Breaking Down the 12 Steps for the Addict

A 12-step program provides just the roadmap some recovering users need to get back on track after substance addiction. This common approach to addiction recovery keeps many people focused on their long-term health and sobriety as they work toward rebuilding their lives and strengthening their resolve to put down the drugs and alcohol for good.

Some popular 12-step programs are:

  • Alcoholic Anonymous (AA)
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  • Gamblers Anonymous (GA)
  • Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA)
  • Al-Anon and Alateen (a group for people who have been affected by someone else’s drinking)

Twelve-step programs are used to address various kinds of addictions and are incorporated into treatment approaches “always or often” or “sometimes” at about 73 percent of treatment centers, according to the 2016 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services.

These free or low-cost programs require participants to meet regularly at a scheduled time in a public place, such as a church, to share stories about their experiences with alcoholism and drug addiction. They do so in hopes of encouraging one another in working toward shared goals.

These meetings are intended to be safe spaces for people in recovery who wish to use their weaknesses, doubts, fears, and personal truths and perspectives to help other people who are going through similar experiences. Each of the 12 steps must be worked in the order they appear though there is some flexibility in how sponsors can walk their sponsees through the steps.

Alcoholics Anonymous, an international fellowship Bill Wilson founded in 1935 to help people struggling with alcoholism, is the original 12-step program, and its blueprint has provided the foundation for other programs, both secular and nonsecular.

For some who are on the fence about joining a 12-step fellowship whose foundation is faith-based, the biggest obstacle to adopting the 12 steps is the spiritually focused language wording of the steps. There are, however, objective ways to look at the steps for them to be adaptable to any belief system.

If you will are entering a treatment program or have gone through treatment, you may come to realize that the basic concepts outlined in the steps can be applied to your daily life. This article will focus on the original 12 steps and explain them to help people who are interested in giving them a try.

An overview at the 12 Steps

Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.

In the first step of the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous, it is realized that people who are struggling with addiction must admit our lives have become a mess and that we are responsible for creating the messes our lives have become because of our addictions. This step is about admitting the truth, the pull of addiction is greater than us, and that we need outside help.

Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

The second step is about hope, faith, and ultimately, realization. This is a step toward God or what our conception of God is to us. Ultimately, this step is about the process of stepping outside of ourselves and give up control. Whether recovering users are agnostic, atheist, or former believers, everyone can stand together in this step. True humility and an open mind can lead us to recovery. Click here to learn more about how the second step can help people recovering from substance abuse deal with cravings as they abstain from substance use.

Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.

The third step does two things. First, we decide to turn our will over to the care of God, or a Higher Power of our understanding, and to trust God or a Higher power with our recovery. Second, we decide to turn our lives over to the care of God, as we understand Him. This step calls for affirmative action, for it is only by action that we can cut away the self-will and ego that prevents us from being humble and seeking help.

Some have said the third step is an affirmation to take action and finish the rest of the steps, whether your belief that you will is strong or not. It is a step that requires us to engage in a great deal of reflection and acceptance of ourselves.

Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

The purpose of a searching and fearless moral inventory is to sort through the confusion and the contradiction of our lives so that we can find out and face the facts of who we are. This is important as we aim to understand the new path we are creating for ourselves. This is also a time to reflect on past and present relationships with people who have played a significant role in our lives and think about how our actions have affected them. In the simplest terms, the fourth step is the soul-searching step of the 12 steps, and we chronicle both the good and bad in each of us.

Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Step 5 has been called the key to freedom. After we complete the moral and personal inventory in the fourth step, we now have to admit our shortcomings to God, our Higher Power, and others whom we have wronged. This can be hard after believing our own half-truths, excuses, rationalizations, and justifications of what we do for so long. Despite that, this step must be done. For many, this step is the most difficult one, but once it is completed, we have nothing left to hide. We will be on our way to attaining relief on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level.

Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

The sixth step is one about preparation and reflection, and upon closer examination, the theme of the sixth step is willingness. Willingness occurs between the time we are ready to make changes in our lives (preparation) and the time we make the change in our lives and behave in ways that support those changes (action). It is also the step where we as newly recovering addicts realize that the journey of recovery is marked by small victories and gradual improvement and progress.

