East Coast Recovery Center Outlines Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal
COHASSET, Mass. — East Coast Recovery Center, an addiction treatment facility based in Cohasset, Mass., recently published a blog post detailing the potential dangers of alcohol withdrawal. The post also clearly lays out which signs may indicate someone is suffering from alcohol addiction.
The post explains how alcohol tells the brain to release dopamine — a "feel good" chemical — at unusually high rates, which interferes with the way a person naturally feels pleasure. When they suddenly stop drinking, the brain functions abnormally as a result of the lack of dopamine, which then leads to withdrawal symptoms. There are mild withdrawal symptoms that can start 12 to 24 hours after drinking alcohol stops. These symptoms include headaches, anxiety, nausea or vomiting, intense sweating, and trouble sleeping. Meanwhile, those who suffer from alcohol use disorder (AUD) may experience more dangerous symptoms due to sudden alcohol cessation (SAC). SAC occurs when a person experiences a sudden shock due to the lack of alcohol in the body. "It is a condition that should not be taken lightly because it can cause cardiac arrest and even death," an East Coast Recovery Center spokesperson said.
A severe form of psychosis called delirium tremens (DTs) may also happen 24 to 48 hours after a person’s last drink. In extreme cases, DTs can cause someone to fall into a deep, coma-like state of sleep. During this period, they are at high risk for potentially deadly seizures.
Those who suffer from AUD may also show symptoms of malnutrition because, over time, alcohol causes irreversible damage to the stomach lining. A damaged stomach lining makes it much more difficult for the body to absorb essential nutrients, which in turn results in malnutrition.
According to the post, a patient can be diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD) if they meet at least two of the eleven criteria for AUD within a 12-month period. Some of these criteria include drinking more or longer than intended, wanting to cut down or stop drinking but finding themselves unable to, experiencing a strong urge to drink, and spending a lot of time drinking.
They can also be diagnosed with AUD if they tend to get into harmful situations while or after drinking, their drinking interferes with personal or work life, they continue to drink even if it affects their family and friends negatively, or they give up other important parts of their life just to drink. Those who suffer from AUD also continue to drink even if it gives them depression or anxiety, need to drink more to get the effect they need, and experience serious withdrawal symptoms after the effects of alcohol wear off.
It is important to consider a detox program once a person starts to show signs of AUD because of the extreme danger of the alcohol withdrawal symptoms. A medically supervised detox program is one of the most effective ways to address alcohol addiction.
East Coast Recovery Center's programs help patients effectively process the underlying factors that trigger their alcohol addiction, which can be different for everyone. Reasons for alcoholism include pain from the past, trauma, and untreated or undiagnosed mental illness. These experiences and circumstances make addiction unique to each person, and this is why East Coast Recovery Center offers personalized treatment programs to address their patients’ specific needs.
The center provides scientifically proven rehabilitation programs that can give their patients the best possible chance at a successful recovery. East Coast Recovery Center has a network of peers and licensed medical professionals who are committed to providing patients with compassionate care. East Coast Recovery Center also provides a community-based approach to helping their patients recover from AUD.
East Coast Recovery Center’s rehabilitation process starts by screening a patient’s medical history to determine the exact level of care they need. They will then develop a comprehensive and personalized treatment program to address these specific requirements. Some of their rehab programs include the aftercare treatment program, family treatment program, intensive outpatient program (IOP), partial hospitalization program (PHP), and so on.
East Coast Recovery Center is a top-rated diagnosis and addiction treatment center that aims to help people struggling with addiction find their way to success in recovery and in life. Those who wish to learn more about East Coast Recovery Center’s treatment programs may visit the center’s website to get started. They may contact the center directly via phone or email as well.
For more information about East Coast Recovery Center, contact the company here:
East Coast Recovery Center
215 Chief Justice Cushing Highway
Cohasset, MA 02025