At this stage, the individual will progress to heavy substance use, leading to the next stage. The brain is connected by millions of nerve cells (neurons) that control feelings, movement, and bodily sensations. Nerve cell action is regulated by neurotransmitters, chemical messengers that carry and balance signals throughout the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that regulates the brain’s reward and impulse control system. This period of clean living could last weeks, months, and even years before a feeling or event triggers the cravings, causing the person to start using again.
One of the three stages of addiction is the binge/intoxication stage. This is the period when someone feels the positive Read More
In particular, the attention of EAPs to mixed alcohol and cocaine problems coincided with the addition of drugs to the scope of the private tier of alcohol treatment providers, with widespread and often highly publicized offerings of combined treatment (chemical dependency) protocols. Court orders or other criminal justice system referrals to treatment are not unknown in private programs, particularly in outpatient modalities (Harrison and Hoffmann, 1988; Hoffmann and Harrison, 1988). But it seems likely that these referrals are mostly drinking/driving rather than drug cases (the published statistics on private programs are dominated by alcohol admissions and do not differentiate motivations by primary substance problem). Threats from employers or family Read More
When you drink too much, you’re more likely to make bad decisions or act on impulse. As a result, you could drain your bank account, lose a job, or ruin a relationship. When that happens, you’re more likely to feel down, particularly if your genes are wired for depression.
It helps people understand events and thought processes that lead to depression and substance misuse. During therapy, you can learn coping mechanisms that can help you return to life without drinking. Your doctor will likely conduct a physical exam and a psychological evaluation. This multi-test approach will help them rule out other conditions that might account for your symptoms. The Read More