Alcohol abuse and addiction is a common problem in modern society. Documented cases of alcoholism date back thousands of years. Though the moderate consumption of alcohol is considered socially acceptable in certain settings, moderate use that transforms into alcohol abuse or addiction is extremely dangerous. Alcohol is one of the most physically and socially damaging substances one can use.
Alcoholism often leads to the loss of physical health, family and social relationships, employment, mental stability, recreational activities, and can lead to illegal behaviors, such as public intoxication, driving under the influence, crime, and domestic violence.
It is clear why those suffering from alcoholic addiction should seek alcohol detox and rehab treatment through a reputable treatment center before the problem careens out of control. The drug and alcohol treatment center should also offer physician services, to detect and treat any medical and dual diagnosis disorders present.
Alcoholism can easily destroy a person’s health and even lead to death. Death can occur during the active drinking period, during withdrawal, or later in life due to the physical consequences that are inextricably intertwined with an addiction to alcohol That’s why it’s so important that people suffering from alcohol use disorders become involved with a form of treatment that involves withdrawal from the use of alcohol in a medically directed detox center, followed by intensive medical, psychiatric, and therapeutic treatment.
Going through alcohol detox, “cold turkey,” without the assistance of physician-directed medical supervision can be extremely dangerous. Attempting alcohol detox alone can also lead to relapse, and its concomitant consequences.
Sound Treatment for Withdrawal with Detox Therapy
A pervasive idea that those with a substance use disorder should, “just say no,” to drugs and alcohol is prevalent in our society. Because of this, many alcoholics and their family members attempt to solve the problem without seeking the assistance of an alcohol detox or rehab. The medications given for alcohol withdrawal reduce physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, shaking, chills, sweats, nausea, vomiting, sleeplessness, and reduce the risk of seizure, hallucinations, muscle cramping, stroke, and heart attack. Additionally, medications ordered by the physician can also protect the brain from adverse long-term effects, such as forgetfulness, decreased cognition, prolonged post-acute withdrawal (PAWS), and the risk of seizures in the future.
How Treatment for Alcoholism Works
There are many ways to treat alcohol addiction and its complexities. Talk therapy, along with prescribed medications for anxiety and depression, and other mood disorders have been shown to reduce cravings and to treat the underlying causes of alcohol use disorders. Medications to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal and detox are also very effective.
All patients are strongly encouraged to enter alcohol rehab after the detox period. Alcohol rehab allows patients to assess his/her situation and develop a recovery maintenance plan. During alcohol rehab, a physician will be involved in overseeing the treatment provided by the facility staff. This includes medical and psychiatric treatment, therapy, and community-based services.
Ultimately, what’s important is that a person who suffers from alcoholism seeks treatment. Professional care has been shown to be the best way to treat these disorders, so there’s no good reason to resist treatment or put it off for another day.
As a family-centric program, Behavioral Wellness and Recovery will involve family members and loved ones in the process of alcohol detox and rehab. Alcoholism is a family disease and the entire family requires integrated and intensive substance abuse treatment to fully heal and provide the best opportunity for long-term abstinence and recovery.
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