Apr 122011

Are you one of those people who have drinking problem?

It is sometimes hard to know if you are already on the first stage of alcohol abuse because there are no benchmarks or standard when it comes to this kind of problem. A drinking problem is not that simple to solve because it will require taking a look at yourself, honestly, and you have to be willing to accept and change your drinking habit to benefit from the recovery process.

At first, a person may not know that they even have a drinking problem. The usual excuse is that their drinking habit is just normal like everybody else and once in a while they drink a little too many.

A little too many doesn’t mean there is an alcohol abuse already, right?

As mentioned earlier, the first step to treat alcohol abuse is for the patient to accept that he or she has a drinking problem. In order to do that, the patient has to answer self assessment questions that would make him or her realize the level of drinking problem they have.

The following are the questions asked to the patient for self assessment. They are asked if they feel guilty or bad when they are drinking. If they have tried to limit their drinking and if they were successful each time they try. If they have any physical symptoms after quitting. If the family members or the spouse is constantly complaining about the drinking problem. Do they have any legal problems brought about by drinking. These are just some of the questions that will be used to make the patient realize that they already have an alcohol abuse problem.

If you have answered yes to all of these questions, then you may have to seek professional help in order to start the treatment process. This drinking problem can be treated and you should never lose hope because once you accept this problem and you are determined to change then you are on your first step to recovery.

Nov 162010

The number of people in the United States that participate in the misuse of alcohol is climbing higher at an alarming rate, with a large percentage being teens and young adults. There are several reasons that people abuse alcohol, and everyone acts differently under the influence. Alcohol, just like any other control substance, can trigger anybody’s addictive personality – thus we get, Alcoholism.

The average age that people choose to start drinking alcohol is fifteen, and rapidly becoming younger and younger the more that young people are exposed to it. Teens that begin drinking before age fifteen are far more likely to develop addictive behaviors. A good part of the reason teens begin drinking is because it is demanded of them in many social situations in order to “fit in” with a group of friends. Since most teens do not understand the intoxicating effects and different strength of different types of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, they tend to drink more alcohol faster than an adult who understands these types of things.

However, it is not just teens and young adults that abuse alcohol it can be anyone of any age for any reason and in any way.

Older women are at particular risk for problems related to an over-consumption of alcohol, because women tend to live longer than men do therein outliving their spouse, which could trigger depression and loneliness – two main factors that trigger the abuse of alcohol. Women are also more prone to develop alcohol-consumption related health problems as they age.

Alcoholism can have devastating effects on the human body, especially towards those who become addicted younger than those who began at the legal age (21 years). Everyone has a different reason that they abuse alcohol, and their personalities are different when intoxicated.

Alcoholism can ruin lives don’t let it ruin yours.

Aug 192010

Alcohol detoxification brings about the influx of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. If you have imbibed alcohol in excessive amounts for years you have to expect a pattern of difficult physiological reactions as your body tries to cope with the loss of alcohol. The pattern will manifest depending on how high your alcohol dependency is. The rule of thumb is that the higher the dependency the harder it is to kick out alcohol from your system.

You can do your own alcohol detoxification on your own if you are not a heavy drinke

r and alcohol is not that strongly embedded in your system. However if your alcohol withdrawal symptoms turn severe, you must immediately consult with a qualified health care professional. Patients who experience severe symptoms need to be monitored round the clock.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms manifest physically as well

as psychologically.

There are a variety of symptoms that occur and they are dependent on the patients drinking habits prior to alcohol detoxification as well as any pre existing conditions that they may have. Headaches, vomiting, and convulsions are expected. Fever, nervousness as well as nausea occur as well. On top of these, the patient also has to deal with anxiety, extreme emotional changes that happen for no reason, depression, fatigue, delirium and sometimes a detachment from reality. With all these to deal with, detoxification is a very difficult process to go through. While it can be attempted on your own, it is a much better idea to join a rehab clinic as they have trained personnel available that will watch over you as you go through the detoxification process. They can help you manage your symptoms with drugs, therapy as well as counseling enabling alcoholics to kick off the addiction and rejoin society armed with the strength to resist the temptation to have a drink.

Jul 042010

In the past ten months, the staff and myself have had the honor of working with this client on levels of personal, psychological, mental and emotional dynamics.  Often times, we’ve experienced the arduous tasks of crisis management, addiction intervention and mental breakdowns with Mr. Anonymous.  In the fields of addiction, psychology and psychiatry, this is referred to as Co-Occurring Disorders.  When an individual is experiencing the burdens of functioning a healthy lifestyle with Co-Occurring Disorders, a system of monitoring by professionals must be set in place until the individual is psychologically stabilized and cognitively functioning in manner that is safe and productive.  Anonymous client’s history of Co-Occurring Disorders is very extensive and according to key members of the client’s family, this is has been challenging since Anonymous client’s childhood.

Even though, the guidelines of Mr.

Client’s trust is designed to transcend funding towards future generations, it is unreasonable to expect Mr. Client to be responsible for offspring, future generations or even to develop a healthy relationship with a woman to bear children.  The main focus with the Client’s family ought to be with the welfare of the client!  I’m sure the Client’s father would have agreed with this advice.  After all, the family’s legacy is directly related to addressing Anonymous Client’s Co-Occurring Disorders.

After reviewing all the reports from the treatment professionals concerning the client, we strongly suggest pursuing an appointed companion that will oversee the client’s day-to-day affairs and responsibilities.  The appointed companion will be responsible for the client’s doctor visits, physical well-being, life skills development, personal finances, social etiquette and career management.

 The sober living staff and management is certainly prepared to addressed the needs for the client under the direction of the family.

Letter from a case manager to a family