Plastic Surgery and Alcohol Addiction

Plastic Surgery and Alcohol AddictionWhile they may not be readily apparent, there are often clear connections between people undergoing unnecessary, compulsive, and excessive plastic surgery and alcohol addiction. Alcohol impacts the same part of the brain that manages impulse control, emotional health, and the formation and recollection of memories. People craving unnecessary plastic surgery often suffer from imbalances in these areas and use alcohol as way of self-medicating their underlying distress.

Self-esteem and honest self-awareness is critical to emotional health. People who struggle with these things are susceptible to the following psychological disorders:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dysmorphic disorder (an inability to see themselves as others do)
  • Compulsive behaviors (cutting, gambling, spending, hoarding)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating)

When these individuals look in the mirror they simply can’t tolerate what they see. While some people need plastic surgery for legitimate reasons, many are simply trying to correct a problem that they perceive about themselves that may or may not even be real. For these people no amount of work is “enough.” They will continue to go under the knife as long as possible. The results can be emotionally and physically horrifying.

Successfully Treating Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol causes the release of dopamine into the bloodstream. This naturally-occurring chemical is used by the brain to tolerate pain and to stimulate feelings of pleasure. Those underlying emotional conditions do not resolve themselves without focused, professional help, but alcohol can mask them for a time. As the user develops a tolerance to the effects of alcohol, however, he will need a larger and more frequent supply in order to continue this tentative relief. Successfully treating the alcohol addiction of a person wrestling with a compulsive craving for plastic surgery or an underlying self-esteem deficiency is a complicated process that involves the following treatments designed to reprogram the emotional functions of the brain back to its pre-addiction health:

  • Individual counseling
  • Education
  • Medical treatment when necessary
  • Support group meetings
  • Mindfulness training

24 Hour Helpline

If you are concerned about your own compulsion to correct a body part, or if you are worried about the self-esteem and substance abuse of a friend or loved one, please call our toll-free helpline today. We can connect you with caring, experienced professionals with the knowledge and techniques needed to bring lasting healing to this part of your mind. While some plastic surgeons go to great lengths to confirm that their patients are having work done for the right reasons, many do not. Make sure that it’s not an underlying emotional disorder causing you to crave surgery.

Likewise, if you have already had plastic surgery, or are about to, and you drink more than 2 drinks a day or 10 per week or frequently drink to the point of intoxication, you may be self-medicating a co-occurring disorder. You can find the peace of mind you crave by undergoing comprehensive treatment right now. Our admissions coordinators are standing by all day and night and are ready to help you find the best possible rehabilitation for your particular needs. Call now.