Step 7: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

The seventh step indicates a change in attitude that allows our humility to be our guide. According to, Step 7 is similar to Step 3. “[Step 7] is more specific, however, because now I have completed my personal inventory, and so I have a better idea of the roots of my addictive behaviors. I do my best to not play games about these defects of character. In this step I surrender to the ‘surgery of God’ and ask God to remove these defects of character,” it writes on its website. This step is also one of action as it requires us to remove the sources of addiction and temptation that cause us to stumble or fall.

Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.

The eighth step is about making amends to all the people we have wronged. It promotes healing from past hurts and reaching out to others who have been wounded by hurtful actions.

We are putting into action what was started in Step 4. During this step, we must make a list of everyone we have wronged and set out to make amends with these people. This list is a good place to start for having those difficult conversations. It may help to write down any thoughts that come to mind next to each person’s name and reflect on what the proper amends might be for that person.

It is important to note the difference between amends and apologies. The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation site writes, “An amend has to do with restoring justice as much as possible. The idea is to restore in a direct way that which we have broken or damaged—or to make restoration in a symbolic way if we can’t do it directly.” It is a sincere change in how we behave and treat others.

The site goes on to explain that borrowing $20 from someone and apologizing for not paying it back is one thing, but giving the person’s $20 back to them is actually making amends.

Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

The ninth step completes what was started in the eighth step. We should make amends when the first opportunity presents itself. However, there is one exception, and that’s when making amends will cause more harm than good. Sometimes we cannot make amends; it is neither possible nor practical, and we just have to accept that. However, we should never fail to reach out to someone out of embarrassment, fear, or procrastination.

Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

Step 10 lays out the foundation for the rest of the recovering person’s life. In this step, we are vigilant against addictive behavior and the triggers for the addictive behavior. If we engage in this type of behavior, we admit our shortcomings and move past them.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.

The 11th step provides a continual reality check, and we focus on spiritual needs as our base. Whether it is meditation, prayer, or another spiritual way of connecting with your Higher Power, the 11th step is where you begin your journey of spiritual growth.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Step 12, the final step, involves being of service to those who are struggling with abuse by carrying the message that recovery is possible. This mainly points to taking another through the steps the same way your sponsor took you through them. Sharing the message can be as simple as speaking at a meeting, to being a sponsor to just being a nice person. The 12th step is not an end, but a beginning. It is the beginning of the ultimate journey for growth and continued freedom from drugs and alcohol.

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To truly understand the power of the steps, one must be in a clear frame of mind. The Palm Beach Institute begins educating and assisting our clients through the journey of the steps as soon as they enter treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction, call us today at 1-855-470-2050 and take the first step towards continued recovery with The Palm Beach Institute.

Can You Cure Addiction and Alcoholism?

Recovering from substance abuse and addiction is fraught with challenges. These challenges involve the physical and emotional aspects of recovery as well as the philosophy of recovery itself. Some in the addiction recovery community have made the controversial claim that addiction is curable. This point of view goes against the grain of the traditional school of thought, which asserts that addiction is a complex, chronic, and progressive “disease” that has no cure but can be addressed with effective professional treatment.

Treatment involves detoxification (the process of ridding the body of toxic substances), behavioral counseling, medication, relapse prevention techniques, and other methods that promote a life free of drugs and alcohol.

Can The Cycle of Addiction Be Broken?

People in the recovery community who believe addiction can be cured point to the biopsychosocial model of addiction that can be used to break the cycle of addiction, thus curing those who have the disease. The model takes a holistic approach to addiction and looks at factors in three main categories. They are:

Biological—refers to the genetic predisposition to develop an addiction and how addiction affects the physical body. Biological factors include birth, adoption, and genetic vulnerability, among others.

Psychological—refers to the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings as they relate to addiction. Many psychological theories have provided a lens to examine addiction, including personality theory, classical conditioning theory, social learning theory, learning theory and, of course, psychoanalysis.

