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If you’ve recently discovered that a loved one is addicted to alcohol, you may find it hard to accept. Substance abuse can be hard on family and friends as well as the person who is struggling to control their drug use or drinking. Alcoholism is one of the most common addictions and can be difficult to treat. However, recovery is possible with professional help at a rehabilitation center.

For immediate help, speak with an alcoholism treatment professionals at Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck by dialing (516) 283-5681.

The Science Behind Alcoholism

The limbic system of the brain helps produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. This neurotransmitter is responsible for two things: the creation of joy, satisfaction, pride and other positive feelings, and the formation of habits. When a person acts in a positive way, the limbic system of his brain releases dopamine to both reward the person with good feelings, and to cause them to be attached to those actions.

Alcohol forces the limbic system to release massive quantities of dopamine, and consequently, the wonderful feelings that the hormone produces. This is the high. Since the use of alcohol is the only action involved, the limbic system strongly bonds to it. This is addiction.

Once attachments to alcohol or drugs are formed, they are impossible to completely remove. However, they can be effectively treated with medical and talk therapy.

Signs of a Drinking Addiction

Many would see binge drinking or blackouts as signs of alcoholism. This isn’t necessarily true. In fact, nearly all alcohol drunk by those under 21 is consumed while binging. It is a sign of addiction if binging regularly done, and blackouts regularly experienced. Here are three important symptoms that come with addiction.

  • Craving: Alcohol can release massive quantities of dopamine in the brain. The subconscious, then, attaches very strongly to alcohol, considering it extremely important. Naturally, when an addict is denied alcohol, he craves the substance in the way a regular, non-addict would crave freedom, the right to earn a living, the right to love and so on. When you see someone crave alcohol even after a short period of not drinking, you can be nearly certain that there is addiction involved.
  • Loss of control: When a person is addicted to a substance, he may find it so hard to bring his craving under control, he may cave at the most inappropriate times — at parties, while driving, at important social events and so on, routinely putting lives, relationships and employment at risk.
  • Physical dependence: Over time, addiction leads to visible physical effects — skin covered in spider veins, poor personal hygiene, insomnia, loss of appetite and so on.

Alcoholism Treatment

Bringing an alcoholic to rehab is an important step. Once there, though, the patient needs to stick with the program. When it comes to encouraging perseverance, residential rehab centers are far more effective than outpatient ones.

Rehabilitating an alcoholic requires two steps – detoxification and therapy.

  • Detoxification: Medications are given to patients to curb cravings and reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms. Patients are kept in an inpatient facility to completely purge their systems of drugs and alcohol. Medical detox in a professional facility has the added benefit of proper medical care and a more comfortable experience.
  • Therapy: Once the patient successfully detoxifies, he is out of immediate danger of succumbing to alcohol. Over time, though, the weaknesses or co-occurring mental illnesses that initially drove him to alcohol may reappear. Intensive therapy is a very important part of making sure that a patient stays clean.

If you are in need of treatment or just want more information about substance abuse, speak to us at Drug Treatment Centers Great Neck at (516) 283-5681.

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