The Colony Rehab Centers
A judge in The Colony, Texas
, recently sentenced a 28-year-old man to 120 days in jail
and five years probation for "intoxication manslaughter." In January of 2010, the man had been driving under the influence and collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Amanda Richardson, who subsequently died from the head injuries she sustained in the accident.
Alcohol affects judgment while impairing physical reflexes. Over time, alcohol creates a physical dependence. Long-term effects on health can include:
- Liver and heart disease
- Neural myopathy (nerve damage)
- Long-term mental impairment
- Malnutrition and intestinal disorders
- Cancer (mouth, throat, esophagus)
One of the more immediate effects of alcohol abuse is memory impairment. If you have been experiencing blackouts - in which you have no memory of what happened while you were drinking - it's time to get professional help.What to Bring to Recovery Clinics
What you may and may not bring to a recovery clinic during your treatment period varies from one facility in The Colony to another. This information is usually listed on the clinic's website; alternatively, the admissions department can advise you. In general, however, you should bring an insurance card (if you have one), a week's change of clothing (be aware that clinics usually have dress codes), prescription medications (along with the prescription), and a small amount of cash for minor purchases at the facility.
Can The Physical Effects of Alcoholism Be Reversed?
Currently, there is a great deal of research and debate over this issue. Some effects of long-term alcohol consumption can linger long after recovery, and some physical damage may be irreversible.
It depends on the length of time one has been drinking, the amounts consumed over that period, and whether or not there is a family history of alcoholism.