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Understanding the Effect of Alcoholism on Sleep Patterns

Posted by Janice Story on April 15, 2024 at 11:25 AM

Sleep is an essential part of human biology. It helps you revitalize your body and mind over several hours of inactivity. However, sleep issues can be prevalent in those who are recovering from alcohol addiction.

Alcohol’s Effect On An Alcoholic’s Sleep Patterns

Alcohol’s effect on sleep patterns are evident in those who are taking in large amounts of it. The disruptions in the brain’s ability to manage sleep can come from a number of sources. There are a number of reasons why an individual’s sleep quality is negatively affected. These disruptions last several months even after rehab and can be a cause for concern.

Circadian Rhythm Disruption

The circadian rhythm is the internal clock of an individual. It is what dictates when you sleep and how long you sleep for. The circadian rhythm is an essential part of making sure that you have a regular sleep schedule. However, alcohol and other substances disrupt the rhythm by forcing your body to produce chemicals that make you fall asleep quickly. However, these chemicals are shorter lived when compared to the natural release in a non-alcoholic.

REM Sleep Disruption

Another essential part of getting proper evening rest is Rapid Eye Movement or REM sleep for short. REM sleep is the period in sleep that your body gets the best rest. However, alcohol has been shown to consistently disrupt REM sleep and cause an individual to experience a delay in their ability to experience it.

Frequent Trips to The Toilet

Your body over time has grown accustomed to making sure that you don’t need to go to the bathroom during the evening. However, alcoholics will have difficulty managing their bladders under the influence. This is due to the fact that alcohol is a diuretic. Diuretics like alcohol dehydrate your body by forcing liquid out of your body through urine.

Breathing Disruptions and Sleep Apnea

Another cause for concern is that alcohol has an effect on a person’s breathing during sleep. This can cause excessive snoring and even sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition where an individual’s breathing is stopped and started during sleep. It can cause an individual to suddenly wake in the middle of the night due to the lack of oxygen. The worst case scenario is that sleep apnea can cause a life threatening heart attack or collapsed airway. 

The Most Effective Solution To Insomnia Caused By Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a difficult condition to overcome especially because of how it impairs judgement and affects your sleep patterns. The first step to proper recovery is always going to be rehabilitation.

Soberman’s Estate has created the ideal combination of medical, clinical, and holistic modalities, including board certified psychiatrists, medical doctors, psychologists, counselors, on-site labyrinth walks, equine therapy, fitness training, yoga, acupuncture, nutrition counseling and Chef prepared meals. Treatment at Soberman’s Estate is discrete and private with 10 beds on 5 acres of pristine Sonoran desert where recovery is adjusted to the needs of the patient.

If you or someone you know is considering treatment for addiction, call us at 480-660-3474 for a professional consultation.


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Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism

The Warning Signs of Substance Use Disorder

Posted by Soberman's Estate on February 24, 2024 at 8:24 PM

Substance use disorder is a crippling disorder that can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender, or status in life. However, it tends to be more common in people who have the means to afford these substances. Having access to substances and being able to have the means to use them at will is why professionals many times are higher risk for substance use problems. These professionals include pilots, artists, entrepreneurs, and doctors with high paying salaries. The best way to start treatment for these individuals is to help them identify that they have a problem.

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Topics: Alcoholism

The American Addiction Crisis-Societal Failure not a Personal Failure

Posted by Rachel Josen on September 27, 2023 at 2:53 PM

Soberman's Estate was founded in honor of two men. The Soberman's Estate Founder's Brother (Jeff Prager) and his Best Friend (Jerry Josen) who committed suicide as a direct result of alcoholism. Jerry's daughter wrote the following paper. 

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Topics: Addiction, Substance Abuse, Alcoholism, Soberman's Estate

Memorial Day Reflections from Soberman's Estate CEO

Posted by Soberman's Estate on May 1, 2023 at 7:00 AM

Memorial Day 1998 is my most memorable Memorial Day

May 25th, 1998 – Memorial Day was my first day of sobriety! I am grateful that since that day, I have not had a drink or drug and this 2023 Memorial Day I celebrate 25 years clean and sober.

Hundreds of thousands perish every year from alcohol and drug use and I easily could have been included in that horrible statistic. I was fortunate as in essence, the alcohol drug abusing me died 25 years ago and I was given a second chance and now I am in the business of second chances and my purpose, passion, and mission in life is helping other men find the way out as I did.

