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Harmful Effects of Alcohol

Since one blog is insufficient to list all the harmful effects of alcohol this is in continuation of the previous blog. In the previous blog I had listed all the harmful effects of alcohol on the Central Nervous System. But since alcohol is drunk the most harmful effects are on the gastrointestinal tract. However, I have seen one patient who used to inject alcohol when he was unable to drink it because of vomiting, but that was an exception. Mostly alcohol is drunk, In the esophagus or food pipe it causes heartburn, which has got nothing to do with the heart but a burning sensation in the chest because of acid reflux from the stomach. Because of alcohol the cardiac sphincter of the stomach becomes loose and the acid present in the stomach is able to come into the mouth also. The lining of stomach is used to this concentrated Hydrochloric acid but the lining of the food pipe is not and it literally gets burnt as a result of the acid reflux causing pain in the chest called heartburn. There may be sour eructations also present. Because of vomiting alcohol can also cause Mallory Weiss Syndrome which is nothing but a tear in the mucosa of the food pipe and is a medical emergency. In the stomach, it causes an increase in the secretion of Hydrochloric acid. In fact to diagnose acholorydia – a condition in which there is a congenital absence of the secretion of Hydrochloric acid, a little alcohol is given through the nasogastric tube to ascertain the diagnosis. The increased acid may cause gastritis.  Small quantities of alcohol increase the appetite but large quantities can suppress it totally. Some alcoholics only drink and I frequently see patients who have not eaten for days. The next main organ to suffer from the harmful effects of alcohol is the pancreas. Pancreas are an important organ of digestion and glucose metabolism. It has an endocrine part which secrete insulin and glucagon and an exocrine part which secretes digestive juices to digest proteins and fats. Acute pancreatitis is a very painful condition and one of the main causes is alcohol intake. It is not dose dependent,i.e., if a person is a heavy drinker it is not that it is more likely to occur. It can occur even in moderate drinkers. Repeated attacks of acute pancreatitis can lead to chronic pancreatitis which can lead to diabetes due to the scarring of the pancreas. There is a condition called acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis in which the pancreas burst and all the secretions go into the abdomen. It is the most painful condition known to medical science. The digestive juices of the pancreas start digesting the lining of the abdomen from inside. It is as if a piece of metal is being eaten by acid corrosion. It is a medical emergency in which the pain is the most important feature. On a scale of 1-10, if the pain of a lady giving birth for the first time is 9 then the pain of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis is 10. The pain is so severe that the person goes into shock because of the pain itself. Alcohol can cause or aggravate IBS, i.e., irritable bowel syndrome. IBS is a chronic and debilitating disease which can be quite uncomfortable. But the organ most affected by alcohol intake is the liver. Liver is a very important organ doing a lot of functions which are essential for good health. It is a well known fact that the liver of alcoholics gets affected in a bad way. You don’t have to be a doctor to know that. But liver has tremendous capacity to heal itself also. If in a healthy person you cut off the entire liver and leave a matchbox size portion, it will grow back, provided you don’t insult it on a daily basis by drinking alcohol. The condition which occurs in liver because of drinking is called cirrhosis. There are many causes of cirrhosis but alcoholic liver disease is chief cause of cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a morphological diagnosis, that is to say, the diagnosis is made by observing the liver. In olden days dead bodies were dissected to know about the anatomy of the body and its parts. They found that the liver of alcoholics was gnarled and lumpy and in many cases shrunk. These days we make the diagnosis ultrasonically.

All this is done in detailed medical inputs at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

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Harmful Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol has so many Harmful Effects that 1 blog is not sufficient for it. Alcohol is a legal drug that has been causing so much grief for so many people around the world. Everybody who drinks is not an alcoholic,  in fact if 100 people drink, on average only 12 are alcoholics; rest are social drinkers. An alcoholic is a person who is not able to guarantee how much he is going to drink or who cannot guarantee his behavior after drinking. People generally know how much they are going to drink but an alcoholic has no brakes and is not able to stop. They do not get into trouble every time they drink but every time they get into trouble they have been drinking. Whether it is fights, brawls, disagreements at home, legal trouble, the list is endless. The behavior of every person changes a little bit after drinking alcohol but in an alcoholic the change is quite stark. Most people become garrulous, jovial or in some case even maudlin but the alcoholics can become antisocial too.

