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Long-Term Physical Effects of Alcoholism

physicall effects of alcoholismYou may not realize that even after a person enters into recovery from alcoholism, the physical effects of alcoholism use can be long-lasting. Alcoholism has physical effects on every major part of the body, which is why so many people experience medical problems secondary to their alcoholism, whether they have started their recovery journey or not.

How the Brain is affected by Alcohol

We know that alcohol interferes with the brain's communication pathways. It can cause changes in mood and behavior (which is evident even during short-term alcohol use) and can even change the way the brain looks and works, which is sometimes referred to as brain shrinkage. Following a period of heavy alcohol use, a person who abuses alcohol may experience more difficulties thinking clearly, blackouts, sleep impairment, and even memory lapses or dementia. Alcoholism can cause...
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Addiction Transfer

addiction transferAddiction transfer happens when a person exchanges an addiction in recovery for another addiction. It can also be known as a substitute addiction or cross addiction, where someone replaces one compulsive behavior with another.

What are some examples of addiction transfer?

Sometimes, when a person completes a rehab program for drug or alcohol addiction, they will turn to food for comfort. In order to fight cravings for drugs or alcohol, a person may turn to food. Sometimes this comfort can turn into something more. Food, particularly sugar, is often viewed as a safe high, but in reality, addiction to sugar and food can be very harmful as well. Though weight gain after rehab is a common occurrence, it needs to be monitored by a medical professional. Sometimes, the weight gain is welcomed, particularly when the person is coming into a program physically unwell....
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What is CARF Accreditation?

CARF_GoldSealThe Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing the quality of services in health and human services. These health and human services range from child and youth services to aging services to opioid treatment. CARF is an accrediting body meaning that a CARF-accredited service provider has applied the CARF set of standards for quality to their business and service delivery practices. CARF International provides a framework, then consults and advises health and human service organizations to help improve their service quality. CARF has been an approved accreditation provider for opioid treatment programs providing outpatient, residential, and detox services since 2001 and has been an accrediting body as a whole since 1966.

What is the CARF Accreditation process?

CARF accreditation can be quite a lengthy process - 9-12 months for first time applicant;...
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