Alcohol Detox

Alcohol Addiction is a life threatening situation that can lead to an irreversible health crisis and may even be fatal. Immediate professional help is the only way to avoid harm to yourself or a loved one. At Holistix Treatment our expert team can place and treat you or your loved one to ensure they receive the help that they need. 

Finding the Right Alcohol Detox Center

The right alcohol detox and treatment plan begins with empathy and respect. We place people into programs and treatments that are designed to provide rapid, complete and full-detox while mitigating the physical pain and suffering that comes with the withdrawal symptoms. We ensure our programs cultivate an environment of compassion and confidentiality that gives the client the freedom to not only let go of the chemical toxins, but to let go of all physical, mental and emotional energies that pull them back into an addictive lifestyle.

What is Alcohol Addiction?

Alcohol addiction does not discriminate on age, gender or socio-economics. Anyone can suffer from addiction. There is no clear cause for addiction, however there are predictors. Those who have a family history of addiction are at a higher risk of getting addicted. It is a disease like any other and needs to be treated as early as it detected. Acknowledging you are an alcohol and seeking treatment earnestly and early helps to reduce its impact and reduce the chances of relapsing. People who have been struggling with alcoholism for longer periods may have a more difficult time getting sober. The severity varies from one patient to another.

How Common is Alcohol Addiction?

Family history contributes greatly to alcoholism. A host of genetic interactions increase the risk of excessive alcohol consumption. Alcoholism can affect all aspects of a person’s life. In the United States, at least one in 12 adults suffers from some form of alcohol dependence and abuse. Unfortunately, most people do not treat alcohol addiction as seriously as addiction to other drugs.

At least 88,000 adults in America die due to excessive consumption of alcohol. Alcoholism is one of the leading lifestyle-related causes of death. It can lead to diseases and social problems including; psychiatric problems, dementia, increased threat of throat and liver cancer, ulcers, bone loss, impaired vision, lowered immunity, sexual problems, birth defects, neglect of family and work responsibilities, hypertension, cardiovascular abnormalities, anti-social behavior and depression. Alcoholism is more about a person’s inability to control their drinking habits and not how long they have been drinking or what kind of alcohol they have been drinking.

Common Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction

  • Increased alcohol tolerance and increase in the frequency and amounts of drinking
  • Development of risky behavior such as unsafe sex or getting into legal problems
  • Being in denial about the amount of alcohol you consume and feeling the need to hide your drinking habits from loved ones.
  • Failing to disclose the real extent of your alcohol consumption
  • Spending most of your time looking for alcohol, consuming alcohol and recovering from alcohol hangovers
  • Irritability and strained relationships with family and friends
  • Neglecting personal responsibilities such as work, family or school because of alcohol
  • Inability to stop drinking once you start
  • Negative shift in relationships with family and friends who do not consume alcohol or those who consume alcohol in moderation
  • Avoiding places and situations where alcohol is not served and preferring to be in places and situations where you can access alcohol
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Am I Suffering from Alcohol Withdrawal?

6-12 hоurѕ аftеr thе lаѕt drink: You will begin feeling іrrіtаtіng symptoms, enough to be bothersome and noticeable: аnxіеtу, insomnia, nаuѕеа, lоѕѕ оf арреtіtе, ѕwеаtіng, hеаdасhе, аnd іnсrеаѕеd оr іrrеgulаr heartbeat. Sometimes agitation and/or mood swings are also experienced.

12-24 hоurѕ аftеr thе lаѕt drіnk: This stage is often аѕѕосіаtеd wіth assorted types of hаlluсіnаtіоnѕ: tасtіlе, аudіtоrу, аnd vіѕuаl. You may experience a ѕеnѕе оf іtсhіng, burnіng, оr numbnеѕѕ, hear ѕоundѕ which dо nоt еxіѕt, or see things which aren’t there.

Thе uѕеr ѕtаrtѕ еxреrіеnсіng wіthdrаwаl ѕеіzurеѕ and/or dеlіrіum trеmеnѕ. This is the most dangerous stage of withdrawal and intensity will be dependent on the patient as well as their use of alcohol. If not treated by a professional medical staff, аlсоhоl dеtоxіfісаtіоn mау rеѕult іn coma or dеаth.

Delirium Tremens refers to the onset of confusion and severe hallucinations brought about during the process of withdrawal from alcohol. It usually takes place during the second stage of alcohol detox, or three days since the last consumption of alcohol and can last up to three more days. It affects between 15%-20% of alcoholics and is considered one of the most dangerous scenarios for alcohol detox. It is common for people to hallucinate and have physical symptoms such as irregular heart-rate, high blood pressure, shaking, shivering, sweating. These conditions can lead to high body temperature and seizures, which can be fatal. It is very important that clients suffering from alcohol addition be monitored during the detox process to ensure their safety.

Alcohol FAQ

Alсоhоl dеtоx should not be treated lightly. Thе wіthdrаwаl may іnvоlvе a lоt оf аgоnу аnd раіn if done without medical detox supervision. Untrеаtеd аnd unmаnаgеd ѕуmрtоmѕ саn bе lіfе-thrеаtеnіng. The treatment process should not be rushed as each persons symptoms subside at their own rate. Other complications may arise that need to be addressed. In general, inpatient detox ranges from 3-7 days before transition into inpatient our outpatient treatment.

