Alcoholism can stem from alcohol abuse, which is something that can be considered normal behavior these days. Over 50% of adults 18 years or older reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that they are current regular drinkers. With statistics like this, it is easy to see how alcoholics can surround themselves with others that have drinking problems and think this is normal behavior. Alcohol treatment facilities can help address the underlying causes of alcohol addiction, and help patients learn the skills they’ll need to cope with relapse and temptation once they end treatment.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reported in 2013 that over 30% of men and 16% of women have partaken in binge drinking in the last month. This social drinking can lead to alcoholism is an individual doesn’t keep their drinking under control or begin to have cravings that they cannot stop. By changing one’s lifestyle to incorporate alcohol abuse, this can be engaged in rather easily and a person can become physically and mentally addicted to alcohol. Alcohol treatment facilities design programs to fit the individual needs of the patient in order to ensure the best recovery possible.
Dangers of Quitting ‘Cold Turkey’
Alcohol is one of the most difficult, and dangerous substances to withdraw from. It is always advisable to seek guidance from a medical professional when planning on detoxing. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol without professional help can lead to:
- Heart Attack
- Confusion and disorientation
Even in a controlled detoxification environment, withdrawal from alcohol can be overwhelming and there are some unpleasant side effects that can be experienced such as depression and anxiety, irritability, anger, headaches, insomnia, and loss of appetite. The medical professionals at alcohol treatment facilities monitor patients to ensure that they receive the best care and support while they go through the detox and rehab process. They are there to administer the necessary medication to control symptoms of withdrawal.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.