The effects of long term alcoholism Poughkeepsie

It's a growing trend. The number of women suffering from the effects of alcoholism is escalating. Women are no longer drinking behind closed doors but are downing beers, wine and hard liquor in bars all over Poughkeepsie. Alcoholism is a progressive condition that wreaks havoc wherever it takes root. Research shows that women suffer the effects of alcoholism much faster than men due to their physiology. Typically, more men than women begin drinking at an early age. By the time they are adults they have developed a high tolerance for alcohol. However, these statistics are changing. Women today are also beginning to consume alcohol on a regular basis at an early age. Sadly they will suffer the consequences much sooner than a man does.

Whether you are a man or a woman the long term effects of alcoholism can literally be deadly. Alcohol treatment centers help residents of Poughkeepsie combat alcoholism through the skillful integration of conventional and holistic treatment programs.

Effects of Long Term Alcoholism

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), habitual consumption of alcoholic drinks over a long period of time result in brain shrinkage in both male and female. However, records clearly indicate that a woman's brain shrinks at a faster rate. In addition to the innumerable diseases caused by habitual drinking there are some common conditions caused by long term alcoholism:

  • Liver damage evidenced by yellowing of the skin and the white of the eyes.
  • B Vitamin deficiency that causes the skin to be red and itchy.
  • Rhinophyma which is a swelling or bulbous inflamed appearance of the lower portion of the nose. This is caused by blocked sweat glands.
  • Clubbed fingers and toes. This condition is attributed to poor circulation due to heart damage.
  • Impairment to various organs in the body.


The most important treatment provided for long term alcoholism is a medical detox. Of all substances of abuse alcohol withdrawal symptoms has the potential to be the most deadly. Detoxification processes provide a safe environment where individuals can wean themselves off the obsessive need to drink. Detox is a necessary preparatory measure that enables the alcoholic to be able to participate in the rehabilitation and recovery process with physical stability and mental clarity.

Once detoxification is streamlined and monitored by board certified clinicians. Once this process is completed the rehabilitation program designed for the client can begin. The recovery process involves:

  • Alcohol addiction educational programs.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Individual therapy to deal with unresolved issues such as trauma, grief or anger.
  • Group and family counseling sessions.
  • Understanding personal relapse triggers and developing coping mechanism to prevent, reduce or eliminate them.
  • Participation in holistic treatment remedies as appropriate.
  • Targeted treatment for dual diagnosis conditions if necessary.
  • Collaboration with medical team to establish an appropriate after-care plan.
  • Transitional discharge planning and organization.

Rehabilitation occurs in an exquisite home like environment. Patients are encouraged to be proactive about their recovery by completing all assignments, attending educational and counseling sessions.

At alcohol treatment centers, they recognize that recovering from alcoholism is a dynamic process that needs to be continually assessed and adjusted so that the treatment that is being administered is always applicable to the patient's physical and psychological status. We also believe our success in rehabilitating alcoholics is due in part to our low client-therapy ratio.

The journey from addiction to recovery does not have to be complicated or difficult. It does however has to be a decision made and acted upon by the alcoholic. They believe that long term alcoholism can be replaced by long term sobriety. It begins with the first step and then another and so on. Step by step our recovery programs put you back in control of your life.

Whether you are a man or a woman alcoholism does not have to dictate your future. Do what it takes to get the help you need finding treatment centers by calling Alcohol Treatment Centers Poughkeepsie, today at (845) 207-5168. We want to help you find a place for recovery.

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