Alcoholism

Alcoholism

Althоugh it’s legal, аlсоhоl іѕ іndееd a drug and a vеrу аddісtіvе, роwеrful drug аt that.  Alсоhоl is a dерrеѕѕаnt thаt ѕlоwѕ thе brаіn аnd bоdу, аnd can rеѕult іn harmful consequences if tоо much оf the ѕubѕtаnсе іѕ соnѕumеd аt аnу gіvеn tіmе.  Alcohol аbuѕе differs frоm alcoholism, іn thаt a реrѕоn саn аbuѕе аlсоhоl and ѕtіll nоt be рhуѕісаllу dependent. Alсоhоlіѕm, оn the оthеr hаnd, ѕіgnіfіеѕ an unmanageable соmрulѕіоn or craving tо continue соnѕuming аlсоhоl no matter what the circumstance.  Nonetheless, аlсоhоl abuse іѕ still very dangerous, wіth symptoms іnсludіng lасk оf concentration, sleeping рrоblеmѕ, guіlt or shame about drіnkіng, regular hаngоvеrѕ or blасkоutѕ, dаmаgеd rеlаtіоnѕhірѕ, careers and… Read More

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Is The Alcoholic Brain Different?

Is The Alcoholic Brain Different?

Is The Alcoholic Brain Different? Drinking on a Monday morning doesn’t make you an alcoholic, but science is working on understanding the thing that does. Alcoholism may be a downer of a topic, but it’s important to understand how addiction is formed and reinforced. As we’ve learned more, the idea behind addiction has changed. In the early 20th century, addiction was thought to stem from a lack of willpower, but as medical technology advanced and we began to understand how physiological addiction worked, the idea of addiction changed. The pervading wisdom today is addiction is created in the brain because drugs, like alcohol, override the brain’s reward center called the… Read More

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Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

  Alcohol Abuse & Addiction Roughly one out of 12 adults suffer from alcohol dependence and just about 10 people die every hour from alcohol-related causes. There are something like 17.5 million adult alcoholics worldwide.  By learning about why some people become alcoholics, what causes addiction and why people become addicted, this number can be made smaller.  Firstly, an alcoholic is someone who suffers from alcoholism.  Alcoholism is the addiction and loss of control regarding alcohol consumption. Alcohol is classified as a drug, but why is it addictive?  It actually has to do with the chemical reactions in the brain that alcohol causes.  The release of gamma aminobutyric acid, otherwise… Read More

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous Participation in Alcoholics Anonymous often brings a sense of connectivity, safety and support. Membership in this community can provide an opportunity for an addict to acquire a substitute self-object, filling an unmet need from infancy and childhood. AA may serve as an omnipotent transitional object, an integral ingredient in helping make the transition from ingesting self-soothing substances to sudden abstinence bearable. When AA members speak about their devotion to ‘working the program’, they may be speaking less about AA principles and more about finding a power (AA) strong enough to compete with their drug of choice. Psychology often emphasizes the need for others to help maintain self-esteem, control… Read More

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