The potential for addiction varies between people, but there is no doubt that alcohol addiction is serious. Alcoholism is a lifelong chronic disease, not a moral failing. The alcohol attacks the brain by shrinking brain cells in the frontal lobe and cerebellum cortex. In addition, it affects neurotransmitters. Some scientists believe there is a genetic aspect to the disease, further validating the idea that alcoholism is not a moral failing.
There are several different ways to treat addiction to alcohol, but the main medications are Librium or Ativan. There are various medications to help with detox, but you will usually receive them in a facility if you choose to check in during detox. It is highly recommended that you detox from alcohol in a facility as there are many adverse effects. Detox lasts 4-5 days, and includes addition treatments like vitamin therapy, physical exams, vital sign checks, lab evaluation, and dietary support. Medications can also be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Campral reduces symptoms, while ReVia decreases cravings and creates an uncomfortable feeling if alcohol is consumed while ReVia is being used. Antabuse causes a toxic reaction if you drink alcohol while on the medication.
While medications can be helpful for treating alcohol addiction, there are therapies and psychological treatments that are necessary to understand the psychological reasons behind the addiction. These sessions can also heal any damage to emotions and the mind that addiction may have caused. You can engage in a 12-step program, an intensive outpatient role, residential treatment, outpatient psychotherapy, ongoing medication management, or psychological/medical treatments for diseases related to the alcoholism (like depression or anxiety).
If you try to go through withdrawal too quickly, you can cause dangerous consequences. Anemia and vitamin deficiencies, kidney failure, brain damage, heart failure, cancers, liver failure, rising blood pressure, nerve issues, and seizures can occur. If you do not receive the correct treatment, death is possible.
Hired Power is here to help you find the right route for recovery. No one wants to deal with addiction on their own, and you shouldn’t have to. Whether it’s your own addiction or that of a loved one, Hired Power can help you choose a therapist, support group, detox facility, or treatment center that will be suited to your needs. If you want to be able to recover in a safe, calm environment, Hired Power can help you get to that point. Call 800-910-9299 for information on how to begin your healing immediately!