According to a recent study in the international medical journal The Lancet, around 3 million deaths around the world were attributed to alcohol use, with 12% being males between the ages of 15 and 49.
The authors of the study concluded that the health risks associated with alcohol are significant enough for there to be no safe level of consumption. The findings revealed that there is an undeniable correlation between alcohol use and premature death, cancer and cardiovascular complications. The study goes on to suggest that the only way of minimizing the risk of health loss is to not consume alcohol at all.
Alcohol use patterns vary considerably from country to country. In the US, recent statistics show that there are more than 16 million adults dealing with alcohol addiction, accounting for around 41% of admissions into alcohol treatment centers. Alcohol is one of the most preventable causes of death in the US, claiming the lives of around 88,000 people every year.
Despite the alarming numbers, very few people who need to attend an alcohol treatment center actually receive it.
The Potential Health Outcomes of Alcohol Use
The Lancet study is part of the annual Global Burden of Disease which assesses alcohol-related health issues and patterns between 1990 and 2016 and includes 195 countries.
The findings provide a more accurate picture of how alcohol consumption is prevalent in more countries than others and the kind of health risks that are associated with the substance. This information provides a valuable snapshot of alcoholism that addiction specialists can use to refine and update the way in which it is treated.
The study links alcohol consumption with the following health outcomes:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Some cancers including breast and liver
- Cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, epilepsy, and pancreatitis
- Intentional injuries as a result of violence or self-harm
- Unintentional injuries including traffic accidents and drowning
The findings of the report show that alcohol is one of the major causes of death in the world. However, our knowledge of alcoholism and addiction has never been greater, which implies there is a significant gap in the number of people requiring alcohol abuse treatment and those actually receiving it.
How Elevate Treats Alcohol Use Disorder Holistically
There are four phases of inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab on an Elevate alcoholism treatment program, with the first three having a duration of three months:
- Physical rejuvenation
- Emotional renewal
Elevate’s alcoholism treatment programs are based on the premise that overcoming alcohol use disorder is best done naturally. Essentially, the objective of inpatient alcohol rehab is to prepare individuals for living substance-free and this is best achieved by introducing therapies and treatments based on holistic and evidence-based practices.
The holistic approach to alcohol abuse treatment seeks to address the root causes of a person’s alcohol use. Just treating the symptoms of a chronic illness such as addiction does not prevent the person from relapsing back into alcohol abuse. In order to achieve a fulfilling life in recovery, clients should be prepared to make significant lifestyle changes, and holistic therapies offer the widest choice of options for personal transformation.
Alcohol Use and Mental Health
There is a strong correlation between alcohol use and mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and panic or personality disorder. In some cases, a person starts using alcohol to self-medicate the symptoms of their mental illness, which promotes a negative cycle of abuse. Others go on to develop the symptoms of a mental illness as a direct result of alcohol use because of its depressant properties.
Elevate’s holistic inpatient alcohol rehab program offers a comprehensive and compassionate approach to treating alcohol use disorder that empowers individuals to live without using alcohol. Complete abstinence is more achievable when a person is engaged in healthier pursuits, with a renewed and more positive attitude towards life. Holistic inpatient alcohol rehab heals and improves a person’s overall well being by addressing physical, mental and emotional health issues in an integrated alcohol abuse treatment program.
About Holistic Alcohol Treatment Centers
There are several holistic or complementary therapies and practices that are particularly beneficial to people struggling with alcohol use or abuse. Here is an example of the kind of therapies offered at an Elevate center:
Mindfulness practices are designed to help clients achieve a completely relaxed state of mind and body. By focusing on individual body parts and controlling breathing, it is possible to shift mental focus from negative thoughts and achieve silence.
Many people who are developing alcohol use disorder start to become influenced by an internal dialogue that is the body’s way of communicating cravings. As the illness progresses, it becomes more difficult to ignore cravings and temptation to use becomes overwhelming.
Meditation, yoga, deep-breathing and other mindfulness practices help people to find the connection between mind, body, and spirit. In terms of relapse prevention, having the ability to quiet the mind in the face of challenges to sobriety is invaluable.
Physical Fitness and Exercise
As the Lancet’s study shows, alcohol is related to many different physical health conditions. Being fit and strong is a positive attribute for people struggling with a chronic illness like alcohol use disorder. Not only does it engage them in a regular pattern of exercise and introduce discipline into their lives, but it also restores self-confidence and acts as a strong motivation to maintain sobriety.
One of the most positive benefits of improving fitness levels in holistic inpatient or outpatient alcohol rehab is that it significantly boosts a person’s “feel-good factor.” When a person exercises, even if only for ten minutes of brisk walking, the brain’s reward system is flooded with dopamine which is what happens when substances are used. The endorphin release after exercising gives a pleasurable sensation that is 100% natural.