Serenity Lane Portland East Explains the Issue About Feeling Guilty After Drinking

Published May 19, 2023

Serenity Lane Portland East, a treatment facility for drug use and alcoholism based in Portland, OR, has recently released an article that explores the emotions experienced by people after drinking. The blog post takes a look at the emotions that result from drinking, why they occur, and what they mean for the individual. The guilt felt by the person is known as “hangxiety,” which is a feeling of anxiety after drinking that occurs regardless of whether the person had one drink or many. Research has found that a little more than one in 10 people felt anxious as a result of drinking.

A spokesperson for the treatment facility says, “Here in Oregon, 17% of adults ages 18 and older report binge drinking at least once a month. Not only can drinking lead to hangovers but it can also lead to feeling guilty after drinking. If drinking is so commonplace in society, to the point where some people may shame others who choose not to drink, why is there also guilt that can come with drinking? Here at Serenity Lane, we believe in openly discussing all aspects of substance use, including the emotional aspects. Addressing and speaking openly about these topics can not only potentially help someone understand themselves or their loved one better, but can help people make more informed decisions about their health.”

There are a number of possible causes of hangxiety. First of all, the individual feels concerned about what family and friends would think and say when they find out. Second, the person concerned had made a poor decision while drunk and remembers it. Third, the individual had been wanting to stop drinking but had failed to do so. Fourth, the person is worried about the possible effect on work.

While it is obvious that not drinking would prevent hangxiety, there’re no inherent negative effects of enjoying a drink or two every now and then. In such cases, being honest and open to people around oneself. Drinking in moderation to ensure one does not do anything that might be lamentable later on may help in reducing hangxiety.

However, in some cases, the hangxiety may be a side effect of the alcohol ingested because alcohol is a depressant, which slows down the messaging system in the body, particularly through the central nervous system (CNS). One of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is anxiety, which may result from the slower CNS.

Thus, it is important to know the typical behavioral side effects of alcohol use disorder. These include: needing more alcohol to experience the same effects as before; the inability to reduce the amount of drinking or stop drinking altogether, despite wanting to; spending most of the day either recovering from the effects of alcohol or thinking about alcohol; no longer going to events or engaging in hobbies previous enjoyed as a result of drinking; experiencing negative effects on work and personal relationships due to drinking; regularly engaging in dangerous activities while drinking, such as driving a vehicle; and experiencing the various symptoms of withdrawal when not drinking alcohol.

Serenity Lane offers various treatments for alcohol use disorder. If needed, they can offer detox to help with the effects of alcohol withdrawal, such as seizures. They can provide detox in combination with residential inpatient and outpatient programs to provide the individual with the foundation for getting on the road to recovery.

Serenity Lane has been helping people overcome substance and alcohol use disorders since 1973. All of the programs they provide have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). They have also introduced many new programs in Oregon, such as residential step-down and outpatient programs that integrate residential and outpatient services. They have also been the provider of the only Addiction Counselor Training Program in Oregon. Some of their graduates are now offering their services through several treatment programs in various locations in the country.

Those who would like to know more about the addiction treatment services offered by Serenity Lane Portland East, Oregon can check out their newly launched website or contact them by phone or email. Serenity Lane has live people ready to help place patients from 8:00 am - 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.


For more information about Serenity Lane Portland East, contact the company here:

Serenity Lane Portland East
(503) 546-7677
12662 SE Stark, Plaza 125 Bldg. A.
Portland, OR, 97233

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