Effective Treatment for Alcohol AddictionJuly 12th, 2011
Alcohol addiction is one of the hardest addictions to overcome. Many alcoholics try quitting hundreds of times but never are successful and find themselves relapsing. What many people who are abusing alcohol never understand the cycle of addiction and what makes it so hard to quit. In this blog, we will discuss the physical aspect of addiction.
The first thing to understand about alcohol addiction is that it’s not all mental. There are extreme physical cravings for alcohol, which sometimes require an alcohol detox. When a person drinks alcohol, it goes through a process called metabolization. This is how the body breaks down the alcohol into metabolites. These alcohol metabolites travel through the blood stream and most exit the body either through the sweat or urine, but some don’t make it out of the body and began to accumulate in the tissues and organs of the body. After time these alcohol metabolites not only start damaging the organs like the liver and kidneys but they also start to have an adverse effect on the brain. While the alcohol metabolites are stored in the tissues they can also release back into the bloodstream at any moment and cause intense cravings. This physical restimulation of the alcohol is one of the number one reasons for relapse.
Many alcoholics will experience this craving for the alcohol and never know what’s happening. Many programs in the US offer a type of cellular cleanse which helps remove these alcohol metabolites from the body to eliminate cravings for alcohol. The most popular of these treatment modalities is called a biophysical treatment. To find out more about a biophysical alcohol rehab, call one of our counselors today.