Alcohol Abuse

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How Alcohol Ruins Lives

When people think of dangerous drugs, they probably think of heroin, crack cocaine, crystal meth or strong painkillers like oxycodone. Because it’s legal, alcohol isn’t usually thought of as a substance with the potential to kill you or lead to chronic, irreversible health problems. In fact, alcohol ruins lives. It’s time to better understand that …

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Delirium Tremens: Causes, Effects, and Treatments

Delirium tremens, sometimes called “the DTs” or Saunders-Sutton syndrome, is the most severe symptom of alcohol withdrawal. It typically occurs within two to five days of the last drink of alcohol Because it can be fatal, it’s wise to treat it as a medical emergency and seek assistance for a loved one immediately. It often …

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How to Recognize a High-Functioning Alcoholic

It has been suggested that about half of alcoholics are high-functioning. But do you know how to recognize a high-functioning alcoholic? These people maintain careers, raise a family, and have plenty of friends while struggling with alcohol addiction. Many high-functioning alcoholics deny having a problem with alcohol abuse—and their loved ones may even agree. This …

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What Is the Timeline for Alcohol Detox?

If you’re struggling with alcohol addiction, you may be wondering how long alcohol detox takes and what the alcohol detox timeline looks like. In general, alcohol detox can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on factors such as the severity of your addiction and any medical issues that may arise during …

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Women and Alcoholism

Women are more likely to be diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder than men, yet they often face unique challenges in accessing treatment and achieving sobriety. Women are more vulnerable to the physical effects of alcohol and may require different treatments than men depending on their individual needs. Furthermore, women often face greater social stigma …

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Can You Die From Delirium Tremens?

Delirium tremens (DTs) is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal and one of the most dangerous complications associated with alcoholism. It is characterized by sudden, severe confusion and agitation, as well as other symptoms such as tremors, hallucinations, fever, and changes in blood pressure. People with DTs can experience disorientation, paranoia, and seizures. Promises Behavioral …

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When Drinking and Gambling Addictions Mix

When it comes to drinking and gambling addictions, the combination can be particularly dangerous. Gambling addiction is characterized by a compulsive need to gamble, despite the fact that it has damaging consequences on the gambler and their loved ones. Similarly, alcohol addiction is marked by a compulsion to drink despite the harm that it can …

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3 Steps for Setting Healthy Boundaries With an Alcoholic

Setting healthy boundaries with an alcoholic can be one of the most difficult and daunting tasks to take on. It’s important to understand that even though you may love and care for the person, their addiction is out of your control. However, it’s also very important to remember that while it’s okay to be supportive …

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Warning Signs of Alcoholic Neuropathy

Long-term alcohol abuse can have many severe effects on the body, including a condition called alcoholic neuropathy that causes damage to the nervous system. The best way to prevent long-term damage from alcohol abuse is professional help and treatment. Promises Behavioral Health offers addiction treatment in our residential alcohol rehab that can help you break …

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