Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances known to man. Young people who abuse alcohol are seven times as likely as those who don’t, to move on to illegal drugs. Nearly one out of two violent crimes are performed under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol abuse also results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of emergency room admissions. Considering that nearly 7% of Americans abuse alcohol, these effects are frightening. While modern alcoholism treatment does work well, many tend to find the concept confusing.
How does alcoholism treatment work? How does alcohol addiction even happen? If you are interested in offering alcoholism treatment to a loved one, you’ll need to understand the answers to these questions. Once you read this guide, call Drug Treatment Centers Perth Amboy at (732) 226-8913 for help.
Alcohol forces the brain to release dopamine in great quantities, and on demand. With the release of dopamine, the brain automatically learns the action that caused it — in this case, the use of alcohol. This “learning” turns out to be the addiction.
Alcohol abuse isn’t the same as addiction; but it can lead to dependence over a period of time. Alcohol abusers usually continue to drink uncontrollably in spite of getting into trouble with the law, at work or with their families. They nevertheless do have a certain amount of control over themselves. Once the brain crosses the line into full-blown addiction, self-control becomes a thing of the past.
If left untreated, the physical symptoms of alcohol addiction can lead to extremely serious health conditions. Cirrhosis begins to set in early on, and gastric cancer becomes a possibility.
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