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Alcohol Addiction Symptoms Stages: Is not always clear when a person became alcoholic. Most people may not even know that they are addicted especially if they are not heavy drinkers. But its now known that even light drinkers are often victims of alcohol addiction. From the early stage of alcoholism to a chronic alcoholism, treatment may be difficult but possible. However, the end-stage alcoholism where the person is consumed by alcohol drinking, its almost impossible to help.
The Early, Adaptive Stage of Alcoholism:
One of the first symptoms of alcoholism is, ironically and tragically, an ability to increase alcohol intake and still function “normally.” It is ironic because most diseases incur immediate and obvious penalties, not benefits, and result in reduced functioning rather than improvement in functioning. But in the early stages of alcoholism, the alcoholic is not sick, in pain, or visibly abnormal. In fact, the early, adaptive stage of alcoholism appears to be marked by the opposite of disease, for the alcoholic is “blessed” with a super-normal ability to tolerate alcohol and enjoy its euphoric and stimulating effects.
This improvement in functioning is tragic because the alcoholic has little or no warning of the deterioration inevitably to follow.
In the early stage, the disease is subtle and difficult to recognize. It is characterized by adaptations in the liver and central nervous system, increased tolerance to alcohol, and improved performance when drinking.
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The Middle Stage of Alcoholism:
As physiological changes gradually occur, the penalties of drinking begin to outweigh the benefits. Pleasurable drinking for a “high,” a lift in feeling and performance from a relatively normal base, gives way to a more urgent “drinking for medicine” to “cure” the pain and misery caused by previous drinking. The basic cause of the increase in penalties is deterioration. Organs and systems that once welcomed the large doses of alcohol and tolerated its toxic aftereffects are being damaged. Now when the alcoholic stops drinking, his suffering is more severe and prolonged.
The Late, Deterioration Stage of Alcoholism:
The late-stage alcoholic spends most of his time drinking, since otherwise his agony is excruciating. During the late stages of alcoholism, the alcoholic’s mental and physical health are seriously deteriorated. Damage to vital organs saps the alcoholic’s physical strength; resistance to disease and infection is lowered; mental stability is shaken and precarious. The late-stage alcoholic is so ravaged by his disease that he cannot even understand that alcohol is destroying him. He is only aware that alcohol offers quick and miraculous relief from the constant agony, mental confusion, and emotional turmoil. Alcohol, his deadly poison, is also his necessary medicine.
As there are stages of developing alcoholism so is recovery. The first stage of recovery is the very critical as many do relapse during the first six months. The second recovery period is the second six months. This is when a patient is taught to physically and mentally cope with some recovery challenges. After a period of one year has passed he or she would have he confidence to stay sober.
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