Alcohol Addiction

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Over-consumption of alcohol causes blurred vision, slurred speech, slow reaction times, trouble with balance and temporary memory loss. Alcohol affects the brain by altering the neurotransmitters that slow down control thought process, behavior and emotions functions. At the same time, alcohol increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. This combination creates a cocktail that is both a depressant and a stimulant. Once addicted, symptoms manifest themselves in irritability, aggression, poor concentration, depression, denial, anxiety, and sleep problems. The psychological effects of the disease can be severely debilitating. With continued use these effects can deteriorate emotional health and may degrade to the point of mental illness.

Addiction

There are stages of addiction.  At it’s most severe, the effects of drinking result in a total loss of control. Consumption begins earlier in the day and jobs are impossible to maintain. The “shakes”, impaired thinking, and increased tolerance for alcohol produce an obsession with drinking.

Symptoms

Over-consumption of alcohol causes blurred vision, slurred speech, slow reaction times, trouble with balance, and temporary memory loss. Alcohol affects the brain by altering the neurotransmitters that slow down control thought process, behavior and emotions functions. At the same time, alcohol increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. This combination creates a cocktail that is both a depressant and a stimulant.

Once addicted, symptoms manifest themselves in irritability, aggression, poor concentration, depression, denial, anxiety, and sleep problems. The psychological effects of the disease can be severely debilitating. With continued use these effects can deteriorate emotional health and may degrade to the point of mental illness.

Health Consequences

Alcohol addiction causes diseases that affect the central nervous system, internal organs and the cardiovascular system. A short list of such diseases are: cirrhosis, dementia, cancer, seizures, gout, high blood pressure, nerve damage, pancreatitis and a compromised immune system.

Rehabilitation & Recovery

In the hands of our specialized professional staff, Hopes Gate provides the means to recover from alcoholism and pave the way for a healthy future. Relationships with family and friends will flourish once again. Freedom from addiction is the most important step towards a fulfilling life.

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