Alcohol and Its Effects on the GI Tract

Posted on: March 27, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The gastrointestinal tract (GI Tract) consists of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. The stomach, a “J” shaped pouch, is located in the left upper abdomen. The stomach acts as a holding cell for contents that have been ingested and hydrochloric acid is let into the stomach to disintegrate the contents so it can pass through the rest of the GI tract. A large percentage of nutrient absorption happens in the small and large intestine. What is Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Bipolar Disorder

Posted on: March 20, 2020 by in Articles
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What is Bipolar Disorder? Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by a manic phase and a depressive phase. In a manic phase, lasting anywhere between weeks and months, an individual experiences an intense moment of hyperactivity. In the depressive phase of bipolar, which can also last weeks to months, an individual experiences intense moments of depression. There are three main types of bipolar: Bipolar I – diagnosed when a person has a manic episode. People with Continue Reading ...

The Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient

Posted on: March 13, 2020 by in Long Term
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The common places we hear the words “inpatient” and “outpatient” are in the hospital, doctors' offices, and psychiatric settings. But what do these terms actually mean? Inpatient Services When the word inpatient is used it usually means a stay that requires a patient to be entered into the administration system of the facility and stay overnight at the facility. In the hospital setting, a patient can be inpatient for 24 hours or longer, whether for surgery or Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Brain

Posted on: March 6, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The brain is an extremely vascularized, complex organ. The reason for the brain having so many blood vessels is so that the brain receives an adequate supply of oxygen. When the brain receives an adequate supply, it can continue to function and supply the body with basic life. The brain functions to regulate breathing patterns, sleep patterns, keeping an individual from vomiting, and even planning out muscle movements so an individual can walk! There are a lot more functions of the brain, but Continue Reading ...

What is Comorbidity?

Posted on: February 28, 2020 by in Co-Occurring Disorders
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Comorbidity is a medical term used to describe a patient who has multiple chronic health issues in their past medical history. It is extremely important that a healthcare provider (especially those in the hospital caring for an acute episode) knows every chronic health issue of their patient. Knowing these comorbidities allows the healthcare team to identify how the current health issue is impacting the patient and how the comorbidities affect the current illness as well. This allows the Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: Anxiety Disorders

Posted on: February 21, 2020 by in Uncategorized
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What is an Anxiety Disorder? Anxiety disorders are brought on by chemical imbalances within the brain. Neurotransmitters, chemical communicators between cells in the brain, include norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), etc. All of these play a role in the physical manifestation of anxiety. Anxiety disorders can also worsen due to past trauma as well as situational and/or emotional stress in an individual’s life. Types of Anxiety Disorders Generalized Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Kidneys

Posted on: February 14, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The kidneys, kidney bean shaped organs, are located in the back area of the abdominal cavity. They are encased in fatty tissue with the last two ribs creating a protective “cage.” The kidneys have multiple functions – the most important being filtering the blood of wastes and creating urine as a way of excreting (or getting rid of) the waste. What is the kidney’s job with alcohol? The kidneys act as the body’s filter, from filtering medications to maintaining Continue Reading ...

Common Mental Illnesses: The Basics

Posted on: February 7, 2020 by in Articles
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What are Mental Illnesses? Mental illnesses are wars waged onto an individual’s mental state. The mental illnesses can occur from a chemical imbalance within the brain or from a more organic cause such as tumors, injuries, and even other illnesses (such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.). To be diagnosed with a mental illness, symptoms must occur for six months or longer. What are Some Common Mental Illnesses? Commonly talked about mental illnesses can include anxiety Continue Reading ...

Should I Stop Drinking?

Posted on: January 31, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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You’ve asked yourself the question: "Should I stop drinking?" Are you trembling yet? Not knowing if you should or if you have the strength to do it. Asking the question is a courageous beginning and a feeling of pride and terror can be normal. You are not alone. What does it mean to ask such a question? It means change – a new beginning. It means that you, the person asking this question, are strong, brave, and dedicated. It will not be an easy road. There will be Continue Reading ...

Alcohol and Its Effects on the Liver

Posted on: January 24, 2020 by in Addiction Treatment
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The liver, a triangular shaped organ, is located in the upper abdomen. Being a main organ, the liver has a lot of important jobs from metabolizing medicines to forming the clotting proteins needed to stop bleeding. After an individual consumes alcohol, starting from the lining in the mouth down to the small intestine, alcohol is being absorbed into the blood stream. What is the liver’s job with alcohol? The liver is highly vascularized, meaning the organ has a lot of blood vessels. Continue Reading ...