Social–these factors include the influences of family, friends, and other relationships. Addiction usually has a negative effect on relationships and affects how people who are recovering from addiction relate to the people around them.

People in the recovery community who use the biopsychosocial model believe that using a multidisciplinary approach to the study of addiction should lead to the development of a more accurate picture of the causes of addiction. From that understanding, and through the development of treatments specific to these roots, addiction could have the possibility of being cured.

Why Some Believe That Addiction Can’t Be Cured

For others in the recovery community, including health experts and scientists, the question of whether addiction can be cured doesn’t square with the disease model of addiction. This model asserts that addiction and alcoholism change the brain’s structure and function, which makes it difficult for people in active addiction to control or end their use and abuse of addictive substances. A voluntary decision to use addictive substances can turn into a compulsive need to use those substances.

While professional treatment is recommended for people who are battling addiction and alcoholism, the reality is that treatment will not look the same for everyone. Everyone has a unique history of substance use and abuse, so a “one size fits all” approach will not work. There are three main reasons why this may be the case:

Programmed for pleasure. The quest for pleasure is fundamentally human, and humans in search of pleasure often resort to experimenting with drugs and other substances to invent ways to get high. Addictive drugs provide instant gratification through the release of dopamine and that process conditions us to seek out the next high.

Pain. Just as humans are hardwired to seek out pleasure, they also are hardwired to avoid painful experiences. People often turn to drugs to escape the pain, sadness, and depression that may be present in their daily lives.

Drug use isn’t just about drugs. Addiction is an illness that has a strong behavioral component. Those who are susceptible to addiction experience drugs and alcohol in a very different way than average people. Addicts seek the high more, but they enjoy it less. Furthermore, the cravings, rituals, and other behaviors associated with drug use continue even after a person stops using.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) asserts that addiction is a disease that affects the brain and behavior. It also asserts that addiction is a treatable disease but cautions that the treatment process is not as simple as it may sound.

“Because addiction is a chronic disease, people can’t simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured. Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives,” it writes on its website.

Addiction treatment can help people in recovery stop using drugs, remain abstinent and drug-free, and be productive members of the family, the job, and society, according to NIDA’s view on the issue.

Its list of key principles of effective drug treatment, which it says is based on scientific research since the mid-1970s, include the following:

  • People need to have quick access to treatment.
  • Effective treatment addresses all of the patient’s needs, not just their drug use.
  • Staying in treatment long enough is critical.
  • Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment.
  • Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies.
  • Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs.
  • Treatment should address other possible mental disorders.
  • Medically-assisted detoxification is only the first stage of treatment.
  • Treatment doesn’t need to be voluntary to be effective.
  • Drug use during treatment must be monitored continuously.

One in seven U.S. adults battle addiction, according to a 2016 federal report, and of the nearly 21 million Americans battling substance addictions, only 10 percent will receive treatment. The report lists some of the reasons why so few get help, including high health care costs and lack of screenings that can detect addiction.

Can You Cure Addiction?

It depends on whom you ask. Some people have claimed to have successfully quit using drugs on their own without professional help, an assertion Scientific American writer Nina Bai explores in an article titled, “Can You Cure Yourself of Drug Addiction?”

Bai highlights a “survey that found that between 60 to 80 percent of people who were addicted in their teens and 20s were substance-free by their 30s, and they avoided addiction in subsequent decades.”

The article also includes a Q-and-A interview with Sally Satel, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine, who said it is possible to cure yourself of addiction without professional help. “Most people recover and most people do it on their own,” Satel told Scientific American.

However, she also said, “That’s in no way saying that everyone should be expected to quit on their own and in no way denies that quitting is a hard thing to do. This is just an empirical fact. It is even possible that those who quit on their own could have quit earlier if they sought professional help.”

Some may disagree. But consider this: How people arrive at the point where they are either freed from the clutches of addiction or seeking help to put drugs and alcohol behind them is perhaps more important than how they got to the point where they knew they needed help and got it.

Are You Ready to Leave Addiction Behind?

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, call The Palm Beach Institute at 855-960-5456 or contact us online. We know that while society is inclined to pursue the “quick fix” for addressing addiction, the truth is once addiction sets in, there are no easy or quick solutions.

