It is estimated that 16.6 million adults have been diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD). A reported 88,000 people die annually for reasons related to untreated alcoholism, which claims more lives than overdoses from any drug. Withdrawing from alcohol without medical supervision can be fatal.
Alcohol addiction is widespread in the United States, affecting tens of millions of individuals. Physicians and biochemists have broken down detox from alcohol into several stages. People in the first stage suffer from anxiety, nausea, abdominal pain, and insomnia. These symptoms are typically seen around eight hours after the alcoholic’s last drink. Blood pressure rises during stage two, along with body temperature, while the heart beats extremely fast and mental acuity blurs; we most commonly see this second stage between 24 and 72 hours after the last drink. Hallucinations, fever, seizures, agitation, and delirium accompany the third and final stages that, without medical intervention, can be fatal. Because detoxing from alcohol is dangerous, it is crucial to do so in a secure facility like our medical detox center.
Extensive organ damage often results from years of heavy drinking, and long-time alcoholics may face a plethora of health issues if they choose not to seek help. Alcoholic hepatitis is one such issue that results in jaundice and liver failure. Unlike much of the damage caused by alcohol addiction and abuse on the body, liver inflammation is reversible. Some experts claim that fatty tissue damage may clear completely from the liver in as little as six weeks of abstinence from alcohol.
If you are struggling with an alcohol or substance use disorder, please reach out to us today. Our admissions advisors make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because We Care.