Alcoholism disease

Four Stages of Alcoholism,

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease. It can affect people regardless of age, gender or race. This complex condition affects the mind as well as the body. Alcoholism is characterized by an obsession to drink and an inability to control the amount of alcohol consumed. Left untreated, the prognosis proves poor, with individuals suffering recurrent relapses and eventually death. First Stage: The Adaptive Stage A problem drinker crosses the line from ‘normal’ drinking to the first stage when drinking becomes a means of psychological escape from reality. At this point, drinking no longer remains social but becomes a habitual means of emotional escape from inhibitions, problems and...

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Hamilton arbitration caes: Alcoholism is a disease, but drunk driving is a crime, National Post

In May 2010, John Fougere, a 22-year veteran employee for the city of Hamilton, Ont., got into a city-owned vehicle while impaired and drove onto a freeway. Fougere was authorized to drive the vehicle, but only from his home to his job site and back. Fougere crashed into a tractor-trailer, doing $9,000 in damage. No one was hurt, and when Fougere was arrested, he twice tested at three times the legal limit for alcohol. The city quickly fired him, and Fougure was convicted of impaired driving and given a $1,500 fine and had his license suspended for a year. But now an arbitrator has ordered the city to reinstate him. Arbitrator George Surdykowski reportedly agreed that the city was justified...

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Addiction And Alcoholism Explained: A Disease Of The Body And Mind

With the disease of addiction of alcoholism, your body and your mind are quite literally working against you. Even when you attempt with all your might to get sober, your body and mind dictate your actions to do quite the opposite. How does this happen? What is it about yourself that makes you, even though you may be totally stable and rational in all other areas of your life, incapable of stopping your drinking and drug use? Let us explain how the disease of addiction pits both the mind and the body of the addict against them. And this is something that just proves the need for some sort of therapy, treatment, 12-step program, whatever outside help that works. How Addiction Effects The...

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Naltrexone and Alcoholism - Treating a Disease with Medicine

Naltrexone and Alcoholism – Treating a Disease with Medicine Alcoholism is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and the statistics are staggering. More than 15 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol use disorder, reports the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ( NIAAA ), and that number falls short because these are just the diagnosed cases. Despite scientific advances, most treatment for alcoholism is still rooted in the 1950’s idea that it’s a moral failure, which requires a spiritual fix. Unfortunately, that approach dismisses new and effective medical treatments for the disease. This is why a growing number of addiction...

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Alcoholism is it a disease or illness?

it a disease or illness and if so, how helpful are these labels? Reading an article, recently, regarding the tragic death of Charles Kennedy and his addiction to alcohol, resulted in a great deal of reflection. Of course, there is the sadness of death, especially in someone as young and gentle as Charles Kennedy. There is no doubt that alcoholism is devastating; gripping decent, loveable, buoyant people. Is alcohol addiction a disease or illness and how helpful are these labels? During the late 1990’s the ‘talk’ from America was that addiction was a disease or illness, the sceptic may say to ensure health insurers, fund treatment. Apparently, the ‘disease’ and...

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Addiction Alcoholism: A Disease that Attacks Body, Mind and Spirit - Recovery First Treatment Center

Addiction & Alcoholism: A Disease that Attacks Body, Mind and Spirit Addiction and alcoholism are unique and especially devastating diseases because they affect the body, the mind and the spirit.  While other diseases are generally either purely mental or purely physical in nature, addiction is both at once and more, and therefore requires very specific and intense types of addiction treatment in order to save the life of the sufferer.  Understanding how this disease can affect so many different aspects of a person’s life is critical in order to foster an environment in which it is easy to get help for drug addiction or alcoholism. Addiction is a Physiological Disease For the sake of...

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Is There a Cure for Alcoholism?

Is There a Cure for Alcoholism? We’re often asked whether there’s a cure for alcoholism. Often this is by a concerned partner or friend, and sometimes it’s by someone who suffers from the disease. Like many diseases, however, the answer lies between yes and no. The problem with alcohol is that the brain doesn’t simply forget. All those days consuming alcohol mean that the brain has become used to copious amounts of alcohol in the body. This results in tolerance and so on. The big question has always been this: If the brain can be rewired to crave alcohol, can it be re-rewired to not crave it again? Almost like an undo button on a word processor. Trouble is, the...

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Dr. Benjamin Rush and His Views on Alcoholism

In 1784, Benjamin Rush, M.D., a noted and influential physician from Philadelphia and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, published his book, Medical Inquiries and Observations upon the Diseases of the Mind. This book included Rush’s views on alcoholism and his forward-thinking ideas on temperance. Rush, the former surgeon general of the Continental Army during the Revolution, was the first prominent physician of his time (and for many years beyond his time) to see alcoholism as a disease and also as a problem that required treatment. He urged the establishment of special hospitals specifically designed to treat alcoholics, which he called “sober houses....

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Is Alcoholism a Sin or a Disease???? - Apologetics - Catholic Answers Forums

The most successful approach to alcoholism has been AA and the 12 step program. The 12 step program does appear similar to prescriptions from previous Christian moralist. Recognition of uncontrolled behavior (the slavery of sin as St. Paul writes) Appeal to a higher power (pray) Cultivation of the opposite behavior i.e abstinence (building a virtue of sobriety through habit) All virtue begins with reason. People stop drinking not because they lost the taste for alcohol or no longer enjoy any pleasure but due to sufficient reason (my life’s a mess, I don’t want to lose my job, wife, family etc) [quote=TCB]Our fallen human nature means that we wil have genetic dispositions to many moral...

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Is alcoholism a disease, or is it just a drink problem? Online Alcohol Therapy

Sometimes the terminology used when talking about alcohol problems can be quite unhelpful. In fact, when using the terms ‘alcoholism’ or ‘alcoholic’ (which everyone does, including this site), the emphasis can be that the problem is with the alcohol itself. But the problem actually stems from the state of mind that the alcohol gives you, not from the chemical as such. The importance that this state of mind takes on for you, the preferability of it despite the huge costs to other parts of your life, that is actually where the problem lies. Similarly, people often refer to alcoholism as a disease. But what actually is a disease? Well, it is “an abnormal condition...

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