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Here at Royal Life Centers, we treat the mind, body, and spirit in each stage of recovery to give our guests the best possible treatment experience. Treatment for alcohol should first start with a medical detox. Alcohol treatment centers like ours rely on evidence based treatment to guide your recovery process. Our residential treatment facilities feature medical professionals that help to detox guests from the physical withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism. After physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are treated, it is highly recommended to treat the effect of alcohol abuse with either inpatient or outpatient treatment programs. The timeline of alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically spans from about 8 hours after the last drink until 7 days after the last drink. Untreated, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can last for weeks at a time. We suggest treating your alcohol abuse by first detoxing at one of our inpatient detox centers.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are caused by alcohol abuse. Using alcohol to cope, binge drinking, and dependence on alcohol are all forms of alcohol abuse. Continued alcohol abuse results in what is called alcohol use disorder or AUD. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines alcohol abuse disorder as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. AUD can range from mild to severe, and recovery is possible regardless of severity”. There are about 16 million people suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder in the United States alone, and only about 10% of people receive treatment for their Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol treatment centers treat Alcohol Use Disorder and other types of alcohol dependency. At Royal Life Centers, we specialize in treating alcoholism and substance abuse. Alcohol addiction treatment will focus on physical health and behavioral health. As an all-encompassing rehab program, we speak with you or your loved one to create a treatment plan that supports a physical, mental and spiritual recovery.

Alcohol treatment centers with detoxing services will treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms at each stage. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur in three stages, beginning at about 8 hours after your last drink. Stage one includes mild symptoms, stage two alcohol withdrawal symptoms are considered moderate, while stage three alcohol withdrawal symptoms are severe. Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include the following: abdominal pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, fever, abnormal heart rate, agitation, confusion, seizures, and hallucinations. If people suffering from alcohol withdrawal symptoms do not find alcohol treatment centers that attend to their symptoms, untreated alcohol withdrawal can last for multiple weeks. Because alcohol use causes the brain to have increased dopamine levels, the brain does not produce dopamine at the same levels once alcohol is detoxed from the body. Alcohol treatment centers will treat the effects of alcohol. At Royal Life Centers, we treat the physical, mental and spiritual effect of alcohol abuse on each individual.

The effects of alcohol are varying, based upon factors like frequency of alcohol use, volume of alcohol used, current health, your age, and hereditary predispositions. Alcohol consumption causes lowered inhibitions, slurred speech, impaired motor skills, memory deficit, issues concentrating, breathing difficulty, coma, and death. Continued alcohol abuse can cause long-term effects like health problems including brain function, heart damage, issues in the liver and pancreas, an increased risk of cancers and a weakened immune system.

If you are unsure whether you or a loved one has Alcohol Use Disorder, please see the questions below, as originally posted on the Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

In the past year, have you or a loved one…

  • Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer than you intended?
  • More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
  • Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over the aftereffects?
  • Experienced craving — a strong need, or urge, to drink?
  • Found that drinking — or being sick from drinking — often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
  • Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
  • Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
  • More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
  • Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
  • Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
  • Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating? Or sensed things that were not there?

If you answered yes for any of the above questions, please reach out to one of our knowledgeable and experienced admissions team professionals at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 308-1985. Our alcohol treatment centers are equipped with all of the necessary tools for success in overcoming you or a loved one’s alcohol dependency. The health professionals at Royal Life Centers can formally assess your symptoms of Alcohol Use Disorder in order to tailor a recovery plan that is optimal for your individual treatment. Our philosophy at Royal Life Centers is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, to support you into a successful recovery.

Alcohol treatment centers can cater to people who struggle with alcohol abuse in an array of settings. At Royal Life Centers, we offer detox, residential inpatient, 9-week intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care. Finding the help and care you need is of the utmost importance, and at Royal Life Centers, you are our number one priority. We will help you find the best level of care and create a treatment plan best suited to your needs.  Our detox and residential program are inpatient programs. Our 9-week residential program is an intensive outpatient program. We also offer an outpatient program as well as aftercare services. In order to get a better look at our facilities and the services we offer, please refer to our website at

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol abuse or another substance use disorder, please contact us at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 308-1985 for help. We can direct you to one of our top alcohol rehab centers or drug rehabs to help you recover and enrich your life simultaneously. Please reach out to us, because we truly care. For more information, call or visit our website at




Works Cited:

“Alcohol Facts and Statistics.” Overview of Alcohol Consumption, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,

“Alcohol Use Disorder.” Alcohol & Your Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,

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