Hormonal balance is critical to emotional functioning, impulse control and general wellness. A variety of problems can disrupt the body’s hormonal system, which may result in many consequences, including increased alcohol use.
Effects of Hormonal Imbalance
Hormones are natural chemicals that the endocrine system manufactures, and they send various signals from the brain to the rest of the body. The body is extremely sensitive to these substances, so it may exhibit a variety of symptoms when hormones are out of balance. For instance, someone with imbalanced hormones may suffer any of the following issues:
- Problems with sexual development and function
- Insensitivity to others
- Sleep disorders
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
- Reckless behavior
- Promiscuous behavior
These imbalances can stem from a variety of factors, including substance abuse, aging, sexual development, congenital problems and diet.
Alcohol and Hormonal Imbalance
The prefrontal cortex of the brain controls many of the brain’s functions, but drugs and alcohol directly impact this same area. When people abuse drugs, they cause a euphoric high that masks underlying symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Therefore, many people who struggle with hormonal imbalances drink large amounts of alcohol to self-medicate their symptoms. The problem with this behavior is that the relief only lasts a short amount of time, so users must drink over and over to continue treating their symptoms. Over time alcohol abuse further disrupts hormonal balance, even as it adds a whole new host of emotional consequences.
Reestablishing Hormonal Balance
For alcoholics with underlying hormonal imbalances, lasting recovery will be elusive until hormonal balance is restored. Patients may achieve this through any of the following means:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Improved diet
- Psychological therapy
- Medical treatment
Reestablishing hormonal balance takes time and patience, but alcohol abuse renders this process nearly impossible. Many alcoholics with underlying imbalances require rehab that incorporates hormone treatment with general addiction recovery.
Addiction Recovery and Hormone Treatment
If you struggle with alcohol abuse and a hormonal imbalance, or if someone you know exhibits these symptoms, then please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day with real answers and professional help. They can confirm insurance coverage, connect you with the most effective treatment programs and answer any questions you may have. If you struggle with a true hormonal imbalance, don’t continue to self-medicate your symptoms with alcohol. Regain control of your life and mind by calling us right now.