Colorado Drug Rehab....Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism


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Colorado Drug Rehab attempts to give the reader some of the data about how alcohol is the most prevalent drug in our society and because it is socially acceptable, no one should have the idea that it isn't a debilitating drug that cost society dearly in lost productivity and the personal pain that is always accompaning alcohol abuse in families.

 

If you need someone to do an alcohol evalution, please go to this page (click here) to learn more.

If you are like many people, you may drink alcohol occasionally or you may drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a more regular basis. If you are a man, this means that you have no more than two drinks per day; if you are a woman or someone over the age of 65, this means that you have no more than one drink per day.

One drink = 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, 11⁄2 oz. liquor

It is Drinking at these levels usually is not associated with health risks and can help to prevent certain forms of heart disease. Colorado Alcohol Rehab has very few calls from Colorado that are looking for alcohol rehab, alcohol treatment or alcohol recovery programs, that are using alcohol as their only drug of choice. Today we find that there are very few "pure" alcoholics. There are those that choose alcohol as their "drug of choice", but it usually mixed with either psych medications or illicit drugs such as marijuana, or cocaine. It is difficult to find a cocaine or crack user that isn't using alcohol to temper the speedy effects of these substances.

But did you know that even moderate drinking, under certain circumstances, is not risk free? And that if you drink at more than moderate levels, you may be putting yourself at risk for serious problems with your health and problems with family, friends, and coworkers? This web page explains some of the consequences of drinking that you may not have considered.

When addiction exists, the alcohol use controls the individual rather than the individual controlling the alcohol use. In 2005, more than 23 million Americans were estimated to experience alcohol abuse. More than ten million Americans were dependent on alcohol, or could be classified as alcoholics and needing alcohol treatment in Colorado.

NUMBERS ARE JUST NUMBERS...POWERFUL COMMENTARY OF ALCOHOL:

These statistics show the devastating problem alcohol causes, but it doesn't communicate the numbers of people that choose alcohol over their family, spend the rent at the bar and come home with more lies and justifications that tear at the hearts of one's love, nor does it communicate the pain children in Colorado alcoholic families feel when they are promised a "date" with dad at the baseball game, but he doesn't show up or is in bed trying to recover from the bender last night, or the terror in the hearts of children who witness this unreal person screaming and physically abusing their mother, or sometimes father. It is very difficult for children to think with this Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde idea of their parent(s). Children are learning to survive through your examples, give them the best of lessons so that they can live without the fear that their stable relationships can explode and leaving them wondering.... "what do I do now?"

Don't let alcohol abuse/addiction cause problems in your loved ones lives, leaving the innocent hearts shaking in fear. Call our counselors and get a handle on these problems before they escalate throughout your family. It is a tough world without the delusion of alcohol and the unreality of the anger that it brings and all under the guise of social drinking and needing to relax. Or the idea that I need my two glasses of wine every night for my heart condition...(most of this is true, but it isn't a physiological heart condition..it is your attempt to warm your heart with a drug..Alcohol)

NO ONE can stand the idea that they have done these types of behaviors to their loved ones, and recognizing that you have will lead you to calling Colorado Drug Rehab for help or it will certainly lead you to another drink if you don't reach for help.

Call us and change the routine!

Call 1-888.781.7060 and discuss your situation in complete confidentiality.

The pages below have more information on different impacts that alcohol has on individuals and society:

Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism in Women in Colorado, Alcohol Treatment for Women...Learn More by Clicking Here

Alcoholism in Colorado and Alcohol Rehab in Colorado...Click HERE...

Colorado Alcohol Addiction Facts and Lies... Click HERE...

Binge Drinking in Colorado... Click HERE...

Is Alcoholism a Disease?...Click HERE....

Do you need a Professional Alcohol Assessment to Determine Your Addiciton Potential?.....Click HERE...

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ARTICLE SUBMISSION FOR OUR READERS

From time to time we get articles submitted from our readers and we do our best to find an appropriate placement of these articles for your review and enjoyment. Here is an interesting article on the American need for alcohol:

One to Two Classes of Wine per Day? - By Annonymous

In the last couple of decades we have all heard about the value of wine and red wine in particular. How the alcohol is a good relaxer and how the antioxidant value of the wine protects the body from those rascal free-radicals.

