Alcohol treatment has a two main definitions in western culture. On the one hand, the term treatment may describe detoxification services, or those services that serve to physically remove you from the effects of heavy alcohol consumption. Detoxification (or "detox" as it is regularly called) services can be life saving, as quitting alcohol can be extremely dangerous without this professional medical help.
However, the term treatment may also be used to describe a 12-step or therapeutic rehabilitation program, or what is considered residential treatment, etc. This classification of "treatment" as implemented in the United States in the rehab industry, has a checkered history and consistently designed around the false disease concept or other equally misleading new age nonsense. The results of these programs are abysmal and in many cases even harmful to those who enter these misleading programs.
On the other end of the spectrum is the St. Jude Retreats. St. Jude's IS NOT TREATMENT. You are not being treated for anything when you come to the St. Jude Program because there is nothing to treat. A true non disease based program will never use terms like treatment or dependency, etc. At St. Jude's you will be given the tools to completely change any behavior that brings unhappiness and anxiety and depression into your life. All the empowerment occurs within you! This is why St. Jude's can make the claim that we are the only true alternative to treatment in the alcohol and drug program industry.
If you suddenly stop using alcohol after a period of use, you may have withdrawal symptoms. These may vary from insomnia, jumpiness and sweating to more severe symptoms such as tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Detoxification is the process of safely getting alcohol out of your system and can be critical for individuals abusing it. Suddenly stopping after a long period of abuse can be physically dangerous and should not be attempted without medical supervision. The consequences of alcohol abuse are chronic and potentially long-term. St. Jude's, being a non medical program, does not offer detoxification services, but we do work with many public and private detox facilities nationwide that perform this vital role.
Alcohol, or ethanol, is an intoxicating ingredient found in beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of yeast, sugars, and starches.
Alcohol affects every organ in the body. It is a central nervous system depressant that is rapidly absorbed from the stomach and small intestine into the bloodstream. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver by enzymes. A common effect of drinking alcohol is a sense of well-being. This feeling could be accompanied by drowsiness, dizziness and flushing. After one or two drinks, you may not appear drunk, but you have already lost some of your coordination skills. Drinking more alcohol will affect your speech, balance and vision.
Over time, heavy consumption of alcohol does extensive damage to almost every system in your body. Alcohol abuse has a major impact on society causing thousands of innocent deaths each year and exacerbating situations involving violent crimes and domestic violence.
Nationally, nearly 40% of admissions to mental hospitals and 50% of arrests are alcohol-related. The minimum drinking age is 21 years. However, it is estimated that nearly 65% of all alcohol outlets sell alcohol to minors.