Alcohol abuse is the recurring overuse of alcohol despite negative consequences that seriously impact many aspects of the drinker’s life. A pattern of daily, non-stop or binge drinking results in physical harm to the individual’s health, impacts their personal relationships with loved ones, their ability to work and socialise, as well as causing a gradual decline in mental health, often leading to depression.
Abuse of alcohol for various reasons leads to a physical dependance that causes changes in the brain’s reward system to occur, resulting in cravings, overuse, withdrawals – a vicious cycle that’s incredibly hard to break without help.
Alcohol dependance is often subtly accompanied over time by emotional or physical health issues such as depression, anxiety, guilt, regret, infidelity, weight gain, liver toxicity, erratic moods, and many other negative states. It puts a huge strain on family and personal relationships, affects performance at work, leads to loss of motivation, restricted social interaction and sometimes complete withdrawal from life.
Alcohol addiction or dependency is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, psychological, environmental and social factors including:
If you think you or someone you know might be suffering from alcohol addiction, some of the signs to look for include:
Alcohol addiction comes with a whole raft of negative impacts, all of which become worse the longer you drink. For one thing, alcohol abuse can affect your mental health, often leading to anxiety, depression, paranoia, and psychosis. It also affects your short-term physical health in a number of ways including weight gain, sleeping problems and increased susceptibility to infections and chronic disease. And in the long-term alcoholism can cause permanent brain damage, cirrhosis of the liver and a high risk of mouth and throat cancer, stroke and heart failure. And finally, there are the social implications, with an increased risk of relationship breakdown, loss of employment and antisocial, criminal and risk-taking behaviours.
At Palladium Private, our approach to the treatment of alcohol dependency may be different to anything you may have tried before. We consider alcohol abuse to be a coping mechanism and that people who deal with stress properly and have a healthy level of self-worth are unlikely to abuse alcohol, even if they have the gene for alcoholism. So if you have underlying stress conditions and they are not identified and corrected, you will always turn to alcohol in times of despair or trauma.
The Palladium Private Program provides a set of coping mechanisms that can be used to break this cycle permanently. These include reprocessing old events to deal with grief and regret and learning how to measure self-esteem and self-worth properly — both of which make for an incredibly effective combination. We cannot change what happens to you in life, but we can teach you how to react to life events in a different way, which will cut off this cycle of behaviour at its source.
Our personal, tailored BioPsychoSocial programs are designed to empower you to deal with
issues in your life including: