Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Mount Regis Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Mount Regis Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Alcohol Abuse & Addiction Effects, Signs & Symptoms

At Mount Regis Center, we offer an intensive, evidence based approach to alcohol use disorder treatment. We offer a variety of therapeutic interventions that help our clients build a strong foundation for long-term recovery.

Understanding Alcohol

Learn about alcohol addiction and substance use disorder

Alcohol Use Disorder is defined as using alcohol at an amount that causes distress or harm to the individual or decreases inhibitions to the point that the individual is placing themselves or others in danger. Although some people who abuse alcohol do not become dependent, they often neglect their responsibilities at work, school or in other areas. The term alcoholism is used to refer to a more serious type of the disorder. It includes cravings for alcohol, loss of control over drinking behavior, physical dependence such that if the individual stops using alcohol they will experience withdrawal symptoms, and tolerance or the need for an increased amount of alcohol to achieve the desired effects. Alcohol Use Disorder is considered a chronic problem. At Mount Regis we are here to help.

Statistics

Alcohol addiction statistics

Alcohol use disorder is relatively common in the U.S.  Among 12-17 year olds the 12 month prevalence rate is estimated at approximately 4.6% while for those over the age of 18 it has been estimated at approximately 8.5%. Prevalence rates are higher in the U.S. for men (12.4%) than for women (4.9%).  Prevalence rates decrease in middle age and decrease to their lowest rates among individuals 65 years and older (1.5%).

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for alcohol addiction

Genetic: It has long been noted that alcohol use runs in families such that individuals with a first degree relative with an alcohol use disorder has a greater likelihood of developing the disorder compared to their peers. Additionally, the interaction of numerous genes are believed to contribute to the development of the disorder

Brain Structures: Certain structures that associated with controlling craving for alcohol and other substances have been found to be smaller in individuals with alcohol use disorders compared with others

Brain Chemistry: There is some research that suggests that individuals with alcohol related problems have high levels of circulating serotonin in the brain, a chemical responsible for neural communication, is related to lower levels of tolerance to alcohol.  This means that these individuals have a shorter time until they develop the need to increase the amount of alcohol they drink to achieve the desired effect.

Temperament: Individuals with alcohol use disorders have been shown to be more likely to display a lack of inhibition, believed to be an inherited temperamental quality, than others.  It has been suggested that this quality causes individuals to lack the physiological warning system that suggests when they’ve had enough to drink and to stop

Life Stressors: One effect of alcohol is that is has a numbing effect on emotions. Some people experience a huge number of life stressors which they are unable to control or just become so overwhelmed by negative emotions they stop trying to do anything. Alcohol may be used in this type of situation to numb the negative emotions they feel are crushing them.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction

Symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder include:

  • Mood/Psychological symptoms:
    • The person uses alcohol for longer periods of time or in greater amounts than they intended
    • The individual has the desire to cut down on alcohol use but unable to do so
    • The person spends a lot of time obtaining, using or recovering from alcohol
    • The person fails to fulfill major role obligations due to alcohol use
    • The individual recognizes that alcohol use is leading to or worsening psychological or mood related problems but continue to use anyway
    • Alcohol use required in order to relax, feel happy, sleep, cope with difficulties or just feel “normal”
  • Behavioral symptoms:
    • The person no longer takes part in important activities due to alcohol use
    • Knowingly uses alcohol repeatedly in dangerous situations
    • Drinking in secret to avoid negative judgments of others
  • Social symptoms:
    • Interpersonal problems due to alcohol use but the person still refuses to cut down
    • Fights or anger outbursts with no obvious trigger related to alcohol use
    • Social avoidance of individual who don’t also use alcohol
  • Physical symptoms:
    • Alcohol cravings
    • The individual recognizes that alcohol use is leading to or worsening physical problems but continue to use anyway
    • Tolerance
      • Need for significantly larger amounts of alcohol to become intoxicated or to achieve the desired sensations
      • Significantly decreased effect from the same amount of alcohol used
  • Withdrawal
    • Alcohol used to avoid withdrawal symptoms
    • Negative physical or psychological effects result following cessation of alcohol use

Effects

Effects of alcohol addiction

  • Violence and Physical Abuse of Loved Ones
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor judgment and decision making ability
  • Lack of behavioral Inhibition leading to behaviors the person would not ordinarily engage in
  • Irritability
  • Memory Loss
  • Poor coordination
  • Decrease in social anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to concentrate or pay attention
  • Improved mood
  • Liver damage with long term use
  • Divorce
  • Loss of relationships
  • Inability to sleep through the night leading to feeling tired the next day
  • Decreased productivity at school and work
  • Job Loss
  • Financial Problems
  • Accidental
  • Child neglect and abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Friendships dwindle until social network includes only others who are also using alcohol
  • Sexual promiscuity and risky sexual behavior leading to unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Sexual problems –decreased interest in sex and sexual impotence in men
  • Personality changes
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor hygiene
  • Long term effects can include neurological impairment, cardiovascular events,
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat esophagus, liver, colon, and breast
  • Gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis
  • Lack of motivation
  • Procrastination and inability to fulfill responsibilities
  • Poor coordination
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Headaches
  • Self-harm
  • Vitamin deficiencies especially deficiency of vitamin B1
  • Disorientation

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I am so thankful for Mount Regis, most of the staff are recovering addicts as well so they can relate to what you're going through just as much as you going through it. I worked through things I have never worked through before with all of the support in the world. I would recommend Mt Regis to ANYONE in need of help, you learn so much about yourself and this disease of addiction.

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