Missouri

BeerAlcohol is one of the most abused substances in Missouri. The fact that it is legal, available in many various places and that its only major restrictions are age-related makes it more prone to abuse. This is of course the situation in each state across the nation

Depressant drugs

Alcohol belongs to the class of drugs called depressant psychoactive drugs. These are drugs which slow the functioning of the brain and the central nervous system.

In effect, they induce drowsiness which reduces the mind’s capacity to think, concentrate/ focus and perceive the real events happening around the person. Automatic body processes such as breathing, digestion, liver and kidney functions, heart rate, respiration etc. are often slowed to the point that the body experiences low blood pressure, reduced body temperature and insufficient energy to sustain its activities properly among others.

Alcohol abuse

Drug abuse is any intake of drugs against prescription (for prescription drugs which are issued for treatment of illnesses) while it is the excessive intake of recreational drugs (drugs which are only taken for leisure and have no special intake instructions in terms of dosages and frequencies). Alcohol falls under recreational drugs and its abuse consists of taking too much of it before and even after the body and mind has developed dependence for it; it’s also taking it frequently and often one ‘s responsibilities are neglected, and a number of other troubles often transpire.

Alcoholism

Alcohol addiction is referred to as alcoholism and it develops from abuse; which results in an increased tolerance and physical dependence. Increased and prolonged alcohol intake reduces the effects that regular amounts have on the body; a state called increased tolerance which forces one to take more of it to have the same effects.

Increased tolerance then develops into physical dependence, whereby the body and mind are used to it and cannot function optimally without it; or mild withdrawal symptoms are experienced. This further (if no intervention is put in place to stop the abuse of alcohol) leads to addiction – a state of perpetual psychological and physical thirst for the drug characterized by moderate to very serious withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is withdrawn.

Withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include: headaches, raised heart beat, increased respiration rate, sweating, inability to think or concentrate, vision problems etc. These withdrawal symptoms can be very severe or moderate depending on the degree of addiction the addict has for the drug. The lesser the person is addicted, the less the intensity of symptoms and the easier it will be for that person to get treated and quit drinking.

treatmentAlcoholism treatment center in Missouri

Missouri has several facilities/ centers where people can get treated for their alcoholism. Each or any treatment facility should have above everything else: a qualified medical doctor, who will carry out the detoxification program, and a qualified and licensed substance abuse counselor, who will help the alcoholic deal with the all other factors underlying their alcohol abuse and addiction, as well as help them overcome the withdrawal symptoms and stay sober.

Detoxification is the perhaps most important part of treatment, though therapy/ counseling is as important in the long term process of recovery. Detoxification is the process of cleansing the system of alcohol. it is done through withdrawal (gradually as abrupt withdrawal can result in severe withdrawal symptoms) and treatment of withdrawal symptoms, often by the use of a medication.

Therapy is counseling given to the addict, alone or in groups to help them understand their addiction as well as address whatever issues that led to their alcohol abuse and hence addiction. Therapy can be one pillar of one’s foundation of recovery, and that coupled with efforts on the part of the individual, along with accepting help, they have a great chance of getting sober and remaining that way.