Drinking Your Locks Away
Too much drinking can cause a wide variety of health-related issues, but is hair loss one of them?
The answer is no for many drinkers, while other drinkers have genetic causes for their hair loss.
One thing to remember is that everyone responds differently to the effects of alcoholism.
However, chronic alcoholism puts you at a higher risk of losing your hair than someone who does not suffer from alcohol abuse or addiction.
Individuals who struggle with chronic alcoholism are at higher risk because they tend not to physically and nutritionally take care of themselves.
Alcohol has a significant impact on your dietary intake.
If you are struggling with alcoholism, the first step is reaching out to get treatment at an alcohol rehab facility.
BriteLife Recovery has everything needed to set you up with both short- and long-term recovery goals.
We manage every aspect of your healthcare when you enter our results-driven programs.
From intake to outtake and aftercare, the best recovery outcomes happen here.
How Alcohol Makes Your Hair Fallout
Chronic drinking wreaks havoc on your body.
There are so many problems that alcohol causes in your mind, body, and spirit, but hair loss seems unlikely in many individuals' minds.
However, alcohol-related hair loss is real.
Did you know that when you drink, it raises your level of estrogen? Over time, the elevated estrogen levels result in your hair falling out.
Too many individuals struggling with alcoholism lack a healthy, balanced diet. The loss of vitamins and subsequent deficiencies contributes to the loss of hair.
If you're worried about losing your hair from alcoholism, then it is time to call BriteLife Recovery for help.
We can help you find the tools to get back on track towards a better quality of life.
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that your body increases the production of urine. As a result, your body becomes dehydrated.
Typically, the best prescription for a hangover is consuming more water. Water is also crucial for hair follicle growth.
Chronic dehydration can cause long-term damage to your hair follicles. Your hair can become brittle. Hair grows back thinner, causing the appearance of hair loss to be more pronounced.
Dehydration linked to alcoholism makes your liver work much harder than it needs too.
With less water present in your system, alcohol lingers longer. Inflammation due to this effect leads to hair follicle miniaturization, which is a disruption in normal hair follicle growth.
By drinking day in and day out, you will lack the necessary dietary supplements from a nutritious diet.
Getting the recommended amount of water and nutrients is crucial for hair growth.
Effects and Abuse of Alcoholism
There is no secret of the lifelong consequences of chronic drinking.
You may experience changes in your personality from alcoholism. Personality change is due to how alcohol inhibits your brain's ability to function, causing you to act out.
Alcoholism causes several physical and mental health problems.
Your heart is the most susceptible to the effects of alcohol, and chronic alcoholism directly causes serious heart issues.
You may even feel so overwhelmed by your symptoms that you need to drink more.
Depression often occurs as a dual diagnosis. Alcohol is a depressant which can make the symptoms of depression more pronounced.
Those who struggle with alcohol disorders often suffer from anxiety, excess worry, paranoia, or panic attacks, leading them to drink more. This habit, which provides temporary relief from these symptoms, can become addictive. This "self-medicating" behavior can lead to increased consumption.
Your Mental Health and Alcoholism
If you suffer from alcoholism, you may also have co-occurring mental health issues.
Over half of alcoholics suffer from an undiagnosed mental illness.
You may discover when seeking treatment at BriteLife Recovery that you have a dual diagnosis.
Medical research reveals that treating underlying conditions will decrease the need to drink.
Alcohol affects how your brain functions by making it difficult to concentrate, speak clearly, or recall things.
If you are a chronic drinker, you may also have mental health issues, like depression or dementia.
You may even drink to cope with an undiagnosed mental illness. However, no matter how good you think you may feel, it will only make your existing mental health issue worse.
The Recovery Journey
The road to recovery is a personal journey.
There is no one size fit all treatment.
The most efficient approach is comprehensive care that addresses all the issues that contribute to addiction.
You may discover you have a dual diagnosis. Having a dual diagnosis means you must treat both the addiction and mental illness to have the best chance of recovery.
When you are honest and upfront about your alcoholism, treatment is targeted to provide the best chances at recovery.
Although addiction is chronic, meaning that it can never be cured, you can recover and live a sober life with treatment.
Choosing Treatment for Alcoholism
The first step in any treatment is to assess your needs.
When you reach out to BriteLife Recovery, we provide an overall assessment that gets to the root of your addiction.
Being honest is crucial. We want you to feel comfortable telling us your story. The more information you can provide allows us to give you the best care.
No matter where you are in your addiction, we want to help you recover.
When you choose treatment, you can leave behind the shame and work towards making your future better.
Rehabilitation from Alcoholism
Detoxing is a small step in recovery.
There are many different stages that you need to experience.
Addiction is not curable; it is a chronic and lifelong disease.
Nevertheless, you can lead a productive life with treatment. The goal is to help you identify negative behaviors to make better choices that promote sobriety. You will need to make choices that involve giving up people, places, and things that can trigger a relapse.
At BriteLife Recovery, we understand how challenging this is. However, you will learn how these sacrifices will help you overall.
Addiction aftercare is an essential part of recovery, where you can rely on a system of support long after treatment ends.
The BriteLife Recovery Program
With so many different treatments, how do you know which one will work?
At BriteLife Recovery, we offer comprehensive care.
Not only do we address your addiction, but our team is also quick at identifying underlying conditions that can complicate your recovery.
We offer traditional and holistic treatments that provide care for your mind, body, and spirit.
You have already suffered enough from years of addiction, so BriteLife Recovery aims to make the recovery process a joyful experience.
There is no doubt that the stigma of addiction can be hard to overcome. However, our knowledgeable staff empathizes and encourages you to rise above the shame to enjoy your best life moving forward.
No shortage of research shows how dangerous a lifetime of drinking can do.
Finding the right treatment program is simple at BriteLife Recovery.
We readily work with insurance companies to provide the maximum amount of care allowed under your policy.
If you or a loved one is suffering from an alcohol use disorder, the time to reach out for help is now.
BriteLife Recovery's goal is to take away the barriers to receive effective treatment.
Give us a call today, and, together, we will find you a way into treatment.