These arguments have become part of the American lexicon to the extent that the most conservative opinion leaders will allude to their need for their daily wine as though life wouldn't continue without having an ample source to quench ones need to this highly value life support substance.

However, in my many years as an alcohol and drug counselor, I can tell you that this logic has become a justification for numbing ones feeling with alcohol without being challenged for "needing" a drink or not authentically confronting one's feelings.

For every middle-class person that swears to having no more than one to two classes of win with dinner, you will find half or more that do just that, some of the time, and hardly ever do less than one or two glasses of wine a day, but will, on a regular basis, have three to fine glasses of wine.

I also run into the person that defines the size of the glass to fit his required amount of alcohol intake to produce the appropriate level of inebriation. You will find many of these daily drinkers, who are supposedly minding their health needs, going out of their way to find restaurants that serve wine or arranging their lives around ensuring that the daily dose of alcohol is available. No one has ever cared so much for any antioxidant, but there are millions of recovering alcoholics that will tell you how those behaviors are part of their drinking history.

Support for most of the research on the value of wine come directly or indirectly from the alcohol and wind industry, who know that this attitude of "doing the right thing" while doing something other than the right thing, fits the American psyche life a glove.

The next time that you encounter a person in your life that is supporting his good health with that daily does or more of alcohol, make them a bet that they can't stop the habit and replace it with fruit juices that have also been proven to have high levels of antioxidants and many much higher than red wine.

Interactions With Medications

Alcohol interacts negatively with more than 150 medications. For example, if you are taking antihistamines for a cold or allergy and drink alcohol, the alcohol will increase the drowsiness that the medication alone can cause, making driving or operating machinery even more hazardous. And if you are taking large doses of the painkiller acetaminophen and drinking alcohol, you are risking serious liver damage. Check with your doctor or pharmacist before drinking any amount of alcohol if you are taking any over-the-counter medications or prescription medications.

Drinking and Driving

It may surprise you to learn that you don't need to drink much alcohol before your ability to drive becomes impaired. For example, certain driving skills--such as steering a car while, at the same time, responding to changes in traffic--can be impaired by blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) as low as 0.02 percent. (The BAC refers to the amount of alcohol in the blood.) A 160-pound man will have a BAC of about 0.04 percent 1 hour after consuming two 12-ounce beers or two other standard drinks on an empty stomach (see the box, "What Is a Drink?"). And the more alcohol you consume, the more impaired your driving skills will be. Although most States set the BAC limit for adults who drive after drinking at 0.07 to 0.10 percent, impairment of driving skills begins at much lower levels.

 

 

See if they can then separate the need for alcohol from the need for healthy living.

Some Facts About Alcholism

Alcoholism has several key signs and symptoms, and an effective alcoholism addiction treatment program will address these and more on the way to a successful recovery:

• Craving--A strong need, or urge, to drink.
• Loss of control--Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
• Physical dependence--Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
• Tolerance--The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high."

People who are not alcoholic sometimes do not understand why an alcoholic can’t just “use a little willpower” to stop drinking. However, alcoholism has little to do with willpower. Alcoholics are in the grips of a powerful “craving,” or uncontrollable need, for alcohol that overrides their ability to stop drinking. This need can be as strong as the need for food or water.

Although some people are able to recover from alcoholism without help, the majority of alcoholics need assistance. With treatment and support, many individuals are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives.

Many people wonder why some individuals can use alcohol without problems but others cannot. One important reason has to do with genetics. Scientists have found that having an alcoholic family member makes it more likely that if you choose to drink you too may develop alcoholism in Colorado. Genes, however, are not the whole story. In fact, scientists now believe that certain factors in a person’s environment influence whether a person with a genetic risk for alcoholism ever develops the disease. A person’s risk for developing alcoholism can increase based on the person’s environment, including where and how he or she lives; family, friends, and culture; peer pressure; and even how easy it is to get alcohol.

