Alcohol addiction occurs in every part of the globe. Over 100 million people worldwide suffer from this chronic disease, and of those over 18 in the U.S., 15+ million people addicted to alcohol is a conservative estimate. Alcohol is a readily available substance that can be used in moderation by many. However, when certain risk factors are in place, including genetics, many people begin to abuse alcohol, become dependent on it, and eventually addicted. Though only about one-tenth of those who need alcohol addiction treatment ever receive it, an alcohol detox center program is the ideal way to begin recovery.
Alcohol abuse disorders don’t discriminate. People of any age, gender, education level, or socioeconomic status and from any culture or ethnic group can become alcoholics. Pennsylvania Adult & Teen Challenge (PAATC) has been ushering people from alcohol dependence to independence for over half a century. Our team of professional, highly trained practitioners is prepared for anything. Our goal is to help you live your best life of sobriety. If you have questions about our medical detox or other services, call 844.442.8673 or complete our online form.
Diagnostic Criteria for Alcoholism
Alcohol addiction is characterized by chronic, seemingly uncontrollable alcohol use and deterioration of one’s emotional stability when not using. Alcohol addiction includes a range of symptoms and behaviors, some of which are listed below:
- Intense cravings for alcohol
- Inability to slow or stop drinking despite understanding its harmful effects
- Frequent failed attempts to quit
- Physical tolerance leading to more significant quantities of alcohol to reach intoxication
- Damage to and neglect of meaningful relationships
- School and work-life/performance deteriorates
- 50% or more of waking hours are spent planning and acquiring the next drink, drinking, and recovering from drinking
- When alcohol is withheld or absent, withdrawal begins
Based on the above list, it is possible for someone to self-diagnose alcohol addiction. However, denial is powerful among those with this disease. As a result, the person suffering the addiction is often the last to realize what all those signs mean.
How a Detox Center Helps with Recovery
Withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and potentially dangerous. It is not something anyone would want to undertake alone if they knew what was coming. Being in a residential alcohol detox program under the care of medical and therapeutic practitioners is the safest, most humane way to rid your body of alcohol and its residual toxins so you can begin recovery without physical cravings.
Supervision and Management by Medical Professionals
Medication can alleviate the worst of the withdrawal symptoms such as fever, seizures, tremors, agitation, vomiting, hallucinations, and body aches. It can address any underlying medical or mental health issues, as the detox process puts stress on the body. Furthermore, any disorders that have previously gone undiagnosed, but emerge during withdrawal, can be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. Medical detox is absolutely the safest place to be during withdrawal.
Secure, Trigger-Free Environment
Out in the world, there are places, people, possessions, stressors, and more, that promote alcohol use. The familiar triggers can’t hurt the alcoholic who is in an alcohol addiction recovery center when they are with caring, experienced professionals. Without any alcohol available, relapse is virtually impossible at this stage.
Focus on Recovery
Detoxing in a closed environment is a single-minded pursuit. There is nothing else to do but take it one day at a time. Once detox is complete, ongoing alcohol addiction rehab, either as an inpatient or outpatient, begins on a strong foundation.
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Rehab is more likely to be successful, meaning without relapses and with a better prognosis, through detox. Experts should medically oversee this process and manage it in a residential alcohol detox center.
Give yourself or your loved one a leg up on addiction recovery by seeking medical detox at an accredited rehab center like PAATC. Our treatment center offers evidence-based treatment both during and after that first stage of recovery. There’s no need to do this alone. We can help. Reach out today by completing our online form or simply call 844.442.8673.