Wet Brain: What is it and What Causes it?

What is Wet Brain?

When a person is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, there are several issues that they may experience both during the time that they are in active addiction as well as in the days, months and even years following their treatment. Wet brain, also known as Wenicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS) is a condition that is specifically related to a vitamin deficiency which is a consequence of alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, during the time that a person is struggling with alcohol addiction, they also tend to struggle with vitamin and nutrient deficiency. 


Ultimately, wet brain is something that can be potentially fatal based on the symptoms that you may experience. Therefore, it’s critical that you receive help for wet brain as soon as possible. In some cases, the only way that wet brain is diagnosed is when you make the choice to go through a treatment program. While coming to this realization is something that may be difficult, it’s one that can be lifesaving. 


If you believe that you may be suffering with wet brain or a loved one may be suffering from this condition, it’s imperative that you reach out for help. When you turn to TruPath for assistance, you can take comfort in the fact that our team is experienced in helping individuals manage this condition so that they can live a healthier life that is free from addiction and work toward getting their brain functions back to normal. 


How Is Wet Brain Treated?

One of the understandable questions that many people have when it comes to wet brain is whether or not it’s a condition that can be treated. The answer is not the same for everyone and is depending on a number of different things. For example, if wet brain is diagnosed early enough, then there is a possibility that a person could recover from the condition. Other factors that need to be taken into consideration would include the symptoms that you’re experiencing as well as the severity of those symptoms. When you come to TruPath, we will perform a full assessment on you and help you to identify this condition as well as treatment options. 

What are the Symptoms of Wet Brain

There are several signs and symptoms associated with wet brain. Many of these symptoms may seem as though they are connected with another type of condition, however, if you have suffered with alcohol addiction, it’s critical that the possibility of wet brain be taken into consideration. Just a few of the examples of symptoms of wet brain: 


  • Memory loss 
  • Double vision 
  • Issues with concentration 
  • Strange eye movements 
  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Hypothermia 
  • Eye muscle weakness 


Typically, wet brain is something that is associated with long term and excessive alcohol abuse. However, this condition is something that can impact a chronic drinker at any time so it’s important that you work with a treatment team that has experience in working with other individuals who have this condition. 

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Alcohol Addiction Resources

There are several alcohol addiction resources that you can take advantage of if you’re struggling with this form of substance abuse, specifically ones that are offered through TruPath such as: 


  • Alcohol detox
    At TruPath, we offer a medical detox program which will provide you with the immediate help and care that you need in the initial hours and days of your sobriety. Depending on the severity of your addiction, there is a strong possibility that you will experience withdrawal symptoms which will make it challenging if not impossible to properly care for yourself. We offer medical detox which gives you access to medication that will help to better manage your withdrawal symptoms and make this period of time less traumatic in your overall recovery.  
  • Personalized addiction treatment programs
    Our treatment facility offers individuals treatment programs which will help you to address your substance abuse once and for all. At TruPath, we offer both outpatient and inpatient recovery programs which will help you to work through the contributing factors of your substance abuse. Outpatient treatment is a more flexible type of treatment program. During outpatient treatment such as intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization, you will be able to work or go to school. This is an option that you may also utilize if you don’t feel comfortable with the premise of an inpatient treatment. However, if you feel as though you need a more structured type of program, then an inpatient treatment program may be a better option for you. Inpatient treatment gives you the opportunity to live at our treatment facility and receive around the clock care from our recovery team. In addition to that, you will also be able to interact with other people who are working through their own treatment program which can serve as a system of support for you. 


In both inpatient and outpatient treatment, you will also participate in different forms of addiction therapy. While counseling and therapy is something that may feel uncomfortable at times, it’s something that is imperative when it comes to determining the root cause of your addiction. The root cause of addiction is different for every person. Therefore, it’s key that you take the opportunity that addiction therapy provides to really explore the different reasons why your addiction may have developed. 


Regardless of whether you opt to work through an inpatient or an outpatient treatment program, you will need to determine the length of time that you are going to spend in treatment. Our treatment programs typically last anywhere between 30 and 90 days. Remember, you can always opt to begin your alcohol addiction treatment in a 30 day program and continue it to a 60 or 90 day program. If this is something that you’re considering, please let your team know as soon as possible so that we can implement those changes. 


One of the understandable concerns that is often associated with addiction treatment and resources revolves around the cost. At TruPath, we work with a wide range of insurance providers which can help to off set the cost associated with treatment. It’s important to remember that the terms of your coverage are likely different from that of another person which is the main reason why it’s important that you reach out to your insurance provider to learn about those terms. For instance, there is a possibility that you may need to pay a co-pay as part of your treatment. If you’re struggling to learn about the terms of your coverage, be sure to let our treatment team know so that we can help you to take full advantage of your insurance. 


TruPath Can Help Diagnose and Treat Wet Brain

Wet brain is something that can be avoided when you get the immediate help and care that you need if you’re struggling with alcohol addiction. Wet brain is a serious condition and the premise of having this condition is something that no person should ever have to face on their own. Our team is available right now to help you to put the pieces together when it comes to a treatment program that will work best for you. Don’t struggle with alcohol addiction or wet brain on your own. Get in touch with our team today and learn more about your recovery options. 

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