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Aggression and Alcoholism

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Aggression and Alcoholism

People all react to alcohol differently and may exhibit unique behavior when they are intoxicated. However, there is a very strong correlation between alcohol and aggression or even in some cases violent behavior. Some individuals may be more likely to become aggressive than others but in general the majority of aggressive acts committed tend to involve alcohol.

Aggression most often occurs in men who have trait anger or who tend to be angry more often than others. People with less anger management will start to become aggressive when they drink alcohol. This is because alcohol tends to bring out a person’s natural tendencies toward anger or aggression.

Alcohol causes people to express their anger more frequently and aggressively so that they have a heightened response when provoked. In cases of alcoholism, the relationship between anger and intoxication can become more severe as their drinking escalates. A person with angry tendencies who develops an addiction to alcohol may lose their ability to control their aggressive behavior.

When an alcoholic becomes aggressive it can be very problematic especially in familial or  intimate relationships.  Alcoholism and domestic violence are also strongly linked in many cases especially when anger issues are untreated.

If someone has a tendency to become angry easily then consuming alcohol can be very dangerous for them and the people around them. It is important for alcoholics with aggressive behavior to get treatment so that they can learn to cope with their anger in more healthy  and constructive ways. If you know someone who becomes aggressive when they drink then it might be a good idea to stage an intervention so that you can prevent any further harm from taking place.

 

Top Netflix Movies/TV Shows About Addiction

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

 

Netflix

There is more content than ever in the media that deals realistically with issues of addiction and depicts the struggles of recovery, relapse and the sometimes harrowing experiences of substance abuse. Netflix offers some hard-hitting dramas, documentaries and even comedies that discuss addiction and include characters that are relatable protagonists who are vulnerable to their own relationship to alcohol or drugs. The most effective stories of addiction in the media can show both the redemption of recovery and the dangers of falling into the pattern of abuse. These are some of the best movies and TV shows available on Netflix that deal with addiction.

Heaven Knows What

Ben and Joshua Safdie directed this dark drama centered around junkies surviving on the streets of New York City. This is a remarkable film in that it stars a real life former heroin addict discovered by the directors and many of her own experiences were used as inspiration for the story including her relationship with her boyfriend Ilya who died of an overdose in Central Park. Although at times painful to watch because of the subject matter, the gritty realism makes this a memorable depiction of addiction.

White Girl

This movie follows the story of a young college student who becomes entangled in substance abuse and the NY drug world after falling in love with a cocaine dealer. Cocaine begins to take over her life as she descends deeper into addiction and struggles to make enough money selling drugs to get her boyfriend out of jail. The film also takes a hard look at issues of race and privilege that can dictate who experiences more repercussions for using and selling drugs.

Flaked

Will Arnett co-created, wrote and directed this Netflix comedy/drama series which largely draws on his own experiences with alcoholism and divorce while living in Venice, CA. The show depicts the main characters regularly attending AA meetings throughout the series and coping with their sometimes tenuous relationship with sobriety. Arnett maintains some mystery about the main character’s past which draws you into his story and struggles with alcohol.

Too Young to Die

This documentary series focuses on the stories of beloved celebrities whose lives were cut short, many of them due to addiction and overdose. Episodes of the series discuss stars like Kurt Cobain, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Belushi and Heath Ledger who were all unable to escape their drug abuse until it eventually turned fatal.

 

Alcohol Poisoning and Detox

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcohol Poisoning and Detox

People that abuse alcohol regularly can put themselves in very serious danger when they drink. When people binge drink often, their tolerance for consuming large amounts of alcohol continues to increase. They may no longer be aware of how much is too much and are at a high risk for accidental alcohol poisoning.

An alcoholic or a heavy binge drinker may think that they can drink however much they want without experiencing any consequences. However people with these kinds of addictions can suffer from alcohol poisoning and end up in the emergency room. It is not only a painful experience it can also be deadly in many cases.

