Drugs are chemical substances which alter the body and brain cell’s chemical composition. This changes their functions which in general alters the way the whole body and brain functions.

Drug classification

Drugs are classified into prescription and recreational drugs. Prescription drugs are drugs given for treatment of diseases and are issued with intake instructions. Recreational drugs, on the other hand are drugs taken for leisure only and do not have with them intake instruction- their intake is regulated by morality and how much the user/ abuser feels they can take at any given time.


Alcohol is a recreational drug because it is not issued with any intake instructions and is only taken for leisure. Alcohol is also available and affordable in most places and has limited possession and use regulations.

Actually, most authorities only restrict the handling of other things, especially things that could endanger the life of the individual and other human beings, while under the influence of alcohol.

Alcohol is a depressant psychoactive drug. Depressants drugs slow the central nervous system and brain functions by inhibiting or distorting signal transmission. Prescription depressant drugs are used for treating pain and reducing body and mind hyperactivity.

Alcohol has the same effects as theses other depressant drugs such as sleeping medications (e.g. zolpidem, known by the brand name Ambien – see video below this article) and is abused (taken in extremely high amounts and very frequently) due to the effect it has on the mind as well as slowing the brain’s activities; making events around the person seem to pause temporarily until the effects wear off. Alcohol also numbs pain in addition to reducing appetite, sleep, slowing breathing and heart rate etc.


Massachusetts, like many other places all over the world, is experiencing a rising rate in alcoholism as people, in an effort to escape from the global recession, loss of jobs and other financial and social problems, sink into the drink. Increased abuse increases tolerance for the drug, forcing the individual to need more for the same effects they achieved previously by drinking less.

Increased tolerance will, with time, develop a dependence for alcohol and this will often later develop into addiction. Alcoholism is alcohol addiction and it comes with its own adverse effects in the life of the alcoholic and the lives of those close to them.

Alcoholism treatment facility/center

Alcoholism can be treated and addicts are helped to safely quit the drink and overcome whatever factors predispose them to it. There are many treatment facilities for alcoholism and they all help the addict get safe detoxification and therapy.

Treatment facility: the basics

For a facility/center to be able to cater to alcoholics and successfully treat their dependence, the center needs to have:

  • A non-judgmental environment
  • Staff who are optimistic that the alcoholics coming in can actually be treated and get better
  • A qualified and experienced detoxification doctor who can assess the physical symptoms of the aindividual and the withdrawal symptoms, hence choose the right treating drug when necessary
  • A substance abuse counselor who is able to help the addicts deal with other social and non-physical factors which have led to their addiction and also factors which can drive them back to the drug once they stop drinking

Treatment program

Alcoholism treatment is done by withdrawing the drink from the alcoholic and treating the resultant withdrawal symptoms, often with another drug. Treatment also entails counseling to help them uncover other problems which are directly or indirectly linked to their alcohol abuse and hence addiction.

If you are in need of locating alcoholism treatment centers in Massachusetts, or have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to dial our toll free hotline 800-281-9728 to speak with a specialist about locations of facilities, or anything else you need or want to talk about. We’re here 24/7 to give you the assistance you need.