Alcohol Detox, Withdrawal, and AdCare
Having the courage to go to treatment for an alcohol use disorder is a big step. This brave individual chooses to ignore criticism, judgement, and pride to save their own life. And if that isn’t challenging enough, having to face the withdrawal symptoms while undergoing a medically safe detoxification process, is a testament to the courage of such an individual.
At AdCare Treatment Center, we are here to help you to live a life of long-term sobriety. As an American Addiction Centers’ treatment facility, we not only offer medical detox, inpatient, and outpatient treatment, but we offer these services across several locations throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The choice to get sober welcomes you with open arms with our variety of treatment locations and options.
Alcohol, the Body, and the Brain
Since alcohol is a depressant, it slows down brain activity. Drinking for prolonged timeframes, drinking heavily, and even drinking frequently causes the brain to become motivated towards alcohol, meaning that areas related to reward and relief become used to cues produced by alcohol. Therefore, the central nervous system grows accustomed to the regular presence of alcohol. When alcohol is no longer present in the body, the central nervous system will look to compensate for alcohol’s depressive effects, but the brain will remain in a hyperactive state.
It’s never recommended that an individual quit drinking alcohol abruptly, or “cold turkey.” This can be dangerous, and even lethal. After ending alcohol consumption, the brain needs time to adjust, and will do so. But until that happens, the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms, which can become quickly overwhelming, distressing, and again, possibly life-threatening.
Alcohol Detox at AdCare
What AdCare Treatment offers is medically managed withdrawal, otherwise known as drug detoxification, or simply “detox”. Detox is the process of clearing the body of alcohol. Medications may be used to help assist with the withdrawal process, specifically to safely manage symptoms (if necessary). Some of the most common alcohol withdrawal symptoms often include:
- Trouble sleeping.
Detox is conducted under careful, 24/7 medical supervision and includes a daily program to help the individual’s understanding of recovery and their addiction. All detox services are confidential and are tailored to meet each patients’ specific needs.
Getting Help at AdCare Treatment Centers
An addiction to alcohol, or an alcohol use disorder, is a very serious medical condition. It’s not one that you can battle and overcome on your own, nor should you have to. With the help of the licensed and professional medical staff at AdCare, you will have the support that you need during withdrawal and recovery.
If you or someone you love is in need of help, reach out to our rehab admissions navigators right now by calling . They can help answer any questions you may have, including those regarding using insurance to pay for rehab and the levels of addiction treatment we provide.
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