In 2015, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that over 15 million American adults had alcohol use disorder (AUD), defined 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 typically involves drinking to the point that alcohol consumption causes distress or harm to the drinker or others. Overconsumption of alcohol can lead to many health problems and can affect the brain, heart, liver, pancreas, and immune system. Alcoholism can also increase the risk of developing certain cancers, including mouth, esophageal, throat, liver, and breast cancer.
The most common association with AUD may be cirrhosis of the liver, a serious medical condition that leads to liver scarring and ultimately, liver failure, as cirrhosis is treatable, but not curable. Though AUD is highly treatable, fewer than 10% of people with the disease seek treatment.
To overcome an alcohol use disorder, treatment is essential. Without the medical supervision and assistance a certified and accredited detox facility provides, withdrawal from alcohol, especially prolonged misuse of alcohol, may prove fatal. Because We Care, Royal Life Centers is committed to providing the safest, most effective medication-assisted alcohol detox, followed by carefully structured, individualized medical regiments, an intensive therapy program, and extensive aftercare options.
Should I seek treatment for AUD?
Signs of an AUD may include:
- Drinking alone and/or to de-stress
- Craving alcohol
- Inability to stop drinking once you start
- Prioritizing alcohol over other things
- Continuing to drink despite the problems it causes you
- Withdrawal symptoms
- Using alcohol in unsafe situations
- Developing a tolerance to the effects of alcohol
Withdrawal from alcohol is physically and emotionally taxing, and withdrawal symptoms vary in severity depending on age, alcohol/substance use, past history of withdrawal, and peak blood alcohol levels. Our goal at Royal Life Centers is to make the alcohol detoxification process as smooth as possible. Our guests are monitored through and after detox, and medical staff are on site 24/7 to ensure safety and comfort.
Alcohol detox is typically broken down into three stages, each characterized by a particular set of symptoms.
First stage (8 hours after last drink):
- Abdominal pain
Second stage (24-72 hours of last drink):
- Rise in blood pressure and body temperature
- Quickening of heartbeat
- Diminished mental acuity
- Risk of death
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or others following alcohol consumption, you may have AUD and require medical detox.
What happens after medical detox?
Following medical detox at Royal Life Centers, guests will begin a comprehensive, collaborative approach to treatment designed to support physical and mental wellness and promote a lasting, sober lifestyle. Our addiction specialists, from our therapists and case managers to our facility staff, are dedicated to providing the best in care and support. Our holistic, evidence-based approach to psychotherapy incorporates individual and group sessions and activity, movement, and adventure therapies into one program that treats mind, body, and spirit.
Guests may begin their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program and continue with us through PHP, IOP, OP, and sober living at our grad housing residences. At Royal Life Centers, the guest is always our top priority, and we consistently do all we can to effect lasting change, that they might continue to lead healthy, sober lives long after they have left our care.
If you or a loved one has an alcohol use disorder, or any substance use disorder, please reach out to us about your detox and treatment options. Royal Life Centers admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns Because We Care.