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The Dangers of Alcohol Detox and Addiction

Alcohol abuse and addiction is common in the United States. According to the most recent information from SAMHSA’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of current alcohol users in America misuse it.1

  • 7 million people in the U.S. currently use alcohol.
  • 3 million people in the U.S. (or 47.8 percent of alcohol users) binge drink.
  • 3 million people in the U.S. (or about 25 percent of binge drinkers) are considered heavy alcohol users.
  • Of the 20.1 million people who had a substance use disorder in 2016, 15.1 million of them suffered from alcohol use disorder.

Despite the prevalence of alcohol abuse in America, recovery from alcohol addiction is possible. Many people go on to fully recover from their addiction by enrolling in alcohol detox and rehab programs. Although the discomfort of alcohol withdrawal can keep people from recovering, it can be made easier with professional assistance.

The first step in the treatment process for addiction is alcohol detox. However, there are several different types of detox for alcohol addiction, including outpatient detox, inpatient detox, and at-home detox. Each method of detoxing from alcohol has its pros and cons but inpatient alcohol detox (also referred to as residential alcohol detox) is ultimately the safest and most effective way to detox from alcohol.

There are several important benefits of completing a residential alcohol detox program instead of trying an outpatient detox program or attempting to detox at home. If you’re suffering from alcohol addiction, here are five key benefits of inpatient alcohol detox programs to consider.

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5 Important Benefits of Inpatient Alcohol Detox

    1. You are safe. Detoxing from certain drugs can be especially dangerous. Alcohol detox is particularly risky if it takes place in an environment that is not medically monitored. If you have been drinking heavily for a long period of time, you may experience serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures or hallucinations, which could be potentially life-threatening. Additionally, some people who have a history of alcohol withdrawal or heavy alcohol abuse may experience a more severe form of alcohol withdrawal called delirium tremens (DTs). DTs can cause severe mental or nervous system changes such as seizures, hallucinations, delirium (extreme confusion), muscle tremors, or rapid heart rate.2 An inpatient alcohol detox program will provide 24/7 medical care which will ensure that you are properly cared for if alcohol withdrawal symptoms are severe or an unexpected medical emergency occurs.

 

    1. You are comfortable. It’s no secret that alcohol withdrawal can be physically uncomfortable. Although the withdrawal experience is different for everyone, many people experience physical symptoms like anxiety, shakiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and sweating.3 Medical treatment for these withdrawal symptoms can make them much more tolerable and in turn, increase the likelihood that you’ll actually get through detox and withdrawal without giving in to cravings or drinking alcohol to get rid of the discomfort.

 

    1. You have better results. Alcohol detox is much more effective when it takes place in a medically monitored environment like a detox center. Not only is it easier to give in to cravings when you’re detoxing alone at home, but you’re also more likely to relapse quickly if you have family members who drink or store alcoholic beverages in the household. At a residential alcohol detox center, you’ll be temporarily housed in an alcohol-free environment with a full staff of professionals supporting you. A medical team will treat any symptoms of alcohol withdrawal so you can comfortably complete the process instead of giving up.

 

    1. You are housed in a healing, distraction-free environment. If you are going to successfully withdrawal from alcohol without giving in to cravings or temptation, it’s important for you to be in an environment that fosters healing and provides lots of support. In an ideal situation, you won’t have to worry about work, children, bills, or alcohol-abusing friends. You won’t even have to worry about cooking your own meals, as Briarwood’s residential alcohol detox program provides clients with delicious and nutritious chef-prepared meals. Inpatient alcohol detox programs are designed to provide clients with adequate time to heal and rest, which is a huge factor in the successful completion of alcohol detox.

 

  1. You are less likely to overdose or relapse. One of the biggest risks after detox is overdose. In detox, your physical tolerance to alcohol is diminished, so suddenly returning to your old drinking habits afterward is especially dangerous because your body can’t handle large amounts of alcohol anymore. By enrolling in an inpatient alcohol detox program like Briarwood, you are not only making the decision to get sober, but you’re also investing in your long-term recovery and relapse prevention by laying the necessary foundation for sustained sobriety. Residential alcohol detox programs like Briarwood provide medical detox programs that are enriched with individual and group counseling to address the psychological, social and behavioral problems associated with your addiction, instead of just focusing on the physical aspects. Our staff also provides referrals for ongoing drug addiction treatment to help you locate the best treatment option for your individual circumstances and to prevent relapse or overdose after detox is complete.

Enroll in an Inpatient Alcohol Detox Program at Briarwood

Inpatient alcohol detox provides many benefits for those who want to get sober for good. If you’re struggling with alcohol abuse and addiction, don’t wait to get help. Briarwood Detox Center provides high-quality residential alcohol detox programs in Austin, TX and Houston, TX. Our Joint Commission-accredited detox facilities are designed with your comfort and safety in mind and our caring staff specializes in detox treatment and care.

There’s no reason to continue living a life of addiction when you can start on the road to recovery today. Call Briarwood Detox Center at (888) 857-0557 for more information on our inpatient alcohol detox programs for men and women.

 

References:

  1. https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/sites/default/files/2016_ffr_1_slideshow_v5.pdf
  2. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000766.htm
  3. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/alcohol-withdrawal-symptoms-treatments#1

 

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