The Dangers of Giving Up Alcohol Without Medical Detox

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Are you someone who struggles with controlling how much and how often you drink alcohol? Have you made the decision to get sober, no matter what it takes? Admitting you have a problem and need help is a huge step in the right direction. However, before you begin this life-changing journey, you should educate yourself on the possible dangers of giving up alcohol without a professional, medical detox.

Giving Up Alcohol Without Medical Detox Can be Fatal

black and white photo of a man considering giving up alcoholAlcohol acts as a depressant on the body’s central nervous system. Both the stomach and small intestines absorb it quickly into the bloodstream. When alcohol begins to consume your life and overwhelm you, your natural urge may be to self-detox. However, the problem with self-detox is once the body becomes accustomed to receiving frequent doses of alcohol, suddenly stopping can bring on withdrawal symptoms that may be painful and even life-threatening.

Some common “cold turkey” withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Clamminess
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Elevated heart rate

A severe withdrawal can bring on what is known as delirium tremens. Possible symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme agitation and confusion
  • Seizures
  • Fever

Medical Detox is the Safest Option

Detox is a 2-step process. The first phase of detox is the most intense, and usually lasts a couple of days. This initial phase can prove fatal, particularly when attempted without medical supervision. The second phase of detox involves the brain slowly regulating itself and getting back to its normal function. This portion of detox can last for several months. Symptoms may linger during this second phase, but aren’t usually overly severe or life-threatening.

If you’ve decided that giving up alcohol is right for you, The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California, can help you safely and effectively overcome your addiction and learn to maintain your sobriety. At our luxurious treatment facility, our specialty physicians are on hand to assist you and monitor your progress and overall health 24/7 through the 2-phase detox process. In addition to medical detox, we also offer inpatient and outpatient rehab programs.

We Can Help You

It’s wonderful that you’ve decided to take the first step towards getting sober. Don’t put yourself at risk of complication by giving up alcohol cold turkey. The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, California can help you overcome your addiction safely and effectively. Call us today at 844-915-0287 to learn more about how our affordable treatment programs can put you on the path to sober living.

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