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Dallas Texas Alcohol Detox
Riverwalk Ranch in Dallas, Tx, provides medical detox for people addicted to alcohol. Our medically monitored alcohol withdrawal management program offers 24-hour nursing care with a physician on-site to handle significant problems. Our Dallas Texas addiction center also provides psychological counseling.
We specialize in treating people with substance abuse issues who have struggled to get sober in the past. Clients of our Dallas Texas alcohol detox treatment center have often had a recent history of detox. Typically these addicts and alcoholics have had trouble completing the detox process or have refused to participate in further addiction treatment.
Riverwalk Ranch is the right choice for people with subacute biomedical, emotional, and behavioral problems that require residential treatment. Patients in our medical detox program receive integrative medical care in a safe, home-like environment. Our doctor's aim to keep our clients as comfortable as possible during the detox process.
Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse
Alcoholism is referred to as Alcohol Use Disorder in the medical community. It can also be called Alcohol Addiction or Alcohol Dependence. This is a progressive disease; if left untreated, it gets worse over time. Alcohol addiction may start as a seemingly harmless social crutch, but it can soon become debilitating.
Those who are dependent on alcohol are sometimes unable to see they have a problem. A heavy drinker will not view their use of alcohol as a disorder. Others realize they have a problem, but by that time, they are so addicted to drinking that they are unable to stop on their own. If unable to stop, then their physical health will begin to decline.
Not only does it affect the user, but the user's family as well. Alcohol consumption abuse can alienate friends, family members, and loved ones. Often, the more they care for the person with substance abuse, the more they will be negatively impacted by their disease.
Having this kind of unfavorable influence on their loved ones is often on the mind of an active substance abuser. They are likely well aware that they are causing harm but cannot seem to control themselves. This knowledge can increase the levels of anxiety and depression and cause damaging mental health issues.
As a result, these feelings can lead to isolation and induce them to crawl further into their addiction. The cycle of addiction is self-perpetuating; it feeds into itself and can cause an alcoholic to reach further depths of hopelessness and despair.
Untreated alcoholism can result in severe health issues and even death. High blood pressure, Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Alcoholic Hepatitis, and Cirrhosis of the liver are caused by alcohol abuse. It can lead to injury or death from:
- Car accidents
There are more than enough reasons for a person suffering from addiction to want to quit drinking. When an alcoholic suddenly stops drinking, they should do so under medical supervision.
Alcohol is a depressant. It works by suppressing a person's central nervous system. This causes specific neurons in the brain, not to function correctly. That is why an intoxicated person may stumble and stagger when they try to walk a straight line. Consumption can also cause issues with a person's judgment and decision making.
The effects of alcohol can often make people do things that they would never attempt to do while sober. This can be as mundane as shopping too extravagantly or as life-threatening as choosing to drive while intoxicated. If a person drinks to excess regularly, the effects on their brain will be more long term. An alcoholic's brain can adapt to the massive influx of drinking daily, causing that person to build up a tolerance.
For a person with an alcohol abuse disorder, this tolerance has grown into an addiction. That means that this person will be dependent on drinking to function normally. If a person with high tolerance attempts to stop drinking "cold turkey," it will produce a shock to their central nervous system. This shock is what causes alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
To stave off the symptoms of withdrawal, the user may feel compelled to drink even when they don't want to. They may have to drink before essential events in their personal and professional lives even though the results will be disastrous.
This type of behavior is what makes it so hard for a person to quit drinking without professional help. For them, alcohol is not a choice; it is imperative to their survival. Along with benzodiazepines, alcohol is one of the few abused substances where the addict can die from their withdrawals. Detox is never pleasant, but with the help of trained medical professionals, it can be safe.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and the side effects it causes during detox are mentally and physically exhausting. But getting through it safely and successfully is a necessary milestone on the path to sobriety. A person who detoxes from alcohol at a professional detox facility is more likely to be successful in their recovery. It is easier to get through the first days of withdrawals with a supportive and informed team of addiction treatment professionals.
During this process, an alcoholic learns essential information about the nature of their illness and the path forward. After detox is over, a person in recovery can begin to delve deeper into the root causes of their problem. They can do this by entering a treatment program.
The following are a list of possible withdrawal symptoms of alcohol:
- Heart Palpitations
- Elevated Blood Pressure
- Emotional Distress
- Hypersensitivity to Stimulus
- Intense Agitation
What Happens After Detox?
After medical detox, there are a few options to choose from in terms of continuing care. The right choice for an alcoholic depends on their level of intake, drinking history, mental status, personality, and schedule of availability.
When making decisions about recovery, it is crucial to consult a knowledgeable substance abuse therapist or counselor. Remember that what an alcoholic wants to do may be the worst thing for them.
We provide programs such as:
Each one is unique and will help you during your recovery. To learn more, please contact Riverwalk Ranch, and one of our staff members will speak with you about your options. Our alcohol rehab specialists are available to help you make these tough decisions. Let us help you choose the types of treatment options that are right for you or your loved one.