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There are two major signs of alcohol addiction are tolerance and withdrawal. After continued exposure to alcohol the body builds up a tolerance. As the body adapts to continue functioning, the tolerance increases which leads to a person needing to consume even more alcohol to achieve the desired effects. Furthermore, the body begins to expect the presence of alcohol and the chemical make-up of the body depends on it. The second sign is Withdrawal. This will be seen when the inflow of alcohol stops for whatever reason and the body is forced to revert to operate without it. Physical symptoms of the second stage include: stress and anxiety, accelerated heart rate, disorientation, nausea, the need to purge, and insomnia. If a person experiences these symptoms yet continues to drink to calm the discomfort, these are clear signs that help is needed.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders for Alcohol Use Disorder (DSM-5), there are 11 criteria used to ascertain whether a person is should be diagnosed with an AUD. The levels of severity are described as follows:

  • 1-2 (any two of the eleven criteria within a one year period) – MILD AUD
  • 3-5 (three to five criteria within a one year period) – MODERATE AUD
  • 6-11 (six or more criteria within a one year period) – SEVERE AUD

Treating Alcoholism

It is impossible to treat alcoholism unless the patient wants to get sober. They must be willing to accept treatment and to lead a sober life. Alcoholism is not like other diseases where medicine is administered and the patient gets cured a few days later. It is a lifelong commitment and the patient must make the decision to be sober every day. The following are some treatment options;

Rehab

Outpatient or inpatient rehab programs are used to treat alcoholism. Outpatient programs are usually recommended for people who have just started developing alcohol problems but are not addicted yet. Rehab centers offer patients a safe and confidential environment to deal with their addiction problem. The minimum time for treatment is 30 days. People with more severe addiction might spend more time in rehab. An initial medical and psychological evaluation is done to determine the root causes of addiction as well as any co-occurring disorders. Patients immediately begin detoxing to reduce their physical dependence on alcohol. After detox, therapy follows. There are group and individual therapies that allow patients to talk about their experiences and to listen to the experiences of others on the same journey. Most rehab centers have good amenities that give patients a comfortable stay and facilitate treatment.

12-Step Recovery Programs

12-Step Recovery Programs can be found all around the world. They are comprised of people in recovery supporting each through sponsorship and group meetings. People for all religious and cultural backgrounds can join 12-Step Recovery Programs. A core principle of recovery groups is to admit that you do not have control over their drinking habits and that they need help. They can then look up to a power higher than themselves to help them get their healthy lives back. The idea of a higher power is different for different people depending on their religious or personal beliefs.

There are no payments required for joining 12-Step Recovery Programs. The meetings are held in public places such as religious centers and schools and they are sometimes open to all members of the public. 12-Step Recovery Programs use 12 steps for recovery. They have 12 traditions that guide the members. They include; The 12-Step Recovery Programs common welfare must be prioritized, members only need to have a desire to quit drinking, the need to maintain anonymity, the recovery programs should continue being a non-professional entity, 12-Step Recovery Programs do not hold any opinions on external issues, Every 12-Step Recovery Programs group should support itself without getting outside help, the Primary purpose of every one of the groups is to help alcoholics get sober.

There are other treatment options for alcoholism beyond 12-step groups, including drug therapy and counseling. Therapy offers a person suffering from alcoholism alternative ways to deal with stress and to respond to issues. This makes it possible for them to deal with life issues without relapsing. Sometimes, observing good nutrition helps patients to deal with harmful effects of alcohol such as excessive weight gain or loss. Different treatment methods have their unique advantages and they may not always work for everyone. Sometimes, patients need more than one treatment methods. It is advised to choose a treatment method that makes it possible to achieve long-term sobriety.

Medical & Psychological Support

Some of the immediate symptoms one can expect to experience during detox might be anxiety, insomnia, nausea, agitation, muscle aches and pains, heavy perspiration, among others. These symptoms can vary, but require a staff and regime for comfort.

Comfortable Withdrawal

The short-term use of certain FDA approved medications like Suboxone, Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Naltrexone, Acamprosate or Disfulfiram can be deployed to address more acute and debilitating withdrawal reactions.

Personalized Detox & Care

Because each client is different and requires unique comprehensive care according to their own situation, our staff of well-trained physicians and nurses, first begin the client relationship with a detailed one on one assessment.

Alcohol Detox And Safety

Alcohol detox can be dangerous, especially if it is done without the help of a professional. It is advisable to detox in a rehab center where you have access to the experienced professionals. Delirium Tremens and other withdrawal symptoms that may afflict the patient that is detoxing are dangerous and may even be fatal. The medically supervised detox processes allows the body to process the alcohol that is still in the system and gently ween the body off it’s dependence. It is the first stage of alcohol treatment, and one you should seek before your addiction gets worse.

Withdrawal Symptoms During Detox

Withdrawal symptoms can be mitigated with a team of professionals, however, the withdrawal symptoms that you may suffer from without help include:

  • Increased agitation and anxiety
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Mood swings
  • Fever, sweating and extreme headaches
  • Increased heart beat
  • Seizures
  • Physical tremors
  • Alcohol cravings
  • Hallucinations

Those suffering from addiction for long periods of time at high rates of use usually experience more severe withdrawal symptoms, making the process more difficult for them. The symptoms may seem to get worse through the detox process. They need constant care and attention to help manage the symptoms. Delirium Tremens may lead to death if they are not managed well and in time. Alcohol Addiction Treatment is within your reach to ensure your recovery starts on a comfortable and safe step.

If you, your friend, or family need help with alcoholism, contact (855) SOBER 05 for help.