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When Medical Care is a Must in Treating Alcohol Abuse

by | Feb 21, 2020

When you’re operating at a high level in your career, one of your biggest business decisions is how to minimize any risk that could affect the success of your company and your career. Drinking excessively is one of those risks that can lead to personal harm that changes the course of your professional life. Today, let’s look at another result of alcohol abuse, liver damage, and how you can respond to the first symptoms you might be experiencing right now.

It’s helpful to recognize the symptoms of liver damage from alcohol abuse, including acid reflux or heartburn, alcohol tolerance changes, and jaundice. Finding treatment for the alcohol use is essential to stop adding to the liver damage, but the treatment of alcohol use alone may be inconsequential. Medical care during alcohol treatment can ensure a patient is monitored to reduce the physical risks connected to withdrawal during detox as well as treating the liver damage and any other chronic conditions of the patient. 

Professionals in a Drinking Culture

Consider how many occasions alcohol is consumed as part of business events. It’s available for big victories, awards ceremonies, milestone achievements, important meetings, happy hours, and a long list of other special events and gatherings. You’re in a drinking culture as a successful professional, and it’s more likely the expectation to drink with others is adding to the ongoing alcohol abuse that’s already present. 

Many Sufferers Unaware of Liver Damage

Evidence suggests a majority of people with liver damage are unaware of their condition and the threat from it. If you’re at an early stage, Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, it’s possible to reverse the damage by quitting drinking. In its most severe form, the next stage known as Alcoholic Hepatitis can be life-threatening with continued drinking. The most harmful stage, Alcoholic Cirrhosis, is a permanent condition and cannot be reversed by quitting drinking.

Symptoms of Liver Damage from Alcohol Abuse

When the liver is not functioning properly, its ability to detoxify, fight infections, store energy, and aide in digestion get compromised. You may begin to notice signs of liver damage at any time. As symptoms of other conditions can overlap, it’s important to consider a list of symptoms as a starting point to recognizing liver damage has begun.

Symptoms of Liver Damage from Alcohol Abuse

  • Adverse reactions to medications
  • Acid reflux or heartburn
  • Alcohol tolerance changes
  • Jaundice
  • Hangovers, more severe
  • Loss of appetite
  • Low energy
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea
  • Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
  • Sleep issues
  • Tenderness in the right upper abdomen
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Executive Alcohol Abuse Treatment in an Inpatient Program

Once liver damage is present due to alcohol use, one objective is to treat the abuse and address any contributing factors to it, including mental health disorders. This involves a multidisciplinary team approach to recovery with psychiatrists and other medical doctors,

psychologists, master’s level clinicians, licensed therapists, and other specialists collaborating in helping a patient achieve a sustained recovery while in a safe environment designed to provide the highest level of confidentiality. During an inpatient stay, access to work-related devices can allow a patient to remain to meet career expectations without compromising the mission of recovery.

The Role of Medical Care in Alcohol Treatment for Liver Damage

The availability of ongoing medical care is critical in beginning a treatment program once it’s established a patient is suffering from liver damage. As liver damage can have a profound impact on health and well-being, leading to physical, cognitive and behavioral changes, medical professionals onsite at a treatment facility can routinely monitor a patient’s liver condition and intervene as necessary. As liver disease is potentially fatal, choosing a treatment facility that provides 24-hour medical care for patients in recovery from alcohol abuse with a co-existing condition of liver damage is highly recommended.

HeadWaters Origins is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renown clinical care for addiction and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 844-439-2837.

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