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Alcoholism Addiction Information

Alcohol is everywhere in our society, at parties, events, billboards, commercials, TV and movies. Due to the disinhibiting effects, alcohol is used as a social lubricant. For others, alcohol can “take the edge off.” Despite alcohol’s integration into society, it still is classified as a drug, leading as one of the most widely used drug substances in the world.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant in liquid form. Depending on one’s size, weight, age, and sex, the amount consumed varies to produce effects, or intoxication. Also, alcoholic drinks differ in alcohol amounts– beer is about 5% alcohol, wine is usually 12-15% alcohol, and hard liquor is about 45% alcohol.

Alcohol addiction is difficult to identify because it is so widely used in our society. Onlookers cannot determine the manner in which another drinks, only the individual can truly know if they are simply drinking socially or have a problem. The disease of alcoholism lies in the mind and the body. Prolonged heavy use of alcohol can lead to a physical addiction to alcohol. Alcoholics are bodily and mentally different from others in their reaction to alcohol.

Immediate effects of alcohol consumption include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Lowered inhibition
  • Slurred speech
  • Increased aggression
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Vomiting
  • Impaired judgment
  • Impaired coordination

Heavy alcohol consumption can lead to an uncomfortable hangover, which consists of a headache, nausea, thirst, fatigue and dizziness. Long-term use of alcohol can lead to alcohol withdrawals when abruptly ceasing alcohol intake.

Alcohol withdrawal consists of:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Clammy skin or sweating

Permanent damage to the liver and brain can be done by consuming large amounts of alcohol and by not feeding the body properly.Alcoholics can experience black out drinking, becoming angry and/or violent while drinking, and becoming defensive when confronted with questions about their drinking. One of the main symptoms of alcohol abuse is when one continues to drink after their drinking has continuously caused problems. If one is exhibiting alcoholic tendencies, such as the inability to stop drinking on their own, they most likely suffer from the disease of alcoholism. Other signs of alcoholism include:

  • Drinking despite alcohol-related physical, social, psychological, or occupational problems
    • Drinking to the point of physical or mental damage
    • Neglect of other activities
    • Excessive use
    • Persistence of Use
    • Impaired control
    • Large amounts of time spent in alcohol related activities
    • Withdrawal
    • Tolerance

    Denial is a serious element of those suffering from the disease of alcoholism. They tend to be very defensive and angry when confronted about their drinking. Those with untreated alcoholism will push those away that truly care about them and who ask the alcoholic to take a look at their drinking and the effects it has on them and their surrounding lives.

    Many alcoholics describe their drinking in stages: fun, fun with problems, and then just problems. Initially, they can still drink large amounts of alcohol without any consequences. They then begin developing an increased tolerance and seek out more opportunities to drink. The drinker sporadically begins to lose control and experiences blackouts. Problem drinkers begin to use alcohol, rather than as a social lubricant. Alcohol abuse entails aggressive behavior becomes a habit and the drinker begins to avoid family and friends.

    Heavy, habitual drinkers usually have to be detoxed medically, under the supervision of a licensed doctor. Unsupervised detox can be extremely dangerous, with risks such as seizures or possibly death. They can go into a series of tremors or hallucinations that only a doctor can treat. They will need certain medications to detox in a safe, appropriate way, with the least amount of possible stressors.

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Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.

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About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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