Alcohol poisoning can occur even for people that are very accustomed to drinking heavily. Someone may not realize how much they are actually consuming especially when they are already intoxicated. After going through alcohol poisoning the victim will most likely go through a period of withdrawal during which they can choose to enter detox.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning

When someone experiences alcohol poisoning, it usually happens when they have consumed a very large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Even though people in the U.S. consume alcohol regularly a surprisingly large amount of people experience accidental alcohol poisoning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are about 2,200 deaths per year related to alcohol poisoning which averages to about 6 per day.

Many people don’t understand the limits of alcohol tolerance in the body and are unaware that they are consuming more than their body can handle. When someone has alcohol poisoning it is because the high volume they have consumed is flooding the bloodstream and is interfering with vital functions of the brain such as breathing, heart rate and temperature. Because the liver can only process a certain amount of alcohol at a time, too much will mean that the toxins are flooding the body.

Alcohol poisoning can cause many severe reactions in the body including-

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Dehydration
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (long gaps between breaths)
  • Blue tinged or pale skin
  • Unconsciousness or passing out

If someone seems heavily intoxicated, it is a good idea to become familiar with the signs of alcohol poisoning so that you can recognize when they need medical help. If someone is passed out or it seems like they are having trouble breathing it is crucial to call 911 as soon as possible. In order to prevent alcohol poisoning from becoming fatal, the person will need immediate medical attention.

It can be difficult to recognize the symptoms of alcohol poisoning in yourself but it is crucial if you are drinking alone or the people around you are too intoxicated to notice that you need help. If you find your breathing or heart rate slowing down and you feel cold or are shivering then you might need to go to the hospital. Getting medical help in time can save your life and prevent your body from shutting down.

Detoxing from Alcohol Poisoning

When someone experiences alcohol poisoning they may go through a period of withdrawal afterward as their body tries to rid itself of the toxins. They may feel very uncomfortable or be in a lot of physical pain as they recover from the poisoning. In the same way that an alcoholic goes through withdrawal, large amounts of alcohol can lead to intense detox in the period afterward.

For someone who has gone through alcohol poisoning, they might consider going to a detox center to help them recover from their experience. Consuming alcohol to the point of nearly dying means that you do not have a safe or healthy relationship to the drug. Even though alcohol is legal that does not mean it is normal for the body to be flooded with that many toxins.

Detox can give you a chance to rid your body of all the chemicals that are making you dependent on alcohol. Having an experience with alcohol poisoning can be a wake up call for people because they realize that they are not able to drink responsibly. There are plenty of detox centers available for people who have been through alcohol poisoning and need to get the drug out of their system.

Although drinking is meant to be a social behavior, it can sometimes turn into a dangerous habit that can mean your life is at stake. Alcohol poisoning deaths are an unfortunate reality in this country as people are not able to control their drinking or don’t know their limit. Avoiding alcohol can be a safe alternative to a risky habit.

If you want to quit drinking, contact a detox center and a rehab treatment program in your area today.

Alcohol Abuse a Part of College Frat Culture “Greek Life”

Posted on: March 24th, 2018 by The Gooden Center No Comments

Alcohol Abuse a Part of College Frat Culture “Greek Life”

College is a time where many young adults first discover alcohol and the culture of universities often centers around binge drinking and partying. Socially, most college students are expected to drink heavily with their peers and that is especially the case for those involved in college fraternities. Frat houses are known for their parties and unfortunately their heavy alcohol abuse can sometimes lead to problems.

Tragically, some of the alcohol abuse in college can lead to issues like rape, assault and even death. In 2014 as many as 1800 college students died from drinking related causes. There were also 696,000 assaults perpetrated by drunk students, and close to 100,000 college students who were sexually raped or assaulted in incidents involving alcohol.

Although not all of these events involved fraternities, greek life is most well-known for its culture of heavy drinking. Students involved in fraternities are much more likely to abuse alcohol than their peers often because of social pressure to do so. The general enthusiasm for drinking in frat culture makes it a good target for intervention.

