Outpatient Alcoholism Counseling
When you're breaking free from addiction to alcohol, detox is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. While alcohol withdrawal can be frightening, and the symptoms can feel overwhelming, having professional help while you go through the process makes detoxing from alcohol manageable.
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Dangers of Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol abuse and addiction are fairly prevalent in the United States, and easy access to alcohol makes it difficult to stop drinking and stay sober. In 2012, about 17 million Americans had a drinking problem.
Overcoming addiction isn't just a matter of willpower, either. Alcohol alters your brain, making it difficult to go back to an alcohol-free lifestyle. The brain changes caused by alcohol can also lead to cravings that can sabotage your attempts to quit. Different individuals react differently to alcohol, too. So one person might drink to feel pleasure, while another drinks to reduce bad feelings or dampen emotional pain, making a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment unworkable.
Alcoholism and problem drinking can affect your career, your family life and your day to day activities. It can lead to situations where you want to cut back but can't, and alcoholism can leave you drinking far more alcohol than you intended in one sitting. If you've tried quitting on your own and failed, depression and anxiety about your alcohol use can settle in, making it even harder to maintain your regular routines.
Feeling out of control can be scary, but it can be a reason for an alcoholic to seek out help, too. Excessive alcohol use for a long period of time can also cause permanent irreversible health damage, so safeguarding your health can be another good reason to quit.
Why Alcohol Detox is Necessary
Before you can attain a sober lifestyle, you need to get all of the alcohol out of your system and let your brain and body adjust to that alcohol-free state. Alcohol actually changes the brain, so it cannot go back to normal functioning as long as alcohol is still present. In particular, the pleasure and reward circuits in your brain are affected by alcohol.
Alcohol use can also make changes in the brain that lead to tolerance. Tolerance develops when the brain stops responding as strongly to alcohol, so you need to consume more and more to get the same reaction you used to get from just a single drink. Tolerance can develop quickly or over a long time period, and how tolerant you become depends on both your drinking habits and your own individual physiology. Increasing the amount of alcohol you consume over time makes addiction more likely and recovery more complicated. However, even people with severe addictions can get sober with the proper treatment.
Detoxing from alcohol involves totally removing alcohol from your body, so the first step is to stop drinking. Once the actual alcohol is gone or start to decrease significantly in the brain, withdrawal symptoms start.
Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. Some symptoms you might experience during alcohol withdrawal include:
- Clammy skin
- Mood swings
- Dilated pupils
- Appetite loss
- Increased heart rate
- Foggy thinking
- Pale skin
- Pain in the chest or stomach
Some people develop a severe form of withdrawal called delirium tremens, which can be deadly. This is mostly seen in people who have been abusing alcohol for over 10 years or in people binge drink regularly. People who have a habit of consuming more than 4 pints of wine, 1 pint of hard liquor or 7 pints of beer daily are at high risk for delirium tremens.
Symptoms of delirium tremens include:
- Severe agitation
- Body tremors
- Visual hallucinations
- Feeling bugs or tingles on your skin
- Severe confusion and disorientation
- Reduced attention span
- Extremely deep sleep
- Feelings of intense fear or excitement
- Rapid mood changes
- Sensitivity to touch, sound and light
The signs of alcohol withdrawal can start hours to days after you stop drinking. In most people who are addicted to alcohol, these symptoms begin within eight hours of their last drink. How long you've been using alcohol and your consumption habits can affect how long it takes before withdrawal symptoms appear.
Delirium tremens starts after the regular symptoms of alcohol withdrawal have been going on for a while. These severe symptoms typically start around 48 to 96 hours after the last drink, but they can sometimes not show up until 10 days into the detoxification and withdrawal process. In some people with delirium tremens, seizures are the first major symptom. If seizures occur, they usually begin within 12 to 48 hours after you stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can last long after the alcohol is gone from your system, which is why it is imperative to seek professional help to avoid complications.
Contributing Factors of an Alcohol Relapse
Researchers have found that certain factors often lead to an alcohol relapse. Some of the most common factors are:
- Recurrent thoughts about alcohol use
- The inability to deal with interpersonal conflicts or negative emotions
- Exposure to high risk situations that led to alcohol use in the past
- The desire to test personal control of alcohol use
- Inadequate skills to deal with social pressure to drink
- Physical or psychological reminders of alcohol use
With the help of our counselors, you will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a relapse and what to do to prevent one. If you believe that you or someone you love is on the verge of a relapse, call Outpatient Services immediately at (844)211-7944.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction affects every person differently; that’s why we create a personalized treatment plan for every patient in the program. Our alcohol addiction counselors create treatment plans based off a patient’s needs and goals.
Some of the services that may be used in a patient’s treatment plan include:
Our comprehensive alcohol treatment program provides patients with the necessary tools to build a sober life. With Outpatient Services by your side, you can continue on the path of recovery. Chat with us online to find out more about our alcohol addiction counseling.
Get Help Now
If you or a loved one is struggling in the recovery process, we urge you to call us today and find healing. Our licensed therapists have extensive experience assisting people just like you with every day alcohol-related concerns.
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