When it comes to addictive substances, alcohol is one of the most well-known, dangerous addictions. As a chronic disease, alcoholism can have destructive effects on the person addicted over time and negatively affect the people associated with them.
To combat alcohol addiction, it is extremely important that you find an alcohol rehab that will best treat the specific needs of someone going through alcoholism. At Maryland House Detox, we offer specialized treatment that is not only effective in clearing the body of any toxins or residue but is also effective in long-term sobriety.
When someone starts drinking, it is usually because either they are looking for a way to cope with the stress of everyday life, or they simply want to do it for fun. However, the recreational consumption of alcohol can quickly and easily develop into severe physical and psychological addiction.
Someone who is dependent on alcohol cannot control their alcohol consumption, and the chronic use and abuse of alcohol will make it so going even a few hours without drinking can cause withdrawal. The possible dangers and severe withdrawal symptoms cause alcoholism to be one of the most dangerous addictions, and it is recommended that you or someone you know that struggles with addiction find treatment immediately.
Here at Maryland House Detox, we have an experienced and credentialed staff that is more than happy to assist patients in their addiction treatment. The goal of treatment is to stay sober and to avoid relapse, and our experienced and highly credentialed staff is ready to help anyone who may need it.
What Is Alcoholism?
Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: with almost 18 million people suffering from alcoholism, which equates to one in every twelve adults. The technical name for alcoholism is Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Use Disorder is described as a chronic brain disease due to compulsive alcohol use, a negative mental and emotional state when not drinking, and no control or care for amount of intake. Many factors are in play when it comes to determining the reasons someone suffers from alcoholism. Environment, mental illnesses or disorders, and even genetics can play a role in the origins of someone’s alcohol addiction.
Some of these factors can have a more significant impact than the others, such as the environment. The risk of potentially developing alcoholism is as much as four times greater if a parent also suffers from alcoholism.
How Addiction Develops
On the subject of alcoholic parents, addiction can be commonly traced back to childhood. People that begin drinking before the age of 15 are six times more likely to develop a dependence on alcohol than people that wait until the legal age (21). This is extremely troubling, as more than 40 percent of all tenth graders drink alcohol. These stats are due to the fact that, if exposed to alcohol, a child is more likely to give in to peer pressure at a party or around friends or family that drink actively.
Not only children are susceptible to alcoholism, but so are many college students. In fact, freshman students showed some of the highest rates of student substance abuse on campus. It is a common misconception that alcoholism is a disease more associated with adults, the “Young Adult” demographic is actually the largest subtype of alcoholics in the United States, with 32 percent of alcoholics being young adults.
Mental illnesses are also common reasons for alcohol addiction. Many people suffering from conditions such as depression or anxiety will abuse alcohol in an attempt at self-medication. At the start, it can feel like alcohol dulls the symptoms associated with these illnesses, but constantly abusing alcohol in order to treat mental illnesses can lead to a snowball effect; chronic alcohol abuse will intensify many of these mental illnesses exponentially.
Finally, while scientists have yet to identify an “alcoholism gene,” there are genes we do know that can reduce the impact of a hangover as well as increase the effects of alcohol. People that have these genes are at a dangerously high risk; the combination of minor hangovers and stronger alcohol effects is a disaster waiting to happen.
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While many people know they suffer from addiction, less than 10 percent of them seek professional treatment. This leaves the roughly 90 percent of the other people to either continue alcohol abuse or quitting by themselves via “cold turkey”.
Quitting “cold turkey” refers to the immediate cessation of a certain substance in order to treat addiction. Quitting cold turkey leads to serious side effects and should almost never be used to treat addiction. Instead of trying to treat your alcoholism, seek professional help in order to recover the right way. If you attempt to quit cold turkey, there are many dangerous and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol is a depressant; it slows brain function and the way information is communicated throughout the body. Constant alcohol abuse forces your central nervous system to basically rewrite itself. While under constant depressive effects, your body works harder to stay awake and keep your nerves communicating. Once your alcohol level drops to zero, your body needs time to readjust from working overtime under the influence to complete sobriety. Quitting cold turkey gives your body no time to readjust and causes withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to extremely severe. Depending on the intensity of the alcohol abuse as well as the duration of abuse, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Shaky hands
- Trouble sleeping
These are the most common symptoms, however there are more uncommon and severe symptoms such as hallucinations and seizures. Delirium tremens (DTs) are even more rare and severe, and only appear in about 5 percent of people suffering from alcohol withdrawal. These are more severe symptoms like intense hallucinations and delusions. Other side effects of DTs are:
- Fast heart rate
- High blood pressure
- High body temperature
- Excessive sweating
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An Alcohol Rehab Treatment Center Gives You Options
No matter what your unique needs and treatment goals, Ocean Breeze Recovery Center has a treatment program just for you. For those requiring the highest level of care, we offer inpatient alcohol treatment. Participants of this program are monitored around the clock and recover under the close supervision of our caring staff. After a person has reached a substance-free and stable state, they are ready to transition into the intensive phase of treatment.
During this part of alcohol rehabilitation, the individual will participate in an individualized treatment program which draws from individual and group therapy, life and coping skills training, holistic therapy, and relapse prevention education. These individual treatment plans are flexible and can be modified as an individual’s treatment needs change.
Once a client has successfully completed a residential treatment program, they can transition to our outpatient alcohol treatment program. These individuals attend therapy sessions and counseling during the day and return home or to another residence at night. Our outpatient program allows clients the freedom to take care of themselves and show dedication to their sobriety by faithfully attending day therapy.
Additionally, we offer long-term alcohol rehab to help individuals avoid relapse. Participants are welcome to attend sessions at our facility and are encouraged to stay connected to support groups and our alumni program to maintain the healthy lifestyle they developed in therapy.
The staff at Ocean Breeze use a Christian alcohol rehab method for individuals wanting to use these principles during recovery. In the Christian rehabilitation program, clients take part in Bible study, prayer, and meditation to help them through the difficult journey of recovery.
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Ocean Breeze Recovery helps those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction and co-occurring disorders. Our drug rehab program utilizes different methods for recovery, and each drug treatment program is designed to meet the specific needs of the client.
By putting our client first and ensuring that they are most comfortable, Ocean Breeze Recovery is arguably the best of its kind. Call OBR today at (844) 554-9279 and let us help you write your own recovery story.