Interpersonal Problems

The more heavily you drink, the greater the potential for problems at home, at work, with friends, and even with strangers. These problems may include:

  • Arguments with or estrangement from your spouse and other family members;
  • Strained relationships with coworkers;
  • Absence from or lateness to work with increasing frequency;
  • Loss of employment due to decreased productivity; and
  • Committing or being the victim of violence.

Alcohol use/abuse on Holidays

There are too many reminders of past transgressions against friends and family. There is also damage that has been caused to oneself, but probably the most difficult obstacle is the amount of alcohol consumed by others during the Holiday Season.

Being a legal drug in Colorado, alcohol is so socially acceptable yet unbelievably destructive to our society at the same time. According to the latest survey on national drug use statistics there are approximately 14 million Americans that have alcohol problems, let alone those addicted to other drugs. Add on to that the damage caused and lives lost through drunk driving and other accidents and domestic abuse.

The custom in Denmark and those Danes that have come to the US is to drink heavily on the 26th of December with the entire extended family at a Day After Christmas Meal that last for approximately 12 hours. However in Denmark, the citizens are very careful to not drive under the influence of alcohol, whereas, the Americans are a bit more indipendent and take dreadful risk in relation to their choice of driving and drinking.

Alcohol-related liver disease.

More than 2 million Americans suffer from alcohol-related liver disease. Some drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, as a result of long-term heavy drinking. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice (abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs, and urine), and abdominal pain. Alcoholic hepatitis can cause death if drinking continues. If drinking stops, this condition often is reversible. About 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. Alcoholic cirrhosis can cause death if drinking continues. Although cirrhosis is not reversible, if drinking stops, one's chances of survival improve considerably. Those with cirrhosis often feel better, and the functioning of their liver may improve, if they stop drinking. Although liver transplantation may be needed as a last resort, many people with cirrhosis who abstain from alcohol may never need liver transplantation. In addition, treatment for the complications of cirrhosis is available.


Long-Term Health Problems

Some problems, like those mentioned above, can occur after drinking over a relatively short period of time. But other problems--such as liver disease, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and pancreatitis--often develop more gradually and may become evident only after long-term heavy drinking. Women may develop alcohol-related health problems after consuming less alcohol than men do over a shorter period of time. Because alcohol affects many organs in the body, long-term heavy drinking puts you at risk for developing serious health problems, some of which are described below.

Heart disease Moderate drinking can have beneficial effects on the heart, especially among those at greatest risk for heart attacks, such as men over the age of 45 and women after menopause. But long-term heavy drinking increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some kinds of stroke.

Pancreatitis The pancreas helps to regulate the body's blood sugar levels by producing insulin. The pancreas also has a role in digesting the food we eat. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. This condition is associated with severe abdominal pain and weight loss and can be fatal.

Cancer Long-term heavy drinking increases the risk of developing certain forms of cancer, especially cancer of the esophagus, mouth, throat, and voice box. Women are at slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer if they drink two or more drinks per day. Drinking may also increase the risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum.

Colorado Drug Rehab is a free service that will help you find a drug rehab for any alcohol or drug addiction problem you or a loved one may be having. Finding the right alcohol and drug rehab in Colorado can be difficult if you don't ask the professionals that can help you.

It is easy to confuse the different terms used in this field, describing the different types of drug rehab centers, drug treatment centers, and substance abuse treatment programs. For the problem that you are addressing, should you be looking for an Outpatient, In-patient, Residential Treatment Center, Long term or Short term treatment and what modality of treatment is the most effective and what are the cost related to these forms of treatment or rehab?

Contact Colorado Drug Rehab, helps you make decisions on a drug rehab treatment center as well as helping your get the best alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations. We are Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors that have reviewed over 150 rehab centers, on site, and performed more than 500 alcohol and drug assessments and evaluations, and can share our experiences and help you find the best program or get a fair and honest alcohol or drug assessment to help you with legal issues or help you find what level of treatment or rehab is most appropriate!