Alcohol Addiction Information
Alcohol addiction can be of the most difficult addictions to recognize. First, alcohol is a legal substance, and second, more than half of Americans drink at least monthly and most have tried alcohol at some point. Generally, when it comes to alcohol, addiction treatment is needed when one struggles with withdrawal symptoms, and just keeps drinking to avoid withdrawal symptoms. In seeking treatment for addiction, a qualified recovery center like ours can help organize a medically supervised withdrawal process to minimize discomfort.
- Heavy Drinking vs. Alcohol Addiction
- Alcohol Withdrawal
- Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
- DTs: The Most Dangerous Form of Alcohol Withdrawal
- Causes of Alcohol Withdrawal
- Delayed Effects of Alcohol Withdrawal
- Preventing Relapse
Heavy Drinking V.S. Alcohol Addiction
What really defines an addiction to alcohol is a lack of control. Alcoholics often drink constantly for days or even weeks on end. It is a mental obsession and a physical compulsion that involves both physically craving alcohol and constantly thinking about the next drink.Some signs that you or your loved one may have an addiction that requires treatment include:
- Memory loss about events while drinking
- Drinking more than intended
- Inability to enjoy social occasions without alcohol
- Continued drinking despite guilt and shame
- Hiding and secrecy
- Worrying and upsetting friends and loved ones
Perhaps you are a loved one is struggling with addiction and fears stopping. Knowing as much as you can about withdrawal will help reduce your fears. The most common symptoms someone addicted to alcohol could experience include:
- Hot or cold sweats
- Mild anxiety
- Nausea or vomiting
- Painful headache
- Difficulty sleeping
Alcohol withdrawal are the physical symptoms someone experiences when they stop drink. Many people experience in the form of a hangover after a heavy night of drinking. When one is drinking heavily for an extended period, the effects can be much worse. In some cases, alcohol withdrawal can even be life threatening.
Some or most of these symptoms may be present when an individual stops consuming alcohol. Most people have experienced these symptoms, but they can get much more severe. Often, the longer you’ve been drinking and the more you’ve been drinking, the worse the symptoms can be.
Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is extremely dangerous. Seek medical attention immediately if you or your loved one experiences any of these symptoms. Gone untreated, they can result in death. Someone who is addicted should never stop drinking on their own; that’s why addiction treatment with a medical component is so critical.
Even if you or your loved one have not experienced medical issues when previously quitting drinking, it’s still dangerous to try it on your own. Please contact us here in Colorado or a medical professional for help.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is when withdrawal symptoms become far more severe, and often scary. If you or your loved one has been consuming alcohol for a long time, these symptoms may be common. They include:
- Visual Hallucinations
- Auditory Hallucinations
- Delirium Tremens (DTs)
Delayed Effects Of Alcohol Withdrawal
If you’ve ever known someone who drank heavily or done so yourself, you know that you were probably not experiencing any problems at the moment you took your last drink. Most likely you just went to sleep or passed out.
Symptoms may begin to show within a few hours or even a few days. Symptoms can last for weeks depending on their severity.
Everyone is different, as far as how they go through the alcohol withdrawal timeline. There are different stages of alcoholism withdrawal. Knowing what happens during each of these stages can be extremely helpful. The stages help to explain the alcohol withdrawal timeline in greater detail.
DTs: The Most Dangerous Form Of Alcohol Withdrawal
Delirium tremens (DTs) is rare, but the most dangerous withdrawal symptom. When an alcoholic has this syndrome, they begin seeing and hearing things that are not there.
DTs almost always require hospitalization, and can even require medical sedation.
Causes Of Alcohol Withdrawal
Most people overlook the danger of alcohol because of its legality and general availability. However, like too much red meat or too much mercury, consuming excessive amounts can be extremely harmful to the body.
When someone drinks too much alcohol for too long, alcohol withdrawal symptoms are a given. Like caffeine or any other drug, the body gets used to depending on the substance. Adjusting to life without it takes time, and both medical and therapeutic help.
Time to Seek Addiction Treatment
You and your loved one will need to seek treatment for addiction if you are experiencing legal, medical, family, emotional, or employment problems. It’s very easy to tell yourself you can control your alcohol intake, but if you’ve tried and can’t, getting help is the most effective solution.
Perhaps you or your loved one has tried to give up alcohol. Maybe this is your first time. Either way, the first step is to figure out how to medically detox from alcohol safely. More than 3/4 of alcoholics have relapsed after treatment, so you are not alone. And there is still hope to change your life.
We provide one of the best treatment centers in Colorado, and we can help set you up for long-term success based on two principles. First, nothing changes if nothing changes. If your family situation and the behaviors of both the addict and his or her family don’t change, relapse is likely despite medical detox. That’s why we incorporate individual, group and family elements into our program.
Second, we are uniquely focused on the long term. Our coordinated aftercare program is crucial to long-term success. We help guide our alumni as they pursue their new sober lives.
Contact us today to learn about your new beginning at our beautiful Colorado campus.