Alcohol withdrawal treatment in Old Bridge provides the medical care necessary to ensure safe withdrawal from alcohol as well as the social and mental support to offer long-term success.
Alcohol withdrawal is a specific physiological condition in which the body responds to the removal of alcohol. It is an acute and short-lasting phase in the overall process of recovering from alcohol abuse, but it can be life threatening.
Proper care during alcohol withdrawal is critical, not only to ensure a safe, problem-free recovery, but also because relapse after treatment is almost guaranteed without proper care.
Our relapse prevention programs in Old Bridge offer tools on how to develop coping skills so that addicts don't return to substance abuse after treatment is over.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. This means it reduces nerve activity in the brain and spinal cord. If alcohol is used in large quantities for long periods of time, the body responds to the chronic reduction in nerve activity by boosting nerve signals. If alcohol is abruptly removed, the body can't reduce the nerve activity fast enough and the result is a kind of electrical storm in the central nervous system.
This electrical storm is what is responsible for the common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal including shakes (delirium tremens or DTs), sweating, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, and even hallucinations. In severe cases, the heightened nerve activity can lead to seizures and death. The severe effects caused by increased activity in the nervous system are the reason that detox should NEVER be attempted at home or outside of a hospital or alcohol withdrawal treatment center.
The only way to ensure that the body has enough time to respond to changes in alcohol consumption, is to reduce the amount that is consumed slowly. Of course, this is next to possible for someone suffering from alcohol addiction.
Fortunately, there are medications, like Ativan, that can be used in place of alcohol to quiet the nerve activity until the body recovers. These are prescription medications, so they can only be provided by licensed medical professionals, such as those who provide alcohol withdrawal treatment in Old Bridge.
There are several alcohol withdrawal treatment options available, but they are not all equally effective. Alcohol withdrawal can be managed in a hospital, but hospitals are not designed for long-term treatment of addiction. Once the acute phase of withdrawal is over, the individual is discharged from the hospital and left on his or her own to seek recovery. In many cases, the result is a return to drinking and a cycle of detoxing at the hospital followed by a return to alcoholism.
Alcohol withdrawal treatment programs provide more than just acute detox. Our detox center in Old Bridge offers the best treatment possible, as we ease all withdrawal symptoms so that the patient is both safe and comfortable. Once the acute phase of withdrawal is over, alcohol withdrawal treatment in Old Bridge focuses on mental health, emotional well-being, and social conditioning as they relate to both alcohol addiction and overall wellness.
Individuals in alcohol withdrawal treatment programs are supported not just by friendly and knowledgeable staff, but also by other individuals who are seeking treatment as well. In many cases, the people going through the process together become friends who offer support and understanding not just during inpatient recovery, but for years and even lives. Our inpatient rehab in Old Bridge offers the best care possible to our patients.
Treating withdrawal is just the first step on the road to recovery. Without the services of an alcohol withdrawal treatment facility, the chances of relapse are high and many people never get past the first step.
With the assistance of helpful staff and trained counselors at an alcohol withdrawal treatment facility, success rates improve and rates of serious complications decrease. Not only is treatment in a withdrawal program safer, it is more effective and often cheaper in the long run.
To learn more about our addiction treatment programs in Old Bridge, call us today at (732) 412-5393