Can Alcoholism Cause Chronic Headaches?

Can Alcoholism Cause Chronic Headaches?

For many people drinking alcohol is a mild pastime that doesn’t have a major effect on their everyday life. However, for those suffering from alcohol addiction or alcoholism, the effects of drinking can compound themselves over time and cause long-term consequences that can be debilitating and even life-threatening. It’s important to know what alcoholism can do to the body and its potential side effects so that it is possible to get help before it is too late. The medical implications of alcohol use can last long after a person stops drinking. 

Principles Recovery is dedicated to educating our clients and their families about addiction and what it can potentially do to a person. In this post, we are going to discuss the effects of alcoholism, the signs of alcoholism, alcoholism can cause chronic headaches, and how to find alcohol treatment programs.

What Are the Signs of Alcoholism? 

When it comes to alcohol abuse and addiction, there are a range of symptoms that can start as soon as a person takes their first drink, all the way up to an addicted drinker of many years. It’s also important to note that having alcoholism does not necessarily mean that a person drinks every day, binge drinkers are also considered alcoholics because they consume large quantities of alcohol, often without regard for the effects, it has on their body or their life. 

Some of the short-term signs and symptoms of alcoholism include slurred speech, inability to focus, slowed breathing and heart rate, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, a sense of euphoria, and loss of inhibitions/ability to control one’s actions. 

It’s important to understand how alcohol works on the body. Alcohol is considered a suppressant and works to slow down different systems in the body, including breathing and heart rate. Beyond that, it acts on the central nervous system to reduce thought and response time, which is why alcohol is known to cause automotive accidents. 

While these effects are detrimental to one’s health, many people like the other effects that alcohol has on the body, namely the calming and euphoric effects and the lowering of inhibitions. These effects allow them to act differently or “more freely” than they normally would while sober. 

What Are the Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse? 

Long-term effects can include severe kidney and liver damage, inability to function without alcohol, blacking out, memory loss, tremors, seizures, and signs of neurological damage. Alcoholism has also been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and a whole host of other medical conditions as either a direct cause or a contributing factor. Alcohol use in the short term and over time can compound with existing medical conditions to make them worse. 

Can Alcoholism Cause Chronic Headaches 

As mentioned previously, alcoholism has been linked to a large number of health conditions. In terms of headaches, alcoholism and alcohol use, in general, have been linked to cluster and tension headaches. 

In populations who suffer migraines, roughly 30% reported that they experienced migraines when drinking alcohol. Studies showed that these people drank less alcohol once they identified alcohol as a trigger. 

One of the reasons that alcohol is known to be a trigger for headaches is because it not only slows down the central nervous system, but when consumed in large quantities, it can cause the body to become dehydrated, particularly the brain cells, which is a known cause of headaches, migraines, and hangovers.

How to Find Alcohol Treatment Programs 

If you are looking for a rehab in South Florida, then Principles Recovery Center has the alcohol treatment program that you or your loved one need. 

We offer a variety of treatment options for teens and adolescents, an outpatient program, and even South Florida dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders like depression and anxiety. 
Contact Principles Recovery Center today if you or a loved one are suffering from alcoholism and are ready to get treatment.

What Are the Symptoms of Opioid Abuse?

What Are the Symptoms of Opioid Abuse?

Most of us have been prescribed an opioid a time or two in our lives, but some may not know how easy it is to start abusing them and become addicted. Unfortunately, even though most of them are prescribed to us by our doctors, all opioids have the potential for abuse and addiction. Without knowing the signs of opioid abuse, it can be difficult to tell if a person is addicted or not. Even if a person starts off using opioids normally, it is possible for them to become addicted. 

At Principles Recovery, we believe every person deserves the best odds at recovery, and that starts with recognizing the signs of addiction. In this post, we are going to discuss the symptoms of opioid abuse, which drugs are opioids, and how to find opioid treatment programs. 

What Are Opioids? 

Opioids are a classification of drugs used to identify those drugs that are primarily used for pain treatment and management. Most opioids are obtained via prescription and are used to treat things like pain from broken bones, chronic illness, and severe or ongoing pain. Because of their pain-relieving qualities, opioids are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in America. 

Opioids can be either short-acting or long-acting drugs. They work by acting on the brain and the central nervous system to relieve pain in the short term and change how the pain receptors activate when sensing pain so that long-term pain relief can be achieved. Over time this causes a chemical change in the nervous system and in the brain. 

There are two primary reasons why opioids are highly addictive. 

The first reason that opioids are so addictive is that many people enjoy how they make them feel. Some opioids even have the effect of producing a euphoria-like feeling that is similar to a high. Those that enjoy the feeling they get from the drug will continue to use it, going past the prescribed amount and eventually becoming addicted. This can lead to changes in behavior and in the way that they ingest the drug. 

A second reason why so many become addicted to opioids, in particular, is how they interact with the body and brain. The changes that occur in the central nervous system and brain cause the body to need opioids to function normally. When not present the body goes through what is known as withdrawal. The beginning stages of the change are known as chemical dependence. Chemical dependence ultimately leads to full-blown addiction with the person experiencing cravings for the drug.

Which Drugs Are Opioids 

There are a number of drugs that are classified as opioids. Most of the prescribed painkillers are opioids. Some popular names include oxycontin and oxycodone, as well as most drugs in the “oxy” family. Others include Percocet and Vicodin. 

Other illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl are also under the opioid classification. Opioids come in two types, short-acting and long-acting. Depending on the type of opioid, this will determine how soon withdrawal symptoms set in and how long they will last. 

It is also important to note that all opioids are considered controlled substances, and the dispensation of prescriptions is highly regulated. However, even if a person takes the drug as intended, over time, there is still a chance for them to become addicted. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of abuse to look out for. 

What Are the Symptoms of Opioid Abuse? 

If someone is abusing opioids, you will notice some distinct changes in their behavior. Signs of misuse include:

  • Taking more than is prescribed.
  • Changing the way that person ingests the medication, such as snorting or injecting the drug.
  • Drug-seeking behavior such as trying to procure other prescriptions once theirs runs out. 

You may also notice that they have mood changes and begin to distance themselves from friends and family, and lie about drug use and behaviors associated with it. 

How to Find Opioid Treatment Programs 

If you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction in South Florida, then the time is now to come to Principles Recovery Center. We not only offer treatment for opioid addiction, but we also offer a full range of care, from Florida dual diagnosis treatment to treatment for adolescents and teens to an outpatient program for those with life responsibilities that keep them from staying at our facility. 
Contact Principles Recovery Center today if you or a loved one are ready for treatment. Principles Recovery Center is a Florida rehab center that offers addiction and mental health treatment.