If you are alcohol dependent, you may want to consider going through alcohol detox at a drug and alcohol program.. At Creative Care, we are there to help you go through this process. Although alcohol dependency is something that can sometimes be treat through the help of programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and general physicians, it is important to recognize that severe alcohol dependency will require professional treatment. This is because the detoxification process can be severe and, at times, life-threatening, depending on the severity of the addiction.
Withdrawal Symptoms for Alcohol Dependents
Someone who is dependent on alcohol has an almost constant desire to drink. Furthermore, their body starts to build up a tolerance, which means that they will require more alcohol to sustain themselves. Furthermore, as the effects of alcohol are reasonably short-lived, withdrawal symptoms can occur as soon as three hours after a drink. This makes it very difficult to quit, as the symptoms can be very uncomfortable.
Some of the symptoms you can expect include trembling, feelings of sickness, alcohol cravings, sweating and convulsions. If you are alcohol dependent, it is likely that you will drink in order to prevent the symptoms from occurring in the first place. For a true dependent, withdrawal symptoms can last as long as a week, but the psychological dependency and withdrawal can last a lot longer than this.
One particular danger with alcohol detox is delirium tremens or DT. About 1 in 20 people experience this, usually around three days after their last drink. Symptoms include shakes, confusion, agitation and hallucinations. Convulsions are also common and many people develop serious complications, including dehydration. DT can be fatal, which highlights the importance of only going through this process with professional help.
Alcohol detoxification is usually done in combination with medication, which will help some of the more serious withdrawal symptoms. Chlordiazepoxide, a type of benzodiazepine, is most commonly used.
At Creative Care, we understand that every client is an individual. This means that we support them through tailored packages, as everybody experiences alcohol detoxification in different ways. Some symptoms are common, however, and include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Withdrawal symptoms
If we do feel the most appropriate course of action is to medicate you during your detox process, it is very important that you understand that this will not actually stop you from drinking. Only you and your own determination is able to do that. The medication is designed to help combat the uncomfortable sensations of detoxing, but they do not address the psychological alcohol cravings. However, we specialize in dual diagnosis, as we believe that many of those who exhibit addictive behavior have underlying mental health issues and at times psychological disorders as well. As such, through targeted therapy, we will help you to resist your alcohol cravings as well.
It is also likely that we will recommend you take a number of vitamin supplements during the detox process to help you improve your overall health. One of the commonly prescribed vitamins is thiamine (B1). Most alcoholics do not consume a healthy diet and have a B1 deficiency. This can lead to various brain problems, which is why it is so important to supplement it.
Alcohol Detox at Creative Care
Specialized alcohol units like Creative Care are most suitable for people who suffer from a dual diagnosis, but also for those who lack an emotional support network at home. We also often work with people who have previously experienced serious withdrawal symptoms or who have a physical illness that has been caused by their alcohol abuse. Also, people who have tried to stop drinking in the past but have relapsed often find that in-patient care is more suitable for them.
During your stay in our facility, you will be monitored at all times. Based on your needs, we will come up with a care package that includes counseling to help you regain control over your own life.
Detoxing from alcohol is but the first step on a long road to recovery. Unfortunately, the incidents of relapse are very high with alcoholism. In order to prevent this from happening, we offer a combination of therapy (individual, group and family counseling), as well as medication. Research has shown that certain medications have been successful in helping people stay off alcohol. These include:
- Acamprosate, which can be prescribed by your general physician as well.
- Naltrexone, which can only be prescribed by specialist treatment facilities.
- Disulfiram, which is prescribe to those who are at significant risk of relapse. With this medication, consuming alcohol leads to very unpleasant feelings, which is a great deterrent.
- Baclofen, which helps to reduce anxiety and alcohol cravings. This is a controversial drug that is currently undergoing further testing in terms of its effectiveness. As such, it is currently not approved for alcohol related issues.
Medication is generally only prescribed for a few weeks after returning to the community from a detox program. We work hard to ensure you are fully rehabilitated, meaning you don’t need to resort to chemical medication instead. At Creative Care, we believe that one of the most important things to stop you from relapsing is to receive support in the form of counseling and to have a support network in place as well. This can be achieved through family therapy, helping your loved ones to get the tools they need to support you. Furthermore, we work closely with Alcoholics Anonymous, who provide a network of peers to help you stay off alcohol.
We are there to make sure you can regain control over your life without the need for alcohol. We offer treatment in a non-judgmental way, so even if you have tried and failed in the past, help is at hand. At Creative Care, the goal is to give you the tools to become contributing member of society once more, supported by our team of experts and your own nearest and dearest.