As you contemplate putting down the bottle and getting help for your alcohol addiction, you need to invest some time understanding what obstacles you will be facing. Existing data makes it clear that the annual relapse rate for people with an alcohol addiction runs between 65% and 70%. These numbers are alarming. They point to the fact most people pursue recovery rather halfheartedly without a full understanding of what it’s going to take to arrest their addiction. One of the things we want you to consider is you will likely face some rather difficult times going through withdrawal. If you are not prepared to deal with withdrawal issues, it could end up circumventing your attempts to establish a lasting recovery.
Given that withdrawal is inevitable for most alcohol addiction sufferers, it would behoove you to learn a little about the process. As part of your education, you need to know about that of which we are going to address. The withdrawal symptoms each individual could encounter will depend on several factors. The most prominent factors include:
- The amount of alcohol consumed per drinking episode
- The frequency of drinking episodes
- The longevity of the alcohol addiction
Not knowing the extent of your addiction, here’s the list of potential withdrawal symptoms for someone who has a significant addiction to alcohol
- Body convulsions and tremors
- Both auditory and visual hallucinations – often referred to as the “DTs”
- Sleeping issues and nightmares
- High blood pressure and rapid heart rate
- Nausea and vomiting
- Profuse sweating
- Inability to think – confusion
- Anxiety and depression
Is there anything on this list that looks inviting? Clearly, the answer is no. That’s exactly why you want to enlist help from a professional detox center. They have the processes and the means to keep you safe during the entire withdrawal ordeal, which could last as long as a week or more. Let’s discuss how detox programs can make a huge difference.
How Does a Medical Detox Center Provide Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment?
Upon entering rehab, the intake clinician is going to ask you questions. They need honest answers in order to determine the proper course of treatment. Assuming your alcohol addiction falls into the significant category at the least, the clinician will most certainly prescribe a detox programs. Once you arrive in the detox unit, another decision will have to be made about which detox treatment options they are going to put in your basket. At this point, a discussion about how detox professionals run detox programs seems in order.
The Natural Detox
The greatest desire for everyone working in a detox center is to see clients get through the withdrawal process without medication. A “natural” detox takes all the pressure off medical professionals while program administrators focus on the physical health of the client. That focus includes teaching the client about nutrition and exercise and how those two things can contribute to someone feeling better about themselves, relieving the need to self-medicate with alcohol.
The Next Step – Medical Intervention
Setting aside everyone’s desire for clients to go through detox as naturally as possible, there are times that’s not possible. The primary responsibility of a detox center and its staff members is to keep the client as safe as possible while the client goes through withdrawal. Should any client show signs of pain or discomfort, there’s a medical professional standing by to make an assessment. If in the doctor’s opinion the client’s health and welfare are at risk, that’s the time the doctor may decide to introduce relief medication into the mix.
It’s a tenuous process but most times, it ends up making the entire detox process more palatable for the client. In the end, detox is but the first step in the addiction treatment process. From there, the client will have to submit to therapy and finally face their demons. With any luck, they will discover the driving force behind their addiction, creating the basis for developing the coping skills they will need to avoid relapses in the future. Now that you know the worst part about recovery and how we can help you get past it, it’s time for you to consider getting treatment. When you are ready, we will be there to help you. For additional information about the process, you can call one of our staff members at (866) 840-6411.