Alcohol abuse is a serious condition that many people throughout the world struggle with. Alcohol lowers inhibitions, can cause poor decision making, and can lead your loved one down a serious path of addiction and loss of control.
While alcohol is a legal substance, it still brings about many negative consequences. If someone you love is experiencing the consequences of alcohol abuse or addiction, they can find help through professional treatment and support such as a sober living community.
Do you believe a young man in your life that’s suffering from alcohol abuse? Our sober living facility can help. Learn more about alcohol and its effects below, and call New Life House for more information about our community.
Alcohol, also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, is what’s found in liquor, beer, wine, and other spirits that causes drunkenness.
It is formed when yeast breaks down the liquid’s sugars without oxygen, otherwise known as fermenting. Alcohol becomes a sedative hypnotic drug that depresses the body’s central nervous system when consumed at high doses. However it can act as a stimulant in lower doses.
Today, there are other forms of alcohol out there that are being abused. It’s important to know about these other forms so that you can be aware of possible abuse.
Palcohol is a powdered form of alcohol. It is then mixed with a liquid such as water or a mixer to create an alcoholic drink. Usually, one packet of this powder is equal to a single alcoholic drink. It’s manufactured and sold by a company called Lipsmark, who created the product in a number of flavors such as rum, vodka, lemon drop, cosmopolitan, and margarita. While this product isn’t widely available and is banned in 35 states, it can be purchased online.
Hand sanitizer is made of ethyl alcohol. This contributes to over 65% of it’s formula, equating to 120 proof alcohol. Teenagers have been drinking bottles of hand sanitizer to get intoxicated, and there have been several reports of these teens ending up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning after doing so.
Alcohol is indeed addictive. But what makes it so?
When someone drinks alcohol, the brain naturally releases some feel-good opioids called endorphins. A heavy drinker may actually release more endorphins when drinking the same amount as a light drinker, which means that the experience is even more pleasurable. Medical researchers believe that those heavy drinkers who are releasing more natural opioids with alcohol are more likely to want to drink more. It’s more likely they will become an alcoholic because of this effect.
While this chemical process in the brain contributes to the addictive nature of alcohol, there’s a lot more that goes into play as well. In addition to the physical factors that take place in the drinker’s brain, there are also psychological factors that can impact one’s susceptibility to addiction. These include:
With the problem of alcoholism still present in the United States, why has alcohol never been considered a “gateway drug” as many other substances have? Many people have wondered why, even with alcohol’s death toll and risk of abuse, it remains legal. With all the negative consequences it brings, why has alcohol become so normalized and remained legal since prohibition?
Alcohol is a substance that tends to stimulate self-deprecating and aggressive behavior. It has a way of lowering personal inhibitions and contributing to car accidents and even domestic violence rates. With all of these negative repercussions, why is alcohol so normalized in our society today?
While we do have programs like MADD and helpful PSAs about drinking and driving, there’s hardly any messaging that is simply against the consumption of alcohol. What are the reasons for this?
As humans, we’re prone to vices. Alcohol is a popular vice in today’s culture. It’s a great way to take the edge off after a bad day, and people seem to temporarily feel better after simply drinking the beverage.
Whether alcoholic or not, most people view alcohol as part of social culture. This makes it very socially acceptable. It’s easier to pass off as alcohol abuse as “normal” even when abuse is very evident.
With alcohol’s powers to lower inhibitions, businesses have seen a great opportunity to take advantage of the consumer and exacerbate addictive and poor tendencies. When someone is drinking, they are stimulating the economy. Someone who has a drink becomes more likely to order a second, and with each drink the draw continues. Businesses draw on these psychological dependencies to sell.
While it may be too far to say that our nation should reinstate prohibition, it’s clear that there are changes that need to be made in the overall attitude around drinking, especially social drinking. The simple fact that the substance can make the user feel invincible shows us why it’s still so accepted. The individual temporarily benefits from drinking, and large corporations benefit despite all the brash decisions made while intoxicated.
The first step towards changing alcohol culture is understanding how it got to where it is. By remaining educated and educating others, our social attitudes towards alcohol can change.
It’s not always easy to tell when a loved one has crossed the line from casual social drinking to problem drinking. Our culture promotes drinking and normalizes it to the point that someone could easily think they are an average drinker. All the while, they are exhibiting destructive alcoholic behaviors and contributing to their own downfall.
If someone begins to consume alcohol to cope with the difficulties of life or to avoid or numb bad feelings, that marks the beginning of dangerous territory. When they begin to feel guilt related to drinking, hide their drinking, require a drink to relax, or regularly drink more than was intended, something should be done.
Problems with alcohol have a way of sneaking up on someone, so being aware of the warning signs and recognizing the problem before it gets out of control is crucial. At New Life House, we can treat abuse before it becomes a larger problem. Contact us to learn more about our facility and what we do.
