Alcoholism – Squash the Addiction

Overview of alcoholism

Alcoholism is intoxication by the alcohol contained in wine, beer, rum, tequila, vodka, and many other strong drinks.

Acute alcoholism is drunkenness or temporary dysfunction of the cerebral operations caused by alcoholic drink abuse.

Chronic alcoholism is the state produced by the repeated and continued abuse of alcohol.

Alcoholism Experience                Alcoholism

One of the main thing that leads a lot of people to fall victim to alcoholism is stress and problems.

I’ve been in this situation before so I can speak for most of who fell victim to alcoholism.

Many of us don’t know any other Options to deal with the problems we face daily but to turn to drink and smoking.

As a child growing up, I faced a lot of stressful problems, trial, and tribulations, so by the time I was 16 I was already a victim of alcoholism.

I would drink and smoke a lot, thinking it was solving my problems, only to find out it was only adding more problems to what I already had.

My elder brother I would’ve had several bottles of alcoholic drink at home, and we would drink them by the bottle, because to us at the time we thought that it was our problem solver.

I remember the many times I fell victim to the hands of the alcohol. The first time I fell victim I was about 11 years old which was very young, about a year after my grandfather died.

It was from a bottle of homemade rum punch that my aunt had on her fridge from my grandfather burial, which I drank off less than a minute as if it was a bottle of water, and was unconscious for the entire day.

The second time I was 16, I drank 12 bottles of Heineken in the space of two minutes as if I was drinking water, by the third minute I was vomiting all over the place, I had to stay in my room for two straight days because of the after effects, but the best thing about these two first times is that I was at home.

The third time I was at a party with my two brothers and my cousin, this time I don’t know how much of what I had drunk, all I remember is that I was doing the drunken walk and talk, and the next thing I know, I was on my face.

Luckily the party was on the beach so when I fell I didn’t sustain any further damage because I fell in the San.

On to the fourth time at another beach party with my older brother. The party was booming, I was drinking a lot and smoking marijuana, it was about 4 am so the party was in its final moments, but I didn’t last until the end.

I wasn’t able to walk out of the crowded party on my own, all I know is that I woke up in the person hands who brought me out of the party, and I was told that I fell in the crowd on my face.

Now, this fifth and final time was a day at home, one day after my 21 birthday.

Feeling all stressed out about my situation, full of pride person so am not gonna go anyone with my problems.

And of course, I had a lot of my so-called stress reliever and problem solver, which is the alcohol.

So I called my older brother and we start the drinking and smoking from early in the day.

Later in the night my older brother girlfriend came to visit him and she wasn’t planning to leave anytime soon, so the next thing knew I was out in the hall Options drinking all by myself.

So I drank and smoke and the last thing I drank was I 1.75-liter bottle of pina colada and I couldn’t drink anymore.

It was about 12 am in the night and I went on the road in my drunkenness without telling anyone I was leaving.

The next thing I know I was in jail in the morning. And I spent two months and sis day because n jail, which was the longest two months and six days of my life.

This last experience is what makes me realize that drinking and smoking can never solve the problem, it only put us deeper into it, and that was the last time I got drunk, and it will remain the last time.

So today I can thank God I got over my drinking addiction.

Today I’m encouraging everyone out there with drinking addiction to join hands and heart and put an end to it before its too late.

Effects of alcoholism

Drunkenness

The alcohol ingested with wine, beer, or other strong drinks produces immediate effects felt all over the body.

They are first felt mildly, then with growing intensity as the alcohol level in the blood increases.

At first, when the alcohol concentration in the blood reaches .02 percent, there is a slight dizzy sensation, a feeling of warmth and general physical well-being.

As the alcohol level increases, the person feels euphoric and full of energy, with a slight quaking in the hands, an easy, strong laugh, a loose tongue, and aggressive language.

Inhibitions soon disappear, and the drinker becomes obnoxious and insistent.

When the alcohol concentration in the blood reaches .10 percent, abnormal sensibility begins to take over.

Breathing and pulse rate become rapid and strong, the person’s hands and the feet become uncoordinated, and he or she begins to talk to himself or herself.

When the alcohol level reaches .20 percent, the person needs help to walk or undress, is easily annoyed, alternates between yelling, moaning, and weeping, vomits, and has difficulty urinating.

When the level reaches.30 percent, the person goes into a stupor. Breathing becomes labored, sleep is interrupted by bouts of nausea, the person does not understand what is said to him or her, and want to fight people who try to help.

When the alcohol concentration reaches .40 percent, the person enters a state of deep unconsciousness that can result in death.

