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Alcoholism or Alcohol Dependence

Indulging in a few drinks with friends is one of the most common ways people choose to unwind or relax on the weekends or after a particularly stressful day. Alcohol often finds its way in our celebratory moments as well. Though this doesn’t seem like a serious concern in the beginning, continued drinking or binge drinking often may easily lead to alcohol abuse. Alcoholism is the most severe form of alcohol abuse and involves the inability to manage drinking habits. Alcohol can have serious negative impact on one’s body affecting the nervous system, the heart, the liver and despite being a sedative, may cause insomnia once its effects wear off. If left untreated, alcoholism can quickly spiral out of control leading to damaging complications.

However, treatment for alcoholism is possible. At Akua, we provide individualized treatment plans that will cater to the unique needs of our clients and help them overcome alcohol addiction.

Effects of Alcohol on the Body

While drinking, alcohol is absorbed in the blood stream and damages the body in more than one way. Here are a few basic effects of alcohol on the body

Brain: Alcohol can effectively interfere with the brain’s communication pathways and can affect its functionality. These disturbances can change mood and behavior, making it difficult to think clearly and move with proper coordination.

Heart: Binge drinking or drinking considerably over a long time can damage the heart in many ways. Here are a few problems which can arise from over consumption of alcohol:

  • Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
  • Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Liver: Heavy drinking or alcoholism can cause several liver problems including:

  • Steatosis or fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Fibrosis
  • Cirrhosis

Pancreas: Inflammatory and toxic pancreatitis

Cancer: Consumption of a lot of alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers like:

  • Mouth
  • Esophagus
  • Throat
  • Liver
  • Breast

Immune System: Heavy drinking weakens your immune system, making your body susceptible to disease. Chronic drinkers are more likely to contract diseases like pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc. in comparison to their sober counterparts.

Warning Signs of Alcoholism

Like every addiction, alcoholism also has obvious warning signs which may be manifested early on or take some time to surface. If the symptoms are detected in the early stages, chances of recovery increase significantly. Here are some of the common warning signs one should look out for:

  • Inability to control alcohol intake
  • Putting alcohol above personal responsibilities
  • Inability to control the urge to drink more
  • Spending a substantial amount of money on alcohol
  • Drastic changes in behavior after drinking
  • Increased tolerance

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How Akua Can be Helpful

Treatment of alcoholism is possible, and it is best if the treatment is started in the early stages. At Akua, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome alcoholism with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. We provide all the three levels of care

Detox from Alcohol
Integrated Detox Program

Alcohol detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:

    • 24 hour supervision
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • Psychiatric and nursing support
    • Group and individual counseling and therapy
    • Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
Inpatient Drug Rehab Centers
Residential Program

This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:

    • The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
    • Gender-specific recovery programs
    • 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
    • Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
    • Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
Outpatient Alcohol Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:

  • The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
  • Mindfulness relapse prevention
  • Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
  • Group and individual assignments
  • Transportation and housing provided