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Alcohol rehab is a residential treatment program that helps alcoholics to overcome both their physical and mental addiction to alcohol. The alcohol rehab programs at Chicago Drug Rehab IL are made up of therapies, alternative treatments, and treatment strategies to help patients learn how to achieve and maintain their sobriety. Call us now at (312) 604-7346 to begin treatment for addiction.

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol abuse occurs when a person is misusing and/or overusing alcohol. When someone misuses this substance, it means that they are consuming alcohol for other purposes, such as to treat or mask a physical or mental health disorder. Overuse has to do with excessive consumption of large quantities of alcohol. Alcohol abuse takes many forms, but two of the most common are blackout drinking and binge drinking.

Blackout drinking involves drinking so excessively that the individual loses their short-term memory. The actions they took and events that transpired while under the influence of alcohol are erased. Blackout drinking can be dangerous for a variety of reasons, whether or not it leads to alcohol addiction.

Binge drinking also involves consuming an excessive amount of alcohol. In this scenario, the excessive consumption of alcohol occurs over an extremely short period of time. This usually is quantified as involving the consumption of three to four alcoholic beverages in a period of no more than one or two hours.

What Are The Signs Of Alcohol Abuse?

Physical Signs

  • Slurred speech
  • Tolerance to alcohol
  • Loss of coordination
  • Neuropathy
  • Difficulty maintaining balance
  • Blackouts or loss of time

Social Signs

  • Loss of interest in activities and people
  • Financial problems
  • Problems at work and/or school
  • Inappropriate consumption of alcohol
  • Legal trouble
  • Spending a lot of time in bars

Mental Signs

  • Dementia
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Irritability

Health-Related Signs

  • Heart palpitations
  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Gastritis
  • Heart failure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Jaundice

How Does Alcohol Abuse Transition To Addiction?

When a person consumes alcohol in such ways that constitute alcohol abuse, they may or may not develop an addiction. Alcohol in the human body acts on the nervous system and brain to trigger certain activities and block others. With continued alcohol abuse, the brain and nervous system begin to rewire themselves to only perform those specific actions when instructed to do so by alcohol in the bloodstream. When the body adjusts in this way, a chemical dependence (physical addiction) has formed.

How is Alcohol Rehab Helpful In Treating Alcoholism?

Alcohol rehab helps to break both the physical and mental addiction a person has formed to alcohol. First, through medical detox, rehab helps an addict stop using alcohol and get their body readjusted to functioning without chemical signals from alcohol to operate. This is usually done gradually in medical detoxification, using precisely administered prescription drugs to ease withdrawals and to not shock the body.

Once a person no longer has any alcohol in their system, they can focus on the mental side of their addiction. This involves relapse prevention treatments such as individual and group therapies to find the causes of alcohol abuse and addiction and to develop coping strategies, art therapy to increase emotional awareness, and restorative yoga to reconnect the mind and body.

The professionals at Chicago Drug Rehab IL are available to help you manage a treat your substance abuse and addiction problems. Call us today at (312) 604-7346 to get started.

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