PIC_0017Both alcohol abuse and opiate abuse take a heavy toll on various organs of the body. One of many severe side effects of alcoholism and opiate abuse is pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas and includes painful swelling, along with the disruption of pancreatic function.The pancreas produces enzymes to assist with the digestion of food within the digestive tract, and also releases hormones into the blood stream to balance blood sugar levels.

Individuals suffering from pancreatitis often experience abdominal pain and even back pain. The number one cause of pancreatitis is alcohol abuse. An inflamed pancreas, if not treated, can begin to hemorrhage. Once a person’s pancreas begins to hemorrhage, there is a 50% chance of death.

If a person’s pancreatitis is the result of heavy drinking or opiate abuse, the pancreas returns to normal after completely detoxifying. Learn more about the pancreas, pancreatitis, and their relationship to alcoholism, and opiate abuse in Dr. Von Stieff’s latest YouTube video: Pancreas, Pancreatitis, Alcoholism and Opiate Abuse.