Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sobriety and Living Healthy

Alcohol abuse (a.k.a. alcoholism) is the oldest form of addiction known to society, and social drinking is still very much considered acceptable behavior.  However, taken to an extreme level, the toll on the abuser, his/her family and society in general can be heart breaking.  Sobriety is now more readily advocated, although some societies still consider drinking a manly activity and encourage it to levels of excess.

Nevertheless, sobriety, by present definition, encompasses a wide variety of substances, not just alcohol, while narcotics of all types, legal or illegal, are becoming an exceedingly detrimental scourge on our society.

Alcohol, in and of itself, is mostly benign but overindulgence can lead to seizures, kidney failure, alcohol-poisoning or a possibly fatal condition known as Delirium Tremens (DT).

The traditional method of alcohol detox has been inpatient detox programs which is an arduous process.  Thus, The Coleman Institute has developed an innovative detox process that can be completed within three or four days on an outpatient basis. Detox is the initial step toward a life of sobriety and healthy living.

Personal patient support is imperative to effectively manage the medication regimen at home.  Since alcohol depletes essential nutrients and neurochemicals from the brain, such as thiamine, magnesium, and foliate, an IV cocktail of medications is administered to replenish these missing elements. Phenobarbital smooths the detox process until it becomes evident that the process is under complete control, generally taking three to four hours.

Follow-up is extensive and takes the form of medications, alcohol abuse counseling and 12 steps meetings, a concept pioneered by Alcoholic Anonymous (AA).  The ultimate goal, of course, is fulfilling and long-lasting sobriety.

Abstinence which leads to sobriety, is the second step and building block toward the progressive process of recovery.  The recovery course can be subjected to numerous obstacles to be overcome, with temptation as the main stumbling block to sobriety.

A few reminders of what sobriety entails :

* Vast improvements in brain functions
* Increased energy
* Reduced fatigue and procrastination
* Better self esteem
* Openness to new and satisfying foods
* And so much more .....

According to recently released data, approximately thirty million people in 2009 admitted to driving while intoxicated at least once over the last year, representing 12 percent, an improvement from 14.2 percent in 2002. 

Do you or someone you know need help getting clean for alcohol?  Perhaps you or someone you know struggle with opiate, benzo, methadone, or suboxone dependency.  If so, we are here to help!  Please call Jennifer Pius at 1.877.77.DETOX today.  Tomorrow may be too late.  You'll be glad you called and we can't wait to help you start to live sober and healthy for the rest of your life.  

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