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Who is involved in alcohol addiction

Alcohol addiction is a multi-faceted issue. It doesn’t limit itself to the alcohol addict themselves, but instead stretches it’s tentacles into the depths of even the persons the alcohol addict barely brush. Who exactly IS involved in alcohol addiction? Let’s start with who the alcohol addict interacts with the most in an average day, their family.

The family of an alcohol addict is involved in the alcohol addiction usually to the very core. Frequently the alcohol addiction is aided, albeit unintentionally, by the ones who care the most about the alcohol addict, earning them the title of “enabler”. The alcohol addiction has many effects upon the family of the alcohol addict, from strained, stressed relationships, to even abusive relationships, oft while the alcohol addict is in the throes of their alcohol addiction.

Friends of an alcohol addict are occasionally alcohol addicts themselves, and more often they too are “enablers”. Many friendships are lost due to alcohol addiction. Who wishes to be involved with someone who in the process of their alcohol addiction forgets promises made to friends, and sometimes can cause embarrassing scenes? The best friend during an alcohol addiction is the one who says, “Enough.”. Though with an alcohol addiction, the alcohol addict is most likely to view that person as just the opposite, instead seeing them as a dire enemy merely because they refuse to enable the alcohol addiction.

Employers, and employees become effected by the alcohol addiction as well. They suffer from missed work, missing pay checks, and various other incidents. An employer cannot afford to have someone who from the severity of their alcohol addiction will arrive to work in an alcohol haze. An employee cannot depend upon the extreme swings of the alcohol addiction afflicted employer to provide work, or even at times pay. In a business view, alcohol addiction is quite severe. It can cripple, or ruin the career, or business of one who is involved in alcohol addiction.

There are also the other victims of the alcohol addiction. While someone who has an alcohol addiction may believe they are driving perfectly, in a split second they can have an accident, and the person who they hit becomes another victim of the alcohol addiction. At work, if someone who is under the burden of an alcohol addiction is operating a crane for example, and makes one false move, dropping a large item, there could be not one, but multiple victims.

Not all who are involved in alcohol addiction are involved on the victimized side. Caregivers and supporters such as doctors, therapists, and sometimes, persons recovered from an alcohol addiction themselves, are all available to offer aid to someone who is seeking help for an alcohol addiction. These persons are there to help, and offer their support, whether thru a heartfelt chat about alcohol addiction, group therapy, or medical care supportive of ending an alcohol addiction.

Overall, the amount of persons who are involved in alcohol addiction is rather overwhelming. Most people who are in an alcohol addiction don’t truly realize the width their actions impact. If a someone who has an alcohol addiction could sit down, and see clearly who their alcohol addiction impacts, perhaps it would aid them in their decision to begin treatment to end their alcohol addiction.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Story of alcohol addiction

The story of alcohol addiction is a long, and lengthy affair. The story of alcohol, and it’s consumption is an even longer such affair. Alcohol has been used and consumed since before biblical times. While alcohol has been around for millennia, alcohol addiction is considered to be of relatively new discovery, only a few hundred years, has even the over consumption of alcohol been noticed. It wasn’t until even more recently, around 1860, that alcohol addiction itself became noticed as such, an addiction to alcohol.

Alcohol addiction in an individual sense has a story for every person who is consumed by their addiction to alcohol. One man told his story of alcohol addiction, as being a salve to his mind for abuses suffered during his childhood. Another’s story was more complex, and involved a start of just having a few drinks with friends, to spiralling out of control into a full blown alcohol addiction. There is a story, and usually a deep pain associated with alcohol addiction and each person who has dealt with it.

Alcohol has a story rooted deep in ancient times, of it’s medicinal purposes. Centuries ago, before alcohol addiction was even a thought in the mind of a scholar, medicine was an exceedingly limited field. Personally when looking back on a story I read of medicinal options even 500 years ago, I believe I’d choose drinking some whiskey, or other form of alcohol long before I’d opt to go thru leech therapy! However, alcohol had it’s uses. In those far ancient times, going back to even the Bible, alcohol was a far more common beverage than water today. The reason is medically sound. While at points in history, it may not have been recognized, by drinking wine, persons were avoiding serious health problems. Alcohol killed many bacteria and pathogens, thereby rendering undrinkable water, in it’s new form of wine, or mead, into a safe drink.

