Selecting Ankeny Treatment Facilities
An Ankeny, Iowa community website recently reported that a total of eight motorists were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol during the month of July 2012. One of them was 16 years old.
The Century Council
reports that in 2010, there were a total of 90 alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities in the state of Iowa. Over 13 percent of these involved people under the age of 21.
Ankeny residents who rely on alcohol to deal with stress, dull their psychological pain, or cope with life’s problems can quickly become dependent on it – and pose a danger to themselves and others. Most of these people cannot recover on their own and require professional help.What to Bring to Recovery Programs
The first and most important thing to bring to recovery is the right attitude. You must first admit that you have a drinking problem over which you have no control, and you must be committed to the recovery process.
Beyond this, the staff will usually advise you as to want is allowed in treatment. Generally, items to bring include changes of clothing, toiletries and any prescription medications you may be taking. Usually, laptops and cell phones are not allowed, because outside contact during treatment may be counterproductive to the recovery process. This varies from one facility to another so check with the program in question to ensure you are wholly aware of their requirements.
The Effects of Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant that disturbs the brain and central nervous system. It inhibits judgment while at the same time slowing reflexes (which is why operating machinery under the influence of alcohol is dangerous).
Specific effects of alcohol include:
- Memory impairment (including blackouts)
- Liver disease (cirrhosis)
- Heart damage (cardiomyopathy)
- Nerve damage
- Vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition
Contact a Treatment Facility in Ankeny
If you find yourself experiencing blackouts during a night of drinking, it’s a serious sign that you need immediate help. Contact one of our counselors today, who will put you in contact with the right treatment center in or near Ankeny that can help you.