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Alcohol addiction, or alcoholism, can be challenging. It’s legal, and it’s sold everywhere. It’s also highly addictive. However, alcohol addiction is not a life sentence. It is possible to recover – detox is the first step. We’re here to make that as comfortable as possible.

According to SAMHSA, alcohol is one of the most commonly misused drugs in the U.S.A and worldwide. Alcohol is much less expensive than most illicit drugs and is popular in various settings, such as birthdays, weddings, and funerals.

Misuse of alcohol can lead to dependence and addiction. Alcohol addiction is a progressive condition that can be fatal if left untreated. At Detox West Tennessee, we help clients overcome their alcohol addiction. We offer a medically supervised detox program to help the body heal from prolonged abuse.

The more we use alcohol we build up a tolerance where we need to drink more to achieve the desired effects. Before long, a person might find themselves dependent on alcohol, whereby the body can no longer function normally without it. Daily tasks and responsibilities become challenging and overwhelming when alcohol is not readily available.

You may be dependent if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking. Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. It manifests as physical and psychological health issues. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability are common alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

We make the detox and withdrawal process as comfortable as possible. Alcohol detox requires medical intervention. Without medication, alcohol detox can lead to seizures.

At our center, we provide all of the necessary medical support to help you detoxify your body. Expert-trained medical staff leads our medically supervised detox programs.

Alcohol Use in the U.S.

The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reports that almost 15 million U.S. adults experienced alcohol use disorder (AUD) per year. Only 1.3 million of these people received treatment.

Alcohol addiction is a severe and progressive condition. Alcohol addiction can result in many health complications. Although alcohol addiction can wreak havoc on a person’s life, it is essential to remember that help is available.

At Detox West Tennessee, we provide those struggling with alcohol use disorder with a comprehensive, medically supervised detox. Detox is a vital step on the path to recovery.

Detox puts clients in optimal physical and mental health before entering alcohol rehabilitation. Once in recovery, clients are often excited to engage with activities such as therapy and support groups.

Short-term Effects of Alcohol

People drink socially because it lowers their inhibitions. It affects brain areas responsible for thought and perception. Many people find that it helps with feelings of self-esteem and confidence.

Though some of alcohol’s effects seem positive, there also negative consequences to use, even in the short-term.

These include:

  • Poor attention
  • Memory loss
  • Motor impairment
  • Reduced inhibitions
  • Breathing issues
  • Coma

Polydrug is using multiple substances at the same time. People often use alcohol alongside other substances, such as marijuana, cocaine, or benzodiazepines. Mixing alcohol with other substances poses a serious health risk. Polydrug use can lead to overdose and can be fatal.

Long-term Effects of Alcohol

Long-term alcohol misuse can have dire consequences for your physical and mental health. Alcohol misuse eventually leads to neural changes in the brain, impacting our mood, behavior, and cognitive function. This can compromise our professional, academic, familial, and romantic well-being.

In the long-term, alcohol misuse can lead to:

  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Cardiovascular issues (stroke, heart disease)
  • Liver disease
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor social and financial well-being

Prolonged alcohol misuse can lead to dependence. The more we drink, the greater our body’s tolerance to alcohol. Tolerance means that one must consume more alcohol to achieve the desired effects. This tolerance soon leads to dependence.

Alcohol is physically addictive. Alcohol suppresses our nervous system, so our brains ‘over fire’ to compensate. When you stop drinking, the brain takes time to get used to firing on a normal level. This ‘over firing’ leads to shaking and other withdrawal symptoms.

People prioritize alcohol use over other important areas of life, such as taking care of their work, friendships, and family members. Furthermore, drinking too much can lead to alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal.

The Link Between Alcohol and Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural experience that affects most of us at one point or another throughout life. However, anxiety disorders are medical conditions whereby people feel anxious for no reason.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the following anxiety disorders the most common mental health issues worldwide:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder

Alcohol reduces inhibitions and can provide feelings of confidence and high self-esteem. People with anxiety often lack these feelings. As such, alcohol use can seem appealing.

Alcohol’s depressant and sedative properties may offer some temporary relief from anxiety. Many use it to unwind when they feel stressed, tense, or nervous.

However, the use of alcohol to ease anxiety symptoms ultimately has the opposite effect. Anxiety symptoms can come on within a few hours of alcohol consumption and persist throughout the following day.

Anxiety is also one of the most common withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal anxiety can be so severe that a person may feel driven to use more alcohol to cope. When there is already an underlying anxiety disorder, alcohol use makes this worse in the long-term.

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Alcohol and Pregnancy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol use during pregnancy can seriously impact the baby’s health. There is no safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol in the mother’s bloodstream also enters that of the baby. Alcohol can affect the growth and development of their brain and central nervous system (CNS).

Excessive alcohol consumption during pregnancy can also lead to:

  • Birth complications
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth

Alcohol and Liver Disease

Excessive alcohol consumption leads to organ disease and failure. One of the most common issues faced by those who abuse alcohol is liver disease, specifically alcohol-related liver disease (ARLD).

The liver is a complex organ. It is responsible for:

  • Filtering toxins in the blood,
  • Helping digestion,
  • Regulating blood sugar
  • Fighting disease and infection

When we use alcohol, it is the liver’s job to filter the alcohol that has entered your bloodstream.

It’s normal for some liver cells to die in the process – it can repair itself to keep functioning. However, excessive use of alcohol puts a lot of pressure on the liver and reduces its ability to regenerate.

Some of the risks of alcohol use disorder include:

Alcoholic fatty liver disease

Alcohol fatty liver disease can come after a short period of heavy drinking. However, you can recover when you abstain from alcohol. The liver is fantastic at repairing alcohol’s damage.

Alcoholic hepatitis

Prolonged alcohol causes alcoholic hepatitis use. This condition is also reversible. However, if left untreated, it can be life-threatening and is one of the leading causes of alcohol-related death.

Cirrhosis of the liver

Cirrhosis is a severe condition in which excessive use of alcohol scars the liver. The condition is not easily reversible, but you can prevent further damage by abstaining from alcohol.

Alcohol Recovery Support at Detox West Tennessee

At Detox West Tennessee, we offer expert-led, medically supervised detox programs for clients struggling with substance use disorders. Detox eliminates toxic chemicals and breaks the physical hold they have on the body.

The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that alcohol detox requires medical supervision. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can be extremely challenging to overcome. Trying to detox alone is dangerous due to the severity of the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol dependence.

Although withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the length and severity of misuse, common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Shakes, tremors
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure
  • Delirium tremens (D.T.)

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be debilitating. Addiction often has its roots in unresolved trauma. When we stop drinking, the thoughts and feelings we wanted to escape can resurface, which can be emotionally overwhelming.

Heightened emotions can combine with feelings of hopelessness and despair and result in suicidal thoughts and ideation. As such, detox and withdrawal must be medically supervised.

Here at the center, your alcohol detox program will involve expert-led administration of evidence-based alcohol detox medications, including:

  • Naltrexone
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anticonvulsants (e.g gabapentin)
  • Barbiturates
  • Disulfiram

We will assess your current health status and any underlying conditions that may affect treatment. We look at your overall physical and mental health status to ensure we deliver the best treatment plan.

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Detox programs at Detox West Tennessee are compassionate and non-judgmental. We understand that alcohol use disorder can impact anyone, regardless of their background.

 If you or a loved one are affected by alcohol abuse, please contact us today. We provide effective treatment in the form of a medical detox program.

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