The Palm Beach Institute has helped many people rebuild their lives after addiction. Don’t take our word for it. Read what others have to say about how we have helped them rebuild their lives as they recovered from addiction. We are here to help you or your loved one figure out your best move to leave substance addiction behind for good. Give us a call today.

Top 5 Relapse Triggers

Relapse is never an easy concept to come to terms with for anyone in recovery. Obviously, no one wants to relapse, but statistics show that roughly 40 to 60 of people with addiction and substance abuse disorders will at some point relapse.

When broken down into specific substances, research shows that the relapse rates for heroin and opiate addiction near 90 percent, with one study finding that of the 109 subjects who had completed rehab and were sober, 99 relapsed, 64 of them within the first week of leaving treatment.

An estimated 88 percent of former methamphetamine users relapse, and as for those in recovery for alcohol dependence, 90 percent are likely to relapse at least once over the course of a four year period.

While these numbers can feel overwhelming, the important thing to take away from them is that relapse does happen, but it does not mean that you or your treatment have failed. Addiction is a chronic disease, and treating chronic diseases requires lifelong monitoring, management, and significant behavioral changes, which don’t happen overnight.

Lapsing back into substance use can and will happen, but that just means that it’s time for you to reevaluate what isn’t working, seek out new tools and different forms of support, and readjust how you manage your addiction.

One key way to learn from a relapse and avoid the risk of another is to learn to recognize your relapse triggers: those feelings and situations that can cause someone to return to using.

While every individual will have unique triggers based on their personal experiences, there are some common relapse triggers that nearly everyone in recovery will encounter. By understanding your relapse triggers, you’ll be more prepared to handle them, should they occur, and substantially increase your likelihood of long-term sobriety.

1. Emotional Dysregulation

Sobriety can be a disorienting and difficult experience, especially early on, and your emotions will most likely be all over the map, which is perfectly understandable. However, this emotional instability can leave you vulnerable to relapse. After all, up until very recently, your brain had been trained to seek out drugs or alcohol in response to negative feelings.

While it’s impossible to avoid any stressful or emotionally fraught situations entirely, it’s still smart to try to take things slowly and keep yourself isolated from what you know might set you off. Eliminate everything that is not essential to your recovery, if necessary. Choose low-key, calming activities like yoga, meditation, baking, or even just listening to music if it helps you to keep centered.

Developing emotional coping skills takes time and work, but it is possible. If you feel emotionally overwhelmed, stop and examine what it is you’re feeling and why. Irritation and anger can be masks for fear or embarrassment, and if that’s the case, the best thing you can do for yourself is to put ego aside and reach out for help, whether it’s from family, friends, or others in recovery.

2. Lack of Acceptance and Insight

Acceptance is a sizable part of recovery, to the point where it’s the most crucial aspect of the first step in the 12-Step Program. Being able to accept your situation, your circumstances, and the fact that there are things in your life that are outside of your control are all necessary for successful rehabilitation.

One major roadblock to acceptance and long-term sobriety, in general, is a lack of insight, in other words, understanding the meaning and motivations behind your addictive behaviors. Many people are under the impression that recovery ends after detox, but that is merely the first step. Detox focuses only on the physical aspect of addiction, and in order to avoid relapse, the mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects need to be addressed as well.

Treatment program mainstays such as cognitive or dialectical behavioral therapy have been proven to greatly reduce the risk of relapse and to help you not only learn to better understand and change negative patterns and behaviors but also give you the tools to become self-reliant and better prepared for stressful situations and other potential triggers.

3. Relationship Problems

“Don’t date during your first year of recovery” is a frequently-heard recommendation, and there’s a good reason for it. Although a romantic partner can help quell feelings of loneliness, provide support, and distract you from negative feelings you might be experiencing in the early stages of sobriety, dating early in the recovery process is still a risky proposition for several reasons.

Early on in the post-rehab phase, many people will be searching for a replacement addiction, and a relationship can fill that need, with new love providing feelings of euphoria during the “honeymoon phase.” Trading one addiction for another doesn’t solve the underlying problem, and allowing yourself to become as dependent on a person as you were on drugs or alcohol creates a situation that, should the relationship end, can easily trigger a relapse.

