Cleaning Up Your Mess: How to Help Yourself Physically Heal After Alcoholism

May 16 2017

Jacqueline Rosenhek

 

One of the most accessible drugs in the world is alcohol. It is legal, it is typically affordable and it is available everywhere and even encouraged to consume at certain social gatherings. It helps you escape from reality, it takes the edge off of your day and it is something you look forward to as soon as you get home. When you do get home, you sit down, you have your drink, you are probably conscious of how much you can drink until you have reached what you would consider a reasonable limit. Sometimes, however, that limit gets pushed further and further and what was once just a drink at the end of the day has turned into an unhealthy dependency. Eventually you get to a point where alcohol becomes an incremental part to your evening when you get home; eventually it happens more than in just the evening for some people. Sometimes some people will have a drink when they wake up, when they go to work, even when they are at work. People lose their jobs, their families, their health, basically their whole lives if they decide to let alcohol take over. The reasons why alcohol can ruin someone’s life like this is both a mental and physical problem. Typically speaking, alcoholism, like any other addiction, is rooted in a deeper problem, typically a mental disorder like depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety or something along those lines.

Alcohol helps us to escape our fears temporarily which is why it is so abused. Ask anyone who has a substance abuse problem and it is almost a guarantee that one of the reasons they have this problem is because they want to escape something in their life. When you finally decide that drinking your problems away is doing way more harm than good (heart problems, liver problems, kidney problems, emotional imbalance and brain damage to name a few things) you are going to see some drastic improvements to your overall well-being, along with many other changes. However, there are a few things you should consider doing in order to help the healing process of your body.  When you drink alcohol, it gets absorbed into the stomach, intestines and blood stream and gets filtered through the liver. The liver, however, can only detoxify the body of a certain quantity of alcohol and when it gets to a point of excess that is when you begin to feel drunk.   Eventually drinking in excess will cause fatty liver and defunct kidneys that will have difficulty filtering impurities out of the body. Prolonged alcohol abuse can also have dire effects on your circulatory system. Alcohol abuse can actually cause atrophy in the heart tissues as well as increase your risk for a stroke or heart attack. It can also impede on your cognitive skills and increase your risk for brain damage and memory loss

When you do decide to quit drinking and to repair the damage that has been done, it won’t take much time for you to notice a change in your body’s function and capabilities, it is still, however, recommended to take some certain supplements to help you on your journey towards recovery. First things first, do a full body detox. It is important to do a regular detox after you quit alcohol in order to help clean your liver, pancreas, intestines and circulatory system. This can be done through supplements (especially if they contain black radish extract, birch extract, cascada sagrada and/or artichoke extract) and a detoxifying diet consisting of a lot of water, dark green vegetables and blood purifying foods like beets, spinach or kale. To help prevent brain damage or to help your brain heal a bit, it is recommended to take supplements like ginkgo biloba and ginseng to help with improving your memory and concentration. . It is also recommended to take a vitamin B supplement as well as any supplement that will help with anxiety and depression as well as a supplement to help regulate your sleep schedule. It is also a good idea to get into some healthy activities that will help you take your mind off drinking. Support groups are always a good idea and are readily available so you can have some people to help you and relate to your problems with alcohol. It is never too late for a fresh start. The hardest part about quitting any addiction is to return to the problems you used to run away from with substances, but it is important to face them with a sober and clear mind in order to progress as a person.

 

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