Monthly Archives: January 2017

ALCOHOL POISONING

Alcohol poisoning is not often talked about in the context of rehab or treatment for alcoholism and drug abuse, but is a hugely important part of the recovery process.

The issue behind alcohol poisoning is twofold.

Firstly is the reality of where someone who has been drinking alcohol for a long time has got to, in terms of the damage they have already done to their body and mind, and the need to recover from it.

Secondly is the potential damage that alcohol can do to an individual, whether they are a heavy drinker or an alcoholic.

The key to helping people understand about alcohol poisoning is education.

This is not to say that simply educating people  will free them from alcoholism or heavy drinking, but it will help to create an environment where people can understand much more readily the issues behind why people drink, and what help there is available for them and their loved ones.

ALCOHOL POISONING

Anyone who has had dealings with an alcoholic or heavy drinker will be well aware of how difficult it can be and usually is to get them to see that they have a problem.

In the understanding of alcoholism, it is generally understood by people who are themselves recovering alcoholics and people who work in the field of alcoholism, that the extent of denial that most  alcoholics have of the problem is essentially a defence mechanism.

It may be a bit odd to call it a defence mechanism, but for most alcoholics call at some point becomes the solution to their problems, rather than the problem itself.

This may be in stark contrast to the reality of the life of an alcoholic, which may well be in total chaos, both internally and externally.

It requires a level of experience of alcoholism to fully understand this, but it is also widely accepted that the mind of the alcoholic is often as abnormal in this record as is the body of an alcoholic in terms of how they react to alcohol.

Alcohol poisoning can be a real and substantive threat to individual who drinks too much, be they an alcoholic or not.

It is hugely important that people educate themselves and others, both formally and informally as to the dangers of alcohol and alcoholism, and hopefully this will begin the process of making a significant contribution to the problem.

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ALCOHOLISM DETOX

An alcoholism detox is  possibly going to be needed in the event of anyone who is an active alcoholic, or even someone who has been drinking heavily for a long period of time but would  not technically be considered an alcoholic.

Sometimes there is much debate between what is alcoholism and heavy drinking, but in the  issue of recovery from alcoholism, and in particular the need for an alcoholism detox, it is a fairly irrelevant issue.

Anyone who has a serious problem with alcohol is likely to need help, whether they admit that themselves on what.

It is sometimes much more obvious to people around them, be they family, employer, co-workers or simply friends.

Whether or not help is offered and / or accepted can obviously be a difficult issue.

Assuming that the person who has a drink problem is willing to accept some sort of help, then the issue of an alcoholism detox is likely to occur.

ALCOHOLISM DETOX

Anyone who has been thinking heavily is likely to have been hiding that in some way from people close to them.

People who have a drink problem increasingly grow protective of alcohol, and the need to prevent other people taking alcohol with from them, or stopping them trying to drink.

In addition, it is quite possible that people who have a drink problem, or who are alcoholics, have either in the past of currently been using some type of narcotics or drugs.

The issue with all of this, is that it is quite unlikely that either the alcoholic admits to a lot of this,  or that people around them will know the full extent of their drinking and possible drug use.

For this reason it is really important that anyone seeking help for a drink and/or a drug problem is assessed by medically qualified personnel to see if they need a medical detox, and if they do for that detox to be overseen and undertaken by medically qualified staff in a safe clinical environment.

If the individual with a drink problem is entering a rehab, then it is important to check that the rehab has access to such staff and facilities, either in-house, or with a local clinical facility such as a hospital.

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ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT CENTER

An alcoholism or treatment center normally refers to a rehab, a residential rehab, where someone who has a problem with alcohol and, either considers themselves, or is considered by other people as an alcoholic, can go to get help and treatment.

The terms treatment center and rehab are pretty much interchangeable, although the extent of services and help available in either one can vary quite widely.

An alcoholism or treatment center will invariably treat people who not only are considered to have a drink problem, but may also be addicted to cortex and /or description drugs, and possibly other addictions such as gambling etc.