I and most of the team members of Soberman’s Estate have family members that have served in the military and on Memorial Day, we especially understand the importance of acknowledging and honoring the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. As a state licensed, nationally accredited, world class behavioral health residential treatment center, we are particularly aware of the unique challenges that military service members, veterans, and their families face in the pursuit of mental health and wellness.

This Memorial Day, we invite you to join us in remembering and honoring the fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms. It's a time for reflection, gratitude, and recognition of the selflessness and courage exemplified by these service members.

At Soberman's Estate, we strive to provide comprehensive support for all our clients, including military personnel and veterans. We recognize that the mental health struggles faced by service members and their families can be complex and multifaceted, and we are proud to offer a safe, compassionate space for healing and growth.

On this Memorial Day, we encourage our community to:

  1. Take a moment of silence: Dedicate time to pause and remember the service members who lost their lives in the line of duty. Reflect on the sacrifices they made and the impact their service has had on our nation.

  2. Share their stories: Connect with friends, family, or colleagues to share stories of the fallen heroes. This act of remembrance can help keep their memories alive and honor their legacy. At Soberman’s Estate we have the names of veterans on memorial benches where we sit and tell their stories.

  3. Offer support: Reach out to military families and veterans in your community, offering a listening ear, words of encouragement, or practical assistance. Your support can make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country.

  4. Educate yourself: Learn about the challenges faced by military personnel and their families, both during and after their service. Understanding these struggles can help promote empathy and foster a more supportive community.

  5. Give back: Consider donating to organizations that support military families, veterans, and their mental health needs. Your contributions can make a lasting impact on the lives of those who have given so much for our country.

At Soberman's Estate, we are committed to providing the highest quality care and support for our clients as they journey towards recovery and wellness. On this Memorial Day, let us remember and honor the courage and selflessness of our fallen heroes, and strive to build a brighter future for all.

Lest we forget.

Soberman's Estate is a residential men's addiction treatment center that provides discreet, individualized, sophisticated recovery and wellness services for adult men that want to recover from substance use disorders, and or other behavioral issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, or other addictions. 



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Topics: Treatment, Alcoholism, CEO

Alcohol Awareness: A Devastating Impact of Alcoholism on Men's Health

Posted by Soberman's Estate on April 28, 2023 at 7:00 AM

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year's theme is "Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow." This month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the serious impact of alcohol on individuals, families, and communities. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 14.5 million adults in the United States have Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), with men being more likely to struggle with alcohol abuse and addiction compared to women.

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Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism

Alcohol Related Deaths

Posted by Soberman's Estate on February 21, 2023 at 8:50 AM

Alcohol related deaths are the third-leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. An estimated 95,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually. Included in this outrageous number is about 10,000 deaths that were from alcohol-impaired driving fatalities. The impact of alcohol related deaths is far reaching, not only are lives lost prematurely due to excessive drinking but also families and friends are left behind grieving these losses. Despite these growing concerns, many individuals continue to engage in dangerous levels of drinking. To put this into perspective, one in 10 deaths among working-age adults are due to excessive alcohol consumption.

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Topics: Alcoholism

When Does Social Drinking Become Problem Drinking?

Posted by Soberman's Estate on February 1, 2023 at 3:31 PM

Alcohol consumption starts for many people as a social activity that occurs without consequence. The acceptable times, amounts, and reasons vary from person to person and are dependent on a number of variables. Many people will remain within their acceptable norms for drinking and never experience an increased desire for more. 

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Topics: Precautions, Alcoholism

Boredom and Addiction

Posted by Soberman's Estate on January 31, 2023 at 2:18 PM

Boredom is an emotion that can lead to a variety of responses, both positive and negative. One of the most common and potentially detrimental responses to boredom is addiction. When people become bored with their current environment or activities, they may turn to addictive behaviors as a way of distracting themselves from the boredom. These behaviors might include substance abuse, gambling, or any other form of escapism. Unfortunately, these behaviors often lead to further distress and even more serious addictions that are harder to break.

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Topics: Addiction, Alcoholism

Alcohol Abuse and Cirrhosis of the Liver

Posted by Soberman's Estate on December 9, 2022 at 10:02 AM

Alcoholism is a condition in which a person has a physical and psychological dependence on alcohol. This compulsion and the heavy drinking that accompanies it can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, which is an irreversible damage to the liver that worsens over time and eventually leads to serious complications, including death.

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Topics: Alcoholism

Can You be Living Sober and Occasionally Drink?

Posted by Soberman's Estate on November 3, 2022 at 8:51 AM

Living a sober life means abstaining from the use of alcohol and drugs. It means making conscious choices to prioritize your physical and mental well-being over substance use.

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Topics: Alcoholism

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