Alcohol is one of the most widely used and socially acceptable recreational drugs in the world. Because it is so highly enjoyed, it is readily available to all over the legal drinking age. Alcohol can, however, lead to abuse, addiction, illegal activities, personal and professional conflict, and health issues. Fortunately, alcohol addiction and abuse are very treatable conditions. But the path toward clean living can be a difficult and even dangerous one that requires alcohol detox treatment as well as individualized recovery programs like those at True Recovery.
When a person has a problem with alcohol abuse, they may drink it so frequently that it affects the brain and how it functions by suppressing certain neurotransmitters. One of these neurotransmitters normally causes one to feel calm and relaxed. As a result of its suppression, a person may develop a tolerance for alcohol that requires them to drink more heavily to achieve the sense of relaxation that they would normally feel when drinking. The effects of another neurotransmitter, one that is responsible for one’s sense of excitability, are also suppressed by chronic and heavy drinking. As a result, this neurotransmitter, which is called glutamate, is produced at a higher level than normal. When a person with an alcohol addiction stops drinking, these neurotransmitters are no longer suppressed, resulting in a rebound effect and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. These symptoms are generally the opposite of the relaxed sensation associated with alcohol consumption. They may include agitation, anxiety, irritability, seizures, headache, rapid heart rate, and tremors. Delirium tremens, commonly referred to as the DTs, consists of severe withdrawal symptoms that can occur after as many as 10 days following one’s last drink. They may include hallucinations, delirium and other changes in mental function, high blood pressure, and seizures.
Because of the severity of these symptoms, it is important that people detox from alcohol. Without a detox, alcohol withdrawal can be extremely dangerous or even fatal. Successful withdrawal treatment starts with finding a safe treatment center. Alcohol detox centers are facilities that are designed to help individuals get through withdrawal in an environment that is free of alcohol and temptation. There are two type of detox: inpatient and outpatient. With outpatient detox, alcohol withdrawal is treated without the person being admitted into the treatment facility. This allows clients to come in for their treatment and return home after several hours of observation, but it is only safe when the withdrawal symptoms are mild. For inpatient detox, the client is admitted into the facility for around-the-clock care and supervision. This type of detoxification is considered the preferred method, particularly when withdrawal symptoms are severe. Treatment typically involves the administration of medications that are meant to alleviate some of the withdrawal symptoms. These medications are given by licensed medical professionals.
At True Recovery, we can help to facilitate your treatment in an alcohol detox program and get you on the path to sobriety. When our clients need to detox from alcohol, we seek out the best alcohol detox option for them and make arrangements with a licensed and accredited detox center. After a client has completed their detoxification, we ensure a seamless transition into our extended-care rehabilitation programs. We are staffed by highly trained individuals and provide numerous therapies to help our clients. Our intensive outpatient treatment program (IOP) offers customized treatment that includes addiction counseling with an emphasis on helping clients to set goals, identify their passions, and build skills that will help them succeed in recovery and beyond. For more information, fill out our contact form or call today.