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Rehab programs in Rapid City, South Dakota

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Rapid City is the second largest city in the state of South Dakota, with a population of 67,956 according to the 2010 census. The city is divided by a mountain range, splitting the western and eastern parts of the city into two. Rapid city is known as the “Star of the West” and the “Gateway to the Black Hills”, this name was given by a group of gold miners in the Black Hills during the late 1870’s. The Black Hills soon became a major tourist attraction after World War I when Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, began work on Mount Rushmore, carving the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln into the mountain side. Rapid City is South Dakota’s primary city for recreation and tourism.

Rapid City is the second largest city in the state but by no means is it what you would think of  as a “Big City”. Rapid City’s residents take pride in their cute rural town saying that it is safe, what crime they do have they like to say is from the tourists and that the city has a low drug abuse problem other than what outsiders are bring in with them as they past threw the city. Admitting that the residents do tend to get bored in this rural city and tend to use recreational drinking as a way to have fun and “kill time”.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse can be recreation, social and binge drinking. It is a pattern of drinking that can result in ongoing alcohol-related relationship difficulties and the failure to attend to important responsibilities at home, school, or work. Alcohol abuse can result in the experience of recurring alcohol-related legal problems (such as multiple DUIs) and alcohol-related physical injury during a twelve-month time frame. Alcohol abuse is not considered alcoholism but is commonly mistaken as it. Alcohol abuser can drink and stop without the feelings of any withdrawal symptoms that an person with Alcoholism has.


Many individuals who drink excessively, who binge drink even a few times per year, or who regularly abuse alcohol for whatever reason and in any fashion can ultimately become addicted to alcohol (Alcoholism). Alcoholism is a disease that causes a lack of control to limit one’s drinking on any given occasion or over time. The body begins to develop a tolerance requiring one to drink more and more alcohol in order to experience the same effects of drinking. The body soon to develops cravings, a strong recurring urge to drink. The body eventually builds a full physical dependence to alcohol. One will experience withdrawal symptoms when drinking is abruptly stopped.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

  • anxiety
  • headaches
  • sweating
  • tremors “the shakes”
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Alcohol related health risks

There are long-term health risks associated with drinking over time. These risks include damage to the heart, liver, and brain.

Alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD)

  • Fatty liver, a buildup of fat in the liver, this can lead or be a sign of much worse liver disease.
  • Alcoholic hepatitis,  inflammation of the liver that can cause scarring and hardening of the liver
  • Cirrhosis, when scarring from alcoholic hepatitis becomes extensive, this can be fatal.
  • Liver cancer, altering the liver’s ability to metabolize some carcinogenic substances into harmless compounds or to disable certain existing carcinogens, this is often fatal.

Alcohol hurts the Heart

  • high cholesterol, caused by raised levels of fat in the blood, triglycerides
  • high blood pressure
  • cardiovascular disease
  • heart failure
  • stroke
  • cardiac arrhythmia, an abnormal irregular heartbeat
  • cardiomyopathy, the heart muscle becomes inflamed and stops working efficiently
  • sudden cardiac death

Alcohol affects on the brain

  • change in brain development
  • altering chemical balances
  • causing neurological damage

You are destroying your organs by polluting them with Alcohol. Did you know that it is extremely hard to get on an organ transplant list when you are a known alcoholic? Many are rejected on the grounds that it is unfair to give a scarce human resource to a self-destructive person, an alcoholic.

Recovery is Possible with a Rapid City Rehab

Do not allow alcohol to consume you life, don’t use the excuse of being “bored” to have a drink. Abusing alcohol can lead down a dark road landing you in a world of alcoholism unable to escape from its clutches. Rapid City South Dakota Rehab facilities will help you over come your addiction before it is to late. If needed you will be put threw the detox program, ridding your body of an alcohol with the assistance of Doctor prescribed medications to help manage the withdrawal symptoms. You will be given group and individual counseling to help you get to the root of your alcohol abuse problem and educated on ways to avoid alcohol related situation. When leaving the Rapid City rehab program you will be given resources to continue on the road of recovery and live a sober life.