If you have begun to abuse alcohol or think you have an addiction problem, you will probably find it very difficult to stop drinking. You will find opportunities to drink and temptations everywhere. Also, willpower alone will very seldom overcome your body’s chemical dependency on alcohol once one has developed. Despite its prevalence, alcohol behaves like any drug in your system. The more you use, the stronger your chemical dependency will be and the harder you will find it to quit on your own.
Because you can hide many symptoms from family and friends, it may take longer to detect an abuse or addiction problem if you have one. If you abuse alcohol or think you have an addiction problem, you will likely experience many or all of the following physical and social symptoms.
Symptoms of long-term alcohol abuse or addiction can dramatically increase in severity, causing very serious medical problems that can threaten your life. Some symptoms, due to their nature, may only be detectable by the user, however.
Symptoms of long-term, heavy use or alcoholism include:
The severity of your withdrawal symptoms will vary significantly depending on how much you have drunk in the past and the length of your alcohol use. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include many or all of the following symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms can often feel as powerful and negative as excess drinking, and like the symptoms of drinking itself, they can also threaten your health. Eliminating alcohol consumption “cold-turkey” can have a severe impact on your physical abilities, such as impairing your motor function, and also on your mental health, often leading to anxiety or hallucinations. Further, you will not know in advance which symptoms you will experience or how severely they will affect you.
A medically-supervised detox ensures that you will have a safe, monitored environment in which to break your chemical dependency and will safeguard your physical and mental health. In a medically-supervised detox, you will have medical attention available 24×7 to increase your comfort, minimize painful symptoms, manage the occurrence of unexpected symptoms and anticipate problems before they happen. Increasing your comfort level also increases the likelihood you will complete your alcohol detox and your chances of achieving sobriety.
Addiction is more than a medical problem. It is a problem that has many originating causes and affects all aspects of your life. Simply ending your dependence on alcohol will not provide you with long-lasting sobriety, although a medically-supervised detox will be necessary for further treatment and remaining sober.
Everyone you will encounter at The Serenity Recovery Center shares a set of common beliefs — that respecting the individual and treating our guests as people first and patients second will enhance the effectiveness of the treatment you will receive here, and that if you address all aspects of your addiction, you can beat it.
The Serenity Recovery Center’s compassionate, holistic approach embodies those principles, and our detox and addiction treatment programs have helped thousands leave drug and alcohol use behind and start a new, substance-free life. Beating addiction requires professional treatment, but the right kind of treatment can do you more good. You deserve a second chance, and The Serenity Recovery Center wants to help you get it.