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Effects of Alcohol Dependence


Did you know multiple studies show a vast number of people who suffer from mental health disorders also endure a co-occuring substance abuse disorder? An estimated 33% of people diagnosed with a depressive disorder are also diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder or alcoholism. Unfortunately, alcohol is commonly used as a crutch to deal with stressors and poor mental health.



 Did you know multiple studies show a vast number of people who suffer from mental health disorders also endure a co-occuring substance abuse disorder? An estimated 33% of people diagnosed with a depressive disorder are also diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder or alcoholism. Unfortunately, alcohol is commonly used as a crutch to deal with stressors and poor mental health.       Effects of Alcohol Dependence 	There are a number of harmful side effects to alcohol abuse. Alcohol overdose is a serious condition that occurs when there is an excessive amount of alcohol in the bloodstream preventing basic life functions. While there is a misconception in society that short-term alcohol abuse is not harmful, an alcohol overdose can occur in a single episode of alcohol abuse and is extremely dangerous. Alcohol is a depressant. Short-term effects include memory loss, balance issues, and impaired speech.  	Long-term misuse of alcohol causes changes in brain function including reducing the size of neurons.  Misuse of alcohol also can result in detrimental damage to the organs including an inflamed liver and pancreatitis. Alcohol causes dehydration, gastrointestinal inflammation, disrupted sleep, headaches, and withdrawal symptoms similar to substance abuse. Data from more than one thousand studies from the Cancer Institute have also linked long-term alcohol abuse to an increased risk of certain cancers. The results of these studies pointed to an increased risk of melanoma, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. Alcohol doesn't affect your body for a day - effects last a lifetime.    Encourage Loved Ones to Pursue Recovery 	Do you know someone who is suffering from a combination of poor mental health, increased stress, and alcoholism? You can advocate for someone struggling with alcohol dependence and depression by offering them a listening ear, researching local treatment options, and encouraging that person to pursue recovery. Be the light that they need in their life. Provide a supportive home environment that is free from temptations. Studies conducted by the Recovery Research Institute have shown that abstinence-based treatment is best for people suffering from alcohol dependence.  	For people who are eager to change their lives and learn healthy ways to combat their depression, there are many options outside of drinking. Aspen Ketamine Center can guide you through the process of starting ketamine infusions, nutrition therapy, meditation and yoga, as well as counseling with an addiction and substance use disorder specialist. Reach out to the professionals at Aspen Ketamine Center to start your journey towards recovery and overall wellness.


Effects of Alcohol Dependence

There are a number of harmful side effects to alcohol abuse. Alcohol overdose is a serious condition that occurs when there is an excessive amount of alcohol in the bloodstream preventing basic life functions. While there is a misconception in society that short-term alcohol abuse is not harmful, an alcohol overdose can occur in a single episode of alcohol abuse and is extremely dangerous. Alcohol is a depressant. Short-term effects include memory loss, balance issues, and impaired speech.


Long-term misuse of alcohol causes changes in brain function including reducing the size of neurons. Misuse of alcohol also can result in detrimental damage to the organs including an inflamed liver and pancreatitis. Alcohol causes dehydration, gastrointestinal inflammation, disrupted sleep, headaches, and withdrawal symptoms similar to substance abuse. Data from more than one thousand studies from the Cancer Institute have also linked long-term alcohol abuse to an increased risk of certain cancers. The results of these studies pointed to an increased risk of melanoma, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. Alcohol doesn't affect your body for a day - effects last a lifetime.



Encourage Loved Ones to Pursue Recovery

Do you know someone who is suffering from a combination of poor mental health, increased stress, and alcoholism? You can advocate for someone struggling with alcohol dependence and depression by offering them a listening ear, researching local treatment options, and encouraging that person to pursue recovery. Be the light that they need in their life. Provide a supportive home environment that is free from temptations. Studies conducted by the Recovery Research Institute have shown that abstinence-based treatment is best for people suffering from alcohol dependence.


For people who are eager to change their lives and learn healthy ways to combat their depression, there are many options outside of drinking. Aspen Ketamine Center can guide you through the process of starting ketamine infusions, nutrition therapy, meditation and yoga, as well as counseling with an addiction and substance use disorder specialist. Reach out to the professionals at Aspen Ketamine Center to start your journey towards recovery and overall wellness.



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