Alcohol withdrawal is typically the first step in recovery. Going it alone without the help of an alcohol detox center, though, is challenging and potentially dangerous. Drinking alcohol for an extended time can cause both mental and physical problems when you stop. The symptoms will range from mild to deadly. The truth is that alcohol withdrawal management is your best chance for long-term recovery.
At Liberty Health Services, we specialize in detox, including for symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. In addition, we can help you overcome alcohol withdrawal with therapy, medication, and comfort care — all in a luxurious, private setting.
What Causes Alcohol Withdrawal?
Drinking alcohol affects how the brain functions. Specifically, alcohol changes how the brain sends messages. That interference slows down brain processes, which is what is going on when someone feels drunk.
Over time, the central nervous system, the brain, and the spinal cord adjust to the effect of alcohol. The body works double-time to keep the brain active, so it can send messages that help your body do everything from taking a breath to walking across the room.
When someone with a dependence stops drinking alcohol, the nervous system stays in that keyed-up state. It takes time for it to level off. That is alcohol withdrawal, and it can be dangerous when not managed properly.
Why Is Alcohol Withdrawal Potentially Dangerous?
When you drink alcohol for many years, the level of change the body makes to compensate is considerable and may lead to alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS).
AWS is one of the most significant reasons you need an alcohol withdrawal management program.
Alcohol withdrawal usually includes:
- Shaky hands
Over time, the intensity of the symptoms increases to include confusion, high blood pressure, and fever. People with AWS may also see, hear and feel things that are not there, like ants on their body. Withdrawal seizures can start as early as forty-eight hours after the last drink.
AWS can also mean autonomic instability. That refers to different body functions not working, including the heart and lungs. That is why it is so important to consider an alcohol withdrawal management program.
What Is an Alcohol Withdrawal Management Program?
An alcohol withdrawal management program means using unique resources to control withdrawal symptoms. The program provides guidance as your body detoxes, along with medication and comfort care to make it safer and easier. The staff will also take your vital signs regularly to avoid potential complications of alcohol withdrawal.
You stay in the detox program until you are mentally and physically stable. At that point, you are ready to enter into primary treatment.
What to Expect at Liberty Health Services?
Liberty Health Services offers outstanding treatment for alcohol withdrawal in New Hampshire. We provide individualized care in a small but luxurious facility set in the woods for enhanced comfort and privacy. It is a little more like being at a hotel instead of a detox.
We offer a variety of addiction treatment options at Liberty Health Services, including:
- Detox for most substances such as opioids, meth, cocaine, and, of course, alcohol.
- Medication-assisted treatment for those with an opioid use disorder. We offer Suboxone and methadone treatments.
- Therapy both for individuals and families. We know how important families are to recovery and want to reinforce those relationships.
We work with many partners that provide primary treatment, as well. You come to us for detox, and we can help get you into a treatment program once you are stable.
Overcome Alcohol Withdrawal with Help from Liberty Health Services
Alcohol withdrawal may feel overwhelming, but you can get through it with alcohol withdrawal management from Liberty Health Services. If you or someone you love is living with an alcohol use disorder, we want to help. Give us a call at 855.689.5685 or go online and fill out our contact form to begin your recovery process.