Signs of Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

alcoholic fatty liver disease
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Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to multiple health problems, including alcoholic fatty liver disease. Recognizing its symptoms and seeking prompt medical intervention can save lives. At Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, our accredited, hospital-based facility works with patients who have organ damage due to alcohol, ensuring comprehensive care during the recovery process.

Signs and Symptoms of AFLD

Alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when excessive alcohol consumption causes fat to accumulate in liver cells. As the earliest stage of alcohol-induced liver damage, it can progress to more severe conditions like alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis if not addressed promptly.

Detecting AFLD early can make a significant difference in recovery outcomes. Seek medical attention immediately if you notice any of these symptoms of alcoholic fatty liver disease.

  • A feeling of fullness or discomfort on the upper right side of the abdomen
  • Constant feelings of fatigue or exhaustion with no apparent cause
  • Not feeling hungry or losing weight without trying
  • Dry mouth and increased thirst
  • Difficulty focusing or problems with memory
  • A yellowing of your skin called jaundice
  • Agitation, mood swings, confusion and numbness or tingling in your arms or legs

Early-stage AFLD might not always show noticeable symptoms, so it’s crucial to get routine medical check-ups. To diagnose alcoholic liver disease, your doctor will probably do a blood test, take a biopsy of your liver and do a liver function test. You should also have additional screenings to rule out other conditions that could cause similar symptoms. 

The Importance of Hospital-Based Recovery for AFLD

Damage to a vital organ like your liver requires immediate and specialized medical attention. If you don’t have cirrhosis yet, you can start healing your liver by quitting alcohol. You can enroll in a treatment program if maintaining a sober, substance-free lifestyle proves to be too challenging to attempt on your own.

As an accredited hospital-based facility, HVRC offers the following services.

  • Prompt medical intervention: Our experienced team provides immediate access to medical care and diagnostics for complications arising from liver disease.
  • Integrated care approach: Here, addiction specialists and medical professionals collaborate to address addiction and the resulting mental and physical health challenges.
  • Safe detox: A medically supervised detoxification process ensures your safety and minimizes discomfort.
  • Treatment for co-occurring conditions: HVRC is an ASAM Level 4 hospital staffed by licensed medical specialists who provide comprehensive care for any underlying conditions exacerbated by alcohol abuse, like hypertension or diabetes.
  • Holistic rehabilitation: Beyond medical treatment, HVRC clients participate in daily 12-step work and have access to advanced instruction in healing arts like meditation and yoga. In group and individual therapy, you can start addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of recovery.

Start Your New Life at HVRC

HVRC provides the stable foundation you need to rebuild a healthier, alcohol-free lifestyle. Our comfortable, hospital-based setting ensures you receive comprehensive care tailored to your unique needs. Stays from 30 to 120 days offer an invigorating and inspiring pathway to personal freedom. Contact us today to learn more about our approach and what sets us apart as a leading treatment facility.