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How to Get Alcohol Help for Yourself or Family

Alcohol-Detox-Addiction-ServicesEver since intoxicating beverages first appeared in China and the Middle East some 9,000 years ago, alcohol abuse has been a major problem for countless people. Over the generations, many people have found the help they need to quit drinking at a nearby alcohol detox facility. Unfortunately, until fairly recently, the results from these rehab centers have been uneven at best.

But now, doctors have a much better understanding of how alcohol affects the brain and other mental health issues. In 2012, researchers at the University of California discovered that alcohol stimulates endorphin production. Endorphins are much more powerful than morphine. They ease physical and emotional pain while giving the person a sense of euphoria.

Evidence-Based Treatments

In other words, a chemical reaction in the brain, as opposed to the alcohol itself, may be responsible for addiction.

At Amethyst Recovery, we use a combination of the latest evidence-based methods along with techniques which have a successful track record. Our approach helps us quickly and efficiently detoxify your body. This procedure, along with the patient’s commitment to quitting, often yields amazing results.

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An Alcohol Detox Overview

Many people want to know what alcohol detox is like. There is no single answer, but all detox experiences have some similarities.

Must I Go to an Alcohol Detox Facility?

Some additions are emotionally-based. But alcohol abuse is usually physical. Until the alcohol-endorphin link is broken, it is almost impossible to overcome AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder).

Many patients are at greater risk for more serious AUD. This risk could be a family history of alcoholism or an additional issue, like another substance addiction, or Co-Occurring Condition such as another mental health problem.

Some people respond to an outpatient alcohol detox, while others require inpatient care. Regardless of the protocol or the program length, these hospitalization programs are necessary to purge your body of toxins.

When is Alcohol Detox Necessary?

If you are physically dependent on alcohol, you probably need to attend a detoxification program. Without going through detox, all the therapy sessions in the world may not be able to free you from the grip of alcohol abuse.

Many people look into detox because alcohol interferes with their daily activities. Or, they must drink excessively to obtain the same feeling of wellbeing. Sooner or later, such behavior will likely seriously damage your health, or maybe even ruin it entirely.

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Alcohol Detox Intake: Getting Started

While there are many different alcohol detox methods, there is usually only one way to get started. That involves a comprehensive intake consultation.

What Kinds of Alcohol Detox Questions Must I Answer?

Alcohol-DetoxTreatment-Rehab-CenterIntake means more than filling out an alcohol detox questionnaire. Mental health intake involves a conversation about your background, your current life situation, and your rehab goals.

Once we learn more about you, we can help you design an effective alcohol detox plan. The process will not be easy, but we will support you every step of the way. The more open you are at the beginning, the better the program will proceed.

What Are My Alcohol Detox Options?

Many factors go into the outpatient/inpatient decision. They include whether or not the person is a heavy drinker, as well as any work, family, and other commitments the patient has.

At Amethyst Recovery, we offer a wide range of options. That even includes partial hospitalization programs for individuals with special needs, in addition to a nursing diagnosis.

Is Alcohol Detox Available If I Have No Insurance?

Yes. Although medical detox is not easy or inexpensive, we do our best to make our program available to everyone who needs it. As we work to design an alcohol detox plan, we also keep cost in mind.

Types of Alcohol Detox

AUD may have the same root cause in most people. However, everyone responds differently to different kinds of treatment. Our program is as much about options as it is about methods. Some program options include:

  • Pregnancy Alcohol Detox: Pregnancy changes the body. So, we adapt our methods to detoxify your system. Since Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is such a threat, we work to cleanse your body of alcohol as quickly as possible.
  • Elderly and Seniors: AUD among older Americans is a quiet epidemic. By 2020, the number of older adults with a substance abuse problem will double its 2006 level. It is difficult, but certainly not impossible, to undo a lifetime of “one more shot of bourbon” and “one more glass of wine.”

We also use other approaches, such as faith-based efforts, to detox alcohol out of your system. These programs usually occur in hospital settings.

Alcohol Detox Methods

Similarly, everyone responds differently to different detox methods. Rather than shoehorning patients into one or two approaches, we once again remain flexible.

What’s The Difference Between Alcohol Detox and Rehab?

Both physical detox and rehab offer behavioral therapy necessary to recover completely from AUD.

Alcohol detox is a chemical and medical process that cleanses toxins from your system. When the addiction is no longer a serious physical problem, rehab can begin. This process often involves therapy sessions and education about fitness and nutrition.

Once patients complete both detox and rehab, they have the tools they need to live a dependency-free life that does not involve consuming alcohol.

What Kinds of Alcohol Detox Medications Are Available?

Alcohol-DetoxTreatment-Rehabilitation-RecoveryAntabuse (Disulfiram) deters drinking in some people. It usually causes a severe physical reaction, such as vomiting, when combined with alcohol. Many people respond very well to such medically-supervised aversion therapy.

To relieve many alcohol withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol detox, our doctors sometimes give patients Campral (Acamprosate) at the first sign of alcohol withdrawal issues.

Especially in light of the latest medical detox research, Vivitrol (Naltrexone) may be the most effective alcohol detox medication. Originally developed for heroin and opioid addiction, Naltrexone blocks substance-induced endorphin production. If properly used, Naltrexone might actually reverse the chemical effects of alcohol use and thus detoxify the body.

Depending on medical advice, these alcohol withdrawal syndrome medicines are usually available in both pill and injectable forms.

Dealing with Physical Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Acamprosate is an important part of many treatment protocols for alcohol withdrawal. It directly eases physical medical detox symptoms like:

  • Yellow eyes,
  • Strong urine,
  • Unhealthy weight loss,
  • Seizures,
  • Tremors,
  • Joint pain,
  • Kidney pain,
  • High blood pressure,
  • Chest pain,
  • Constipation, and
  • Fatigue.

Substance abuse treatment medication is also available for alcohol withdrawal symptoms like depression and hallucinations. Furthermore, many of these alcohol withdrawal issues are part of delirium tremens, which is a temporary and easily-treatable condition.

Note that alcohol withdrawal delirium tremens and other symptoms are usually mild, especially when compared to the effects of alcoholism. Far from being unsafe or dangerous, alcohol detox is usually safe for everyone, especially when it occurs in a supervised environment. Such an environment makes it easier to deal with rare medical emergencies.

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Finishing Well

Alcohol-Inpatient-New-Life-Rehab-RecoveryAmethyst Recovery’s abuse and addiction alcohol detox protocol will provide much more than a temporary respite from substance abuse issues. Neither is it meant to transform you into a high-functioning alcoholic. We want to help you get your life back.

When Can I Quit Alcohol Detox?

Most people can move from alcohol detox to rehab, to sober living in just a few weeks. Once our alcohol detox therapy corrects the chemical imbalance in the brain, the patient is much more receptive to rehab.

If the initial drug abuse therapy does not appear to be working, it is important not to get discouraged. Instead, our doctors will simply try a different approach.

What is the Detox Timeline for Full Recovery?

In a sense, there is no such thing as “full recovery” from dependence on alcohol and other substance abuse conditions. Even if people suddenly stop drinking, this disease usually lasts a lifetime.

However, there is a clear timeline for breaking Alcohol Use Disorder’s grip on you and your family. Once therapy is complete, our world-class alumni program takes over. Here, many recovering addicts find the ongoing support they need.

Our intake counselors are available right now to help you, so take the first step without delay. No matter how bad the problem is or what your circumstances are, we can help.

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