In addition to the typical route of alcohol abuse, there are also new ways of abuse that have become especially popular among teenagers that don’t require any drinking at all.
Children and teens, especially, are finding new ways to receive the effects of being drunk without being detected by adults. It’s common for them to find ways to disguise the smell, get drunk away from their parents often in public places and find unorthodox methods to become intoxicated. While some of these creative methods are, for the most part, no worse than other drinking methods, some have become more and more dangerous.
New methods such as inhaling, alcohol-infused food, or even inserting alcohol into the body are just a few ways these kids are getting drunk without taking a sip of alcohol.
While these are all common methods teens employ to get drunk undetected, these could also be ways that addicts hide their use. If you know someone that is going to extreme lengths to ensure their drinking habits aren’t known, you should seek help as soon as possible.
If you need information about how to get your loved one away from dangerous abuse, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 357 -7577. New Life House is here to help.
It’s important to keep a caring eye out for your loved ones that you feel are in dangerous territory of becoming an alcoholic. Alcohol can still be dangerous even to those who aren’t addicted.
Keep reading to learn more about what to look out for.
While alcohol can bring the downfall of any individual, not just an addict, it is far more dangerous as an addiction and carries more consequences. Many people who engage in alcoholic behavior will try to justify it and give excuses in order to deflect from their problem. If someone you love begins making excuses for their drinking, it should be a tip-off that they might have a problem with their relationship with alcohol.
Here are the top 10 excuses you may hear:
Alcoholism doesn’t always start with binge drinking and a following addiction. In fact, it’s more common for addictive personality traits to show up early on in life and slowly develop into drinking habits.
For example, one woman first began exhibiting addictive personality traits as a young child when her parents purchased her a gaming console. As soon as she got it, she became obsessed with it and hardly ever stopped playing except when she had to for school or meals. It became such a problem that she actually needed surgery from keeping her finger in the same position on the controller for so long.
Then, in high school, as social media began to rise, she would spend hours online in chat rooms and on her social media profiles, wasting the day away and not realizing all the time she invested in it until it was dark out.
These habits show the way her disease of addiction centers in her mind. It found different ways to come out, through gaming and then through social media, until it eventually found a drink. After eventually finding sobriety from alcohol, she was finally able to see the addictive nature of so many other things in her life. Even healthy taskss like working out or cleaning she committed to with undying devotion.
Addiction comes in many forms, and alcoholism is often one of it’s most obvious manifestations. Being able to notice these signs before alcohol comes in the picture is a great way to get ahead of the problem.
At New Life House, we can provide treatment for addictive tendencies at every stage of addiction. Call us today to learn more about our recovery treatment.
It’s not always easy to tell if someone you love is an alcoholic, but these are 10 of the most typical signs that you know someone with an alcohol problem:
At New Life House, we’re familiar with these 10 signs. We can treat the abuser in your life, and show them that it is possible to quit. Call us today to learn more about how we treat these 10 signs of abuse.
Alcohol poisoning occurs when someone consumes too much alcohol at one time. It can impact anyone regardless of their age, gender, tolerance, or weight, and can cause severe injury or death.
Alcohol poisoning is what happens when someone drinks too much alcohol for the body to process fast enough. Things such as tolerance, weight, and gender come into play to affect someone’s personal limit of alcohol consumption, so there’s no one-size-fits all amount that will lead to alcohol poisoning. It’s mostly coupled with binge drinking, however.
The most commonly seen symptoms of alcohol poisoning include:
Before we get into how you can help someone who’s suffering from alcohol poisoning, let’s quickly go over a short list of the things you should absolutely not do.
So, what should someone do if they believe someone else to be experiencing alcohol poisoning?
If a young man you love has recently recovered from an alcohol poisoning incident, it might be a good time to offer them treatment at a sober living facility like New Life House. Call us to set up an appointment.
Alcohol can take a while to fully filter through your body, but it can be detectable in a number of ways after the drinking is over:
An abuser might not be aware of alcohol’s affects on their body. Are you concerned about a loved one showing signs of abuse, alcohol poisoning, or poor addiction-driven behaviors? Call us immediately for assistance at (888) 357-7577.
If someone has an alcohol problem and their body has become dependent or addicted to alcohol, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop drinking.
This can potentially be a life-threatening condition that one experiences when ceasing or greatly reducing their intake of alcohol. Withdrawal symptoms can be felt within just hours of the very last drink, and can be felt for weeks after. Scope and severity of symptoms vary on a case-by-case basis, but some symptoms are commonly experienced.
The most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:
Withdrawal can be managed with benzodiazepines under the close care of a physician. Sedation drugs such as Valium and Ativan as well as antipsychotics are often given in order to prevent mortality. A supportive and controlled environment is also extremely important. This will help fight the strong urges to drink again.
