Alcohol Interventions must be tailored to the individual and any potential co occurring disorders. If you’re losing someone to an alcohol addiction, talk to a Alcohol Addiction Intervention Specialist.
We have over 20 years of knowledge surrounding alcoholism, drug addiction, mental health disorders and recovery. Speak with an experienced intervention specialist today and receive a private consultation: 800-980-3927
Drinking too much – on a single occasion or over time – can take a serious toll on your health. Here’s how alcohol can affect your body:
Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including:
Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle
Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat
High blood pressure
Research also shows that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may protect healthy adults from developing coronary heart disease.
Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including:
Steatosis, or fatty liver
Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the:
Drinking too much can weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body’s ability to ward off infections – even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.
Drugs contain chemicals that tap into the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information. There are at least two ways that drugs cause this disruption: (1) by imitating the brain’s natural chemical messengers and (2) by overstimulating the “reward circuit” of the brain.
Some drugs (e.g., marijuana and heroin) have a similar structure to chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are naturally produced by the brain. This similarity allows the drugs to “fool” the brain’s receptors and activate nerve cells to send abnormal messages.
Other drugs, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, can cause the nerve cells to release abnormally large amounts of natural neurotransmitters (mainly dopamine) or to prevent the normal recycling of these brain chemicals, which is needed to shut off the signaling between neurons. The result is a brain awash in dopamine, a neurotransmitter present in brain regions that control movement, emotion, motivation, and feelings of pleasure. The overstimulation of this reward system, which normally responds to natural behaviors linked to survival (eating, spending time with loved ones, etc.), produces euphoric effects in response to psychoactive drugs. This reaction sets in motion a reinforcing pattern that “teaches” people to repeat the rewarding behavior of abusing drugs.
As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit. The result is a lessening of dopamine’s impact on the reward circuit, which reduces the abuser’s ability to enjoy not only the drugs but also other events in life that previously brought pleasure. This decrease compels the addicted person to keep abusing drugs in an attempt to bring the dopamine function back to normal, but now larger amounts of the drug are required to achieve the same dopamine high—an effect known as tolerance.
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Long-term abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems and circuits as well. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the brain attempts to compensate, which can impair cognitive function. Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. Together, these changes can drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively despite adverse, even devastating consequences.
If you are unable to convince someone you care about to get help – or feel like you are losing them to a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem, Intervention Specialist Carmine Thompson and his Treatment Team can help.
There are effective ways to engage those who are suffering. Intervention Allies facilitates and coaches others on how to successfully plan, stage and perform alcohol, substance abuse, drug addiction, eating disorder and mental health disorder interventions.
Their evidence based intervention model includes developing strategies, solutions, treatment options, rehab suggestions, counseling and assistance through all phases of a person’s recovery.
Intervention Specialist Carmine Thompson has a 98% success rate. He is clearly one of the most skillful interventionists in this country. He and his treatment team have been helping families for over 20 years.
It is Carmine Thompson’s philosophy that when someone is suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and/or a mental health disorder, wisdom compels us to take proactive measures to help them before something inevitably worse happens.
Begin the healing process and let us provide you with a private consultation today by calling: 800-980-3927
If someone you care about is telling you no, I won’t go to treatment, I don’t need help, the problem isn’t that bad – or acknowledges they need help, but doesn’t follow up on getting it – you are in the right place. Without competent assistance, dealing with destructive behaviors can leave families discouraged or convinced that nothing can be done. Fortunately, these are the exact type of difficulties we are trained to deal with when encountering addiction and mental illness.
Our experienced Intervention Specialists provide expert support and guidance every step of the way. The techniques we’ve developed have improved current intervention methods used throughout the industry today. Our evidenced-based model has significantly reduced further damage from occurring to already strained relationships, while substantially increasing the odds of getting those suffering from life-threatening conditions successfully into treatment centers and residential rehabs.
In fact, every family that has sought our assistance has told us they were either met with resistance, excuses, denial or minimization when they approached their loved one with getting help. Meanwhile, almost every one of these same families were later told by their loved one, “okay, I’m willing to go to treatment” after allowing us to stage and facilitate their loved one’s intervention.
By focusing our attention on interrupting the powerful hold taking place within the limbic system (complex area of the brain that supports a variety of functions; including emotion, behavior, motivation and long-term memory), we specifically address what’s preventing someone from accepting professional care. Our experienced Intervention Specialists are adept at pinpointing the blocks, breaking through denial and systematically dealing with the irrational thinking that affects a person’s decision making abilities.
When a person’s thoughts and decision making abilities are impaired, wisdom compels us to take proactive measures – despite their resistance or implausible excuses about receiving help. The harm being caused to their brain’s structure, along with other risk-factors may one day have irreparable repercussions, so doing nothing is not the answer.
We know from our own personal accounts how distressing it is for families to watch their loved one struggle with alcoholism, drug addiction and/or a mental disorder. We also know how debilitating it is to be the one consumed by a chronic illness. This insightful vantage point has allowed us to truly understand the pain, suffering and desperation each side undergoes.
Prior to staging an intervention, we meet with the intervention participants and provide them with clear instructions on what to say and do. Any foreseeable errors or distractions are carefully examined during this pre-intervention or dress rehearsal meeting. After our strategy is formulated, we then meet with your loved one and present them with a dignified solution to treating their medical condition.
In our initial phone interview, we will discuss relevant issues in order to do a thorough evaluation. Once a comprehensive profile is factored in, a strategy will be developed that is tailored around your loved one’s particular situation. Cost, logistics, time frame and any other questions or concerns you have will also be answered.
Finding the right intervention specialist is the most important first step to ensuring the person you care about receives proper health care. Families, friends, employers colleagues and co-workers are encouraged to reach out to us. Trying to manage destructive behaviors and/or mental health related conditions without professional assistance can potentially be fatal. Addiction and mental health disorders are complex, and often pose challenges when it comes to the person accepting help, being properly diagnosed and following treatment plans. Aligning yourself to a qualified professional who understands the serious nature of drug addictions and the mental health related components many sufferers experience is critical.
If someone you care about needs help, take the next step… Move forward – because without change – it will not get better.
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