Residents in Passaic, NJ, are struggling with many different types of drug abuse and addictions, but specifically alcohol has taken a large toll on the community, causing many to seek professional treatment. In 2016, Passaic City saw 155 admissions to professional treatment centers for alcohol as the primary drug of abuse.1 This was more than any other city in Passaic County except for Paterson City.
Alcohol can be just as dangerous of a substance as heroin or other illicit drugs. Many people don’t realize this danger because alcohol is legal. However, when one abuses it regularly and in large amounts, it can cause a number of health issues like those highlighted by the National Library of Medicine, including: 2
- Alcohol poisoning and death.
- Liver disease.
- Heart problems, including heart disease.
In addition, alcohol abuse can lead to dependence, which is when a person cannot stop drinking without experiencing withdrawal symptoms.3 The withdrawal syndromes associated with alcohol can be extremely dangerous, as an intense form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens can possibly occur without warning several days into the syndrome.4 Delirium tremens causes symptoms, such as seizures, hallucinations, and stupor, and it requires immediate medical attention.4
For these reasons, it is important to seek treatment in Passaic or elsewhere if you or someone you love is struggling with serious alcohol abuse or addiction. You can find out more about rehab centers near you by searching our directory.