Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Common Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

Get in front of an alcohol addiction by learning the signs and symptoms. Read what causes alcohol addiction, what signs to look out for, and potential long-term effects. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.

Understanding Alcoholism

Learn about alcohol and substance abuse

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused addictive substances in the United States. Many people are able to safely consume alcohol in moderation. However, for others, alcohol use leads to abuse, then addiction. 

Alcohol addiction is commonly known as alcoholism. The clinical term for this disease is alcohol use disorder. When you become addicted to alcohol, you lose control over the amount and frequency of your alcohol use.  

Two characteristics of alcoholism are tolerance and withdrawal. Tolerance means that you need to consume larger amounts of alcohol to experience the desired effect. Withdrawal means that when you don’t consume alcohol, you experience physical and psychological distress. 

The compulsion to keep drinking, the loss of control over your behavior, and the pain of withdrawal can keep you trapped in the downward spiral of alcoholism. But it is important to remember that alcoholism is a treatable condition.  

When you choose to get professional treatment for alcoholism, you can learn to manage your symptoms. With the right type of help, you can make the lifestyle changes that will support long-term recovery.  

Statistics

Alcohol addiction statistics 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) has reported the following information about alcohol abuse and addiction in the United States: 

Causes & Risks

Causes and risk factors for alcohol addiction  

Your risk for alcohol addiction can be influenced by several factors, including the following: 

  • Family history of alcohol abuse and alcoholism 
  • Having a parent with developed alcoholism 
  • Family history of mental illness 
  • Prior substance abuse 
  • Personal history of mental illness 
  • Personal history of abuse, neglect, or other trauma 
  • Early exposure to alcohol use 
  • Easy access to alcohol 
  • Exposure to stress 
  • Living in a culture that emphasizes or prioritizes alcohol use 
  • Associating with peers who abuse alcohol 
  • Having an impulsive personality 
Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction 

A person who has become addicted to alcohol may demonstrate a variety of symptoms, including the following: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • Being unable to get through the day without consuming alcohol 
  • Drinking alone or in secret 
  • Drinking when it is clearly dangerous to do so, such as when driving or when taking medication 
  • Needing alcohol to experience pleasure or deal with stress or sadness 
  • Continuing to drink even after experiencing negative repercussions from prior use 
  • Prioritizing alcohol over relationships and responsibilities 
  • Trying but failing to stop drinking 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Watery, glassy eyes 
  • Problems with balance or coordination 
  • Slurring words 
  • Tolerance (needing more alcohol to experience the desired results) 
  • Bumpy, red, swollen skin on cheeks or nose 
  • Unintentional weight gain 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Confusion or disorientation 
  • Problems with memory and judgment 
  • Mood swings 
  • Hallucinations or delusions 
Effects

Effects of alcohol addiction and substance abuse

Untreated alcoholism can have a devastating impact on your life. Failing to get proper care for addiction to alcohol can increase your risk for several negative outcomes, such as the following: 

  • Cirrhosis  
  • Kidney damage 
  • Brain damage 
  • Certain types of cancer 
  • Stroke 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Automobile accidents 
  • Strained relations with family members and friends 
  • Unsatisfactory performance in school or at work 
  • Chronic absenteeism 
  • Academic failure 
  • Job loss and unemployment 
  • Financial problems 
  • Fines, arrest, incarceration, and other legal problems 
  • Social withdrawal and isolation 
  • Onset or worsening of co-occurring mental health disorders 
  • Loss of hope for the future 
  • Suicidal thoughts  

When you enter treatment for alcoholism, you reduce your risk for further harm, and can begin to heal from past damage. When you choose to enter treatment for addiction, you put yourself on the path towards a more hopeful future. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

Alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders

A person who develops alcoholism may be at increased risk for certain co-occurring mental health disorders, including the following:  

  • Depression 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Schizophrenia  
  • Antisocial personality disorder 
Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of alcohol withdrawal and overdose

Effects of withdrawal: When you become addicted to alcohol, your body adapts to the presence of this substance. When you then try to stop drinking, your body will react with a series of distressing and possibly dangerous symptoms, including the following: 

  • Intense cravings for alcohol 
  • Excessive sweating 
  • Tics, twitches, and tremors 
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Insomnia 
  • Elevated heart rate 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Agitation 
  • Anxiety 

Effects of overdose: A person who demonstrates the following signs after using alcohol may have overdosed: 

  • Extreme confusion 
  • Unconsciousness 
  • Faint heartbeat or pulse 
  • Slow or otherwise irregular breathing 
  • Low body temperature 
  • Cold or clammy skin 
  • Bluish tint near lips or fingertips 
  • Seizure 

Alcohol overdose, which is also known as alcohol poisoning, can be extremely dangerous. It can even be fatal. Anyone who experiences the symptoms above after using alcohol needs immediate medical attention.