A common misconception regarding alcohol abuse stems from the belief that an individual can simply stop if he so wished. However, recent studies indicate that changes in the brain often suppress desire restraint when a person is addicted to alcohol. Research has shown that the longer a person abuses alcohol, the stronger the impulse is to continue that behavior. This side effect of addiction develops due to alterations in the part of the brain that control habits. As a result, the need to continue one’s alcohol consumption grows stronger with time. Complicating this change is a lessened ability to refrain from engaging in base impulses and utilize critical thinking when addiction is present.
Las Encinas Hospital can help you or your loved one regain control from the hold of alcohol addiction. If you would like to learn more about our chemical dependency treatment facility, call (888) 348-2165. We provide compassionate and confidential treatment services to individuals in Pasadena and the surrounding areas.