Beer Addiction

beer addiction

Beer Addiction: Yes, It’s Real

There are several pernicious myths out there about drinking that work to prevent people from getting the help they need with alcoholism. Though many have been revealed to be thoroughly untrue and largely discredited, one of the biggies that remain is you can’t get addicted to beer. Alternately put as just drinking beer can’t make you an alcoholic.

Not true.

Beer addiction is real and alcoholism can be feed by beer alone.

These are simple yet profound truths that need to be repeated often so people feel start to feel more comfortable talking about their problems with controlling their beer consumption.

It’s already tough enough to struggle with alcoholism, it’s even worse if you feel isolated to the point that you don’t seek assistance or treatment because your addiction isn’t perceived as “real” by friends and family.

Beer Addiction and Alcoholism

The type of alcohol you consume isn’t what defines alcoholism. It bears repeating: the type of alcohol you consume is not what defines alcoholism.

As Mayo Clinic notes, “alcohol use disorder (which includes a level that’s sometimes called alcoholism) is a pattern of alcohol use that involves problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect, or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking.”

Nothing in that definition, or any definition you’ll find, makes an exception for beer.

Nonetheless, beer remains the most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet, being one of the oldest drinks that people created. It’s no wonder its consumption is therefore normalized in the extreme.

Beer addiction presents itself as other any other form of addiction would, and the Mayo Clinic sums that up nicely. Recognizing these symptoms of alcoholism as a larger problem that needs attention is often a problem because of the degree to which society looks at beer as innocuous and innocent.

When we strip it down to brass tacks the same ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the agent which causes intoxication and that’s created during fermentation, is found in all alcoholic beverages, from beer to wine to spirits. Just in different concentrations. So, if our bodies are all simply reacting to same ethyl alcohol then of course beer can, and does, lead to addiction and alcoholism. Same as it could for wine or hard liquors.

It’s the amount of alcohol, not the type that matters.

Can You Be an Alcoholic Drinking Beer?

“It’s just one beer” or “I don’t even drink every day!” or “I can cut back whenever I want”. The excuses we tell ourselves about beer are the same that other addicts tell themselves and the outside world about their own addiction issues.

It’s all denialism.

Drinking too much beer can absolutely lead to being an alcoholic. It’s a cascading effect as drinking beer feeds the cravings and leads to the inability to stop that define alcoholism.

Heavy drinking, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is 15 drinks or more per week for men and 8 for women. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism adds that heavy alcohol use is considered 4 or more drinks on any day for men and 3 for women.

Prolonged beer-drinking above those levels can easily have you slip into the world of addiction as your body grows accustomed to that level of alcohol in the system and begins to crave more. 

Get Help with Alcohol

Alcoholism, and particularly beer addiction, is not something you need to tackle and overcome on your own. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable or alone in this, reach out to us at Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network and let’s talk about the effect’s beer has had on your life. Our advisors can connect you with a treatment program that fits your needs.

Addiction Group Therapy

group therapy for addiction

All recovery and treatment centers have plenty of tools at their disposal, it’s the nature of the work. In fact, it’s really because of those varied treatment methods that rehabs are able to achieve the life-changing results they do. The beauty of having a great many options is that it makes it possible for treatment centers to create a highly tailored strategy for each individual suffering through substance abuse addiction that comes through their doors.

Some people just respond better to particular methods of treatment and the key is creating a combination of options and a plan of attack to tackle the underlying issues from all sides. A broad and multifaceted approach that strives to work wonders.

Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network knows depending on the person, group therapy for substance abuse can be a powerful and revelatory part of the process.

What Is Addiction Group Therapy?

The definition is right in the name, group therapy is the idea of getting people together, under the guidance of a trained professional, to try and work through the similar issues they’re all facing, together. By sharing details of their experience in a safe and protected environment and listening to others tell comparable stories, participants end up coming out with a better understanding of themselves.

They get a deeper and more nuanced understanding of their own substance abuse by way of others.

