Alcoholism Information

Alcoholism Treatment at Promises

At Promises, clients who are dependent on alcohol are treated in a safe, relaxing environment where they can focus on their recovery in comfort. After the initial assessment, clients are assigned a core treatment team that includes a primary therapist, family therapist, psychiatrist, an independent affiliated medical doctor, nurse, and, if necessary, an alcohol detox specialist. Our goal is to make detox as comfortable as possible and we have many complementary therapies to ease anxiety, including neurofeedback, massage, and acupuncture. Neurofeedback has been shown to be particularly effective in helping with insomnia. Dr. David Sack of Promises has spoken and written often about how critical it is to do detoxification properly so as not to stress the brain or body needlessly.

While the treatment experience will be different for each client because we customize the detox, therapeutic plan, and ancillary treatments to meet the specific needs of each client, all treatment programs at Promises include individual therapy, multiple weekly group therapy, a family program, and complementary therapies for specific underlying issues. We can accommodate most co-occurring issues and will bring in specialty clinicians if needed for a specific issue or diagnosis. Upon leaving Promises, our alumni services help the client stay connected and feel supported in recovery.

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that contains ethanol and depresses the central nervous system, resulting in lowered inhibitions, poor judgment, reduced attention, and slowed reaction speed. Alcoholic beverages can be addictive, and the state of addiction to alcohol is known as alcoholism.

Short-Term Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol affects the brain, initially causing euphoria and excitement (including increased self-confidence, shortened attention span, and lowered inhibitions), and then leading to functional difficulty (sleepiness, poor coordination, memory loss, blurred vision, delayed reactions). As an individual continues to drink, they can progress to stupor (extreme confusion, increased emotionality, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, lapsing consciousness), shutdown (prolonged periods of lost consciousness, slowed respiration and circulation, suppressed reflexes), and sometimes death.

Long-Term Effects of Alcohol

As an individual habitually drinks, the liver becomes more efficient at removing alcohol from the bloodstream, so the alcoholic must consume increasing amounts of alcohol to achieve the same effects, which greatly contributes to alcohol dependency. About 8 percent of people in the United States are dependent on alcohol, but many more experience problems with alcohol and go undiagnosed.

Long-term, heavy drinking can result in dementia, several types of cancer (mouth, pharyngeal, esophageal, laryngeal, breast, bowel, and liver), malnutrition, liver damage, emotional instability and irritability, memory loss, heart disease, brain damage, vitamin deficiency, stomach ulcers, skin problems, and sexual performance problems.

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