Dallas Texas Alcohol Detox

Riverwalk Ranch provides medical detox for people addicted to alcohol.  Our Medically Monitored Alcohol Withdrawal Management Program provides 24-hour nursing care with a physician on-site to handle significant problems.  Our Dallas Texas Addiction Treatment Center also offers 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 have often had a recent history of detox at a less intensive level of care.  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 sub-acute 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 doctors’ aim is 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.  But it can also be called Alcohol Addiction or Alcohol Dependence.  Alcoholism 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 develop into a debilitating disease.  Alcoholism is also known as a family disease.  It affects everyone around the alcoholic.   Alcohol abuse can alienate friends, family members, and loved ones.  Often, the more they care for the alcoholic, the more they will be negatively impacted by their disease.

Being a negative influence on their loved ones is often on the mind of an active alcoholic.  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 in the alcoholic.  These feelings can lead them to isolate and crawl further into their alcohol addiction.  The cycle of addiction is self-perpetuating.  It feeds into itself.  This can cause an alcoholic to reach further depths of hopelessness and despair.

Untreated alcoholism can result in severe health issues and even death.  Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Alcoholic Hepatitis, and Cirrhosis of the liver are caused by alcohol abuse.  Alcoholism can lead to injury or death by other means as well.  Car accidents, suicide, violence, and injuries may be the result of alcoholic drinking.

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Alcohol Withdrawal

There are more than enough reasons for a person suffering from alcohol addiction to want to quit.  When an alcoholic decides to stop drinking, they should do so under medical supervision.

Alcohol is a depressant.  It works by suppressing a person's central nervous system.  This causes certain neurons in the brain not to function properly.  That is why a person who is inebriated on alcohol may stumble and stagger when they try to walk a straight line.  Alcohol can also cause issues with a person's judgment and decision making.  People will often do things when they are drunk 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 on a regular basis, the effects of alcohol on their brain will be more long-lasting.  An alcoholic's brain can adapt to the massive influx of alcohol on a daily basis.  This causes that person to build up a tolerance to alcohol.  For a person with Alcohol Abuse Disorder, this tolerance has grown into an addiction.  That means that this person will need Alcohol to function normally.

When a person with this level of tolerance attempts to stop drinking "cold turkey" it will produce a shock to their central nervous system.  This shock is what causes the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.  In order to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal, an alcoholic may feel compelled to drink even when they don't want to.  They may have to drink before important 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, drinking 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.  Alcohol detox is never pleasant, but with the help of trained medical professionals, it can be safe.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

The symptoms of withdrawal an alcoholic experiences during an alcohol 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 far easier to get through the first few 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 in a treatment program.

The following are a list of possible withdrawal symptoms of alcohol:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Shakiness
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Emotional Distress
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Hypersensitivity to Stimulus
  • Intense Agitation
  • Seizures

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What Happens After Detox?

After a 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 alcohol intake, drinking history, mental status, personality, and schedule of availability.

When making decisions about an alcoholic's 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.  At Riverwalk Ranch, our addiction specialists are available to help you make these tough decisions.  Let us help you choose the treatment options that are right for you or your loved one.

Inpatient Rehab -  

Residential, or inpatient treatment offers the most extensive level of care.  During inpatient rehab, our clients will live full-time at our large residential facility on a Ranch in Mansfield, Texas.  Inpatient treatment is recommended for alcoholics that need round-the-clock monitoring by medical professionals.  During their stay, our clients can enjoy access to our pool, meditation garden, gym, movie theater, basketball court, fishing ponds and walking trails.  These excursions offer a healthy way to relax after a full schedule of individual therapy and group counseling sessions.

This level of treatment is also beneficial in that it builds the highest level of camaraderie among our patients.  The benefits of Therapeutic Communities has been well documented for the treatment of substance abuse disorders.  Many people find that the relationships that they develop during inpatient rehab provide them with the resources they need to stay accountable and engaged in their sobriety.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) -

After, or instead of, participating in the inpatient, residential rehab program, our clients can continue to receive intensive treatment in a Partial Hospitalization Program.  At this level of care, the patient will often live at our onsite housing, back at home, or in a sober living environment.  During the day, our clients have access to therapy, counseling, and aftercare support for a minimum of six hours a day, five days a week.  This is our most thorough level of outpatient rehab.  It gives our clients the freedom to spend time with their friends and family outside of our treatment facility.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) - 

Outpatient rehab offers alcoholics the ability to ease off of the intensive levels of care provided by inpatient or Partial Hospitalization Programs.  This is recommended as a method to taper off psychological treatment while still maintaining the necessary level of aftercare and accountability necessary to promote lasting recovery.  At this level of care, we offer clients the ability to receive medical and psychiatric treatment while still maintaining their daily responsibilities.

We offer flexible scheduling to allow our clients in IOP to pursue their personal and professional responsibilities without being completely cut off from their sober community.  Recovering alcoholics have access to our treatments three to five days a week.  Riverwalk Ranch offers clients in our Intensive Outpatient Program individual counseling sessions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), group therapy, family therapy, and life coaching.  Before our patients graduate from our IOP program they are introduced to 12 Step Groups.  We also offer life skill workshops to give them the best chance possible for continuing sobriety.

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