Alcohol abuse is a common problem that can turn to an addiction (known as alcoholism) and become progressively worse. Without effective alcohol rehab treatment, the condition can lead to serious medical, psychological, emotional and financial problems. At Alcoholism Treatment Centers Sacramento, our treatment specialists provide comprehensive and effective alcohol rehab programs to help addicts manage and treat their disease. To find out more about your alcohol rehab options for Sacramento, California, call (530) 204-5366.
One of the primary symptoms is cravings for alcohol so serious that it becomes more important than loved ones or financial responsibilities. Another is denial. The alcoholic may have been abandoned by family and plunged into financial ruin, but will still deny that alcohol is the cause of their problems and may refuse alcoholism treatment.
Another symptom is the presence of withdrawal symptoms that gradually become more severe. They can include shaking hands, anxiety, hallucinations, seizures, and panic attacks.
It is dangerous to withdraw from alcohol at home if the addiction is severe because the symptoms of withdrawal can be life threatening without professional alcohol rehab treatment. One of the worst of these is delirium tremens, which may need treatment in intensive care.
Treatment usually begins in a rehab facility, where the patient is admitted to residential care in which there is no possibility of obtaining alcohol. During the medical detoxification period, which lasts for several days, the patient is constantly monitored and medicines are prescribed to reduce the severity of the worst withdrawal symptoms.
After the initial withdrawal period treatment is continued as an outpatient. The treatments may include a mix of individual and group counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, and enrollment in recovery programs such as alcoholics anonymous. Other therapies may include art or music therapy, restorative yoga, or moral reconation therapy.
The drug Disulfiram (Antabuse) may be prescribed since it produces extremely unpleasant side effects if alcohol is consumed within a couple of weeks of the last dose. The effects include sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and severe chest pains. Antabuse reduces the risk of a relapse and this gives the recovering alcoholic time to come to understand their addiction and learn new life skills.
If alcoholism is not treated it becomes worse. The toll on the can be severe, with effects on all the major organs, including the brain, liver, and kidneys. Prolonged heavy drinking has been linked with several cancers. Repeated bouts of drunkenness also result in blackouts in which the person can remember little or nothing of their movements or activities while drinking.
Some people develop an alcoholic addiction as a result of youthful binge drinking. They may be (or think themselves to be) the life of the party, and in the early stages their consumption may be confined to weekends or to special events. Other people develop an addiction when they are much older. They may be elderly and begin drinking to relieve the boredom they experience in retirement, for example, or to alleviate gnawing grief or as a way of coping with depression or chronic pain. As consumption increases, it can quickly become an addiction.
Still others develop a form of alcoholism in which they are able to function extremely well for many years. They may hold positions of responsibility and may be well-educated and appear to be normal, and their alcohol consumption may be kept secret even from those closest to them for a long time. However, the alcohol addiction eventually catches up even to the high functioning alcoholic, and as it progresses they become less able to hide their problem.
Regardless of the type of alcohol addiction or the time of its onset, alcohol rehab is needed to enable the person to return to a balanced and healthy life. Call the addiction specialists at Alcohol Treatment Centers Sacramento by dialing (530) 204-5366.
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