15 Aug Alcohol Detox Process – You CAN Beat This Disease Once and For All
If you have a substance abuse problem – whether it is addiction to alcohol or drugs or both, you know that quitting is nearly impossible without help. In fact, depending on your addiction, quitting alone can be deadly. Substance abuse is not a matter of will power – it is a long-term medical disorder involving your brain and your physical systems, and as such, requires medical care. At Dynamic Transformations, depending on patient needs, we provide medically-assisted drug and alcohol detox in order to minimize painful side effects, ensure patient safety and establish a rehabilitation support system that delivers the highest chance of success.
Alcoholism is Not A Weakness – It Is A Disease
Despite the fact that alcohol is legal for people over the age of 21 and is a pastime that many people enjoy without becoming dependent, alcohol is a dangerous substance that is responsible for approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the US alone. In fact, alcohol related deaths are “the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
The Alcohol Detox Process
Currently, there are an estimated 15.1 million Americans over the age of 18 suffering from Alcohol Use Disorders. The disease of alcoholism is serious – and the detoxification process is just as serious and should not be undertaken alone. Literature from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration states, “Sometimes alcohol withdrawal can be so severe that people hallucinate, have convulsions, or develop other dangerous conditions. Medication can help prevent or treat such conditions.”
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and are the result of the central nervous system’s reaction to no longer dealing with the depressive effect alcohol initiates on the body. But not everyone will have extreme detox symptoms – that is why during intake we carefully evaluate each patient to determine the level of care each patient requires.
- Typical Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms: Anxiety, Nausea, Headache, Sweating, Insomnia, Shaking Hands
- Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms: Hallucinations, Seizures, Confusion, Fever, Extreme Sweating, Racing Heart
- How Long do Physical Withdrawal Symptoms Last? Several Days, to a Week or Longer
- Administered Craving Blocker When Necessary? Vivitrol
What are DT’s?
Medline Plus, from the US National Library of Medicine states that DT’s or delirium tremens are the most extreme form of alcohol withdrawal symptoms and are a medical emergency. Related to prolonged heavy drinking, DTs can occur within 48 to 96 hours of stopping alcohol consumption, but they can also show up later in the detox process as well. Symptoms include but are not limited to delirium, tremors, agitation, vivid hallucinations, sensitivity to light and restlessness. Again, DT’s fall outside the realm of typical alcohol withdrawal – affecting around 5% of individuals undergoing withdrawal, and constitute a medical emergency.
Detoxing from Alcohol is Difficult but Doable – And Absolutely Worth It!
Yes, detoxing from alcohol is difficult – you know it is – perhaps you’ve tried on your own to cut back or stop, and it just didn’t happen. But not being able to stop on your own isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s simply part of the disease with which you are grappling. But with the right support team, it is doable – and it is worth it!
You wouldn’t be here reading this unless you were ready to beat the beast once and for all – let us help.
At Dynamic Transformations, you’ll be surrounded by compassionate individuals, many of whom are, themselves, in recovery. We treat each one of our patients as we, ourselves, want to be treated.