This month Rolling Stone featured Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, who is known as the frontman for the band and more recently for his very public meltdown on stage last September during the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. In a blackout, Armstrong went on a tirade about only having 1 minute left and smashed his guitar before exiting stage right.
He admits to Rolling Stone that he was in a blackout, only remembering small pieces of the incident and woke up the next day with a feeling of remorse not knowing how bad the incident was. His manager put him on a plane to rehab two days later. He is now sober and Green Day is recommencing their tour this spring.
Armstrong recounted the experience before alcohol addiction rehab saying, “I remember tiny things. The next morning, I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ This surely struck a chord with many people in active alcoholism and in recovery who wake up with what is known as “incomprehensible demoralization” that arises the morning after a black out. Blacking out and acting out is often a telltale sign of a problem with alcohol. Research on alcohol blackouts was conducted by E.M. Jellinek in the 1940s by gathering data from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) members and he found blackouts to be a good determinant of alcoholism.
Recalling his dark times, Armstrong explains, “I couldn’t predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night. I’d wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn’t remember how.” Although the situations and circumstances may differ, shared stories like this about active alcoholism are always the same – it starts with the belief that it is ok to have one drink, but that one drink turns into many and nights often become foggy, unruly escapades regretted the next day and the cycle continues.
Recovery from alcoholic blackouts and regretted actions begins with alcoholism rehab that can set the alcoholic apart from his or her environment. It is then that the alcoholic can get serious and honest about their use – and Armstrong seems to have done just that.
If you are concerned about your drinking or that of a loved one, Synergy Group Services has a renowned alcohol addiction treatment program that can help you recover.
The health benefits of essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are well documented. They serve as the building blocks of cells and promote energy, brain function and protect the body against disease, toxins and inflammation.
Few know of the various studies conducted on the relationship between EFAs and alcoholism. In one study, researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism linked the high rate of alcohol consumption with the low prevalence of EFAs in the body. They followed 4000 adults with reported alcohol problems and monitored their EFA levels and found a direct correlation between the amount of alcohol consumed and the drop of EFAs in the body. As such, heavy drinkers had far fewer EFAs than those who consumed less alcohol.
However, the main culprit of diminishing EFAs wasn’t the alcohol per se, but the food choices made by those who consume large quantities of alcohol. Many heavy drinkers and alcoholics don’t have a flair for fish or other foods rich in EFAs. If the body, particularly the brain, goes without EFAs for a long period of time it can cause developmental problems and physiological and biochemical abnormalities.
This relationship between EFAs and alcohol was taken a step further by PubMed who published an article last week that revealed EFAs can help with stress and anxiety among alcoholics in early recovery. Because EFAs help the body combat stress and anxiety, they can assist those in early recovery who would otherwise use alcohol to combat their stress. The study concluded that an elevated EFA/omega-3 intake may help reduce stress and anxiety – both heavy triggers for alcohol – therefore providing another means to increase the efficacy of alcoholism rehab programs.
Here at Synergy Group Services our alcoholism treatment program in our holistic rehab not only promotes a healthy diet, but our staff physicians conduct an entire medical evaluation upon admission to start nurturing clients bodies back to health. We do this both physically through nutrient rich meals and mentally, emotionally and spiritually through teaching behavioral tools and giving opportunities to practice using these tools in our holistic rehab that help alcoholics combat stress and anxiety.