Hospitals or sober living communities are critical for treating alcohol withdrawal. Contact us today to learn more about how we monitor and treat this condition.
The 12 Step approach is a common treatment method for those who are addicted to alcohol.
Some of the key components to this form of treatment include:
There’s a lot of criticism surrounding 12 step programs. Common complaints that may be heard include:
The thing about a 12-step program, or any program in general, is that it will only work for you if you work for them. One will only get out what they put in, so of course it may be more successful for some than it is for others.
At New Life House, we can answer any questions you may have about our use of the 12 step program and why we believe it works. Contact us today to learn more.
Moderation management is a term you may have heard. It’s been used for nearly 20 years, yet it’s still shrouded in some mystery as to what it is. So, what is it? How does it compare to other programs of recovery?
This is a program that’s geared towards “problem drinkers” rather than full-out alcoholics. This program leaves the decision or abstention or moderation up to the individual. It moves away from calling its members alcoholics in order to de-stigmatize it.
MM has a bit of a dark past, as it’s founder, in 2012, fell off the wagon after realizing she could not drink in moderation after all. She then returned to AA without success, drove drunk and ended up killing two people in a car accident.
Since then, it’s found a new angle of calling out “excessive drinking” as both a public health issue and an individual problem that is not being properly addressed.
While MM seems to have a lot of positive aspects to it, more than 30% of its members end up reverting back to an abstinence program such as AA. Of course, the experience is up to the individual and some people may be able to thrive in this kind of environment.
For most alcoholics who have tried to simply drink in moderation, they have found it impossible. Changing small things like the kind of alcohol consumed, when they consume it, who they consume it around, or trying to reduce consumption doesn’t seem to really work out in the long run. This is because true alcoholics lose the ability to find moderation in something they are addicted to.
In the Alcoholics Anonymous book, there is a passage that explains that no one wants to admit they are a real alcoholic. This is why many alcoholics first try in vain to simply drink like other people. But, when alcoholics drink, they surrender control to the alcohol. They cannot behave or drink like other people.
Instead of looking to Moderation Management, seek an intensive treatment. You can start by taking the AA quiz, “Are you an alcoholic?” to get an objective read on your situation. From there, you can find outpatient or inpatient programs to help you get sober and stay sober. After finding sobriety, it can be tough to transition back into everyday life. Spending some time at New Life House is a great way to smooth over that transition surrounded by a community of like-minded individuals.
There are differing opinions about alcoholism and addiction in general. While having varying opinions is fine, it’s important to be aware of the medical facts.
In 1958, The American Medical Association officially recognized alcoholism to be a real disease. Symptoms required for diagnosis include:
Contrary to what many people still think, alcoholism isn’t a character flaw or a choice. It doesn’t mean the person lacks in morals or self-control. It is, just like any respiratory infection or physical diagnosis, a disease.
Others believe that addiction to alcohol is a symptom of a greater addictive issue. The debate on whether alcoholism is a symptom or the disease itself is still going strong, and there are different treatment methods available that suit each train of thought closely.
Once someone has found sobriety after battling alcoholism, the battle is still not fully won. Relapse is still a possibility, and the individual must make decisions every single day that keep them on the sober route and away from their vices.
There are some tips a newly sober individual can incorporate to help prevent alcohol abuse relapse. These include:
At New Life House, we encourage addicts to recover by relying on the above coping mechanisms. Learn how we can help build a better life for the abuser in your life by getting in touch with us today.
Relapse feels like failure for many people. While it may be a step back, it doesn’t mean the journey is over or that all is lost. Relapse, in truth, happens to many people who are recovering and while it may make it harder for them to get back on the train to sobriety, it doesn’t make it impossible.
There are many reasons why someone gives into their addiction after becoming sober. These may include:
It’s important to recognize that relapse does happen. It’s not the end of the world. It doesn’t have to happen again, however. It is not inevitable for every individual.
Rather than finding shame in replase, it’s more important to find forgiveness for one’s self and find motivation to get back to a sober place. Simply moving forward is the best way to react after falling off the wagon. Getting back on and trying again is the only way to succeed.
At New Life House, we work with both new addicts and those prone to relapse. We offer a safe space for addicts to separate themselves from their addiction and re-focus on recovery. Contact us today to learn more about how we work with relapsed abusers.
New Life House is a sober living facility in California for young men from adolescence through adulthood. We rewire abusers to sober living life before they return to their normal lives.
At New Life House, everyone lives together sober. All addicts share responsibility to a newly sober life. We create a community of support. This helps instill healthy routines and concepts such as exercise, healthcare, financial planning, career training, and further education.
If your loved one is struggling to stay sober, a supportive environment might be what they need. If you fear they need professional help to get back on track, call us at New Life House today at (888) 357 -3577. Help is here.