Alcohal Drug Rehab

Alcohol Drug Rehab in Texas

Alcohol Drug Rehab in Texas...Alcohol is a Major Problem In Texas

Alcohol treatment and drug rehab in Texas can be confusing without help from a knowledgeable source. There are many that reach for help and find out that they don't qualify because of one thing or another.. usually insurance or money. It is difficult to get anyone to admit that they need help. When that happens, you need to call us to get the best possible chances of their finding effective treatment so that they aren't caved in and go back to drinking in despondence.

When does casual consumption of alcohol turn to alcohol dependency drinking and finally to biochemically-controlled drinking or alcoholism?

Most people addicted to alcohol can't pinpoint when this change from casual drinking to alcoholism occurred.

Alcohol is a tricky drug, one that draws a thin, usually imperceptible line, between social use and addictive use.

Alcohol addicts rely on alcohol as a key component of their personality - without a drink, they simply cannot "be themselves." In Texas, alcohol has become a cultural phenomenon, unique to Texas and marketed to Texans with that Texas flavor.

If you are like many people, you may drink alcohol occasionally or you may drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a more regular basis. If you are a man, this means that you have no more than two drinks per day; if you are a woman or someone over the age of 65, this means that you have no more than one drink per day.

One drink = 12 oz. beer, 5 oz. wine, 11⁄2 oz. liquor

It is reporte that drinking alcohol at these levels is actually part of preventive medicine and can help certain forms of heart disease. Texas Drug Rehabs has very few calls that are looking for alcohol rehab in Texas, alcohol treatment in Texas or alcohol recovery programs in Texas, that are using alcohol as their only drug of choice. Today we find that there are very few "pure" alcoholics. There are those that choose alcohol as their "drug of choice", but it usually mixed with either psych medications or illicit drugs such as marijuana, or cocaine. It is difficult to find a cocaine or crack user that isn't using alcohol to temper the speedy effects of these substances.

Did you know that even moderate drinking, under certain circumstances, is not risk free? And that if you drink at more than moderate levels, you may be putting yourself at risk for serious problems with your health and problems with family, friends, and coworkers? This web page explains some of the consequences of drinking that you may not have considered.

Some alcohol related problems can occur after drinking over a relatively short period of time. But other problems--such as liver disease, heart disease, certain forms of cancer, and pancreatitis--often develop more gradually and may become evident only after long-term heavy drinking. Women develop alcohol-related health problems after consuming less alcohol than men do over a shorter period of time. Because alcohol affects many organs in the body, long-term heavy drinking puts you at risk for developing serious health problems, some of which are described below.

Alcoholism and alcohol addiction has several key signs and symptoms, and an effective alcoholism addiction treatment program in Texas will address these and more on the way to a successful recovery:

  • Craving--A strong, uncontrolable need, or urge, to drink.
  • Loss of control--Very little control of your alcohol consumption. Not being able to stop drinking once drinking has begun.
  • Physical dependence--demonstrated by withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking.
  • Tolerance--The need to drink greater amounts of alcohol to get "high" or the same alcohol-related effect.

Drinkers who are not alcoholic sometimes do not understand why an alcoholic can't just "use a little willpower" to stop drinking. However, alcoholism has little to do with willpower. Alcoholics are in the grip of a powerful "craving," or uncontrollable need for alcohol that overrides their ability to control their consumption or stop drinking. This need can be as strong or stronger than the need for food or water.

Some people are able to recover from alcoholism without help, but the majority of alcoholics and those addicted to alcohol, need assistance. With alcohol treatment and support, many individuals are able to stop drinking and rebuild their lives.

Many people wonder why some individuals can use alcohol without any addiction problems but others cannot. One important reason may be genetics. There has been arguments on boths sides of this idea for many years. Scientists have found that having an alcoholic family member makes it more likely that if you choose to drink you too may develop alcoholism. Genes, however, are not the whole story. In fact, scientists now believe that certain factors in a person's environment influence whether a person with a genetic risk for alcoholism ever develops the disease. A person's risk for developing alcoholism can increase based on the person's environment, including where and how he or she lives; family, friends, and culture; peer pressure; and even how easy it is to get alcohol. The Big Book of AA (alcoholic anonymous) states that alcoholism is a cunning and baffling disease. Whether it is a diseae or not is open for debate, but alcoholic behavior is definitely cunning and baffling.

More than 2 million Americans suffer from alcohol-related liver disease. Some drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, as a result of long-term heavy drinking. Its symptoms include fever, jaundice (abnormal yellowing of the skin, eyeballs, and urine), and abdominal pain. Alcoholic hepatitis can cause death if drinking continues. If drinking stops, this condition often is reversible. About 10 to 20 percent of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. Alcoholic cirrhosis can cause death if drinking continues. Although cirrhosis is not reversible, if drinking stops, one's chances of survival improve considerably. Those with cirrhosis often feel better, and the functioning of their liver may improve, if they stop drinking. Although liver transplantation may be needed as a last resort, many people with cirrhosis who abstain from alcohol may never need liver transplantation. In addition, treatment for the complications of cirrhosis is available.

Moderate drinking can have beneficial effects on the heart, especially among those at greatest risk for heart attacks, such as men over the age of 45 and women after menopause. But long-term heavy drinking increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some kinds of stroke.

Long-term heavy drinking increases the risk of developing certain forms of cancer, especially cancer of the esophagus, mouth, throat, and voice box. Women are at slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer if they drink two or more drinks per day. Drinking may also increase the risk for developing cancer of the colon and rectum.

Pancreatitis. The pancreas helps to regulate the body's blood sugar levels by producing insulin. The pancreas also has a role in digesting the food we eat. Long-term heavy drinking can lead to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas. This condition is associated with severe abdominal pain and weight loss and can be fatal.

