Detoxing from alcohol is a serious situation, but many people don’t fully understand how dangerous it can be. Those suffering from alcoholism may avoid trying to stop because they fear withdrawal. Others think that they can detox on their own and will attempt to go through withdrawal on their own. Both situations can be very dangerous for your health as well as your sobriety.
Alcohol has always been the most commonly abused substance because it’s legal just about anywhere in the world. If you’re of legal drinking age, it’s no problem purchasing alcohol. What people don’t realize is that alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances out there. Many don’t realize they even have an alcohol issues until they take an alcoholic test, they find online or in a magazine. The withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are far more dangerous than the symptoms from heroin, medications and stimulants.
Detoxing from Alcohol Has Happened to Most People
Even those who don’t suffer from alcoholism have probably experienced the symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal from alcohol occurs when a person drinks in excess and the substance begins to leave the system. This can also happen with other substances like caffeine and nicotine. Some of the very minor symptoms of withdrawal can include a headache, dehydration and nausea.
Most people would recognize these symptoms simply as a hangover, and the symptoms leave within hours. For those who have become heavy drinkers or developed alcoholism, the symptoms are much worse and can become relieved with more alcohol. The body can regain equilibrium that way. When the person has been drinking in excess for days, weeks, months or years, it’s much harder on the body.
Detoxing from Alcohol Shouldn’t be Done Alone
One of the common issues people have when they’re trying to get sober is that they want to detox on their own. Many people struggling with alcoholism will try detoxing from alcohol alone because they don’t want help. Others may feel so guilty about their alcoholism that they want to punish themselves. Or they may not realize how addicted they are or how dangerous withdrawal is.
No matter what a person’s reasoning for trying to detox alone, it really shouldn’t be attempted. A medical detox is a much better choice for comfort and safety. Throughout the different stages of detox, the brain, organs and nervous system are under stress. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal can be fatal, and other symptoms can cause dangerous accidents. There’s also a high possibility of relapse when a person tries to quit on their own.
People often relapse when they try to quit alcohol on their own because they can’t handle the symptoms of withdrawal. The person may believe that they are strong enough to get through the symptoms, but they can’t. The symptoms can be quite painful and cause a person to not want to get out of bed for days. Some of the initial symptoms of withdrawal can include:
- Body tremors
At some point during a person’s self-detox or rapid drug detox, they often realize that it is too much for him or her to handle. The brain of someone with alcoholism is always trying to justify using. When going through this much pain and stress, the addicted person believes that drinking is the only option. This type of relapse can make a person want to give up hope because they don’t believe they’re strong enough to quit.
Psychological Issues when Detoxing from Alcohol
Anxiety, depression, irritability and mood swings are all common psychological symptoms when a person tries withdrawal from drinking. Not being able to sleep, going to work, or trying to communicate with loved ones can make a person drink again. These symptoms happen because the brain believes that the only way to be well is with alcohol. Not only is a person suffering mentally because of withdrawal, but they can’t sleep through the symptoms.
During the stages of withdrawal when a person is experiencing these symptoms, the body is under more stress. Due to increased stress, the stress hormone cortisol in the body increases, which can be dangerous. During this time, the heart is under more stress and works much harder than it should. Active alcoholism may have already caused damage to the heart, which makes withdrawing even more dangerous.
Medically Detoxing from Alcohol
You don’t need to go through detox on your own because Serenity House Detox is here to help you. We have a fully qualified staff who understands alcohol withdrawal, and we’ve helped people just like you. When you come in, you’ll go through a physical and mental evaluation so we can treat you properly. From there, we’ll set up a personalized detox plan to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Serenity House Detox has a medical staff who will be with you throughout the day and night to ensure your safety. Our team will regularly check on you to ensure that your blood pressure and heart rate don’t spike. You may be prescribed medication designed to help with withdrawal. With medication, you’ll have less symptoms of withdrawal and less cravings.
Medical scientists have designed different medications to help trick the brain and reduce your symptoms. The reason the symptoms of withdrawal happen is because different receptors in the brain are now vacant. Specific medications will make the brain believe that you’re still drinking, which should gradually reduce the more difficult withdrawal symptoms. Early recovery is difficult due to cravings, but there are medications to help with this.
Ensuring You’re Mentally Well
A common mistake many people with alcoholism make is going to therapy or a psychiatrist while actively drinking. Some of the common symptoms of alcoholism can include anxiety and depression. This leads to the misdiagnosis of many people with mental illnesses and prescribed medications being given that could interact with alcohol. When you’re still actively drinking, it’s impossible for these medications to work and decrease your symptoms of mental illness.
Detoxing from alcohol at Serenity House Detox will include evaluations before and after detox to be sure you are getting complete care for your addiction. We’ll also evaluate your mental health before the detox process and be sure that you get the therapy you need to address it. There are many occasions when a person completes the detoxification process and finds many mental illness symptoms have disappeared. If you still have symptoms of mental illness, we can help refer you to a dual diagnosis facility post-detox.
Our mission at Serenity House Detox is to provide each one of our clients with a foundation of recovery to build on. We want to let you know that you never need to go back to the way you were living if you don’t want to. There is a bright future ahead for you, but asking for help is the first step. You can do that today by calling 866-294-5306.