Reasons and Causes of Binge Drinking in Frats

What is it about greek life that leads to serious alcohol abuse? Fraternities tend to be resistant to alcohol education because the tradition of drinking is such a big part of being a frat member. Changing the drinking culture would be a major change that would require a lot of effort and intervention.

One of the reasons that drinking is such a constant aspect of frat life is the fact that it is a community living situation. Group members are around one another every day and experience peer pressure in the house to keep drinking. It becomes difficult for individual members to avoid abusing alcohol when their brothers are encouraging them to drink.

Greek houses also tend to have initiation rituals and some type of hazing activities that center around alcohol in some form. Initiating members can involve asking them to drinking heavily and the pressure to do so in order can be too intense to overcome. There have been cases where hazing has led to alcohol poisoning, accidents and even deaths.

Fraternities and sororities also tend to have a lack of supervision over the activities of the house. There are no resident advisors, older adults overseeing the house or rule enforcers that can keep the drinking level down. The leaders of fraternities are upperclassmen who are still young themselves and often campus officials tend to look the other way on their behavior because of the positive economic impact that greek houses have on the school.  

Curbing Drinking in Fraternities

With the long standing traditions, peer pressure, and lack of supervision how can fraternities cut down on binge drinking and alcohol related accidents? In the past frat houses have been resistant to educational efforts attempting to intervene and reduce the alcohol consumption in greek culture. Even lessons from peer-mediated groups have been unsuccessful in convincing fraternities to minimize heavy drinking.

It may be necessary to develop stronger interventions in order to help curb the drinking habits that become problematic in greek houses. The existing interventions mainly focused on high risk scenarios with alcohol education but proved to be ineffective. The interventions did not address issues such as correcting misplaced norms about alcohol culture or trying to have frat members understand their own motives for drinking.

Different types of interventions that allow frat members to analyze their own behavior could possibly prove more effective but more research needs to be done to determine if that is the case. Fraternity members can be especially resistant to alcohol education because they often view alcohol use as a way to achieve their social and sexual goals. Certain intervention tactics, however, proved more effective than others such as challenging students’ social expectations when drinking which led to reduced drinking habits.

The culture of fraternities is so closely linked to alcohol that it will take some more carefully designed and administered interventions to combat the problem. Frat members are often motivated by the social aspects of drinking and the feeling that they are bonding with their brothers by drinking heavily. They might also believe that drinking makes them more fun or likeable to their peers.

Over time it could be possible to work toward cutting down on drinking in fraternities in order to keep campuses more safe and healthy for students. However, it would require challenging student beliefs and traditions, asking them to consider the reasons for their behavior and the potential consequences. Focusing interventions on greek houses could help reduce the overall binge drinking behavior throughout college campuses.

Although college students are expected to drink heavily, more actions could be taken to prevent the kind of alcohol related issues that endanger the health and lives of students.

Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction – Quit Drinking Today with These Treatment Options

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by The Gooden Center No Comments
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Alcohol Addiction,  Addiction Treatment, And Treatment Options

Alcoholism also know as alcohol addiction is a very common disease in the U.S. with nearly one in twelve adults suffering alcohol abuse or dependence. Unfortunately there are also many adults who are engaging in risky, binge drinking patterns who may not be aware that they are developing an alcohol addiction. Because alcohol and even binge drinking is considered socially acceptable for most young adults, the line between recreational alcohol use and dependency can be hard to define. If you or a loved one have been drinking excessively and you are feeling concerned then it is helpful to learn the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction so that you can determine if professional treatment is necessary. That’s why in this article we described details on alcohol addiction, addiction treatment, and treatment options.

