Residential Recovery: Avoid the Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Alcohol detoxification is the first part of your path to recovery; however, acute withdrawal symptoms from moderate to heavy drinking may be life-threatening. As reported by a study from the National Institute of Health, up to 5 percent of people who stopped drinking abruptly without medical attention experienced serious illness or death. If you or someone you love suspects an addiction to alcohol, consider the safe, medically managed treatment designed for a monitored detox in a residential rehabilitation setting.
The Cause of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
The hallmark of alcohol addiction is tolerance. Initially, drinking may calm anxiety, brighten the mood or produce a relaxing feeling. However, over time, more alcohol is required to create this desired state of euphoria. Depending on the severity of the addiction, changes occur in the body and brain to accommodate the high levels of toxic alcohol. Moderate to heavy use of the substance disrupts the brain transmitters that may cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, hallucinations or confusion.
As a depressant, alcohol suppresses normal cardiac functioning that may rebound after an abrupt or significant reduction in consumption. The process of withdrawal may increase your blood pressure and heart rate to dangerous levels that may result in a stroke or heart attack. As the body strives to return to a state of normalcy, sufferers may experience nausea, vomiting, headache and perspire profusely.
A Safe Detox with Professional Management
In a residential rehab setting, experienced doctors and nurses provide medical treatment and monitoring to ensure your detoxification is safe and as comfortable as possible. You may require special medications that lessen the distressing symptoms of withdrawal and treat your emotional discomfort. Psychiatrists trained in addiction often slow the detox process to a manageable pace that minimizes the trauma of the body’s transition back to health. With access to medical professionals for 24-hours per day, nurses and doctors are available to meet your medical needs.
Cleansing the body and brain from alcohol may also create psychological concerns. Sufferers often experience depression, anxiety and other forms of emotional distress. With experienced counselors and skilled therapists, intense therapeutic sessions offer positive coping strategies that teach you to manage stress without the need for alcohol. A residential rehabilitation setting is completely dedicated to your wellbeing and individualized recovery.
Alcohol addiction is a serious, complex medical disease that requires treatment of all the contributing factors. As an inpatient in a residential setting, a trained psychiatrist has the opportunity to examine you for underlying causes of your addiction. Often, people who suffer from depression, anxiety or a serious mental illness may self-medicate their emotional distress with alcohol that has resulted in addiction over time. The psychiatrist may manage your treatment effectively in an inpatient environment that is dedicated to your individualized needs and personal recovery.
Continuing Your Recovery with Support and Guidance
Few people realize their recovery alone, and residential treatment facilities offer a network of support from your peers as well as experienced psychological staff. Family therapists strive to help you rebuild loving relationships that provide comfort and understanding. Learning how to reach out to the appropriate support groups can provide you with a lifetime of effective recovery tools and resources.
If you or someone you love needs help to overcome addiction, call our compassionate addiction professionals today and begin your path to a healthy recovery. No matter how many times you have attempted sobriety, help available. Find out how we can help you embrace the life that you deserve.