Understanding Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol is an addictive drug and can have dire consequences if not taken responsibly. Alcohol abuse is the road towards alcoholism. Alcohol abuse ruins a person’s life from all angles- mental, physical, interpersonal relationships, financial aspects, etc.
The effect of alcohol varies from person to person depending upon his age, weight, alcohol tolerance, rate of alcohol consumption, etc.
Alcohol is a depressant; it blunts the senses and acts as a sedative or anesthetic agent. When taken in low doses, it causes momentary happiness or euphoria, relaxation, reduces anxiety and stress, and improves amiability. But, if taken in high quantities, it might lead to alcoholism, trance or coma, and even death.
The Need For Alcohol Detox
The detox process mainly controls the withdrawal phase to nullify the symptoms and result in better outcomes. It keeps the patients safe and reduces the scope for Delirium terms. The whole process of alcohol detox at the Lighthouse Treatment Center consists of primarily 4 stages:
This is one of every crucial step as it determines the rest of the steps of the program. In this step, the Lighthouse treatment Centre notes and takes down the patient’s medical history. The mental and physical factor of the patient is also taken into consideration. The reasons for his addiction are also analyzed.
- Medical Supervision: Even though you can engage in recovery using social and medical support, medical support is still an essential factor. This is because, with the progression of the detox program, the withdrawal symptoms might need expert supervision.
- Treatment Modalities: The entire process of alcohol detoxification is not very easy. The person might show side effects or complications which are uncalled for as well. The presence of an on-hand doctor at the Lighthouse Treatment Center will help keep these in check and treat any seizures and symptoms, thus improving outcomes.
- Therapy And Counseling: This is again very crucial since it provides mental support to the patients. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be challenging to go through; some might even lose the will to detox and get back on with alcohol abuse. Hence, this step is introduced towards the beginning to look into the emotional support required by the patient.
The Symptoms And Risks Of Alcohol Withdrawal
Stage 1 withdrawal symptoms can start showing from 2 hours after a person has stopped drinking to a day. On average, the time taken for stage 1 symptoms to show is 8 hours. Second stage symptoms are a bit more severe than stage 1 and approximately show themselves a day or two after the person has taken his last drink. Stage 3 symptoms are the most vicious and calls for medical attention. It takes around 3 days for stage 3 symptoms to appear.
| STAGE 1
| STAGE 2
| STAGE 3
|Nausea and vomiting||Confusion||Delusions|
|Mood Swings||High Blood Pressure||Hallucinations|
|Tremors||Mood Swings||Delirium Tremes|
|Depression||Abnormal Heart Rate|
There is no definite period for the symptoms to stop. Some might undergo the symptoms for a week; in others, it can last for up to a month. It is always better to be under the care of a medical facility during alcohol withdrawal since the withdrawal symptoms can elevate to become deadly.