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More About Alcohol Recovery

how alcohol affects us

It is believed that alcohol enhances the effects of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Inhibitory neurotransmitters slow down the activity of the brain and give people a calm feeling. Scientists also believe that alcohol inhibits the action of glutamine, the principal excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. The combination of enhancing GABA and reducing the effectiveness of glutamine leads to slower activity of the brain.

There are others who believe that alcohol causes another physiological effect in certain people. These people's bodies convert alcohol into a form of glucose that is used for energy. Just like someone addicted to sugar, these people crave alcohol for energy.

These changes in the brain can create a number of different reactions such as:

  • A lowering of reason, of caution, and of inhibitions — evidenced by the often irrational actions of many drunk people
  • A lessening of motor skills and balance, slowed reaction times and even the “shakes”
  • Blurred vision
  • A feeling of being tired
  • An immediate need to sleep
  • A feeling of sadness or depression

what are the more serious health problems associated with alcohol abuse?

Alcohol abuse can cause:

  • Fatty liver
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Liver cancer
  • Mouth cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Unintentional injuries such as motor-vehicle traffic crashes, falls, drowning and burns
  • Violence such as child abuse, homicide, and suicide
  • Harm to a developing fetus if a woman drinks while pregnant

the human body and withdrawal

A properly functioning human body is an incredible thing. As we learn more about how the body works, we can appreciate the impact that anything put in our bodies will have on us and how this affects our feelings and behavior. How many of us have eaten a certain type of meal and then felt we needed to take a nap? All of us have also eaten a meal and felt great and very energized. What is the difference between the two meals? It is how our body reacted to different foods.

How many of us "treat" our feelings of low energy by having a candy bar or other sugar-based carbohydrate? How many of us treat our "sluggishness" in the morning with a cup of coffee? What we are doing is using a substance to create an effect that the body would normally handle on its own. For example, the body would normally create the carbohydrates needed by breaking down fat that it stored, and this would create more energy. The sugar substitute or coffee initially gives a quicker result than the body’s normal function produces, but over time this creates problems where we can become more and more dependent on sugar and caffeine, and it takes more and more of these substances to create the energy we need.

Incidentally, when the body isn’t made to break down the fats to produce the energy but sugar or caffeine are used instead, the body tends to become out of balance, the endocrine system of the body can be altered and people can retain more and more fat.

Another example of becoming addicted that many people understand is smoking. Physiologically, you become addicted to nicotine and this is why so many people have such difficulty stopping.

Stopping the use of sugar and caffeine or quitting smoking causes symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Unsettled sleep
  • Weight gain

The Only Safe Way to Stop Drinking Alcohol — Under Medical Supervision

Unless you have some familiarity with the actual physiological effects of alcohol, you likely believe that drinking or stopping drinking is a decision that a person makes. If someone told you that they were having a problem with their drinking, you would tell them to just stop drinking.

The alcohol user hears stories about people who woke up one morning, decided that alcohol was ruining their life and never had another drink. However, for every one of these who could just stop drinking and not have a problem, there are hundreds if not thousands that were unable to just stop or who ended up in the hospital or at the undertaker's. For many, alcohol has affected brain synapses to the degree that if they stopped drinking, the brain will create seizures that can be fatal. For others, it has caused such serious dehydration that the withdrawal symptoms will lead to serious health complications in their weakened state.

There are many factors that will influence how stopping alcohol drinking will affect someone, but it is certain that the only safe way to stop drinking alcohol is under medical supervision.

how does Novus medical detox center compare to hospitals and other facilities?

Many times the person wanting to safely stop drinking alcohol will ask why they should come to Novus Medical Detox Center and not just go to a hospital.

However, there are some questions to ask a medical facility about alcohol detox. Here are some of them:

  • Does the facility specialize in medical detox and only medical detox?
  • Does the facility have specialized protocols for alcohol detox?
  • Does the facility have a staff that has received specialized training in how alcohol affects the body and in alcohol detox?
  • Does the facility ensure that the person is hydrated?
  • Does the facility ensure that the IV’s contain GABA and gluthathione and well as other vitamins and minerals?
  • Does the facility have private rooms so that you only have to experience your detox and not the detox of the person next to you?
  • Does the facility seem like home or an institution?
  • Does the facility have grounds where the patients can walk and/or play basketball?
  • Does the facility provide institutional food or restaurant quality food?
  • Does the facility have internet access throughout?
  • Does the facility offer Cable TV in each room?


An astronaut was asked if he had any concerns when he was being launched into space. He quipped that the only concern was that his rocket was made by the lowest bidders. All of us have priorities. We don’t have money for some purchases but can spend whatever is needed for things that we believe are valuable. We know that the better surgeons have better success. We know that skill counts. We know that someone who specializes will normally do a better job than someone who spends only a portion of their time doing the same job.

When it comes to any medical situation, all of us want the best care we can afford and we want the best opportunity to achieve the best outcome. At Novus Medical Detox Center, our patients do succeed in withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. You can read those success stories here. If you or a loved one needs to safely and more comfortably detox from alcohol, please give us a call.

There is hope for a new life. Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today! (855) 464-8550


We develop an individualized medical detox program specifically for each of our patients, which means no recovery will look the same. Our delicious food, nutritional IVs and supplements, and specialized detox protocols are all designed to quicken the healing process. We understand that various addictions present a number of issues for the human body, so we create our IVs and diets to fit the needs of specific withdrawal symptoms.

Our process is all about you, which is why we have private and shared rooms available for our residents. Each room is outfitted with a TV, telephone, and access to the internet. We also provide educational classes that will show you how the drug or alcohol of your choice affects your body. We believe that to effectively fight off your withdrawal symptoms, it is important to know what you are fighting against and what to be prepared for.

To learn more about how we can help you,
call (855) 464-8550 today!

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