help clients achieve their goal. Our case managers are all in recovery and therefore provide not only tangible role models but understand exactly what people are going through. This creates a nurturing and compassionate atmosphere which helps to propagate the changes that need to happen.
Seasons luxury rehab provides the ideal environment to work through a program of recovery as all your housekeeping needs are taken care of by our domestic team and delicious healthy meals are served daily by our chef, giving clients plenty of time to focus on the important job of getting well. The fundamental work of transformation and growth is further supported by our fabulous location on the healing and peaceful island of Bali.
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Contact us today for immediate help and a no obligation consultation about our Ice rehab program with one of our addiction specialists.
Are you someone that can’t stop at one or two drinks? Do you know someone who is continually creating tension or awkward social moments because of their drinking? If you have had enough of alcohol having a negative impact on your life it might be time to make a change.