Alcohol can be a very addictive substance and some people are more prone to developing habits of addiction than others because of certain genetic or personal factors. When you begin to realize that you might have an alcohol addiction because you are exhibiting a number of the symptoms of alcoholism then it is important to enter a addiction treatment center and get professional care for your problem. Quitting drinking in a safe environment can be a positive, life-changing experience for people and it will help eliminate the symptoms of alcohol addiction over time.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse

Recognizing alcohol abuse can be tricky because some addicts can become very adept at hiding their symptoms or may be deep enough in denial to believe they have control over their drinking. However, one of the most common signs of abuse or addiction is the tendency for alcohol use to interfere with normal daily life. Someone who abuses alcohol may miss a lot of work or school or not perform as well in these areas because of frequent hangovers and sickness. Another characteristic of alcohol addiction is that in spite of the growing number of negative consequences caused by drinking the person will not be able quit their consumption. They will continue to drink even after problems come up such as having accidents or injuries related to drinking, physical or mental health issues, loss of relationships or run-ins with the law. Alcohol abusers will either disregard the consequences or will attempt to moderate their drinking without much success.

Progressing Signs of Alcohol Addiction

When alcohol abuse evolves into a full-fledged addiction, it may become clearer to the people around them that something is going on. They will often have a very high tolerance, needing to drink more and more over time to get the same buzz. They might also experience withdrawal symptoms any time they are not able to drink or are trying to minimize their consumption. Addicts also become less involved in some of their old hobbies or favorite pastimes because so much of their time is spent drinking or recovering from drinking. Most of their social activities will include drinking and they will always make sure that there is alcohol on hand for any gathering. In other cases they might instead drink alone or hide how much they actually drink so they don’t arouse suspicion among loved ones about their addiction. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone you know then it could mean that you are dealing with an alcohol addiction.

What to Do About the Symptoms of an Alcoholic

When you start to see the signs of alcoholism or alcohol addiction, the next step is think about how to approach the subject if it is someone you care about. Talking to loved ones about their drinking issues can be a difficult subject and you don’t want to offend them or send them further into isolation. However, it is important not to ignore the problem and hope it will get better because they may continue to cause a lot of damage to their health and personal life if you don’t step in and say something. Sometimes the best option is to consult with a group of the alcoholic’s family members and friends to come up with a plan on how to address their issues. You should never talk to an alcoholic when they have been drinking or are experiencing high stress. Waiting for the right moment and talking them in a calm, non-accusing way is the best approach. Expressing concern and compassion rather than anger or frustration will be more productive at convincing them to enter treatment which is your ultimate goal.

Is it Hard to Stop Drinking?

If you are worried about your loved one or your own issues with alcohol abuse then you might wonder how difficult it really is to stop drinking. The truth is that quitting an alcoholism or alcohol addiction can be very challenging and requires a lot of hard work and commitment. However, giving up an addiction is also one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences that a person can go through. There are plenty of ups and downs that go along with sobriety because it is such a major change and the body has become so adjusted to alcohol. Drinking releases chemicals in the brain associated with pleasure and the longer you drink the more you rely on alcohol to physically and mentally feel good. Your brain eventually becomes wired to need alcohol to function and feel normal every day. Treatment is a way to retrain your brain and body to stop relying on alcohol and find other ways to relieve stress or experience pleasure.

How to Quit Drinking Alcohol

For people that have been drinking heavily for many years, the idea of completely quitting alcohol can seem intimidating and nearly impossible. However, it is possible for anyone to quit drinking as long as they have enough support and the resources that will help them stay sober. Giving up drinking starts with entering a detox center as the first and most important step in the beginning phases. Detoxification inside a licensed facility allows people the chance to rid their body of any alcohol or toxins that are causing dependency and keeping them addicted. After detox, it is necessary to enter a rehab treatment center that caters to your specific needs and will allow you to recover completely. The only way to completely quit drinking alcohol is to spend a month or more in an intensive treatment program that includes detox, therapy, twelve step meetings and aftercare. Following these steps will ensure that you have given yourself the chance to be successful in recovering from an alcohol addiction.