Now let us discuss what deleterious effects alcohol has on the human body. Let us start by the harmful effects on the Central Nervous System. The Central Nervous System consists of the brain and spinal cord. The first and most apparent effect is loosening of inhibitions. There is sort of brake in our prefrontal cortex part of the brain which stops us from doing stupid things like using abusive language in front of elders, looking left and right before crossing a road etc. Even with small quantities of  alcohol this brake is removed. Because of this a person may seem more excited than usual, whereas it is a known fact that alcohol is a depressant and slows down the neuronal activity. A person under the influence looses his inhibitions and may end up doing things he would not even imagine doing in a sober state. The next harmful effect of alcohol is seen on the memory. Both short term and long term memory is affected. Some times the alcoholic comes out of a black out without any remembrance of the previous night. He may not even remember how and when he got home and what all he said at the party. Alcohol directly effects the nerve cells by killing them but memory is not a function of the number of neurons, in fact it is a function of the connections between the nerve cells. Due to this fact the memory deficit can be overcome by doing mental and memory exercises, but the loss of neurons may lead to cerebral atrophy, which is a common finding in alcoholics who are growing old. Next harmful effect of alcohol is very interesting, the damage is caused by drinking but the effect is not seen until the person stops drinking. Till the time he is drinking he is fine but on stopping alcohol he may develop Wernicke’s Encephalopathy or Korsakoff’s Psychosis. These two conditions are named after the people who first described it. Earlier they were thought to be different diseases but now they are considered to be two ends of the same spectrum. The main cause is Thiamine deficiency and in Wernicke’s Encephalopathy the persons brain becomes soft and is also called ‘wet brain’. In Korsakoff’s  Psychosis the person has visual and auditory hallucinations and may be delirious. Luckily the effects are reversible with medication, otherwise they may even be fatal. The next harmful effect of alcohol on the CNS is the effect it has on reflexes of the person. The reflexes become slow. That is why the old adage that don’t drink and drive. One can devise an experiment on a simulator where a person slams on the brake after seeing a child on the screen in front. After drinking even legally permissible quantities of alcohol the time is greatly increased. The next harmful effect of alcohol is on the secretion of anti diuretic hormone. It suppresses its secretion. Anti diuretic hormone is secreted by posterior pituitary gland. As a result, the person urinates more after drinking alcohol.

All this is explained at Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Rehabilitation Center in Delhi.

Substance Abuse Counselling

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for many reasons. At Sahyog a thorough understanding of addiction and recovery is given. As part of therapy the patients have to realize that  addiction and alcoholism is a disease and it is a disease of relationships. The root word of relationship is ‘relate’. Addicts and alcoholics cannot relate to things forget about people.

The beauty of recovery if found in relationships. Recovery is all about having a good relationship with self, family, others and the God of your understanding. It is through forming good and healthy relationships that addicts and alcoholics are able to overcome their disease. Here we can state the definition of addiction as a pathological love and trust relationship with an object or event. Every person has a void inside and if we try to fill it with drugs and alcohol it will become our disease. Recovering addicts and alcoholics must try to learn how to get their love, trust and emotional needs met through healthy relationships with other people and their God. They must learn to fill the void with relationships.

Many recovering people form their first relationships in the meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. They are based on the 12 Step Program. The first word in the Steps is “we”. This is an important word. By  using this word the addicts and alcoholics are able to connect with other people and break their relationship with their addictive self. They realize their emotional needs can be met by other people. If this is not done the addict or alcoholic can replace one addiction with another or revert to their old addiction.

Addicts and alcoholics need to develop healthy relationships with other recovering addicts and alcoholics, their own spiritual side, family and friends and eventually the community they live in.

