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It’s common for people to view alcoholism as less threatening than drug addiction. As such, it’s equally common for people to think that going through alcohol detox treatment is somewhat less problematic than trying to detox from hardcore drugs like heroin, meth or cocaine. The reality is that the withdrawal process from any harmful substance is fraught with danger. People should handle it with great care and concern.
The detoxification process from alcohol abuse disorder starts the moment an alcoholic takes their last drink. We can’t automatically assume that everyone with a drinking problem will experience similar withdrawal symptoms. Things like the user’s physiology, the frequency with which they drank and the amount they would commonly ingest during a normal binge drinking session will determine the depth of the detox process to be used.
If the individual has had a substantial drinking problem, it’s safe to assume they will experience some withdrawal symptoms. Likewise, some of these withdrawal symptoms could be dangerous and bothersome. In the early hours of not drinking, withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, shaky hands and sweating may become apparent. Over the next couple of days, the individual may be subject to nausea, high blood pressure, the DTs, hallucinations, and delusions.
While some people choose to try the detox process on their own, most experts recommend that people take the safe approach and seek refuge from a viable alcohol detox treatment program.
Upon entering an alcohol detox treatment program, like the one with Beaches Recovery Detox at Tides Edge, the patient is usually placed under the care of medical professionals. In most cases, the patient is monitored to make sure their body is handling the withdrawal of alcohol from the system in a reasonable manner. In extreme cases of alcohol dependence, alcohol withdrawal medication might be necessary.
Physicians prefer to let patients work through the withdrawal process without interference. When a patient appears to be in distress or having difficulties with pain or insomnia, doctors may prescribe certain medications to help minimize the effects of withdrawal. When this happens, the medical staff will have the patient under constant monitoring to make sure he or she is safe and secure at all times.
After a successful stint in alcohol detox, patients are ready to begin the next phase of treatment. At a premier treatment facility like Beaches Recovery in Jacksonville, Florida, the transition between detox and rehab is seamless. We do this by providing our patients with a detox program that encourages continuity of care between our facilities.
During therapy, our counselors use custom treatment plans to address each patient’s unique circumstances. The end goal is to educate our patients about the causes of their respective addictions. This education process is important because it allows the patient to better recognize their triggers. Armed with this information, it’s infinitely easier for us to help the patient develop the life skills needed to avoid addiction relapse.
We take great pride in our ability to get our patients successfully through detox and rehab. Here’s some information about our organization:
When the time comes that you want to put down the bottle and get help, don’t do it alone. Pick up the phone and call us at 866-605-0532 and ask for help. At Beaches Recovery and Tides Edge Detox, our professional clinicians are ready to take you from a deep-rooted alcohol addiction to recovery and health. For your part, you only need to come with an absolute commitment to not drinking and living life alcohol-free.