The Best Ways to Quit Drinking – Addiction Treatment

While you are involved in a treatment program you will learn the skills and best tools that allow you to stay sober. Quitting drinking means developing other coping mechanisms that help you deal with stress, depression treatment and anxiety that do not involve any kind of substance abuse. There are plenty of natural, healthy and safe ways to deal with daily life that do not have the kind of negative consequences that drinking tends to have. People with addictions need to learn to communicate better with other people and create a support system so that they have people to talk to when they are struggling. When you have cravings you can teach yourself to do something else instead of drink like call a friend for help, meditate, exercise, go to a meeting or hang out with a group of sober friends. The best way to quit drinking is to have other activities that can help you cope with triggers so that alcohol is not your solution for emotional stress.

Finding Addiction Treatment Centers for Alcoholism

The only real solution for an addiction is getting professional treatment from a qualified program that will provide you with your recovery needs. When you are looking into local treatment centers you should find out what type of services they offer such as whether they include a detox program or if you have the option of choosing inpatient or outpatient treatment. It is also important to find a facility that incorporates mental health treatment if you have a co-occurring disorder such as bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety treatment or other issues. Treatment for alcoholism is not a one-size-fits-all situation because each person has unique needs and will feel comfortable in different types of environments. It is a good idea to visit the facility first and talk with a consultant

Quit Drinking Today with These Treatment Options

about what the program is like, what activities and amenities are included and what they offer in terms of aftercare as well.

Addiction Treatment Options for Alcoholic Rehab

There are many types of addiction treatment or rehab options to choose when you are looking for a place to go for recovery. There are rehab facilities specifically for men or women, some designed for professionals and executives, luxury facilities for people who want a relaxing environment, sober living treatment, and some with options for residential or outpatient care. They type of rehab that you choose will depend on severity of your addiction, your work status, your ability to take time away from family or other responsibilities and your own personal preferences as far as the facility where you feel most at ease. Living in the facility for a few months can be the best choice for someone with a very serious addiction but attending outpatient treatment while living at home may be ideal for someone who can’t take the time off work or needs to care for young children. Any addiction treatment option can be effective as long as the patient takes the program seriously and follows all the necessary steps for recovery.

What to Expect in Alcoholic Rehabilitation

When entering rehab, it is helpful to be prepared by knowing in advance what type of program you are signing up for and what a typical day will look like in the addiction treatment center. Most rehabs include regular meal times, therapy sessions, group or twelve step meetings, and recreational activities. Some programs may offer additional holistic treatment options such as a nutritional consultant, acupuncture, meditation or other therapeutic opportunities. Schedules might include some time for reflection or journaling but generally patients are not given too much time to themselves to be left to their own devices. Being bored or isolated in recovery can cause problems so a busy schedule incorporating group activities is usually to be expected in rehabilitation. It is important to keep in mind that although rehab can be very cathartic you will definitely experience a lot of ups and downs throughout your addiction treatment. Over time however, it will get easier as you get accustomed to being sober and feel more confident about your new lifestyle.

Therapy in Rehab Treatment for Alcoholics

Every day in a alcoholics rehab center is different and there are a variety of activities that patients will be involved in throughout their stay but the core of every addiction treatment program is therapy. Every person must attend individual therapy sessions that will allow them to talk one-on-one with a professional counselor that can help them deal with personal issues. Speaking with a therapist for the first time can be hard because it requires trusting them and talking about things you may have never told anyone before. Once you become more comfortable with your therapist you will develop a relationship with them and they can give you valuable insight into some of your problems and the issues that led to your addiction. It can be healing to finally talk about past traumas or pain from your childhood that could be holding you back from your full potential to be happy. Therapy is also the place where alcoholics learn the coping skills that will help them stay sober after they leave treatment.

What Happens After Alcoholic Rehabilitation?

If you choose the right facility, you will most likely have the option to continue some aspects of treatment after you have completed your rehab program. Aftercare is the final step in recovery because it allows you to transition from being in a supportive sober environment to living back at home and dealing with daily triggers on your own. Continuing care helps you receive support in times of need so that you are not overwhelmed by your new situation. Former patients can benefit greatly from going to twelve step or other group meetings either as a part of aftercare or on their own after they leave treatment. Many people keep going to meetings for years after they have left rehab. As long as you find what works for you to stay sober then you can avoid relapse and remain successful in recovery.