Alcohol rehab is a form of alcohol addiction treatment that occurs in a residential treatment setting. Residential treatment refers to the fact that the recovering addict enters their treatment with the commitment to live in the rehab center fulltime for a set period of time to deal directly with their addiction for the duration of that time period. This allows for intensive treatment that is free from distraction or derailment from the outside world. It also eliminates the possibility of relapse while undergoing alcohol addiction treatment.
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Alcohol as a form of self-medication is considered alcohol abuse as well. Commonly alcohol abuse can manifest itself as binge drinking or can be seen to cause blackouts.
When a person binge drinks, they consume large quantities of alcohol in a short period of time. In other words, a person who consumes between three and four drinks in a one to two hour period is considered to be binge drinking. Oftentimes a person who is binge drinking is aware that such behavior will get them intoxicated and is intending to do so.
When a person blacks out from consuming alcohol, this does not indicate that they lose consciousness. Instead, it refers to a loss of time. This loss of time is a form of anterograde amnesia and occurs because the person’s blood alcohol is so high that the alcohol interferes with the brain’s ability to commit events to memory. Once the alcohol levels in the body go down, a person can begin committing the actions thereafter to memory. However, what happened previously will be lost to them.
Alcohol abuse causes a wide variety of changes in the person abusing alcohol. These take many forms including physical, social, mental, and of course, health-related.
Any time a person consumes alcohol, it has an effect on the brain. Alcohol sends signals to the brain to perform actions such as the release of dopamine. When a person only consumes alcohol once in a while, the effect is only short-term. However, the frequent abuse of alcohol causes the brain chemistry to change so that the brain does not perform certain actions until alcohol tells it to do so.
When the brain changes in this way, alcohol abuse has transitioned into a physical addiction. Additionally, when a person mentally or emotionally comes to rely on alcohol to get them through the day or through certain situations in life, this is a mental addiction.
As mentioned above, alcohol rehab is a treatment program that allows the recovering addict to focus their time and attention completely on their recovery and treatment without distraction. Additionally alcohol rehab offers treatments to break both the mental and physical addictions to alcohol a person has.
This starts with medical detox to safely get the alcohol out of the person’s system, and then moves on to the treatment of the mental addiction with individual and group therapy as well as other options like restorative yoga and art therapy. This comprehensive treatment that breaks both the mental and physical addictions a person have to alcohol gives that person their best chance at both getting and staying sober.
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