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Even for those who think that their struggling will never end, and who feel cornered because of an alcohol addiction that appears impossible to conquer, there is still hope. There is a misconception that with a simple detox procedure that addicts will be ‘cured’ of dependency to drugs or alcohol, when actually physical and psychological dependency (both of which can be complicated to conquer) are part of addiction, as well. Many addiction treatment centers know that everyone, despite means, age, and profession, can beat alcohol addiction. Treatment programs have an excellent reputation for being able to help any person with the alcoholism they suffer from, because they devise custom-made treatment plans to meet every of their client’s particular needs.
Alcoholism causes damage to a person’s life and creates physical dependency
Physical dependency and psychological dependency are both very different aspects of addiction, however each are essential to discuss while in rehab. Every treatment service provider is aware that for their clients to be healthy and sustain their recovery, both kinds of dependency need to be addressed in rehab. When anyone develops a physical dependency, the chemistry of their body and brain starts to change as a result of drug and alcohol use, and this chemical alteration will lead to physical indicators of withdrawal if the addict stops using drugs or alcohol.
Withdrawal symptoms vary based on what kind of drug is used, the period of use, the volume used, and the age at which the addict started abusing drugs or alcohol. Some addicts are not going to require detox to help them break their physical dependence on alcohol, however many do. Without detox, withdrawal is not only uncomfortable, but in some cases deadly. Medically supervised facilities like detox centers and other rehabilitation services are the most secure, most comfortable method of detox. Detox won’t stop the addict from abusing drugs or alcohol, so it is important to remember that detox is NOT the same as rehab.
Medical detox provides clinical supervision during the withdrawal process, whereas social detox provides moral support
Undergoing a medically supervised detox for alcoholism is highly recommended since most people develop a physical dependency that needs the assistance of medications to overcome. Alcohol replaces the neurotransmitters in the brain, and the body quits producing its own chemicals in response to the presence of alcohol. When a person quits consuming alcohol, withdrawals ensue while the body regains control and begins to create its own chemicals again. These withdrawal symptoms can be dramatic, such as seizure, coma, tremors, blood pressure fluctuations and confusion. It is recommended that anyone expecting to experience symptoms like these go through a medically supervised detox for their own safety and comfort. Psychological dependency happens when the addict needs to take drugs or alcohol for the reinforcement it supplies, like making the addict feel ‘normal’ or to deal with feeling stress. This is a particularly difficult and complex facet of drug and alcohol addiction. It is possible for a person to be both psychologically and physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, however due to the fact that psychological dependency often takes longer to form, it will also take longer to treat. There are many strategies treatment programs utilize so as to treat psychological dependency, the goal of which is to help their clients become better at interacting with their environment without the use of alcohol. There are traditional ways to address dependency, like individual counseling, however adding group counseling and step programs allows professionals to treat psychological dependency so much more efficiently. It is the duty of counselors at any rehab center to help addicts identify the behaviors and decisions that are related to their problems with alcohol addiction, and to help them develop positive behaviors and coping strategies.