The distraction a relationship can provide is also a problem in and of itself. Now is the time when you need to be focused on your recovery first and foremost, not seeking comfort in a relationship that you are most likely not emotionally stable enough to handle.

Instead, find the comfort you need by surrounding yourself with a reliable support group of friends and family. If you feel like you can’t be trusted not to seek out romantic entanglement, make a commitment with someone else who’s in recovery that neither of you will date so you can keep each other honest and focused on what’s most important during this time.

4. Holding On to Resentments

This relapse trigger might not seem as obvious as the others, but it is still a common trap that people in recovery can fall into without realizing it. You can start to feel resentment for many reasons:

  • Recovery is more challenging than you first expected
  • Feeling like people are trying to interfere too much with your life post-recovery
  • Continuing trust issues with family and friends
  • Family and friends seeming to not give you enough credit for the effort you’re putting into your recovery
  • Comparing yourself to someone who seems to be doing better in their recovery

But in the end, it doesn’t matter what causes these feelings of resentment, if you allow them to them build up inside without addressing them or attempting to deal with them, it is an almost guaranteed recipe for relapse. What’s important to remember is that learning to be sober requires new ways of thinking and reacting to situations and that includes letting go of negative emotions before they can do any serious damage and trigger a relapse.

Some things you can do to keep resentful feelings at bay include reaching out to your support system and talking about your feelings. You should also practice keeping yourself in the present instead of dwelling on the past or the future. Focus on gratitude and mindfulness and remember the meaning behind the Serenity Prayer: there are some things that you cannot change, and that’s okay. Learn to let them go.

5. Lack of Involvement in Recovery Programs and Complacency

As we previously mentioned, getting sober is just one part of recovery. If you want to stay sober, you have to make a concentrated effort to do so. It’s more than just going to therapy or regularly attending support group meetings like AA; there needs to be active participation and involvement. You’re going to get out of these programs what you put into them, and if you’re going just to go or because you’re “expected to,” they won’t be nearly as useful in helping you stay abstinent. Full commitment is essential to successful recovery.

Similarly, becoming complacent or ambivalent can be a relapse situation waiting to happen. While you are absolutely allowed to feel accomplished about the progress you’ve made in your recovery, you still need to keep yourself in check and remember that addiction is a disease that will always require managing. Believing that you “have it under control” and can handle just one drink or one hit or one dose is the kind of thinking that can cause a relapse and spiral back into abuse. In order to remain sober, you have to completely give up on the idea of ever using drugs or alcohol again.

Recovery is Possible with The Palm Beach Institute

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, The Palm Beach Institute can help. Call today at 1-855-960-5456 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our expert specialists will get you connected to everything you need to get started on your recovery journey.

How Binge Drinking Affects Your Blood Alcohol Level

Alcohol is a very powerful substance. As a society, Americans are some of the most indulgent in alcohol in the world. With how commonplace its use and even abuse is, it’s easy to see how our outlook on alcohol can be skewed. In fact, Americans are actually more prone to binge drinking than most other countries.

Having so much cultural acceptance of dangerous drinking habits can, perhaps, be a key reason that alcohol-related health issues and injuries top the list of causes of death. With this in mind, it’s important to educate yourself on the reality of what actual binge drinking is and just how it affects your body.

What Actually Qualifies as “Binge Drinking”?

Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of an excessive amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Forgetting everything you think you may know about alcohol and drinking culture, what actually qualifies as binge drinking may shock you.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drinking crosses over from casual consumption into binge drinking territory whenever a man consumes five drinks or more in a two-hour period. For women, the magic number is four drinks. Basically, it’s a pattern of drinking that will bring the individual to a blood alcohol level or blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent grams or more.

For anyone who’s ever gone to a college party or a sports bar on game night, this number may seem unbelievably low. That’s because 1 in 6 adults in the United States binge drinks about four times a month, with an average binge drinking session being approximately eight drinks. The age groups most likely to engage in binge drinking is (not surprisingly) 18 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 34-year-olds.