Benefits of Group Therapy for Substance Abuse

The potential upside with group therapy is massive. Just the simple act of sharing things with people outside of your one on one counseling sessions, getting it off your chest to more than an audience of one, pays dividends.

Nothing can replicate the strong community-building aspect that comes from being able to analyze experiences with people that can truly relate.

Often substance abuse becomes an isolating part of one’s life. Relationships and bridges get burned in the process and people fade by the wayside. Getting that next fix is the only goal. In group therapy, you’re with people that have lived through those same situations and have had those feelings of isolation consume them. As conversations evolve, that sense of being alone you’ve felt begins to fade away in the comfort and company of others.

Meanwhile, having those tough talks lead to the formation of strong bonds, the building blocks of meaningful relationships. The people you meet in group therapy could very well become part of your sober network once you leave rehab.

Seeing others succeed and progress in their own recovery journey brings with it its own positive energy. Their success inspires you to strive harder for your own with group therapy becoming a potent motivator.

Additionally, the continuous positive feedback and support from your peers and therapists are game changers.

 

On top of all of that, you’re learning healthy ways to cope with the trigger’s life inevitably will throw your way.

Being equipped with that type of concrete and actionable knowledge as well as a solid foundation of support means that group therapy can help with your self-confidence and self-worth. The encouragement functions to balloon your optimism.

The litany of benefits to group therapy far outweighs any type of trepidation you might have in getting involved.

Where to Find Group Therapy for Drug Addiction

If group therapy sounds like just the ticket for you or a family member or friend in need but you aren’t sure where to start your search for finding the perfect fit, don’t worry. Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network in southern California can help you sift through what can feel like an overwhelming amount of options and get you into a facility that suits you best. Get in touch with one of our advisors today to learn more.

Holistic Addiction Treatment and Therapy

holistic addiction treatment

Addiction treatment isn’t necessarily a rigid framework. Sure, some big-ticket, broad boxes need to be checked in any treatment program, like getting through detox, for example. Inpatient, outpatient, behavioral, etc. treatment are standards as well. Inside those large silos is a lot of wiggle room though because the treatment process is always suited to individual needs.

That means a lot of rehab facilities are starting to embrace holistic addiction treatment therapies. These don’t replace the traditional, time-honored approaches to addiction but work as add-ons or compliments that often work to improve the results. The reason being is that they break things down to an even more thoroughly personal experience. Treatment centers often use the word “holistic”, when they offer alternative therapies, it’s a good sign they mean it. At Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network’s drug addition center in California, we’d like to share with you more information regarding holistic addiction treatment. 

Types of Holistic Addiction Treatment

 

Yoga & Mindfulness

It’s become increasingly common to see some type of mindfulness training, most often yoga, being added to holistic treatment for drug addiction and it’s quite clear to see why. Yoga forces a patient to focus their mind on their breathing and their bodies. It’s very deliberate in the way it commands your attention.

According to the American Holistic Health Association it can “contribute to a greater sense of control in more acute states when experiencing cravings, insomnia, and agitation”. Connecting your body and mind, in other words, creates a stronger sense of self-discipline and can reduce stress in moments when triggered.

 

Art Therapy

Let’s quickly address the elephant in the room, you don’t have to be a good artist or even an artist at all to get the substantial benefits of art therapy. This type of holistic addiction treatment is really meant to promote and celebrate self-expression. It focuses the mind on the process of creation and the emotions associated with it.

 

Biofeedback

This has a more futuristic feel to it. During a biofeedback session, electrical sensors are attached to a patient to measure various processes in the body. There are many methods, some of the more familiar measures; brain waves (EEG), heart rate (ECG) and muscle contraction (EMG).

The idea is that there are certain, involuntary functions that a person can gain control of through the use of biofeedback therapy. It can help you with things like; anxiety, blood pressure, headaches, swearing and more related to your addiction.

 

Acupuncture 

Your mind may have gone straight to acupuncture when you read the headline. It’s understandable. Acupuncture is possibly the most visible and certainly the most eye-catching of the alternative therapies out there. You see it offered in spas and on cruise ships these days.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice and involves inserting thin needles into strategic points on the body, the goal of the procedure is to balance the flow of energy or chi.  Addiction throws the energy of your body totally out of whack and this is a chemical-free way to encourage a realignment of sorts. Acupuncture has also anecdotally been linked to increases in dopamine which is a positive as that’s the chemical associated with pleasure.