One of the main obstacles to anyone entering an alcoholism treatment center is the sense of denial that the alcoholics themselves will have about their drink and possible drug problem as well.

One of the main issues behind alcoholism, and the inability to help an alcoholic, is the fact that alcoholic will quite blatantly either live or try and hide the true extent of the problem.

The practical consequences of this  denial can be pretty horrific, both for the alcoholics themselves, and for people close to them, especially if those people are trying to help them.

ALCOHOLISM TREATMENT CENTER

Alcoholism is more understood today than perhaps it has ever been, but still presents huge issues in terms of helping both the alcoholic and those close to them.

Perhaps the main value of any treatment center or rehab that courts to offer addiction treatment programs is that it can create a safe place where someone with an alcoholic can mod any seek help, but can begin to explore the process of their relationship with alcohol, and why it seemingly affects the way it does.

Any rehab or treatment center that offers help to alcoholics is likely to employ a wide range of clinical and non-clinical staff.

They are also likely to employ a number of alcoholics who are themselves in recovery, either as clinical  or non-clinical staff.

When people talk about an alcoholic in recovery, they are generally referring to someone who has been an active alcoholic and has stopped drinking and has stayed sober since then.

The value of a recovering alcoholic working in a team of center or a rehab, is that in addition to the skills they bring as an individual, the hope is that they can give the residents in a rehab a sense of hope and purpose for their own future, as they are showing that they themselves can stay sober and rebuild their lives.

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REHAB DUAL DIAGNOSIS

Anyone entering a rehab or a treatment center is likely to come across the term dual diagnosis, as well as a lot of other jargon or terms that are fairly unique or specific to the whole world of 12-step recovery.

Perhaps the term jargon is a bit unfair, but there are certainly a wide range of terms that have some meaning, but can also be used to making them sound more important or more severe as they are.

The term dual diagnosis is normally used to refer to someone who is both an alcoholic, or who has a problem with alcohol, and also has a problem with drugs, narcotics or prescription drugs.

This broadening of the definition of an addict, from alcohol to include drugs, has come about through the growth of treatment centres, and the addiction treatment programs that they offer as a way of helping residents.

A rehab will tend to look at the issue of addiction in a slightly different way than perhaps people who do not work in the field will do, and there are pluses and minuses in this approach.

REHAB DUAL DIAGNOSIS

The majority of rehabs and treatment centers initially dealt with people who had a problem with alcohol, and could safely be described as alcoholics or alcohol dependent.

As the industry grew, it became clear that people who were entering a rehab because of an alcohol problem also had other problems such as drugs, gambling etc.

Rehabs and treatment centres started to invert this process, whereby they began to see the problem as the individual, and the addiction as a symptom of their problem.

This in many ways allowed a rehab in much broader range of client base, but also slightly distorted the real nature of an individual’s alcoholism and other types of addiction.

The value of the term dual diagnosis is often hard to verify, except say that it can flag up an individual has a problem with the hottest drugs or prescription drugs as well as alcohol.

There is a practical issue to this which is hugely important, which is knowing I have individual has a dual diagnosis can seriously affect the assessment, or the need for a medical detox, and that should be carefully monitored and accurately assess both prior to admission and during a treatment undertaken that after.

 

 

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NEED FOR TREATMENT

‘A recovered alcoholic says drug addicts are falling through the cracks in Ballarat with a dire lack of rehabilitation facilities to treat their complex needs.

Russell Firth, 72, has been sober for 42 years after beginning a 12-step recovery program at the age of 30.

He is pushing for a detox unit so people seeking treatment for their addiction can access appropriate support.

“All alcoholics have a disease which is centred in our minds, the alcohol is the trigger for compulsion and you have to treat that wholly,” he said.’

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Party’s over for Alice Cooper

‘Non-stop partying. Alcohol. Drugs. Pressure.

Legendary rock star Alice Cooper says the music industry is rife with stress that can trigger mental health issues, and he’s speaking out in hopes of encouraging others to join the conversation.