Alcohol addiction has a story that is rooted in centuries of people noticing persons over-consuming the alcohol. Around 150 years ago though, a man noticed that persons seemed to have a true addiction to the alcohol, which brought the story of alcohol addiction to it’s current state of being. In the past 150 years, as the story of alcohol addiction has matured, the studies and treatments have likewise grown. A story that started so many years ago, is today a story of hope, of treatment.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Alcohol addiction rehab

With alcohol addiction rehab, there is no single right path. There are many, many treatment options available, and even more suggestions and tips for taking a solitary path to alcohol addiction recovery. No one choice is going to lead to recovery for everyone who has an alcohol addiction, though.

Traditionally speaking, alcohol addiction rehab has been subjected to treatments from 3 main categories: Psychological, physiological, and social. Treatments from these categories are the mastheads for the majority of traditionally available programs for alcohol addiction rehab.

Physiologically, the first item of importance to alcohol addiction rehab is the safe withdrawal from the alcohol. Even with alcohol addiction rehab, there can remain long term physiological effects, such as diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and pancreatitis. An alcohol addict in recovery will need to ensure they continue treatment for any possible physiological conditions that have arisen.
Psychological programs for alcohol addiction rehab frequently involve both individual and group therapies. While studies show that overall, group therapy is more effective for rehab, individual therapy has had successes with alcohol addiction as well. Another interesting fact shows that between long-term inpatient rehab for alcohol addiction recovery, and a shorter out-patient style rehab treatment, the outpatient rehab program is more effective in the earlier stages of alcohol addiction treatment.

There are basically 4 groups of social intervention for alcohol addiction rehab. The first is via an unavoidable community supervision effort such as an employer requiring an alcohol addict in rehab to participate in mandatory treatments. Secondly, is a substitution intervention which has the alcohol addict in rehab swap drinking for a hobby, such as weight-lifting. The third method is what Jungians term as “protective wall of human community”. Due to the alcohol addict in rehab having a higher incidence of relapse using familiar persons for this, it is easier done by the alcohol addict in rehab forging new relationships, sometimes similar to what is found in religious communities. The last is by strengthening or creating a deeper relationship with a higher power.

Alcohol addiction rehab is not easily attained. However, there are plenty of programs that specialize in rehab for the alcohol addiction. Whether via traditional or non-traditional means, today the alcohol addiction rehab process is vastly improved, and open to help when needed.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | 9 Comments

Alcohol addiction medication

Alcohol addiction is a widespread issue in today’s world. While it can have devastating affects, happily, there are also many forms of treatment available. The treatments focus on 3 main areas, physical, social, and mental. While each of the three play an important role in the treatment of alcohol addiction, they are different in the methods they employ to treat the alcohol addiction. Perhaps the treatment area with the most hard evidence to support it is the physical one.

Physically treating an alcohol addiction begins with treating withdrawal effects. While there is not a specific medication to handle the effects, there is medication available to help ease the initial transition. The withdrawal is the hardest part, physically and mentally in the course of ending an alcohol addiction. Before there was medication available to help ease this period of withdrawal, there were noted to be lower success rates in ending alcohol addiction.

After the withdrawal stage, there is the long term to consider. There will be a medication always available to treat other medical issues which have ensued due to the alcohol addiction. From antibiotic medication for secondary infections to a medication like AZT to treat an HIV infection resulting from the alcohol addiction, there is a proper treatment. No one medication is going to fulfil all the medication roles that will arise for the long term treatment of alcohol addiction, however, there are far more medication options, and therefore far more options to help on the road to alcohol addiction recovery. Some medications that are available to treat the alcohol addiction are the following:
Acamprosate, has been found to be a valid medication in assisting with recovery from alcohol addiction.
Antabuse ( Disulfiram), a medication which produces varying responses when introduced to the body along with alcohol such as stomach unease, throwing-up, and diarrhoea
Naltrexone, which is a commonly used medication for treating a narcotic overdose has been found helpful in reducing the pleasant effects of a relapse.
Topamax, a medication which is most commonly used for an anti-seizure medication and that is also used for some neuralgic conditions, as well as occasionally used to treat depression, was discovered to be competent in the overall treatment of alcohol addiction.

