One Drink Is Too Many A Thousand Not Enough
The old AA adage: “One drink is too many a thousand not enough,” refers to the fact that alcoholics who are sober are assumed to return to their evil ways after even a small slip (known as a relapse). This notion is meant to warn AA members to resist temptation lest they find themselves right back where they started. Or worse.
Most research into sobriety considers a person a success only if they remain sober throughout the study period. The follow-up periods last anywhere between 6 months to a year (or sometimes more). Have a drink, and you’ve lost. Game over. No one’s ever really looked at what people who have relapsed actually do after the relapse.
One Drink Is Too Many A Thousand Not Enough
During the light of day, you can say it all day long, “Okay. Last night was a little overboard. That was a bit much. From now on I’m going to control it.” They may decide that tonight three beers are the limit. Or tonight, no drinks. And maybe they actually pull it off. One night without alcohol. Big victory. And then a day passes, maybe two, and after getting home from work and the stress of the past few hours is still welled up on their shoulders and they reach in the fridge. It’s the first one. And the first turns into a second. And then nothing seems to matter anymore. Except more. And more. And more.
The Problem of Trying to Get Sober
Getting sober isn’t easy. For individuals recovering from alcoholism, giving up alcohol is the hardest thing that they may ever do.
Alcohol and Brain Chemistry
Alcohol affects brain chemistry by stimulating the release of chemical messengers that produce feelings of pleasure and well-being. These chemical messengers, known as neurotransmitters, include dopamine, serotonin and opioid peptides.
As the University of Maryland Medical Center points out, the long-term use of alcohol can eventually interfere with your brain’s natural production of dopamine and serotonin.2 Although you might think that alcohol will give you that old euphoric lift, your brain will stop responding to its pleasurable effects.
However, alcohol will continue to affect your nervous system, interfere with your judgment and leave you feeling depressed and physically sick after drinking heavily. Even after alcohol no longer makes you feel good, your body’s dependence on this chemical substance can drive you to keep drinking.
How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?
In its dietary guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises that people who consume alcohol should drink in moderation. Moderate drinking is defined as up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. But someone who’s physically dependent on alcohol will often drink much more than that, in spite of these serious health hazards, including:
- High blood pressure.
- Increased exposure to injury and violence.
- Cirrhosis of the liver.
- Inflammation of the stomach and other digestive tract issues.
- Cancer of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
- Increased risk of premature death.
Rehabilitation Treatment Center Types
Regardless of the type of rehab facility you choose, all three facility types will walk you through a stage of detox – followed by a combination of individual, group or family counseling. A few different types of addiction rehabilitation centers are available to choose from:
- Luxury rehab centers offer residential addiction treatment alongside a wide range of extra, resort-like amenities to help make your recovery process more comfortable.
- Executive rehab centers also offer residential addiction treatment with many high-end luxuries – but these centers also cater to busy professionals by allowing them to maintain an active presence in their workplace during recovery.
- Those seeking more traditional rehab offerings may seek the help of either inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment programs. While these standard recovery programs do not also offer the plush amenities offered in luxury programs, they’re available with a relatively lower price tag – making addiction treatment more affordable for those who need it.
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