The professionals at Fairwinds Treatment Center believe in approaching alcohol addiction through Dr. M.K. (Khal) El-Yousef's widely renowned dual diagnosis methodology. This involves treating not only the physical symptoms of addiction, but also the mental and emotional ones. Dr. El-Yousef's mission is to start patients on their path to lasting recovery, which is best achieved through an integrated healing approach.
A study conducted by scientists at the VA Boston Healthcare System has found that the brains of alcoholics show a decreased amount of white matter on brain scans, compared to those of light drinkers. The researchers analyzed the brain scans of people who had suffered with alcohol addiction for over 25 years and only recently become sober, as well as the scans of individuals who practiced moderate drinking habits.
The part of the brain that deals with decision-making and self-control was seen to be particularly damaged by a lifetime of heavy alcohol consumption, which may prove to be a significant contributing factor in alcohol addiction, possibly making it more difficult for patients to break their addiction.
One of the researchers involved in the study noted, "The longer you misuse alcohol the greater your chances are of permanent damage. So if you or someone you know needs help to reduce drinking, do it now."
If you think that you or a loved one might be in need of care or rehabilitation, please don't hesitate to reach out to Fairwinds. We are one of the top alcohol treatment centers in the nation, and our licensed professionals are ready to help you on the path to recovery. At Fairwinds, we offer medical stabilization and detoxification, residential care, intensive outpatient programs and aftercare treatment, in an effort to return you to a happy and fulfilling life.