All this is explained to patients in Sahyog and that is why it is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi for a variety of reasons. The primary reason is that at Sahyog we offer complete and proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction. Alcohol and drugs are not the problem, in fact they are a symptom of an underlying emotional problem. It is just as if somebody if on fire and to escape that he jumps into a river. The fire gets put out but now the person is drowning. Similarly, alcoholics and addicts are emotionally challenged people who cannot handle or process their emotions properly. They use alcohol and drugs to numb their feelings but start drowning by becoming alcoholics and drug addicts. For complete and proper treatment not only alcohol and drugs need to be stopped but emotional problems also need to be dealt with. Alcoholics and addicts need to see their unrealistic expectations and learn to be not carried away in their feelings when the expectations are not fulfilled. They need to take responsibility for their emotions. My feelings – my responsibility. Sobriety is the first frontier but the ultimate aim is emotional sobriety.

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi if not the entire country. Sahyog offers PROPER AND HOLISTIC TREATMENT FOR ADDICTION AND ALCOHOLISM. The big reason for that is that it is run by a doctor who has had problems with alcohol and drugs himself and is clean today because of the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Clean and sober for more than 18 years. At Sahyog the disease of alcoholism and addiction is dealt with on all levels. All manifestations of the disease are taken care of. The physical craving is treated with giving medication for the detox. This phase lasts for 7-10 days and the patients are free to do as they wish. After that the patients are required to attend sessions in which we try to make them understand that the way they were drinking alcohol or using drugs is wrong and it is in their own best interest to give up alcohol and drugs. Then it is not difficult to stop but extremely difficult to stay stopped. Here we use the 12 Step Program and inculcate it in the patients so that they can stay away from alcohol and drugs one day at a time for a long period. The very nature of the disease is that it is chronic and relapsing. That means that it is incurable but it is treatable and a person can start again after a period of abstinence. The mental part of the disease, the obsession to use alcohol and drugs even when there is bodily demand takes a long time to go away. It can only be done by a Higher Power because it is not humanly possible to remove the obsession from our mind. The emotional aspect is taken care of by counselling and sessions with the psychologist. The spiritual aspect is taken care of by helping the patient improve relationships with oneself, family and Higher Power.

All in all Sahyog offers complete and proper treatment of alcoholism and addiction and is the BEST NASHA MUKTI KENDRA IN DELHI.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi if not the entire country. It is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi simply because it is the only Nasha Mukti Kendra which is run by doctor who himself had problems with alcohol and drugs and is clean and sober today for more than 18 years thanks to the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. That is the program which we follow in Sahyog. Either you have detoxes and psychiatric facilities run by doctors or rehabs which are run by ex alcoholics and ex addicts. The combination of a doctor and an ex alcoholic and ex addict is to be found nowhere else. It is our USP and that means that we treat patients not only with our knowledge but also our experience. This combined with our excellent therapy is why we have such a good success rate which is better than other similar facilities. After the detox phase in which medication is given to counteract the withdrawal symptoms is over the patients are expected to attend sessions which happen from morning to night. The day starts with yoga and meditation and breakfast is followed by reading session. After that we have a writing session. This is followed by a lecture which we call Input which is information put forward. Information regarding the 12 Step Program is given. After lunch and rest time there is a session called Group Discussion in which whatever topic was taught in the Input the patients relate to their own lives and share about themselves. Three times in a week the patients write their thoughts and feelings and share them in the group with the counselor. This is followed by a in house  AA/NA meeting. There is meditation again at night. The aim of all the sessions is to make the patient realize that the way they are drinking alcohol or using drugs is wrong and it is in their own best interest to give it up. Then it is not difficult to stop but extremely difficult to stay stopped. This is where the 12 Step Program helps  – to stay stopped.

All in all Sahyog is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Delhi Alcohol Addiction Centre Delhi

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi, NCR. It may also be the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in India. It is good primarily because it is run by a doctor who himself  had problems with alcohol and drugs and is clean and sober today thanks to the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. This is a unique thing. Either you have doctors running detoxes and psychiatric facilities or ex alcoholics and ex addicts running rehabs. The combination of a doctor and a recovering alcoholic and addict is to be found no where else. This means that we treat patients not only with our knowledge but also our experience. The combination of knowledge and experience is beyond parallel. We treat patients in a holistic fashion, i.e., we look after the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of the disease of alcoholism and addiction. The physical part is the craving which is taken care of in the initial week or ten days by giving medication to counteract the withdrawals. The mental obsession is what takes the alcoholic or addict back to alcohol and drugs even when the body is not experiencing withdrawals. That is why we have a saying that it is not difficult to stop but very difficult to stay stopped. The obsession takes time to go away, maybe even months. And it is only a Higher Power that removes the obsession to drink or use drugs as it is not humanly possible to get rid of the obsession. For this we concentrate on prayer and meditation and encourage the patients to improve their conscious contact with their Higher Power. The emotional pain is at root of all addiction and the psychologist and psychiatrist deal with the emotional pain of the alcoholic or addict. The program which we follow is a very spiritual program that teaches the patient to have a good relationship with self, family, others and God of his understanding.

