Regular intake of alcohol is not only detrimental to the body but it also is disrupting to the mind. The way alcohol causes people to react and behave varies from person to person. Many people experience intense emotions when they have alcohol in their system. Often, a person is suffering from internal turmoil or a mental health disease and alcohol only heightens their emotions in response to their spiritual and mental struggle. If you are struggling with an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, there can be many factors at play that must be addressed to help you recover. At the Discovery Place’s Tennessee alternative addiction treatment center our 12-step approach has been used with great success and highly associated with sustainable abstinence. 

How Does Alcohol Cause An Emotional Response?

Studies show that with chronic use, those with alcohol dependence are more vulnerable to emotional stress as well as increased cravings for alcohol. Alcohol can produce a response acting as a depressant just as much as it can act as a stimulant. The outcome of how emotions are affected depends on how it manifests in a person. As a depressant, it slows the body down. Reaction times, fuzzy mental abilities, and even a numbing of emotional pain. For those who have underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or anger, or those that are under tremendous stress, alcohol is often used as a favored substance to help manage these emotions. 

When alcohol produces a stimulative response intense emotions arise. Immense emotional reactions, fewer inhibitions, becoming more social, becoming angry are just a few of the stimulative effects alcohol can have. The way that a person feels at any given time can also determine how alcohol will affect their emotions. One who is under much stress may find an easing of pressure with drinking while another person who is suffering from anxiety may become more relaxed and social while drinking. Some individuals know that if they drink when they are feeling a certain way, their emotions will be magnified so much that they will behave in a way that they would regret.

It is common for one to know they need help deep inside but still deny it to themselves. If you ever question your drinking habits or experience uncontrollable or regrettable outcomes many times after you drink, it is critically important that you seek help. Your problem will only become worse by not addressing it immediately. Discovery Place’s medical detox program alternatives are safe and comfortable. We can help rid the poison from your system, then examine what other factors unique to your situation that should be addressed next. Our center is located in the beautiful rolling hills of Tennessee making for a pleasant and restful place for you tend to and heal your mind, body, and soul.

How Can You Get Your Life Back In Order After Alcohol Addiction?

The Emotional Toll Of AlcoholismMany therapies and programs can help you put the pieces back together so that you can return to your old life more productively and positively. Each person has different needs regarding what will work best for them. Our staff and counselors have extensive experience designing custom treatment programs that will help accommodate you the most.

A caring staff member is always here to talk with you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Love yourself and help yourself get better by calling our drug and alcohol rehabilitation alternative center today at 1-800-725-0922. We look forward to answering your questions and providing you feedback.



  • Discovery Place was the answer for my son. He did the 90 day and then the step down program and sober living. We give this organization 10 stars. They met my son where he was …emotionally, mentally, physically. They helped him put his life back on track. Discovery Place employees care about their guests. If your son, brother, nephew, grandson or husband needs excellent supportive care THIS is indeed the facility.

    Kim Morton
    Alumni Parent
  • I have remained sober and it is because of DP. DP is the best place there is, hands down. I keep everyone there in my prayers, and I encourage everyone there to take what they are practicing and do it in their lives, after.

    Roy Mantelli
  • Over the past year, I’ve been putting into actin what Discovery Place taught me, and I have experienced a complete perspective change of the world, and the people in it. I get to be a man of service and love today, and for that I am grateful to Discovery Place.

    Matt Kassay
  • Discovery Place means the world to me. They showed me the tools that I’ve tried to use everyday in my life to think less often of myself, and more frequently of others. I am learning to lend a hand when I am able and to have a honest and humble relationship with God and the people around me. Not only am I clean and sober, but also I am happy and fulfilled.

    Tommy Parker
  • Discovery Place and the men who work there made recovery attractive, and more importantly, fun. There is strength in the struggle. I am forever grateful for my time at Discovery Place.

    Creed McClellan
  • When I got to Discovery Place my whole life was in shambles, but I didn’t know it. I spent 6 months in their programs, participating in all three phases, and was met with kindness and love all along the way. It is unbelievable to me, where I am now relative to where I was when I arrived at DP.

    Lance Duke
  • I can never say enough good things about Discovery Place and the people who work there. Before checking in to DP, I was out of options and out of answers. Fortunately, Discovery Place has a solution. Taking suggestions from the staff at DP saved my life, and as a result, I’m now more content and hopeful about life. I’m grateful for Discovery Place showing me how to live a healthy life so that I can become a better man and help the next guy.”

    Tyler Buckingham

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