 

Fine Holistic Addiction Treatment With Us

This is just a small sample of the many holistic treatments for drug addiction available. It’s a whole new facet of treatment and you’re well within your rights to feel a little overwhelmed by having so many choices. That said, you don’t need to do the research alone, at Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network’s California recovery center, a certified advisor, well versed in all these therapies and more who can walk you through each. Not just a surface, 30,000-foot view either, an in-depth discussion on what each one is and if it’s right for you or your loved one. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

How to Identify a Meth Addict

how to identify a meth addict

Crystal meth aka ice, glass, crank, speed and a whole host of other names, is shorthand for crystal methamphetamine. No matter what you call it, the fact of the matter is that it’s an incredibly addictive stimulant which affects the central nervous system. Crystal meth causes dopamine to flood the brain, which leads to potent feelings of euphoria and pleasure. This is an experience so powerful that it can hook users extremely quickly and have them seeking the high aggressively. It can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected, and the method of intake and administration can dramatically affect the intensity of the high.

The binge-crash pattern is also notable; the intense pleasure is followed by feelings of depression and tiredness, which are accompanied by severe cravings when the drug wears off.

Methamphetamine is not something that occurs naturally, it’s a purely man-made drug and aside from dire effects on the person taking it, the production of meth is itself a wildly dangerous operation that involves dangerous chemicals, and the very real possibility of causing explosions.

How Does It Affect a Meth Addict’s Body?

To put it in no uncertain terms, crystal meth devastates the body. You’ve likely seen the photos of people suffering from a crystal meth addiction, that show the before and after of the horrors of prolonged methamphetamine use. They make for a difficult, but ultimately sobering viewing and provide the most powerful insight into the scourge of this drug.

Given the ubiquity of those pictures, the effects on the face of long term crystal meth use are the most well-known and clear. Serious tooth decay. Constant grinding wears down teeth. The general neglect of personal hygiene leads to erosion of the gums.

Users can experience liver, kidney and lung damage and permanent damage to blood vessels. Depending on how the drug is ingested, someone who is addicted to crystal meth for a prolonged period can destroy tissue in their nose if snorted, have breathing issues if smoked or develop infections, diseases and abscesses if injected.

On top of that, crystal meth has a drastic effect on appetites to weight loss and malnutrition accompany and exacerbate the degradation of the body.

Signs of a Crystal Meth Addiction

A crystal meth addiction isn’t something that necessarily sneaks up on you. The good news is it can be spotted before it gets way out of control. If you’re concerned your loved one may be addicted to meth, there are a number of signs and symptoms to look for that can clue you in.

  • Disregard for their appearance, hygiene or grooming
  • Sores on their skin or picking at it obsessively
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss that’s rapid or extreme
  • Twitchiness and facial tics
  • Erratic movement 
  • Mood swings or outburst
  • Paranoia
  • Increasingly unusual sleeping patterns

Additionally, if someone has used too much meth; seizures, heart attacks and heart attack-like symptoms (i.e. chest pain) and heatstroke are possible, and require immediate attention.

How to Get Help

Given its highly addictive nature, crystal meth is very much among the hardest drug addictions to treat. It’s just so utterly potent. That being said, getting clean from crystal meth is without a doubt doable, but not a task to be undertaken on your own. The psychological pull and drive to continue using crystal meth is something that requires dedicated and knowledgeable professional intervention.

With the right treatment and support program, it’s possible for anyone to get through a crystal meth addiction. At Lake Arrowhead Recovery Network, we truly understand the importance of finding an addiction treatment program that suits your needs. Get in touch with us, talk to one of our certified advisors who knows this process intimately, and we will provide treatment options specific to what will help you the most.

Contact us today. Don’t wait, take action today, addiction to crystal meth only gets worse when left untreated.