The following herbal remedy is a treatment to combat alcoholism and put a stop to the addiction of alcohol and prevent the loss of life.

Besides the use of the following natural remedies, ask for Gods help and attend meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous.

1. Angelica

Treatment for Alcoholism

The boiling liquid of the root, or an extract in powdered or liquid form, taken orally. It inhabits the desire and thirst for alcohol.

Found in humid area and forest, and along the edges of creeks.it is also extensively cultivated in zones that meet these conditions.

The plant develops from large roots; abundant leaves develop from the stems, forming wreaths with the appearance of small umbrellas made up of small white or greenish flowers.

Scientific name: Angelica archangelica.

Spanish name: Angélica.

Usable parts: Leaves, root, and seeds.

Curative properties for alcoholism:

Though at one time this medicinal plant was considered beneficial for a great number of diseases present scientific investigation has discounted most of these uses.

Modern herbalist recommends it to relieve digestive, eliminate excess mucus from the body and relieve ailments of the respiratory system, as a result of its relaxant action on the bronchial tube.

Scientific investigation has shown that Angelica has anti-inflammatory effects, and can, therefore, be used in the treatment of arthritis.

A preliminary report from China indicates that angelica increases the number of red cell in the blood, and may be useful in combating anemia. These report also revealed that this plant coagulation of the blood.

Caution:

Angelica contains chemical products called psoralens. When persons who have ingested psoralens are exposed to the sun, they tend to develop rashes on the body.

The fresh roots of angelica are toxic; therefore, they must be properly dried before use.

It is not advisable to collect leaves or roots of angelica in wild, because it is very easy to confuse this plant with hemlock, which is poisonous.

Preparation:

Infusion; Prepare with 1 teaspoon of crushed leaves or seeds in 1 cup of boiling water; let stand for 10 to 20 minutes.

Boiled liquid: Used 1 teaspoon of crushed root in a cup of water and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 15 minutes. The boiling liquid of Angelica has a bitter flavor.

Dosage for alcoholism

Infusion: Take 1 cup several times a day. Boil liquid: Take 1/4 cup several times a day.

Active ingredients:

Essential oil with felandren, angelica acid, cumarina (angelica, bitter principle, and tannin) and psoralens.

Contraindication:

Reports reveal that this plant speeds up the coagulation time of the blood, and thus should not be used by persons with heart problems, to avoid the possibility of reduced blood flow to the heart and run the risk of a heart attack.

It is also believed that this compound may promote the growth of tumors, and its use is discouraged by those who have a history of cancer.

2. Quassia

Treatment for Alcoholism

The boiling liquid of the stem, taken orally. It produces a reaction to alcohol.

A tropical American shrub or small tree found in rainforests in Pacific coastal areas.

Has oblong opposite leaves about 5 to 10 centimeters in length. Brilliant red flowers some 3 centimeters long grow in long clusters.

The fruit appears in five black capsules about 1 to 5 centimeters long. Has smooth whitish wood that is extremely bitter.

Scientific name: Picraena excelsa, Quassia amara.

Spanish name: Hombre grande.

Usable part: The wood.

Curative properties for alcoholism:

The liquid obtained from the maceration of the bark is an effective bitter tonic to combat stomachaches and is an appetite stimulant.

It is useful in combating amoebas and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is also useful for treating liver and kidney stones.

Removes facial blemishes of hepatic origin, and reduces the desire for drinking alcohol.

Preparation:

Maceration: Soak 1 tablespoon of wood from the plant in 1 liter of water for about 3 to 4 hours, and then bring to a boil for about five minutes. Extraction: Use 8 drops in 1/2 glass of water.

(Extract of this plant can also be obtained commercially).

Dosage:

Drink 1 cup during the day in small doses.

Active ingredients:

Contains a very bitter principle called cuasin or biterin.

Contraindications:

Do not administer to pregnant women or to children. It may reduce the blood pressure of those who use it. Do not use together with alcoholic beverages.

3. Linden

Treatment for Alcoholism

Infusion of the root, combined with mint and Valerian. The combination is a mild tranquilizer.

A large shade tree that often reaches 20 meters in high, with straight trunk and branches.

There are both American and European varieties. The leaves are heart-shaped, with serrated borders.

The fragrant flowers have 5 whitish petals. Fruits are round and covered with fuzz.

Scientific name: Tilia cordata, Tilia enropaea.

Spanish name: Tilo.

Usable parts: Flowers and Leaves.

