Alcohol abuse is not a man’s disease. Over five million women in America are considered to be heavy drinkers whose alcohol consumption habits are life-threating. Are you a woman who is concerned about how much you’re drinking, or are you worried that a woman in your life could be struggling with alcohol addiction? Here are the facts you need to know:
More than one drink per day is considered to be too much for a woman. This amount is lower than the threshold for men because alcohol affects women differently. Women usually have less water in their bodies to dilute alcohol than men do. This leaves women more vulnerable to the short- and long-term effects of drinking, from intoxication to organ damage.
Signs of Alcohol Abuse in Women
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The psychiatrists and medical staff at Las Encinas Hospital are proud to offer the finest in quality healthcare and support to patients suffering from addiction or other psychiatric illnesses. We understand, however, that our role as a support system for our patients does not end when they leave the hospital. This is why we offer all patients who successfully complete their treatment regimen the ongoing support of our Alumni Services.
The Alumni Services at Las Encinas aim to make a patient’s transition from hospital to home as smooth as possible. The group meetings are held multiple times each week to help patients fit one or multiple weekly meetings into their schedules. Aftercare can vary depending on whether the patient has completed an addictive disease program or a... Continue reading →
Cocaine and other commonly abused substances are highly addictive because they affect the brain. The use of cocaine impairs a person’s judgment. It also triggers the “reward” center of the brain, which means that the individual is much more likely to use cocaine again.
Hear about one study performed on honeybees by watching this video. The researcher in this video explains how he administered cocaine to the bees and evaluated their reactions to it. He found that honeybees and humans share similar reactions to the substance, and hopes to use his research to explore new substance abuse treatment options.
Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction does not happen overnight. Even after you complete substance abuse treatment, the work is not over. You have to learn to re-engage with the world without using the drugs or alcohol that you once relied on. Relapsing doesn’t mean that you can’t ever stop using substances or that you are a weak person. However, avoiding relapse is ideal, and the best way to do that is to avoid triggers that could cause cravings. These vary, but most people in recovery do well to avoid these potential triggers.
There is a social aspect to addiction that you may miss when you’re in recovery. You may not have yet found a new circle of friends, so it’s natural to want to gravitate back to the friends you had when you were using.... Continue reading →
Addiction is an extremely complex illness that can take a variety of forms. Functional alcoholism is a form of alcoholism in which the sufferer is not physically dependent on alcohol, but may be emotionally dependent on the substance.
This video provides more information about functional alcoholism. The host discusses the most common signs and symptoms of the illness and how they compare with other alcoholics.
If you have decided to eliminate addiction from your life, and are looking for professional care and support on your journey to better health, consider scheduling a consultation with the behavioral health specialists at Las Encinas Hospital. Contact our Pasadena-area facility at (888) 348-2165 to speak with our team today.
Seeing a friend or family member struggle with substance abuse can be an emotionally draining experience. Addicts typically cannot see beyond their substance abuse; it takes center stage in their lives to the exclusion of anything and anyone else. Their relationships often take the brunt of this single-minded focus. That’s why chemical dependency treatment centers recommend an intervention to clearly demonstrate the destruction that a loved one’s drug addiction has caused.
Planning an Intervention
Alcoholism does stem from a physical dependency to alcohol, but there are also complex mental and emotional factors to the addiction that should be focused on in treatment for a successful recovery. It is these factors that might drive an individual to alcohol use in the first place, and Alcoholics Anonymous can facilitate the discovery of these factors for complete recovery and ongoing support.
Group therapy and support
The group setting of AA is a large part of its success. In a meeting, you will be surrounded by others who understand your condition and have lived through it. One advantage of the group is that you can interact with people in all stages of recovery and establish a support system to set... Continue reading →
EVENING INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Evening Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed for patients experiencing psychiatric or co-occurring psychiatric and addiction disorders. The program meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to better accommodate individuals who cannot attend daytime programs as a result of employment, school or child care conflicts but need a higher level of clinical support. Qualified clinicians provide a supportive therapeutic environment offering crisis management, intensive therapy, didactic groups, psychodynamic and educational groups.
The program addresses mental health and substance abuse recovery issues through a variety of inter-disciplinary modalities. Treatment is provided through... Continue reading →