Chronic Illness and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a chronic illness in its own right. That being the case, medical professionals who treat patients with chronic illnesses also address the issue of alcoholism, since excessive alcohol abuse often interferes with the treatment for other diseases. If you suffer from both a chronic illness and alcohol abuse, seek a treatment center that will address both problems simultaneously.

Illnesses that Alcohol Intensifies

Alcohol abuse can increase the risk of the following diseases:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Oral, digestive and breast cancer (among others)
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes mellitus

Alcohol abuse can also worsen the following diseases:

  • Hypertension
  • Life-threatening blood clotting
  • Sleep disorders and disturbances

Alcohol abuse can worsen chronic diseases by damaging the heart, digestive tract and liver, and also by counteracting prescribed medications. Alcohol abuse can nullify medications for the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Depression

Even when alcohol consumption does not counter a prescription medication, the fact that alcohol impairs one’s judgment often leads people to disregard their doctor’s instructions concerning personal care, which can have disastrous consequences.

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Chronic Pain

While alcohol intake in small, controlled amounts can improve the workings of the heart, alcohol abuse is one of the worst aggravators of cardiac disease, in addition to increasing the risk of stroke and cancer. One who has never drunk alcohol should not do so in pursuit of a handful of health benefits which can be obtained just as easily through a proper diet and exercise. The risk of addiction and its attendant damage is too great to warrant risking such a practice.

Recovering injury victims may seek to alleviate chronic pain by drinking alcohol, but such use only worsens these side effects once the alcohol has worn off, leaving patients desperate for another drink; This greatly contributes to a rapid slide into addiction. In short, alcohol hurts far more than it helps and should never be seen as a cure (or even a pain reliever) for chronic illness.

How to Treat Chronic Pain and Alcoholism

If you or your loved one suffers from chronic illness and abuses alcohol to escape the pain, please know that there is another option for healing. Our toll-free helpline is here for you to find medical care that addresses both the illness and alcoholism. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the recovery you need. Please call us today to being your recovery.

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