Treatment for Alcohol Poisoning

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Alcohol Poisoning Treatment

What is alcohol poisoning?

Alcohol poisoning occurs when a person drinks a toxic amount of alcohol, usually over a short period of time (binge drinking). Being poisoned by alcohol can damage your health or even put your life in danger.

What are the symptoms of Alcohol poisoning?

Acute alcoholism has its shortcomings come what may. One chilling example is that when an alcoholic over-consumes his/her beverage to the point of alcoholic poisoning. According to the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS), this phenomenon happens when the alcoholic drinks a toxic amount of alcohol, over a short period of time resultant of his/ her bout of binge drinking. [1]

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that each year brings 2,200 deaths relating to alcohol poisoning with an average of 6 deaths per day in the U.S. alone. [2] This is an alarming rate if anything and points to the fact that we need to take acute alcoholism seriously. People with alcoholic tendencies and problems need help expediently. Moreover, those who are presenting symptoms of alcohol poisoning need immediate intervention in order to save the many lives yet to be lost by this harbinger of death.

Symptoms of Alcohol Poisoning. [3]

Here is what to watch out for if you or your loved one has alcohol poisoning:

·         Confusion

·         Severely Slurred Speech

·         Loss of Coordination

·         Vomiting

·         Irregular/Slow breathing

·         Hypothermia – Showing pale/blue-tinged skin caused by low body temperature.

·         Stupor – Being conscious but immobile.

·         Passing out and being unconscious

 

Inevitably, all these conditions will lead to coma, brain damage, and an eventual death if left untreated. 

 Complications as a result of Vomiting![4]

One of the most serious signs of alcohol poisoning is excessive vomiting. This can pose a number of complications, which are as follows:

 1)      Choking – As a result of of gag reflex depression due to severe alcohol intake, many do choke on their own vomit during the process of alcohol poisoning. The risk increases if one has passed out.

2)      Asphyxiation – This means that one has stopped breathing usually as a result of choking.

3)      Severe Dehydration – Vomiting can lead to severe dehydration, which leads to fast heart rates and dangerously low blood pressure.

4)      Seizures – Blood sugar levels may drop to cause seizures.

 A to Do List – If suspected that you or your loved one has alcohol poisoning. [5]

With the symptoms that are clear to see, you or your loved one will need to be supported until such help appears to aid in the recovery of the person experiencing this malady. Below is a list of what to do when such suspicions of alcohol poisoning arise:

 

i) First things first, call the local emergency number. Get help immediately and don’t ever assume that people recover from alcohol poisoning by sleeping it off.

ii) Next, be prepared to provide personal information. If you or your loved one knows how much alcohol was consumed, let the emergency personnel know details relating to the alcohol intake such as the amounts taken and when the last drink was.

iii) Don’t leave an unconscious person alone – A person experiencing alcohol poisoning may vomit. Due to a depressed gag reflex, he/she may choke on his/her vomit. This may cause asphyxiation or difficulty breathing. Therefore, it is ill-advised to encourage vomiting before help arrives.

iv)Help the person who is vomiting – Keep the person vomiting seated up or erect. If the person needs to lie down, position their head to the side. This position will help prevent the person from choking. Also, keep the person awake to prevent loss of consciousness.

 Who is at risk? [6]

Different people are at different risk levels for alcohol poisoning. Below is a list of risk factors to alcohol poisoning:

·         One’s size and weight

·         Health

·         State of food intake – has the person in question eaten recently or not?

·         Drug combination – has the person in question been combining drugs with alcohol?

·         The percentage of alcohol in the beverage drunk.

·         The rate and amount of alcohol consumption.

·         Alcohol tolerance

 

Prevention NOT Cure!

Like all traumatic events, the idea is to prevent such unfortunate circumstances from happening rather than be in the place of having to deal with an occurrence of such instances. You or your loved one struggling with alcoholism need not experience the horrors of alcohol poisoning. Instead, if you suspect a loved one or yourself with traits or a possibility of incurring a bout of poisoning, seek help immediately! Don’t delay! We at Solace Sabah can assist you in detoxifying from alcohol and treat you from the disease of alcoholism. If you are one of those who are experiencing alcohol poisoning as you are reading this, seek immediate help! Again, if it is possible to come to Solace Sabah, we can assist you even in the event of alcohol poisoning. We are aligned with a local hospital, who can then treat you for your presenting ailments. Choose life over addiction and live for life!

Alcohol is the mess, not the solution!

Did you know alcohol uses up the natural chemicals in your brain? These chemicals are vital to reducing anxiety and lifting your mood. So you can easily be trapped in a vicious cycle of drinking, believing that it is a pleasurable experience without realizing you’re probably just making the problem worse.

