Dealing with alcohol addiction
Alcohol is by far one of the most addictive substances being consumed in the US today. Nearly 20 million Americans today are classified as being either chronic heavy drinkers or alcoholics. At least 50% of these individuals need immediate professional help for alcohol abuse, addiction, or dependency. Unfortunately, only 10% of them will get the help they need and undergo alcohol addiction detox. There are a number of reasons for this but the two most common are money and the fear of the unknown.
For the individual without the financial means to pay for an in-patient or health insurance to cover the expense of an alcohol addiction detox program, the only other option they have other than going cold turkey is the out-patient format. The fear of the unknown is the fear that the individual has about learning to live a life clean and sober without alcohol. There are other factors as well such as being involved in a co-dependent relationship and the hesitation about leaving it to become alcohol-free.
Alcohol detox withdrawal symptoms
Whenever an individual undergoes alcohol addiction detox, they will most likely encounter some discomfort and pain as they face the withdrawal symptoms that typically occur as a result of ridding their bodies of the alcohol toxins that have built up over the years. Acute alcohol detox will last anywhere from 3 days to a week depending on the severity of the individual’s dependency on it. The addiction to alcohol is both mental and physical, which means that they are going to crave it intensely when they are undergoing the process.
There are many side effects and withdrawal symptoms that will occur when an individual undergoes acute alcohol addiction detox. These include:
- agitation and irritability
- anxiety and panic attacks
- appetite loss
- convulsions and seizures
- dizziness and fainting
- excessive perspiring
- nausea and vomiting
- nervousness and paranoia
- stomach cramps
The individual may also have to deal with chills and fever or hypoglycemia, an abnormally reduced blood glucose content. Probably the greatest discomfort the person will suffer with are the intense cravings that will occur during the detox stage.
Medical alcohol detox
There are a number of benefits involved with medical alcohol addiction detox but the three most important is your mental health, physical safety, and the fact that you are laying a firm foundation for a successful recovery from your dependence on alcohol. The more common medications that are used in a medical detox program include Acamprosate and Naltrexone. However, barbiturates and benzodiazepines may also be administered in order to ensure the comfort of the individual.
The drug therapies used during medical detox help to alleviate the discomfort and pain the individual is experiencing as they progress through this stage of the rehab and recovery process. The key is that these different drug therapies will help to alleviate and moderate the different withdrawal symptoms that arise. The key difference between the drugs used during alcohol addiction detox and drug addiction detox is that these medications do not impact the effects of alcohol on the body.
The alcohol addiction detox programs developed at Blue Water Detox have proven to be some of the most effective ones in the US and have exhibited extremely high recovery success rates in the process. Our professional in-patient treatment facility specializes in customizing the right program for the individual who comes to us for treatment. For more information regarding our programs use the phone number listed at the top of this page.