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. One day at a time. One step at a time. Recovery is here for you, and so are we to help you along. As an American Addiction Centers’ treatment facility, we not only offer medical detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment, but we offer this 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.
With ongoing exposure to alcohol, the human body grows to depend on its depressant effects. And when the individual whose body is dependent on alcohol stops drinking as much as they have been, or more dangerously so, quits abruptly, their central nervous system gets overstimulated due to the brain no longer being constrained by alcohol.
It’s never recommended that an individual quit drinking alcohol abruptly, or “cold turkey.” This can be dangerous, and even lethal.
Because alcohol is a depressant, it slows down brain activity. Drinking for prolonged timeframes, drinking heavily, and even frequently causes the brain to compensate for “alcohol’s depressant effect by releasing stimulating chemicals. Overproduction becomes the brain’s new normal.”
So, when an individual stops drinking (“cold turkey”), their brain is continuing to produce additional chemicals, which leads to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms connected with overstimulation. The brain needs time to adjust, and will do so, but until that happens, the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms.
What AdCare Treatment offers is “medically managed withdrawal,” otherwise known as drug detoxification. This is the process of ridding the body of alcohol. More than likely medications to assist with this withdrawal process will be used in order to safely manage side effects from the process. Side effects may include nausea, headaches, agitation, cravings, shaking, depression, and even anxiety.
Detox is done under careful medical supervision around the clock for about 3-5 days, includes a daily program to help the individual’s understanding of recovery and their addiction, is confidential, and is tailored to each individual and their needs.
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. An addiction isn’t a moral infliction, but rather a disease that requires medical treatment and care. With the help of the licensed and professional medical staff at AdCare, you will have the support that you need during withdrawal and treatment. You will also be provided with the tools moving forward so that you can live a healthy and productive life in long-term sobriety.