Brain Damage

    Brain Damage.

    Young alcohol / drug abusers are more likely to suffer brain damage according to researches by Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology.

    Prolonged alcohol / drug abuse develop serious and persistent changes in brain. Most of the abusers have a deficiency in thiamine (vitamin B1) which may develop severe brain damage such as Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome (WKS), Wernicke’s encephalopathy, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

    Substance abuse is also associated with fatal and nonfatal intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral infarction and risk of death from stroke.

    Brain Damage Caused by Drug and Alcohol Use.

    Drugs and alcohol have a number of effects on the brain, including:

    • Disruption of nutrients needed by brain tissue
    • Direct damage, injury, and death of brain cells, including neurotransmitter receptors
    • Alterations to brain chemical concentrations, including neurotransmitters and hormones
    • Deprivation of oxygen to brain tissue

    Different substances induce these effects to different degrees, including the specific drugs discussed below.

    Prognosis for Recovery.

    The best chance for recovery or reversal depends on intervention as early as possible. Recognizing that substance abuse is occurring is essential to getting on this path. Signs of brain damage due to substance abuse may include:

    • Delayed reactions
    • Diminished cognitive capabilities
    • Memory lapses or blackouts
    • Loss of physical coordination
    • Hallucinations
    • Dementia

    If these signs are recognized, getting help as quickly as possible can provide the nutritional and other support that can enable the brain and body to recover from the issues.

    Treating Brain Damage from Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

    When substance abuse is occurring, it can be hard to tell the extent to which damage to the brain and body has progressed. However, substance abuse treatment professionals can help to diagnose the extent of the problem and determine the specific treatment plan that is most likely to help the individual get on the path to healing the damage.

    Addiction has no cure, and in some cases, the damage from abuse of psychoactive substances may not be fully repairable. However, professional, research-based treatment programs provide the most current, demonstrated abilities to treat and manage the issues that arise from addiction. With this type of intervention, the individual has an improved chance of returning to a productive life, along with the ability to manage long-term recovery.

    Our treatment for the Brain Damage is basically a combination of medical management by Psychiatrist and therapies by Psychologist & Clinical Psychologist.

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