With these numbers in mind, you may be re-evaluating your own drinking habits. The issue isn’t necessarily the number of drinks per say, but the subsequent effect the drinks have on your blood alcohol level. Since a person’s blood alcohol level is directly correlated to the percentage of alcohol in their bloodstream, various amounts of alcohol affect people differently.

Factors like body weight, gender, medications taken, and even the amount of food eaten can all impact how quickly or slowly your body metabolizes the alcohol, thus raising or lowering your blood alcohol level, respectively. For example, if you’re a woman of slender build who hasn’t had a hearty meal, your blood alcohol level will be a lot higher after one drink than a heavier-set man who just finished a three course-meal.

What Happens to the Body as Your Blood Alcohol Level Changes?

As a result of the circumstantial nature of one’s BAC, cycling through different stages of drunkenness can occur at various rates. Rather than focusing on how quickly your BAC increases, understand what happens to your body at differing levels.

From the seemingly minimal symptoms of being “tipsy” (mildly drunk) to the overwhelming state of blacking out, or alcohol-related amnesia, as you climb the scale you’ll observe different effects on the body:

1. 0.020-0.039 percent BAC:
No loss of coordination, slight euphoria, and loss of shyness. Relaxation and depressant effects are not apparent.

2. 0.040-0.059 percent BAC:
Feeling of well-being, relaxation, lower inhibitions, and sensation of warmth. Euphoria. Minor impairment of judgment and memory and lowering of caution.

3. 0.06-0.099 percent BAC:
Slight impairment of balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing. Euphoria. Reduced judgment and self-control. Impaired reasoning and memory.

4. 0.100-0.129 percent BAC:
Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, peripheral vision, reaction time, and hearing are impaired.

5. 0.130-0.159 percent BAC:
Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reducing and beginning dysphoria (feeling unwell).

6. 0.160-0.199 percent BAC:
Dysphoria predominates, nausea appears. Drinker has the appearance of being “sloppy drunk”.

7. 0.200-0.249 percent BAC:
Need help with walking and is in a state of complete mental confusion. Dysphoria with nausea and vomiting; possibly blacking out.

8. 0.250-0.399 percent BAC:
Alcohol poisoning, loss of consciousness.

9. 0.40 percent and above BAC:
Onset of coma, possible death due to respiratory arrest.

For reference, the legal limit according to the DMV and state law in all 50 U.S. states to operate a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent blood alcohol level. That means by the time you reach the middle of the third group of BAC levels listed above, you’ve met the allotted BAC to legally drive yourself home.

Driving with a BAC over 0.08 percent is considering driving under the influence or a DUI. Receiving a DUI is not only a criminal charge, but driving under the influence can lead to a number of other negative consequences.

Every day in the United States, alone, 28 people die in a motor vehicle accident that involves an alcohol-impaired driver. Essentially, there is one death related to drunk driving every 51 minutes.

What Does Binge Drinking Do to Your Blood Alcohol Level?

The reason that binge drinking can be so dangerous is that it raises your BAC higher, quicker. As opposed to steadily drinking fewer drinks across longer spans of time, a binge drinker will consume more alcohol in short period of time. Getting drunk at a faster rate means that you will experience more severe symptoms of drunkenness without giving your body the opportunity to process the alcohol and recover.

While not all binge drinkers are alcoholics, most alcoholics are binge drinkers. The frequency and rate at which alcoholics drink is what has such stark effects on the body. Alcoholism has terrible long-term side effects on the body, and can, in its worst forms, be deadly.

Due to over-consumption of alcohol, the body does not get a chance to heal or process the alcohol at a healthy rate, which ultimately lead to severe damage to the liver and brain.

What Can You Do?

If you or someone you know is currently struggling with binge drinking and/or alcoholism, The Palm Beach Institute is here for you! With almost 50 years of experience in treating substance abuse disorders, we can help you conquer your drinking problem. Don’t delay—contact us at 855-534-3574 or contact us online and be connected to an admissions professional 24/7 who can help you get started on your journey toward recovery today!