Evergreen Recovery Offers Alcohol Detox Guide

Evergreen Recovery, based in Seattle, WA, is pleased to announce that they have released a comprehensive guide regarding the importance of the alcohol detoxification program. They want to emphasize that simply quitting from drinking alcohol can lead to alcohol withdrawal, which has devastating physical and mental effects, and it may even be fatal. Alcoholism is actually a medical condition and not a lifestyle choice. Thus, to help achieve recovery it has to be treated just like any other disease. Going through a detox program for alcohol is the key to a person’s recovery, as this addresses the physical component of the addiction. After completing this, alcohol rehab will be used to handle the psychological component of alcoholism.

Many people struggle with alcoholism because alcohol makes them feel good. This is because drinking alcohol causes the brain to release endorphins that can result in a euphoric high for the drinker. However, there is a significant difference in this release of endorphins for light drinkers and heavy drinkers. More endorphins are released in the case of heavy drinkers compared to light drinkers. Thus, heavy drinkers will feel more intoxicated and the amount of endorphins released will always be more for heavy drinkers than light drinkers even when the same amount of alcohol is consumed.

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There are various reasons why a person may decide to start drinking. These include the desire to relax; wanting to de-stress; craving for the kind of feeling produced by drinking; wanting to forget certain problems; or having a good time with friends. But people who frequently drink heavily eventually develop a tolerance, which means that they will require larger amounts of alcohol to get drunk. Over time, heavy drinking results in the person developing a dependence on alcohol, both physically and psychologically, as a result of how alcohol increases the amount of endorphins and dopamine in the brain. Drinking alcohol to feel good becomes the new normal for that person.

The problem is that it is common for people not to realize that they have become dependent on alcohol. There are a number of signs of alcoholism, such as: drinking significant amounts of alcohol for longer than initially intended; spending substantial amounts of time getting access to an alcoholic drink, drinking it, and/or being hungover; problems at school or work because of drinking behavior; having relationship issues with drinking as the root cause; reducing or avoiding activities that were once considered to be valuable just to be able to drink; and more. For those who are unsure, they may want to take advantage of a complimentary phone assessment.

Alcohol detox can help a person avoid the complications that accompany alcohol withdrawal. One of these is delirium tremens that can be fatal if left untreated. Other common systems of alcohol withdrawal include anxiety, depression, extreme fatigue, anger and irritability, brain fog, serious mood swings, insomnia, nightmares, shakiness and tremors, rapid heart rate, painful headaches, nausea and vomiting, and loss of appetite.

Delirium tremens can happen to anyone who suddenly quits drinking, although it is more likely to occur in people who have been drinking heavily for extended periods of time. Some of the symptoms include sudden confusion; seizures; sensitivity to sound, touch, and light; changes in mental function; severe body tremors; and hallucinations.

Medicated detox is often recommended for people struggling with alcoholism. Medications include Librium®, gabapentin, Valium®, clonidine, and atenolol. Vivitrol®, a new medication, has also shown promising results.

It is a good idea to go to a professional alcohol detox facility. They may offer an outpatient program although most experts agree that this not the safest way to detox, as a patient may still run the risk of experiencing delirium tremens, and there is also the possibility of relapsing. An inpatient detox program is recommended as the best option to prevent alcohol withdrawal.

Those who are interested in learning more about the alcohol detox program may want to visit the Evergreen Recovery website or contact them via phone or email. They can be contacted at any time of the day on any day of the week.

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For more information about Evergreen Recovery, contact the company here:

Evergreen Recovery
(855) 910-8892
info@evergreendrugrehab.com
2111 North Northgate Way Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98133

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