Alcohol lowers the levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical that helps to regulate your mood. Additionally, instead of restoring your vital organs and cells while you sleep, your body has to work harder than normal to break down all the alcohol in your system. When alcohol interferes with your normal sleep patterns, your energy levels will sink. Your moods will start fluctuating as a result of drinking since alcohol directly depresses your central nervous system.

Furthermore, it is important to know that when you drink, you narrow your perception of a situation. If you are prone to anxiety and you notice something that could be interpreted as threatening in the environment, you will hone in on that and miss the other less threatening or neutral details.  For example, you might focus on your partner talking to someone you are jealous of, rather than noticing all the other people with whom you have been chatting to that evening. Hence, your perception and clarity of reality becomes somewhat warped.

Soon after drinking alcohol, your brain processes slow down and your memory becomes heavily impaired. After large quantities of alcohol, the brain stops recording into the ‘memory store’. That’s why you wake up the next day with no recall of what you said, did or even where you were. This short-term memory loss is called a ‘black-out.’It does not mean that your brain cells have been damaged, but that frequent bouts of drinking can have long-term effects on your memory. Even on the days when you are not drinking any alcohol, recalling what you did yesterday, or even where you were earlier that day, becomes difficult.

To understand how alcohol affects every organ of the body, click here - http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body

What is the solution?

There are only two options you could face, if you find yourself addicted to alcohol but are unwilling to do anything about it: You could either die from alcoholism or go to jail. There are no happy endings with active addiction to alcohol. However, if you wish to do something about it, you could visit an institute: a hospital or a rehabilitation center. You would perhaps say that coming to us is equivalent to going to jail, but at Solace Sabah, we treat you, not punish you.

How do we treat you?

We teach you to derive pleasure out of the simple things in life and not obtain pleasure from abusing alcohol. We stabilize the artificial reward system of your brain and make you realize that you don’t need intoxication to be happy. To achieve this, we make sure we do not treat you as though you have committed a crime. Healing cannot be achieved by punitive measures - shaming people about their addiction. Just like how if you suffer a stroke and lose the ability to speak or move, you would be sent to a speech therapist or a physical therapist by your family. The same applies to addicted patients such as you. In this case, the problem you face is your inability to naturally perceive pleasure and Solace Sabah corrects exactly that by exposing you to fun, sober activities so that you can learn to recognize the pleasure in normal, fun things in life. We practice fun - we will take you to meet your inner child, send you sailing, flying and rock climbing, and find you a sport or hobby that you enjoy - all this will help return your pleasure system to function normally much in the same manner that physical rehabilitation returns speech and movement in stroke patients. We will not only help you arrest your addiction, but use spiritual therapy, creative art therapy, music therapy and therapy which brings you closer to your carnal being - we will basically introduce you back to yourself.

What is withdrawal management (detoxification)?

You must be worried about how you would handle your withdrawal symptoms - for they could be traumatizing to deal with. Yes, the first few initial days will be difficult for you to abstain from alcohol, but with our extremely effective and scientific detoxification method, we guarantee you will feel stronger, saner and healthier than ever before as you slowly recover.

What is the real problem with addiction?

As we said earlier, the reason you are turning to alcohol is because of underlying issues about yourself which have not been resolved. It could be childhood trauma, anxiety related disorders or bipolar syndromes, to name a few. At Solace, through our spiritual and psychological therapies, we make sure that these issues, which form the foundation of your addiction, are resolved first. We help you learn to love yourself.

Addiction is a multi-faceted illness, and hence a multifaceted therapy is required which is what we practice at Solace Sabah. We understand that healing needs to be a holistic and complete experience.  Which is why we don’t just treat you medically, but work on you emotionally, socially and spiritually as well.

To understand more about our model of treatment at Solace, read this: http://www.solacesabah.com/rehab-addiction-primary-treatment

Our Hope for You:

At Solace, we believe that achieving sobriety is not the solution, but keeping it is. Which is why we make sure you maintain the sober life you have discovered with us through an 18-month special aftercare program, which has been researched to be the most important period in early recovery. Even after you leave us at Solace, we will hold your hand to help you settle into a life and a world without alcohol. At Solace Sabah, we believe in healing you, not just treating you of alcoholism by allowing you to learn from your mistakes, allowing you to grow and discover a side of yourself you never knew existed.

[1] Taken from: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/alcohol-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx#signs

[2] Taken from: http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2015/dpk-vs-alcohol-poisoning.html

[3] Taken from: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/alcohol-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx#signs

[4] Taken from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-poisoning/symptoms-causes/dxc-20211603

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.