Alcohol Detoxing: A Family Affair
Once in a while, the Mister and I are hanging out and unwinding together with a little alcohol on our side. It is a really refreshing moment for the two of us while we sip on each other’s can of beer. Although, we don’t have this kind of session much. Most of the times, we sit and talk with coffee or tea. We are just the typical couple who hang out with anything and everything under the sun. Alcohol sometimes suits our moment, but we are not a huge type, most of the time, we do it by occasion or by chance only.
I’ve known a lot of friends of ours who are fond of drinking alcohol. Some of them admit that drinking has become a habit that is too bad to break. Knowing the consequences- physically, mentally, and psychologically- they are still into alcoholic drinking. Perhaps, the immediate effect of alcohol to them makes them want more or as they say it is very hard to resist.
Yes, we drink when we are with our friends, but I make sure that we only take what we can handle. I am conscious of how much alcohol I am taking, I don’t want to get into a serious problem from drinking too much.
Blackout as a Consequence of Excessive and Prolonged Alcohol Drinking
We often heard the news that people are committing a crime while they are in the influenced by alcohol. Why? It is due to a blackout or simply explains as one’s consciousness is suddenly disappeared when there is too much alcohol presence in the body. Whenever I am watching the alcohol-related news, I can’t help it, but feel sorry for the victims. Imagine, for a little moment of pleasure, there are the innocents that lives are destroyed.
Blackout is one of the most common effects of excessive alcohol drinking. The mind is very limited in accessing the different parts of the body. This will block the transmission of information to and from the brain. In this case, a person is unable to think right and the judgment is very poor. The memory of the person who is under the influence of alcohol becomes a loss for a moment of time. That is why there are many people committing crimes and once their consciousness gets back in, they have no memory of what happened. Unless there is someone who witnessed what happened.
Some people are lucky enough to drink too much and nothing horrible happened. But there are also some people that have low alcohol tolerance and knocked down with just a few shots. This happens due to how alcohol was quickly ingested by the body. So, it is very important to know how alcohol affects your body before committing into drinking too much even for an occasion only.
Alcohol Drinking Quitting Process
Quitting is not a usual term for alcohol addicts. You can find only a few people who want to quit an alcohol addiction. With or without knowing the consequences, many people are not going to commit to quitting. As alcohol brings short-term pleasure and a moment of forgetting so it is not easy to give it up. Alcoholism is not easy too, it will not give up on you too. It will cause you too much pain, not only to you, but also to your loved ones.
Alcohol detox is a serious matter. It requires full commitment, willingness, and support from people around the subject. One who has been an alcoholic addict must be ready to embrace what will need to go through in the next few months of detoxing. Just like any addiction, giving up is going to be painful and unpleasant. However, there is no other way around. One will either quit or just continue being an alcoholic.
I have a few people on my list in which I want to give a hand in detoxing. Some of them are drinking alcohol for a long period of time. I know it is harder for them to get alcohol out of their system. The longer they have become alcoholism, the longer the detoxing process will be. It is hard to see family, relatives, and friends being dragged down by alcohol but I know I can do something to help them.
Detoxing Side Effects
Just like with other treatments, detoxing may give some side effects. The effects depend on the person’s body and how long alcohol had been in the system. Here are some of the effects of detoxing:
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Upset stomach
• Hot and Cold Flashes
These are just some of the effects of withdrawal and can you imagine the psychological and emotional effects of it to the whole family? Sometimes, treating an alcoholic person alone at home is not going to be an easy job. I’ve known some people who have become the support group with their own family members and admit that detoxing is a tough one and most of the time, a special facility is needed.
Yes, there is a help outside the family. There are some facilities around the country which will help in the rehabilitation of an alcohol addict. In fact, it is safer to put an alcoholic person to a special facility due to proper handling of the person as professionals are under the watch. There is always a help for you if you are an alcohol addict or known someone who is. It is not late to begin the detoxing, it is a long process so the starting time should be as soon as possible. I will do my part, I know you knew someone who needs a detoxing from alcohol. Let’s play an important role in our society, this is a serious matter that we all should look into. I know how important it is to keep our country safer for our kids and to help someone get better.