Medication is an aid in the process of recovering from an alcohol addiction. More than medication, is the importance of a person’s dedication to their healing process. With alcohol addiction, one should not lose sight of the fact that they themselves are the most important medication for alcohol addiction recovery.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Alcohol addiction support centre

Alcohol addiction is a multi-faceted issue. It doesn’t limit itself to the alcohol addict themselves, but instead stretches it’s tentacles into the depths of even the persons the alcohol addict barely brush. The family of an alcohol addict is involved in the alcohol addiction usually to the very centre of the issue. Frequently the alcohol addiction receives support, albeit unintentional support, by the ones who care the most about the alcohol addict, the ones in the centre of the maelstrom created by the alcohol addiction. The alcohol addiction has many effects upon the centre of the family of the alcohol addict, from strained, stressed relationships, to even abusive relationships, oft while the alcohol addict is in the throes of their alcohol addiction.

The alcohol addiction very oft alienates the persons who support the alcohol addict the most. By removing the centre of their emotional support, it can either aid or be detrimental to the recovery of a person in an alcohol addiction. Some persons suffering from an alcohol addiction, when the feel the effects of the sudden loss of their centre of support open their eyes, and work on making a recovery. Very often though, a person with an alcohol addiction when faced with the loss of the centre of their support will instead turn to a new centre of support, their alcohol bottle. Either way it goes, that centre of support is vital to a recovery at any point for someone with an alcohol addiction. An average person needs a centre of emotional support to get thru life, and someone struggling with something as hard to deal with as an alcohol addiction will be even more in need of that centre of emotional support.

So what can the family and close friends, the ones who are to be the centre of support, do to aid in the recovery from an alcohol addiction? In the simplest form, BE THERE. The very phrase centre of support implies that these persons will be the stable platform, a rock if you will, for the person ending an alcohol addiction. But being a centre of support does not mean aiding a person who is attempting to end an alcohol addiction in drinking. Even offering a drink out of sympathy for the suffering a person is going thru can cause a relapse. The centre of support must be strong, and there when needed, non-judgemental, and once again, most importantly, always, always BE THERE.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | Leave a comment

Alcohol addiction intervention

With alcohol addiction intervention, there is no single right path. There are many, many treatment options available, and even more suggestions and tips for taking a solitary path to alcohol addiction intervention. No one choice is going to lead to intervention for everyone who has an alcohol addiction, though. Nevertheless, when dealing with an issue as challenging as alcohol addiction, the key is going to be in persistence. The ability of a person to persist, regardless of conflicts is actually more important to intervention than any other item.

Traditionally speaking, alcohol addiction intervention has been subjected to treatments from 3 main categories: Psychological, physiological, and social. Treatments from these categories are the mastheads for the majority of traditionally available programs for alcohol addiction intervention.

Physiologically, the first item of importance to alcohol addiction intervention is the safe withdrawal from the alcohol. Even with alcohol addiction intervention, there can remain long term physiological effects, such as diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver, and pancreatitis. An alcohol addict in recovery will need to ensure they continue treatment for any possible physiological conditions that have arisen.

Psychological programs for alcohol addiction intervention frequently involve both individual and group therapies. While studies show that overall, group therapy is more effective for intervention, individual therapy has had successes with alcohol addiction as well. Another interesting fact shows that between long-term inpatient intervention for alcohol addiction recovery, and a shorter out-patient style treatment, the outpatient intervention is more effective in the earlier stages of alcohol addiction intervention.

There are basically 4 groups of social intervention for alcohol addiction recovery. The first is via an unavoidable community supervision effort such as an employer requiring an alcohol addict in recovery to participate in mandatory treatments. Secondly, is a substitution intervention which has the alcohol addict in recovery swap drinking for a hobby, such as weight-lifting. The third method is what Jungians term as “protective wall of human community”. Due to the alcohol addict in intervention having a higher incidence of relapse using familiar persons for this, it is easier done by the alcohol addict in intervention forging new relationships, sometimes similar to what is found in religious communities. The last is by strengthening or creating a deeper relationship with a higher power.

Alcohol addiction intervention is not easily attained. However, there are plenty of programs that specialize in treating the alcohol addiction. Whether via traditional or non-traditional means, today the alcohol addiction intervention process is vastly improved, and open to help when needed.

November 19, 2007 Posted by | Blogroll | 1 Comment