Alcohol Addiction Effects & Symptoms
If you or a loved one is suffering from the affects of alcohol addiction, BioCare Recovery can help. Our medication-assisted outpatient program for alcoholics includes the use Naltrexone to reduce alcohol cravings.
What is Addiction?
Addiction is a chronic brain disease. It alters the way your brain functions and changes the way you feel, think, and make decisions. Addiction affects both the mind and body, causing physical and behavioral symptoms.
The behavioral effects of alcohol addiction use include:
- Changes in the way you interact with others. This may include damaged or altered relationships with friends, family and coworkers.
- Changes in your feelings about yourself. You may feel guilty after drinking heavily.
- Changes in judgment and decision making. You may do things that you normally wouldn’t while drinking.
The physical effects of alcohol use change the way that your brain reacts and adjusts to the constant presence of alcohol.
- Drinking alcohol causes the brain to release endorphins and dopamine, natural chemicals that cause a euphoric feeling.
- When the euphoric feeling ends, the brain craves it again.
Dependence Develops Over Time
When you drink for a long period of time, your brain develops tolerance by adjusting to the constant presence of alcohol. Stopping alcohol intake abruptly after a long period of use can result in withdrawal. The fear of withdrawal symptoms keeps many who are struggling with addiction from undergoing treatment.
Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Increased heart rate