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Alcoholism / Co-Dependency. Going over the edge… stepping beyond the line!!. Where do we get our attitudes about alcohol?. Parents Religion / Spiritual beliefs Culture and tradition Social norms Direct contact with an alcoholic Peers. Why do people “drink”?. Milk - health

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alcoholism co dependency

Alcoholism / Co-Dependency

Going over the edge… stepping beyond the line!!

where do we get our attitudes about alcohol
Where do we get our attitudes about alcohol?
  • Parents
  • Religion / Spiritual beliefs
  • Culture and tradition
  • Social norms
  • Direct contact with an alcoholic
  • Peers

HSS 4933 - Drug Education

why do people drink
Why do people “drink”?
  • Milk - health
  • Water - thirst
  • Soda - good taste
  • Coffee
    • curiosity (“big people’s drink”)
    • custom (coffee break)
    • conviviality (social meetings)
    • alertness (morning start)

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why do people drink4
Why do people “drink”?
  • Alcohol
    • curiosity (“big people’s drink”)
    • custom (celebrations, contracts)
    • conviviality (social meetings)
    • pleasure / euphoria
    • escape
    • pain relief

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affects on brain organization
Affects on Brain Organization

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X

X

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C2H5OHHOH5C2 (ethanol) - H2O (water)  C2H5O - C2H5 (ether)

alcohol use creates
Alcohol use creates...
  • dryness / burning
  • pleasure / euphoria
  • excitement
  • nausea
  • pre-anesthesia
    • Note: typically can’t drink enough to get past here!
  • anesthesia
  • death

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metabolism of alcohol
Metabolism of Alcohol

Alcohol  Acetaldehyde  Acetate  CO2 + H2O

  • 80% of absorption occurs in small intestine
  • 90-98% of metabolism occurs in the liver
  • metabolism competes for oxygen
  • ~ 1/3 ounce per hour (more efficient in males)

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alcohol states of consciousness
Alcohol States of Consciousness
  • ASC-1: absorption and increasing BAC
  • ASC-2: post peak and declining BAC
  • ASC-3: halfway between peak and “zero” BAC
  • ASC-4: post zero BAC (up to 32 hours)

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behavioral types
Behavioral Types
  • Jocose - the “joker”
  • Amorose - the “lover”
  • Lachrymose - the “cryer”
  • Bellacose - the “fighter”

I / E (intellect controls emotion) + drug 

E / I (emotion controls intellect)

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characteristics of alcoholism gamma alcoholism
Characteristics of Alcoholism(gamma alcoholism)
  • Primary disease
  • Progressive disease
  • Chronic disease
  • Fatal disease
    • accidental death
    • choking / aspiration
    • liver cirrhosis and other chronic conditions

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statistics
Statistics:
  • Alcoholism
    • 5% of all adults who drink become dependent
    • 7% experience negative psychosocial consequences
  • 20% of college students come from families where chemical dependency is a reality
  • Societal costs ($25 - 50 Billion)
    • accidents
    • health care
    • absenteeism
    • decreased productivity

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the feeling chart

Euphoria

Normal

Pain

The “Feeling Chart”

“Learn” and/or “Seek”

the Mood Swing

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the feeling chart13

Euphoria

Normal

Pain

The “Feeling Chart”

“Harmful Dependence”

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the feeling chart14

Euphoria

Normal

Pain

The “Feeling Chart”

Drinking to Feel

“Normal”

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signs symptoms of trouble
Signs / Symptoms of Trouble
  • Progressive emotional costs
    • discomfort  low self image  self destruction
  • Intellectual defenses
    • rationalization
    • fantasy
    • denial
    • projection (spouse, family, co-workers, etc.)

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signs symptoms of trouble16
Signs / Symptoms of Trouble
  • Mood swings / Personality changes
  • Rigidity of thinking
  • Tolerance to effects of alcohol
  • Unpredictable and compulsive patterns
  • Blackouts (physical) and repression / euphoric recall (psychological)

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co dependency
Co-Dependency

primary disease within every family

member of an alcoholic family of

origin; related to attempts to adapt

to a sick family system that seeks to

protect and enable the dependent

individual (“external referenting”)

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types
Types:
  • Co-Alcoholic: assumes the responsibilities of the dependent individual (i.e., adaptation)
  • Para-Alcoholic: learns and expresses the behavior of the dependent individual (i.e., imitation)

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feeling signs
Feeling Signs
  • Super-responsibility
  • Hyper-sensitivity
  • Hypochondria
  • Powerlessness
  • Self blame
  • Difficulty with emotional expression, in general

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behavioral signs
Behavioral Signs
  • Difficulty with following through (falling short of potentials)
  • Difficulty with intimacy
  • Difficulty with work commitments
  • Difficulty with self-destructive enmeshments
  • Difficulty with telling the truth
  • Difficulty with personal evaluation
  • Difficulty with life perspective

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family systems
Unhealthy Families

closed to change

rule by edict

power driven

actions by impulse

poor communication

deceit

Healthy Families

open to change

choices

self worth

actions by reality

good communication

honesty

-- Family Systems --

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family dynamics
-- Family Dynamics --
  • Hero Child / Responsible One
  • Scapegoat
  • Mascot / Clown
  • Lost Child

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family intervention
-- Family Intervention --

C ommunication

A cceptance

R eality

I ndividuality

N eeds

G rowth

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