Hepatitis is a grim reminder of the dangers of substance abuse. All versions (A, B, C, D, and E) can inflict extensive damage on the liver (and the rest of the body) and can produce excruciating pain if the victim does not receive appropriate treatment. Typically, these infections are spread as a result of sharing infected needles or engaging in unprotected sex, but did you know that there is one form that is exclusive to heavy drinkers? Based on numerous studies, people who suffer from an alcohol abuse disorder can fall victim to alcoholic hepatitis. What is this illness and what can be done to treat it? Let’s take a closer look and see.
Alcoholic hepatitis is a dangerous condition that afflicts people who suffer from an alcohol abuse disorder (binge or heavy drinking) or have recovered from this problem. Our liver is a masterful recycling bin that filters out toxins like alcohol or drugs. However, if enough toxins build up over time, the organ begins to weaken and swell, suffering from scars and growing fatty. After a longer period, the liver will completely shut down.
Typical side effects of this illness are:
- Jaundice (white of eyes and skin turn yellow)
- Retaining liquid in the stomach
- Severe weight loss
Medical researchers discovered that 35% of heavy drinkers who have consumed alcohol for a long time will develop alcoholic hepatitis. Now consider that, in 2017, men consumed 5 or more regular-sized alcoholic drinks (women consumed 4) as part of binge drinking. Most individuals who suffer from alcoholic hepatitis are within the age range of 40 to 60.
The obvious answer to this question is to stop drinking altogether, and doing so can potentially halt the progression of the illness (or prevent it altogether). Likewise, consider adding supplements like vitamins and diuretics and eating foods with low sodium content. Doctors may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent bacterial infections or steroids to stop swelling.
At Asana Recovery, we understand how difficult recovering from these addictions through our daily work to help those struggling most from this disease. While some people may believe that they can make it alone, rehabilitation programs are essential in the fight to break the dependency. The road ahead is not a smooth or easy one, but you can traverse it if done so with the support of the right team. Counseling and aftercare processes can assist you by addressing the psychological facets that led you to add and help you build a structure from which to better cope with life without succumbing to addiction.
The supervised detoxification and residential treatment programs at Asana Recovery are offered in a supportive, relaxing, and inspiring environment. We’re deeply committed to ensuring your long-term recovery and guiding you on your path to a healthier and happier future. There is no better time than now, and we’re always available to speak with you. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment program today.