In an interview in Nashville, Tenn., Cooper spoke with CTV News about why he thinks it’s important to confront mental health rather than brush it aside.

Legendary rock star Alice Cooper talks to CTV News about stress in the music industry and his struggles with alcoholism.

“I really believe everybody has a certain amount of mental disability. I think we are born with certain phobias, certain things we are afraid to talk about,” Cooper said.’

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Healing the Loss of Addiction

DARTMOUTH – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church held the first service of its kind Sunday to remember and honor lives of loved ones lost to alcoholism and drug overdoses.

“It’s so great to see so many of you here today and coming together as a community,” said Rev. Scott Ciosek as he began his sermon.

In October, the church at 351 Elm St. held a service for anyone struggling with addiction which brought about 40 people together, Ciosek said, but Sunday’s service was held on The Addiction Policy Forum’s National Day of Remembrance and focused on healing and the grieving process.

A few people donned shirts with pictures of lost loved ones.

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Ketamin and Alcoholism

Usually, when people take the animal tranquilizer ketamine—also known simply as “k” or “special K”—it’s to dissociate from their own bodies and vanish down the “K-hole,” which can include dissociative feelings of euphoria and serious short-term memory loss (… or so we hear).

Used in veterinary hospitals and as a street drug, ketamine blocks a brain reception called NMDA, which plays a key role in creating memories. But because of these memory-erasing qualities, researchers at the University College London (UCL) have begun to look at therapeutic uses for the drug—beyond partying.

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ALCOHOL DETOX

An alcohol detox is perhaps one of the most important elements of recovery from alcoholism, that is generally either not given the amount of attention it should be, or is otherwise completely ignored.

There is a bit of a myth among some people that simply stopping drinking does not present any dangers of itself, and can simply be a bit uncomfortable in terms of withdrawal symptoms.

For some people this is obviously true, however the risk is that coming off alcohol for someone who has a serious problem with it is an unknown quantity.

Anyone entering a rehab or treatment center for treatment connected with an alcohol or drug problem needs to be properly assessed by medically qualified personnel to see what the risks are concerning withdrawals, and whether or not appropriate medical detox under medical supervision may be needed.

The risks of  withdrawal symptoms from alcoholism can be severe, and in some cases life-threatening.

At that very definite possibility that someone who is an alcoholic has been drinking heavily for many years, has quite possibly been using various types of narcotics as well, is probably generally fairly unfit, and that diet if any will be fairly spartan.

ALCOHOL DETOX

The overall health of an individual who enters rehab needs to be seriously looked at, both physical and mental.

Assessing an individual regarding an alcohol detox is a crucial element of their recovery.

A rehab or treatment center should have  medically qualified personnel available who are able to oversee such a process, both in terms of the assessment and the actual detox itself.

If a rehab or treatment center does not have such qualified personnel, then they should have arrangements with a local clinical facility such as a hospital who can undertake both the assessment and detox themselves necessary.

People sometimes refer to a home detox in terms of withdraw from alcohol and drug use. This can be a highly dangerous process and is usually ill-advised.

Anyone entering a rehab treatment center should be aware that the process of recovery begins with an alcohol detox assessment, and is generally followed by a certain period of time, normally a total of a month or so, where a variety of therapeutic counselling techniques will be employed to help the individual begin the process of understanding their alcoholism and / or drug addiction.

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ALCOHOLISM and LIVER CIRRHOSIS

Hospitalized patients who have alcohol problems had a significantly greater risk for developing alcoholic liver cirrhosis compared with the general population, according to the results of a Danish nationwide, registry-based, prospective cohort study.

“We studied the 15-year risk for alcoholic liver cirrhosis in hospital patients with obvious alcohol problems (a diagnosis of alcohol intoxication, harmful alcohol use, or alcohol dependence),” Gro Askgaard, MD, of the department of hepatology, Copenhagen University Hospital.

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