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Grief and Alcohol Abuse

man confronts grief and alcohol abuse

Losing someone we love is one of the most difficult things we will ever experience. Grief can be excruciating and overwhelming, and often people experiencing this level of pain will seek out escape in the form of heavy alcohol use.  The relationship between grief and alcohol is common but dangerous, often leading to physical and mental health issues, as well as addiction. For those that feel they can’t cope with their grief without alcohol, it may be time to find professional help.  Treating symptoms of grief with healthy and productive strategies, such as counseling and group therapy, is the best way to find peace and prevent the damaging consequences of addiction for you and your loved ones.   Alcohol may feel like the only way to numb your pain after experiencing the loss of a loved one, but in reality, alcohol exacerbates the symptoms of grief and makes working through your trauma nearly impossible.  Alcohol affects the nervous system and brain in a way that makes processing emotions very difficult, and can lead to additional mental health struggles such as anxiety or persistent depression. The secondary effects of heavy alcohol use, such as health problems, financial strife, decreased job performance, and deteriorating relationships, only serve to increase your suffering.  The pain-relieving effect of alcohol is extremely temporary, and inevitably adds to the problem. By seeking treatment for your addiction or alcohol abuse at a quality recovery center, you will be able to quit drinking and address the underlying causes of your pain.  Mental health professionals are best equipped to provide you with the tools to work through your grief, and eventually come to terms with your loss. You may also need to identify co-occurring mental health issues, and possibly begin taking medication that can help you once again experience joy in your life.  If you have already lost someone you love, you have suffered enough. Don’t allow alcohol to steal away your chance of finding peace and happiness in your future.

At Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, you will meet knowledgeable, compassionate professionals that understand addiction in all its forms.  The Arbor uses an integrative and holistic approach to treat addiction and mental health issues. No treatment is one-size-fits-all, and at The Arbor you will have a team of experts prepared to create your customized treatment plan.  We offer care for your mind, body, and spirit, so that you can heal from the inside out and look forward to a lifetime of sobriety and wellness. If you are ready to take the first step in your recovery, please call us at 844-413-2690.