The first step in any process is usually the most important one. When someone is stuck in the cycle of addiction, there is only one reliable way back to sanity. That’s through getting treatment from a reliable drug and alcohol rehab center. Reaching out for help is the first step.
When someone does make the decision to reach out for help, there’s a new first step they will need to address as they say no to their substance of choice. The new step is facing the potential of withdrawal symptoms.
There are criteria someone can use to anticipate whether or not they will encounter significant withdrawal symptoms. The criteria include the following:
- The drug of choice
- How long the addictive behavior has been taking place
- The frequency of drug/alcohol use
- The amount of drugs/alcohol used per session
Assuming someone has a significant addiction, it’s a good bet they will have to deal with withdrawal issues.
If you have a significant addiction problem, you need to be concerned about that which you are going to face as you stop using. As a point of reference, take a look at the following withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism:
- Problems with the respiratory system
- Difficulty with concentration
- Rising heart rate and blood pressure
- Visual and auditory hallucinations
- Body tremors and convulsions
- Onset of emotional and mental issues
- Nausea, vomiting, and profuse sweating
As you can see, there is potential danger lurking in this list of withdrawal symptoms. It’s for that very reason that addiction treatment professionals discourage anyone from trying to detox on their own. There’s just too much risk involved.
So, what are your choices if you want help with the detox process? You need to find a reliable detox center or a rehab facility that offers detox services.
How Can a Florida Alcohol Rehab Make the Withdrawal Process Safer?
If you live in the Florida area, you can take comfort from knowing there are lots of quality rehabs and detox centers in the region. That includes ours.
As part of our treatment regiment, we do help our clients through the detox process. We do so because we put a premium on making sure our clients are safe and secure while going through all phases of treatment.
As far as how an alcohol rehab facility would keep clients safe while they detox, there are several ways that gets done. First, clients should get a chance to detox as naturally as possible. If they can manage their withdrawal symptoms without medical intervention, that’s a big positive. Unfortunately, most clients need more that better nutrition and exercise to get through withdrawal.
That’s why a lot of rehabs in Florida offer a medically monitored detox program. In such a program, there is a medical staff on hand to watch over clients. They will be monitoring each client’s progress to make sure the client isn’t suffering from pain and discomfort issues. The moment a client starts to experience distress is when the medical staff will intervene.
Intervening in the detox process usually includes a doctor prescribing medication. Of course, doctors have to be very careful about giving medication to people who are trying to combat adduction. With said, the doctors are well aware of the trappings that come with giving prescription medication to addicts. It’s a choice the doctor has to make. Given the alternative is watching a client struggle with pain or sleeping issues, the choice is an easy one to make.
The good news is that the worst withdrawal symptoms will usually appear from day two through day five. That’s the time that the medical staff has to focus on keeping clients safe. Once most clients clear day five, they will start to feel better with each passing day. After about a week, they should be healthy enough to start the therapy portion of treatment.
If you have been abusing alcohol to the point you have an addiction, you really need to get help. We hope that the possibility of you going through withdrawal is not going to cause you to avoid treatment. We are here to tell you we have the ability and resources to keep you safe and secure while you detox off alcohol. If you would like more information about our detox service, you can contact us at any time. You can reach one of our staff members at 833-846-5669.