Curative properties for alcoholism:

The leaves and flowers have antispasmodic and expectorant properties, making them useful in the treatment of asthma and flu.

It also has diuretic and diaphoretic (producing abundant perspiration) properties.

The linden flower is a well-known sedative that can be used alone or in combination with other plants with the same characteristics for the treatment of insomnia.

It is employed to relieve headaches, nervous stomach. Nervous vomiting and indigestion.

The flowers are used in infusion by pouring 1 liter of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of flowers, with plenty of lemon juice and honey to induce perspiration and combat colds and bronchitis.

An infusion of leaves of linden combined with an infusion of leaves or flowers of the orange tree is used to combat nervous ailments, headaches, dizziness, unnecessary stress without physical health reasons, and epileptic fits.

Preparation:

Infusion: pour 1 liter of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of linden flowers and let stand for 10 minutes. See also the paragraphs above.

Dosage:

Drink 1 cup two or three times a day.

Active ingredients:

Essential oil with orvesal, mucin, flavonoids, hesperidin, cumarin, vanillin, and boxylic acid.

Contraindications:

It is not recommended for use over extended periods because it may affect the cardiac muscles.

4. Mint

Treatment for Alcoholism

Infusion of the root, combined with linden and Valerian. Taken orally. The combination is a mild tranquilizer.

Mint is cultivated extensively for commercial use in many tropical countries.

Has a square stem and simple, opposite, toothed green leaves that incline downward, and have a rounded base with hairiness on both the upper and lower surfaces, along with small white flowers.

Scientific name: Mentha piperita.

Spanish name: Mental.

Usable parts: Leaves, flowers, and root

Curative properties for alcoholism:

Mint has a carminative action, preventing the formation of gas in the digestive tract and contributing to its expulsion.

It produces a relaxant effect on the muscles of the intestines, is an antiflatulent, and stimulates bile production and the secretion of digestive juices, making it a good remedy for intestinal colic, difficult digestion, and flatulence.

The volatile oils it contains act as mild anesthetics in the stomach, combating nausea and vomiting. It is especially useful in the treatment of fevers, colds, and the flu.

It also alleviates headaches produced by indigestion. Has a calming effect on the nerves and can be used for nervous tension, anxiety, and hysteria.

It alleviates menstrual pain and reduces the tension often associated with this condition.

To alleviate nervous annoyances, It may be combined with linden, chamomile or Valerian. A mint infusion can replace tea or coffee.

Preparation:

Infusion: pour 1 cup of water over 2 teaspoons of dried mint and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Fresh mint leaves or small packages of ground mint that are distrusted commercially may also be used.

Dosage:

Take 1 cup three times a day, but do not use for more than 10 to 12 consecutive days.

Active ingredients:

Contains up to 2 percent volatile oils with menthol, mentona, Jasmine, tannin, and bitter principle.

Contraindications:

It should not be used for more than 12 consecutive days, because it can cause damage to the heart.

5. Mugwort

Healing plants

Infusion of the leaves, taken orally. It produces a reaction to alcohol.

This plant is a relative to wormwood, a herbal plant that likes vacant fields. Its stem hold dark green deeply split leaves.

The stems end in sprays of small red or yellow colored flowers.

Scientific name: Artemisia vulgaris. 1.

Spanish name: Artemis’s.

Usable parts: Flowers and Leaves.

Curative properties for alcoholism:

A tonic that stimulates the digestive and nervous systems, stimulates the onset menstruation and has an antiepileptic action.

In the case of low or absent menstrual flow, prepare a tea using 1/3 teaspoons of pulverized flowers in 1/2 cup of water three times a day.

It is recommended that this regimen being 8 to 10 days before the menstrual period starts.

Mugwort has long been used for neurological related ailments such as epilepsy, neuralgia, hysteria, and chorea ( Saint Vitus’ dance, a series of uncoordinated, brusk, rapid involuntary movements that affect the face, tongue, hands, and feet).

For this condition take 1 cup a day of an infusion prepared with 1 teaspoon pulverized of flowers in boiling water. Allow to cool and take 1/2 cup three times a day.

When mugwort is used to relieve neurological ailments the patient should lie down after drinking the infusion and cover up well to induce perspiration.

An infusion of 1 cup of pulverized flowers in 1 cup of warm milk may abort an attack of epilepsy if taken at the moment the signs of an attack begin to appear (an aura).

The infusion of mugwort flowers mentioned above may also be used to combat flatulence and intestinal and stomach spasms.

The same infusion or juice made from the leaves of the plant helps dissolve kidney stones.

