Are you familiar with the term “wet brain?” This term is often used by medical personnel to describe the brain changes that happen in the brain of a person who abuses alcohol. However, alcoholic dementia is the current medically appropriate term to describe the deterioration in the mind of someone who has struggled with alcohol addiction for many years. If you’re worried that you or someone you love may have alcoholic dementia, you must seek help right away. At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we understand that addiction can feel impossible to overcome. We’re here to help you get the happy, healthy life that you deserve.
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What Is Alcoholic Dementia?
There are two main types of alcoholic dementia. Many medical professionals use the term alcoholic dementia, or alcohol-related dementia, to refer to a group of symptoms including poor planning, poor emotional regulation, and lack of judgment. Wet brain is another type of alcoholic dementia, characterized by short-term memory loss. Most people who struggle with alcoholic dementia show symptoms of both categories of the disorder.
Alcoholic dementia can be challenging to treat because concrete physical changes in the brain’s frontal lobe cause the condition. This area of the brain makes decisions. Thus, its damage can cause a wide range of mental health and emotional issues. Many people also suffer from nutritional deficiencies, due to getting most of their calories through alcohol. These nutritional deficiencies can contribute to the symptoms.
Alcoholic Dementia Treatment
Luckily, alcoholic dementia is highly treatable and even reversible if you catch it early enough. Intensive treatment is critical. People who have alcoholic dementia must completely stop drinking and eat a healthy diet that feeds the brain and body the nutrients it needs. It’s critical to have a reliable support system in place, as slipping up could result in a more permanent case of alcoholic dementia.
Getting Help At Northern Illinois Recovery Center
When you’re ready to get help, it’s necessary to work with a qualified alcohol treatment center. At Northern Illinois Recovery Center, we’re here to help you get back on your feet. When you begin treatment, you’ll work with your counselor to create a plan tailored to your needs. Most of our clients find that they make progress using multiple types of therapies, including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavioral therapy
As you progress through your treatment, you’ll meet regularly with your counselor to ensure that you’re continuing to make progress. Together, you’ll adjust your treatment plan as necessary to keep you moving toward a healthy, sober life.
It’s Time To Change – Give Us A Call
If you’re ready to stop the adverse effects that drinking has created in your life, Northern Illinois Recovery Center is here to help. We understand the complicated nature of addiction, and we want to help you get back on your feet. When you call us at 855.786.1978, you’ll talk with one of our caring counselors who will explain our programs to you. Then, you’ll have the option of getting started with treatment if you decide that what we offer is a good fit for your needs. Recovery is possible, and alcoholic dementia does not have to be a part of your life. Pick up the phone and make the change.
Licensed Physician and Surgeon
Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.