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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.