Examples of alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
- Mood changes
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Excessive sweating
- Heart palpitations
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
- Rapid breathing
Although alcohol is legal and commonly consumed, it’s important to remember that it is still a highly addictive substance. Thus, people that develop alcohol dependency and addiction must receive addiction treatment services such as medical detox and professional treatment to manage their withdrawal symptoms and treat their alcohol addictions.
Because we know that alcohol is one of, if not the most, commonly abused substances, we understand the necessity of alcohol addiction treatment. That’s why we here at Live Free Recovery made alcohol addiction one of the illnesses that we treat.
Detox is the process of ridding the body of all toxic substances. Individuals who detox from substances such as alcohol should taper their drug use. Tapering one’s drug use means slowly minimizing the amount of drugs that one takes until that person no longer uses the drugs nor has them in their bodily systems.
Because of how addictive alcohol is, people should detox from it at medical detox facilities. This is because only medical detox facilities contain doctors and medical staff on standby 24/7 to provide detox patients with prescription medications to help them manage their alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Common prescription medications used to treat alcohol withdrawal include the following:
- Chlordiazepoxide (Ex. Librium)
- Clorazepate (Ex. Tranxene)
- Diazepam (Ex. Valium)
- Oxazepam (Ex. Serax)
- Carbamazepine ( Ex. Tegretol)
- Gabapentin (Ex. Neurontin)
- Oxcarbazepine (Ex. Trileptal)
- Valproic Acid (Ex. Depakene)
- Disulfiram ( Antabuse)
- Naltrexone ( Vivitrol and Revia)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
Similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction is characterized by the experience of chemical changes occurring in one’s brain. Drug addiction is also characterized by the inability to stop using drugs even though one desires to.
People that suffer from drug addiction are often willing to do anything to get more drugs. This includes lying, cheating, and stealing. Part of the reason why people that suffer from drug addiction exhibit such risky behavior is that their tolerance for drugs has increased. Thus, it takes consuming more and more drugs to achieve the same level of high as before.
People that suffer from drug addiction also exhibit risky behavior to get more drugs because they too are trying to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms. This is because whenever a person with drug dependency and addiction minimizes or discontinues using drugs, he or she experiences withdrawal symptoms.
There is a wide variety of drugs that people often abuse. To ensure that we here at Live Free Recovery help you treat any drug addiction that you suffer from, we’re providing overall drug addiction treatment services.
Alcohol isn’t the only substance that one should detox from at medical detox facilities. In fact, individuals should detox from all substances at medical detox facilities. That way doctors and medical staff are always available to provide addiction treatment services whenever anyone needs emergency help while detoxing.
While not every drug detox will require medication-assisted treatment, many do. This is especially true when it comes to detoxing from opioids. Common prescription withdrawal medications that people may use during drug detox include the following:
Receive Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Services At Live Free Recovery
Once individuals complete their drug or alcohol detox programs, they can start receiving alcohol or drug addiction treatment services. There are different levels of care when it comes to addiction treatment. The level of care that each person will receive depends on the severity of his or her addiction and his or her personal needs.
People with severe addictions that need 24/7 care and monitoring should receive inpatient treatment. People that need addiction treatment but not 24/7 care and monitoring should attend some form of outpatient treatment.
There are three forms of outpatient treatment, partial hospitalization program (PHP) treatment, intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment, and standard outpatient program (OP) treatment. Because partial hospitalization program treatment occurs all day and offers nearly the same level of structure and intensity that inpatient treatment programs do, PHP treatment is an affordable alternative to inpatient treatment. The other two forms of outpatient treatment, mainly standard outpatient treatment, are for people with milder addictions.
People who complete addiction treatment and need help transitioning back into regular society afterward should attend sober living here at Live Free Recovery. To learn more about Live Free Recovery and what we treat, contact us today! We would love to hear from you!