Effects of Alcohol on the Body | Short Term & Long Term

While most of us consume alcohol on a regular basis, we don’t fully understand the effects that it has on our bodies and minds. Individuals across the globe participate in this common ritual of alcohol consumption; whether it be on a daily basis or only once in a while, alcohol plays a role in most of our lives. The long term and short term effects on our body have been studied in great depth; so why are people still so unaware of the many negative effects of alcohol? It is very important that people start listening to their bodies and protect them so that they can live a healthy, moderate lifestyle in order to live a longer, quality filled life. The Processing of Alcohol To understand the effect of alcohol on the body, you must first understand how the body processes alcohol. The consumption of alcohol can mean anything from beer, to liquor, to wine, and anything in-between. Each substance requires a different volume to be considered “one drink.” A lot of other factors can control the rate at which alcohol as metabolized as well including: volume, rate of consumption, age, tolerance, gender, heritage, family medical history, and general health. The body takes about one hour to process each drink. It also originally takes about an hour for the drink to enter your system. One the alcohol enters your body it first makes its way to the stomach. About 20 percent of the alcohol is absorbed by the stomach. The remaining 80 percent makes its way through the walls of the stomach and onto the small intestine where it...

How Long Does Detox Take?

Detox refers to the detoxification process of the body. Anytime a person spends time ridding their body of toxic or unhealthy substances through abstinence is considered detox. The term is most commonly used to refer to a specific period of an addict’s recovery from substance use/abuse; the initial abstinence and the associated withdrawal symptoms. In the process of substance use/abuse the body develops an increasing tolerance to the substance and requires more and more to obtain the desired effects. When a person stops using those substances, especially doing so using the “cold turkey” method rather than weaning themselves slowly, withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and disturbing. Every substance affects people differently and every withdrawal period is experienced by people differently. However, there are some basic expectations in terms of symptoms and duration. The Reality of Detox Detox from substance use/abuse is often misunderstood by the general public. Many think that once a person has gone through detox they are “cured” from their prior dependence or addiction. In reality detox is really only the first step of recovery. The detox process itself is basically made up of three distinct phases; evaluation, abstinence/withdrawal management, and planning further treatment. It is generally understood that most detoxification from drugs and alcohol should be done under the supervision of medical staff, usually in a hospital/clinic type location where withdrawal symptoms can be medically managed if necessary, away from the stresses and temptations of life which may have led to the addiction in the first place. This is not always possible in today’s economic climate and many people may choose to detox on their...

Addiction – The Basics

Many people have never experienced addiction of any sort. For these people it can be very hard to understand and grasp the logic behind drug abuse. With drug use getting more and more prevalent in America, it’s now common for people to dig deeper and look for the reasons why people use drugs and alcohol.

Medical Detox Helps Addicts Begin Their Recovery Journey

An inpatient medical detox is the safest way to begin your path to recovery, and it may provide you the tools that will help you abstain and maintain sobriety. Withdrawals from substances, particularly alcohol, can cause seizures which can be fatal. Physicians monitor their patients during a medical detox, using a protocol and medication that will prevent seizures. Furthermore, a medical detox can be a more comfortable way to withdraw from drugs or alcohol, which can increase your chance of success and continued sobriety when you leave the hospital.

What Is Detox?

For many individuals, making the decision to go into detox for their substance use can be difficult. As they put their life on hold to deal with their problem, they may have some concerns. Here are some common questions about drug and alcohol detoxification.

Narcan (Naloxone) Is Saving Lives

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a powerful drug that acts as an opioid antagonist and quickly reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. It saves lives! Opiate overdose causes the body to fail in respiratory function. Naloxone acts as a heroin overdose antidote by blocking the receptors in the brain that opiates bind to, interfering with the effect of the opiates.

Cocaine Detox & The Effects Of Cocaine

Cocaine has devastating effects on the human body. After many days, weeks, months or years of Cocaine abuse, a reputable drug detox is often needed. The Haven Detox in West Palm Beach, FL can help by safely using our Cocaine Detox protocols to comfortably help our clients get clean from this devestation.

Helping A Loved One Enter Treatment

The fate of an addict or alcoholic is not something you’d wish on a complete stranger – much less someone you know and care about. When it is a close friend or family member, the emotional pain you feel can be close to unbearable. You know this person must get to treatment, but how do you help convince them?

So You’re In Recovery: Now What

Life in recovery requires time and patience. You’re going to most likely experience a lot of emotions. Some moments in life might make you feel angry, sad, impatient, worried or disappointed…but don’t let that stop you. Here are some tips for living life on life’s terms in recovery from Substance Abuse.

Withdrawal: A Painful Process

Withdrawal is a painful process that happens after someone stops taking a mind-altering substance, but why exactly is it so miserable? Withdrawal of any kind of substance can be harrowing and exhausting. Some of the most dramatic symptoms include nausea, sweating, shaking and even hallucination. So what’s going on with withdrawal symptoms? Why does withdrawal wreak such havoc on the body?