The Symptoms of Alcohol Dependence or Alcoholism
What symptoms of alcoholism does adjunctive Brief-TSF address?
Brief-TSF and the symptoms of alcohol abuse.
Medical, psychosocial and spiritual professional healthcare workers are regularly presented with symptoms of alcohol abuse that are readily assessed or which may be masked by other symptoms; or denied.
The Brief-TSF course explores the signs and symptoms of alcohol abuse and dependence and provides screening and assessment tools along with best practice evidence based application of their use.
Medical symptoms of alcoholism.
The medical symptoms of alcoholism are; Hangovers, blackouts, injuries, lethargy, weight gain or loss, poor coordination, high blood pressure, impotence, vomiting, nausea, cirrhosis of the liver, pancreatic disease, brain damage, peripheral neuropathy and tolerance to alcohol.
Psychological signs of alcohol dependence.
The psychological symptoms of alcohol dependence are; Poor concentration, sleep problems, cloudy thinking, depression, anxiety/stress, aggression, loss of control of drinking, denial of effects of alcohol.
Social aspects of alcohol abuse
The social aspects of alcohol abuse are; Difficulties and arguments with family or friends, difficulties performing at work or home, unemployment, withdrawal from friends and social activities, legal problems, financially insecure.
Spiritual affect of alcohol addiction.
The spiritual affect of alcohol addiction are; Dysthymia or mild chronic depressed, â€˜restless, irritable and discontentâ€™ (Alcoholics Anonymous, 1976 p Page xxviii), self-centered, insecure, self-pitying, resentful, fearful and feeling useless.
Healthcare workers such as nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers, faith based workers (pastors, Rabbis, priests, ministers, other clergy), counselors and trained volunteers will recognize these symptoms and be able to address them after completion of the Brief-TSF training course.
Brief-TSF incorporates screening, assessment, disturbing denial, identifying loss of control of alcohol, taking an alcohol abuse and treatment history, assessing effects of alcohol and drugs, relapse prevention, psychological aspects and an overview of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).