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Men’s Alcohol Rehab & Addiction Treatment

What is alcohol?

 Alcohol is classified as a depressant that is legal for use, is socially acceptable, and is the most commonly used drug available. Alcoholic beverages can include beer, wine, spirits, or liqueurs, and each will have the same impact on the body, with variations related to the ethanol percentage per drink.

What impacts does alcohol have?

Alcohol consumption can damage the brain and most body organs, including the heart, liver, and pancreas. It also increases the risk of some cancers, weakens the immune system, puts fetal development at risk, and causes deadly vehicle accidents. Areas of the brain that are especially vulnerable to alcohol-related damage are the cerebral cortex (largely responsible for our higher brain functions, including problem-solving and decision-making), the hippocampus (important for memory and learning), and the cerebellum (important for movement coordination). Drinking in excess can result in alcohol poisoning, and if left untreated, it can be life-threatening. Signs of alcohol poisoning (overdose) include vomiting, loss of consciousness, slowed breathing, and slowed heart rate.

The use of Alcohol can impact the way the brain functions, and the release of and reuptake of specific neurotransmitters responsible for good mental health.  Alcohol can also increase the symptoms of a diagnosed mental health concern, and interfere with medications

Alcohol consumption can increase the reuptake and release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, affecting the entire endocrine system. Depending on the amount of alcohol intake a person may experience feeling calm, sedated, relaxed, have suppressed breathing, and other depressions of the nervous system. Some people may experience agitation and heightened emotions, leading to poor decision making and tragic consequences. The effect on the body’s natural creation of serotonin levels and can leave people feeling depressed and/or anxious when they do not have alcohol in their system.  Extended alcohol use can also lead to a change in the metabolism of serotonin, leading to dependence and adverse withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol can have an impact on one’s physical wellbeing, whether it belong, or short-term use, during use, or post use. Drinking can impact sleep, the gastrointestinal tract, blood clotting, and bone health. Under the influence of alcohol, people may present as unstable on their feet, slurring their words, or experience blurred vision.  It can lead to a lack of inhibitions related to behaviour, impacting decision making. 

What are the alcohol withdrawal risks?

Withdrawal from any substance should be done in consultation with your family doctor or medical professionals.  Clients looking to enter an inpatient treatment facility may require medical intervention to ensure safety during the withdrawal process. Withdrawal from the use of alcohol, if not managed properly can result in seizures, and risk of death. Withdrawal symptoms can include shaking, sweating, nausea or vomiting, headache and hallucination. If you or someone you love wants to stop using alcohol, it is recommended they speak with a medical professional to receive support around safety.

How We Treat Alcohol Addiction
Canadian Health Recovery Centre (CHRC) challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario. CHRC focuses on the underlying issues and root causes that can drive addiction. We treat the whole person through a comprehensive program that includes orthomolecular nutritional therapy, biochemical rebalancing, combined with group and individual counselling, using evidence-based therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and other integrative therapies. We provide psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances, and how to develop out of those patterns and behaviours. We support clients through refusal training, and exposure therapy, to provide the tools and coping strategies needed when/if the situation presents itself where alcohol is being offered, consumed, or served.

At CHRC, we understand that the recovery process requires more than talk therapy. Our program combines counselling delivered by highly skilled psychotherapists, with nutritional therapies tailored to each client, to support both physiological and psychological healing. Our program is not offered by any other treatment centre in Ontario, or throughout Canada.

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