By Charles Herrick
Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative, this e-book deals support. the one quantity to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism offers authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions about remedies, suggestion on dealing with the illness, assets of help, and masses extra. Written through a admired psychiatrist, with real sufferer statement, this ebook is a useful source for an individual dealing with the clinical, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.
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Alcohol is a substance that alters perception, selfregard, and mood, generally in positive ways. These effects are highly reliable in that they always occur with alcohol use and are a function of alcohol’s direct physiological affects. Using alcohol is generally associated with environments and people that are social, engaging, and if not festive, then at least pleasant. Also, when the environment is anxiety provoking, alcohol has the ability to reward the user by reducing his or her anxiety. Consequently, with continued use in a specific environment of choice, the positive effects of alcohol become paired with the environment, making the environment immediately attractive and associated with drinking alcohol.
From that simple definition, it appears that no biological or pathophysiological process must be invoked. The addiction may result from the involvement or the pursuit of an activity, rather than on what direct effect the pursuit of the activity may have on the brain. How can gambling or the Internet have the same effects on the brain as opiates or alcohol? There is no receptor specific for gambling or the Internet like there is for opiates or alcohol. Somehow the behavior and the pursuit of an activity take on a life of their own, to the exclusion of all other responsible activities.
People undoubtedly choose to drink, but no one chooses to be an alcoholic. qxd 12/4/06 10:22 AM Page 34 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM Susan’s comment: Delirium tremens (DTs) an acute withdrawal syndrome from alcohol that frequently occurs in alcoholics who have a 10-year (or more) history of heavy drinking. The notion of “eliciting stimuli” is hard to imagine, but I have watched it happen. For example, being in a hospital setting seems to exacerbate Ben’s withdrawal symptoms. After pouring a toxic substance into his body with little to eat for days and subsequently stopping, Ben’s body is completely depleted—like a car running out of gas.
100 Q&A About Alcoholism & Drug Addiction by Charles Herrick