If you have read the above information, than this is just another avenue by which the use of alcohol iinvites problems into peoples lives. The health risk are serious and the legal ramifications are severe. But, if you are experiencing out-of-control drinking, or know someone that is, it is very important that you take responsibility for yourself, your loved ones and your friends by knowing and obeying the laws regarding Driving While Intoxicated in Texas.

The legal limit for intoxication in Texas is .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, drivers can be stopped and cited for impaired driving due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Texas also has a zero tolerance law. For anyone under 21, it is illegal to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol.

Impairment begins with the first drink. Gender, body weight, the number of drinks consumed and the amount of food in one's stomach affect the body's ability to handle alcohol. Women, younger people and smaller people, whether male or female, often have lower tolerances.

If a law enforcement officer asks you to take a blood or breath test to measure how much alcohol is in your system, you should seriously consider complying with his/her request. If you refuse, you are subject to an automatic 180-day driver's license suspension. Punishment for DWI varies depending on the number of times you've been convicted.

If you are convicted of DWI, the penalties are:

up to a $2,000 fine
72 hours to 180 days in jail
driver's license suspension: 90 days to 1 year

up to a $4,000 fine
30 days to 1 year in jail
driver's license suspension: 180 days to 2 years

up to a $10,000 fine
2 to 10 years in penitentiary
driver's license suspension: 180 days to 2 years

These penalties apply to persons that are over 21 years of age. If you are under 21 and found in the possession of alcohol or other drugs your consequences are more limiting. If you are under 21, being caught in the possession of any amount of alcohol or drugs will lead to mandatory penalties.

The PITA Group, Inc. employees Mac McGregor LADC, IC&RC to do their DUI evaluation and assessments. He is one the most qualified evaluators in the nation and can give you an evaluation that arealways well received by the courts and probation officers. Mr. McGregor works on a sliding scale to meet the needs of those that are not working or in school or in the military. You can reach him directly by calling 888-781-7060.

These alcohol facts show the devastating problem alcohol causes in Texas, but it doesn't communicate the numbers of people that choose alcohol over their family, spend the rent at the bar and come home with more lies and justifications that tear at the hearts of one's love, nor does it communicate the pain children in Texas alcoholic families feel when they are promised a "date" with dad at the baseball game, but he doesn't show up or is in bed trying to recover from the bender last night, or the terror in the hearts of children who witness this unreal person screaming and physically abusing their mother, or sometimes father.

It is very difficult for children to think with this Dr. Jeckel and Mr. Hyde idea of their parent(s). Children are learning to survive through your examples, give them the best of lessons so that they can live without the fear that their stable relationships can explode and leaving them wondering "what do I do now?"

Don't let alcohol abuse/addiction cause problems in your loved ones lives, leaving the innocent hearts shaking in fear. Call our counselors Texas Alcohol Rehab and get a handle on these problems before they escalate throughout your family. It is a tough world without the delusion of alcohol and the unreality of the anger that it brings and all under the guise of social drinking and needing to relax. Or the idea that I need my two glasses of wine every night for my heart condition...(most of this is true, but it isn't a physiological heart condition..it is your attempt to warm your heart with a drug..Alcohol)

NO ONE can stand the idea that they have done these types of behaviors to their loved ones, and recognizing that you have will lead you to calling Texas Alcohol Rehab for help or it will certainly lead you to another drink if you don't reach for help. Call us and change the routine!

Look at the percentage of high school students who rode in a car or other vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol and who drove a car or other vehicle when they had been drinking alcohol.

35% of the high school girls had ridden in a car with someone driving who was drinking. 33% of the males had done the same.

12% of the high school students had driven under the influence of alcohol.

This data is for 2009 from the Center for Disease Control's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The latest statistics available from the Texas Department of Health Services on admissions into State Funded State Funded substance Abuse Problems are from 2006. These statistics show that there were 55,440 admissions into state funded substance abuse programs in Texas in 2006. The largest percentage were admitted for abuse of alcohol with 14.550 admissions for alcohol abuse. There were only a little over 6000 admissions for heroin.

Of those admitted for alcohol the average age was 35 and the average age of first use was 20.years old.

These are interesting statistics. In my experience as a drug counselor there are many more calls from people in need of treatment for some type of drug use (heroin, cocaine, meth, crack, etc). The second highest cause of admissions into substance abuse programs in Texas in 2006 were for abuse of amphetamines. This makes sense as meth is definitely a growing problem and I have seen meth often require many treatment episodes.

The large number of alcoholics shows that there may be a need for more treatment beds for alcoholism. Someone who has been addicted to alcohol for a long time usually need long term treatment and many state funded beds cannot offer such treatment. Some treatment centers will say that the treatment of alcoholism is one of the hardest that there is. Alcoholism is often accompanied with heavy depression, anger and guilt and it is important that a treatment program is equipped to deal with all of these or treatment may fail. As with meth alcoholics often go back into treatment many times before the problem is under control. I have heard of alcoholics having done 15 treatment programs and then still having a problem. This could be one of the one of the reasons that the number of persons admitted for alcohol abuse is so high compared to other drugs. The statistics really do not explain the reasoning behind them, thus the speculation.

One thing that these statistics show is that there is a big need for effective treatment. There are some type of programs that are long term that in 70% of cases gets the problem under control through the firsttreatment episode. One thing that is unique about that type of treatment is that they do not "try" lower levels of care but has the alcoholic or drug addict start off with long term treatment so that all aspects of the addiction is treated. I see this as smart and successful as every time someone fails and relapses after treatment, they start believing that they really cannot get well. In these long term programs, the addict walks away with a lot of tools that they can use. They learn life skills that proofs them against reversions and also enables them to actually be successful and happy in their lives.