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How Alcohol Treatment Centers Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer in Women

October 18, 2016 - - 0 Comments

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Risk of Breast Cancer

Over 76 million Americans have an alcohol disorder or live with someone who has an alcohol disorder. If left untreated, alcohol disorders, such as alcoholism, can negatively impact every aspect of life, especially in women. Alcohol treatment centers help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women, as well as significantly increase the chance of living a healthy life free from the dependence of stimuli.

Before learning how to treat alcoholism and prevent breast cancer, it is important to know exactly what causes the disorder and how it affects everyone around. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol disorders are caused by a number of factors, including genetics, family history, immediate environment and the addictive substance, ethanol, which is alcohol’s main ingredient.

  • Genetics: Scientists have found a common gene present among those who suffer from alcohol disorders, as well as other addictive disorders. People who carry this certain gene are more susceptible to developing an addiction than those who do not carry the gene.
  • Family History: When there is a family history of alcohol disorders or addictive personalities, the chance of a person developing an addiction is increased by over 50 percent.
  • Immediate Environment: Children who live with an alcoholic parent or who live in unfortunate circumstances also have an increased chance at developing an alcohol disorder themselves. Being in a turbulent environment with anger, irritability, stress, lack of communication or poor role modeling may cause people to self-medicate which will lead to addiction, overdose or death.
  • Alcohol Ingredients: Ethanol, the main ingredient in alcohol, is extremely addictive and has the power to manipulate the normal functions of the brain. Medical experts have found that the body will become used to the chemicals in alcohol producing certain feelings that the brain will no longer produce those feelings naturally. The body will depend solely on alcohol to create the feelings and will not function normally without it. Additionally, the body will become tolerant to its effects that it will require more and at a more frequent rate in order to maintain normality. Users will need to increase their intake, which may lead to overdose and death.

Not only will alcoholism lead to overdose and death, it can also cause detrimental effects to the heart, kidneys, immune system, liver and stomach. The enzymes in the stomach break alcohol down into a toxic substance called acetaldehyde, which is a relative to formaldehyde, a substance that can damage both the gastrointestinal tract and brain. After the stomach breaks the alcohol down, it reaches the liver and becomes acetate, which can become toxic and cause sweating, nausea and vomiting. Alcohol intake also reduces the productivity of the immune system which causes the susceptibility to all kinds of illnesses. Additionally, consuming alcohol causes dehydration and an increased heart rate which can lead to cardiac problems and nutrient deficiencies.

For women, the prolonged use of alcohol will increase their chance of breast cancer. Because alcohol and estrogen are processed in the liver, the estrogen slows the excretion of alcohol from the body. Alcohol may also lead to the increased risk of mouth and oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, stomach, colon, rectum, liver and ovarian cancers.

Alcohol treatment centers in Arizona provide the tools necessary to combat alcoholism and prevent the increased risk of developing cancer. All alcohol treatment programs begin with an extensive detoxification (detox) process, which safely removes all toxic substances from the body. One of the most important steps in the detox process is nutritional support. As mentioned before, alcohol causes dehydration which completely depletes the body of all vital vitamins and minerals. Rehab clinicians are equipped to administer necessary vitamins and minerals intravenously in order to replenish and restore the body back to a normal state.

Following the detox process, patients will begin a combination of traditional and experiential therapies. Traditional therapies help patients pinpoint their maladaptive behaviors in order to replace them with positive coping mechanisms. The experiential therapies are designed for patients to reach deep into their innermost psyche and recognize certain triggers that may contribute to their addictive personalities.

Alcohol rehab centers provide the tools necessary for patients to recover successfully and live a long life of health and happiness. Recovery is just a phone call away; do not hesitate to seek help.

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