All in all, Sahyog is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Detoxification Centre in Delhi

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi if not the entire country. It is the only Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi which is run by a doctor who himself had problems with alcoholism and addiction and is clean and sober today thanks to the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. A wonderful spiritual program which even the medical textbooks say is the best way to deal with any addiction. And that is the program which we follow at Sahyog. The patients are grounded in 12 Steps thoroughly in all the sessions. The sessions are in fact based on the 12 Step Program only. The reading is done from the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Writing is done from the Step Working Guide questions. The lectures are based on the 12 Steps. There are meetings based on the 12 Step Program in the evenings.

All in all the therapy sessions at Sahyog are based on the 12 Step Program the program that offers the highest success rate from addiction. And Sahyog is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi by far.

Substance Abuse Counselling

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi. We have a dormitory for the general category in which there are 8 beds and a cooler is there to take care of the heat. Then we have a special category in which there are rooms on a double and triple sharing basis, with an air conditioner and an attached wash room. There is also a TV in the room to watch in free time. Most of the time is taken up in sessions which the patients are expected to attend after their detox and that is wake up at 7, do yoga and meditation. Breakfast if followed by a reading session where literature from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous is read and identification shared. This is followed by a writing session where initially the patients write about themselves and later answer questions based on the 12 Step Program. This is followed by a lecture which we call Input or information put forward. In this the topic are varied. From the disease concept to addictive personality to the 12 Step Program. This is followed by lunch which is followed by rest time. Rest time is followed by group discussion in which whatever topic was discussed in input, the patients related to their own lives and share about themselves. Three times in a week the patients write the thoughts and feelings of the day and share them in a group with the counselor. Then the patients play volleyball or football in the evenings and later have an in house Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Dinner is followed by television and there is meditation before lights out at 11. This is how the day is structured and the aim of the sessions is to make the patient realize that the way they were drinking alcohol or using drugs is wrong and it is in their own best interest to give it up. Then it is not difficult to stop but very difficult to stay stopped, so we teach them how to stay away from alcohol and drugs one day at a time.

All in all, Sahyog is the Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Best Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic

Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Rehabilitation Center or Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi. It has the best success rate compared to other institutions. It is run by a doctor who is a recovering alcoholic and addict himself and has been clean and sober since 2002. The food served is very good and there is no limitation on the amount you can eat. The patients are not required to do menial chores like sweeping or swabbing, just wash their own plates and make their beds in the morning. There is no physical torture of the patients. For these reasons it is the best Rehabilitation Center or Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.

Wake up is at a comfortable time of seven am followed by the morning tea. That is followed by a session of yoga and meditation. After giving time for morning ablutions breakfast is served. After breakfast five or six sessions are conducted. The sessions are a part of group therapy which is the basis of our treatment. The first session is the reading session where books from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are read. Second session is the writing session where first the patients write about themselves and later on the Twelve Steps. After that there is a session called the Input which is akin to a lecture and is about the disease of alcoholism and addiction and the Twelve Steps. After that lunch is served followed by rest time. After that there is a session called Group Discussion in which the patients relate the topic of Input to their own lives and share about themselves. Three days in a week patients write their thoughts and feelings and share them with the counsellor. That is followed by free time in which the patients can play chess, carom and other indoor games and also table tennis and badminton. There is a mock Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in the evenings and dinner is again followed by meditation, after which the lights are switched off.

For the kind of therapy which we provide Sahyog Detox and De addiction Clinic is the Best Rehabilitation Center or Nasha Mukti Kendra in Delhi.