Preparation:

An infusion is prepared with 1 teaspoon of chopped leaves or flowers in 1 cup of boiling water or milk

Dosage:

Take 1 cup a day in repeated doses. To use a tincture of mugwort, use 10 to 30 drops in 1 cup of water two to three times a day.

Active ingredients:

Volatile oils that contain console and tuyrona, a bitter principle, tannin, resin, and insulin.

6. Valerian

Healing plants

Infusion of the roots, combined with linden and mint. Taken orally. The combination is a mild tranquilizer.

Annual herbal plants with a straight hollow stem about 1 meter high and sharp pointed serrated leaves.

It is small, fragrant, white to pink or lavender flowers in bunches at the end of the stem. The rhizome has a variety of small roots that are also part of its medicinal value.

Scientific name: Valeriana officinalis.

Spanish name: Valeriana.

Usable parts: Rhizome.

Curative properties for alcoholism:

Many different varieties of the root, dried leaves, and tinctures of this plant are available commercially.

The powder is the most used. Valerian, because of its sedative effect on the nervous system, is used with profit in the treatment of disease of a nervous origin, such as menopause, insomnia, migraine, epilepsy, asthma and to reduce tension, anxiety and hysterical manifestation. It also alleviates the discomfort of menstruation.

Preparation:

Infusion: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of root and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. It may be sweetened with honey and lemon to cut down the tincture: Available commercially.

Dosage:

Infusion: Drink small doses during the day, or as needed. To combat insomnia, drink 1 cup before bedtime. Extracts and tinctures: Follow the instruction given.

Active ingredients:

Essential oil, valerianic acid, isovalerianic acid, borneol, pinene, canfeno, alkaloids and trimester epoxivalerianic.

Contraindication:

Used for a long time or in excessive doses can produce headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, uneasiness and disorientation upon waking.

Long Term Effects of Alcoholism

In addition to the immediate effects that we looked at in the above article, there are also long term effects.

The habitual drinker experiences alterations in the nervous system and muscles.

The memory and will power deteriorate; the drinker cannot concentrate mentally, becomes easily irritated, and develops a tendency toward brutality and mistreatment of family.

The muscles become atrophied, and the drinker tires easily.

Alcohol also affects the digestive system. The stomach becomes irritated and inflamed, as do the intestines. Diarrhea, constipation, and colic are common.

The liver, the organ that processes and eliminates most of the alcohol, suffers as a result and becomes less resistant, increases in size, and finally sickens with cirrhosis, a disease that has no cure, and ultimately results in the death of the drinker affected by it.

Alcohol also affects the circulatory system (veins and arteries) and produces dilation and fatty tissue deposits, in the heart.

Also, it compromises the genitourinary system, results in chronic nephritis and genital impotence.

The children of alcoholics may have epilepsy and mental disability.

I hope that you enjoy reading this article. Please leave a comment in the section below, I’ll reply as soon as possible. Thank you.

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8 Responses

  1. Great article and relatable.
    All of that definitely runs in my family and have to watch my parent do it everyday.
    I love naturally holistic treatments with plants and herbs and i’ve never heard of the majority of those plants, so those were really awesome to read about.
    There’s alot of great info on this post. I actually booked marked this one.

  2. Sanders says:

    Hi. Very informative article dealing with natural herbal ways to deal with alcohol abuse. I was familiar with Valerian as a herb that could be used to discourage drinking but was not aware that the other herbs you mentioned could also be used. Lots of good information.
    Great to hear you no longer consume alcohol. I spent a lot of years drinking pretty heavily. Mostly binge drinking but have not had a drink in a few years. I did not decide to stop, just have not picked up a bottle. I’m not even sure how long it has been but no urges to start back up. We are the lucky ones. I have friends who are borderline alcoholics, so may be able to gently pass on this information.

  3. Good article, I’m sorry for your rough times in life and glad that you have taken your past as a learning experience and grown from this. Your stories and knowledge will inspire many others going through the same problems. I definitely love the herbal route to help with addiction.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Linsey

  4. Ronnie H. says:

    I find this article to be very inspiring and also informative as another gentleman said. A lot of times when we go through things as humans we tend to feel alone. It’s always a blessing to know that in fact, we are not alone and people do understand. It’s an amazing feeling for someone to tell you, “It’s okay. You’ll get through it.” The hardships that you have overcome, are inspirations to others. Thank you for this & please keep up the good work!

    • Dwayne says:

      After all we are all human beings. We all faced hardship and most of the time, all we need is a shoulder to lean, someone with understanding and compassion to help us get through.

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