Medical Detox for Alcoholism Now Available Near Manatee County, FL
Just like drug addiction, alcoholism in the United States is a public health crisis and epidemic. Manatee County, FL is certainly no exception.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2014, an estimated 16 million adults had an alcohol use disorder. That included around 12 million men and 6 million women. Also in that year, 1.5 million adults reportedly underwent treatment at a specialized center for their addiction.
Additionally, nearly 680,000 youths from 12-17 were said to have alcohol use disorders. In a strange reversal, however, females (367,000) outnumbered males (311,000).
In 2014, the NIAAA also estimated that more than 88,000 people die annually from causes related to alcohol. There were nearly 10,000 Drunk driving fatalities, and more than 2,200 persons died of acute alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol detoxification, not unlike withdrawal from any psychoactive substance, is not usually a very fun experience. However, alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) can also be deadly. Because alcohol is a central nervous system (CNS) sedative, detox effects are exactly the opposite, resulting in excitement of the CNS.
Also, users who try to withdraw on their own often encounter severe depression and anxiety. For this reason, some users may relapse or have suicidal feelings.
The more frequent and long-lasting the alcoholism, the more serious withdrawal effects will be. Indeed, heavy, life-long drinkers may suffer the worst effects of detox.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Insomnia/sleep difficulties
12-24 Hours – Visual or auditory hallucinations
24-72 Hours – Delirium tremens
- Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety
- Hallucinations which cannot be distinguished from reality
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
It is estimated that 5-25% of delirium tremens episodes result in fatality. This can be prevented by detoxing under constant medical supervision.
What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Manatee County, FL
Detoxing in a clinical environment ensures intense medical supervision, and allows the patient increased comfort. Vital signs are monitored, and withdrawal effects are more effectively managed. Assessments also may reveal co-occurring disorders which may factor into the detoxification process.
Critically, experienced medical staff are available around-the-clock, and medication for depression, anxiety, tremors, and high blood pressure may be rendered as appropriate to control symptoms.
Are you or is someone you know an alcoholic?
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology