Alcohol’s Ugly Side

While alcohol by itself is not a horrible thing, it can have a lot of ugly, highly dangerous side effects if it is abused. Psychological, physical, short, and long-term effects are prevalent in those with a history of alcohol abuse. Whether by consistent binge drinking or merely drinking large amounts of alcohol throughout the day, the abuse takes a toll on both body and mind and can severely damage the liver, heart, and brain.

Side-effects such as liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver are relatively well known, even among those who don’t drink. But there are other, lesser known side-effects that can be much more deadly. There is an increased risk of heart attack and stroke with long-term alcohol abuse, as well as the danger of alcohol poisoning the more of this beverage is consumed. There are numerous cases of alcoholics experiencing visual, tactile, and auditory hallucinations as well while under the influence.

Detoxing from alcohol can also cause some very serious symptoms, which is why it is important not to try and detox by yourself. There are numerous facilities around the country that can medically supervise the detox phase. These professionals can help manage and treat symptoms such as excessive sweating, shaking, nausea, insomnia, vomiting, seizures, severe tremors, fevers, disorientation and anxiety, irregular heartbeat, and migraines. Hallucinations can also be a symptom of alcohol withdrawal, though this is generally in cases of extreme alcohol abuse.

What Does Detox Do?

Detox, in the simplest terms, takes away physical dependency. This stage of treatment works through medicinal management of withdrawal symptoms and helps the body to become clean and/or sober. This is necessary when going through treatment because it removes the foggy lenses of addiction.

There seems to be an idea that the only way to detox from drugs or alcohol is to quit “cold turkey.” While in some cases this can be true, there are many substances that make this approach fatal. In truth, the cold-turkey approach can actually be detrimental to some clients depending on what substance they are withdrawing from. Often times the detox stage will involve a weaning process, where the client slowly moves away from the drug by taking less and less of it until they are clean. Clients are treated with medicinal supervision as they go through the withdrawal symptoms of their substance.

We want to stress that while detox is a form of a treatment, it does not encompass treatment by itself. Very often there is a psychological dependency that detox is unable to handle, as it only takes care of the physical aspect. It is greatly encouraged to all clients that they continue their treatment after detox with rehabilitation through therapy.

Getting Detox

There should be absolutely nothing standing in the way of making life better, for yourself or for your loved ones. The very last thing that should ever get in the way is the money, that is why we accept most forms of private insurance. We have also created several payment programs that can be used in the event of a lack of insurance, or if insurance doesn’t cover the entire treatment process. One way or another we want to help you in any and every way we can. Call 954-210-4010 and speak to an expert about detox and payment.