Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a danger not only to yourself but those around you. Most states have strict laws about DUI’s and will prosecute those who violated them. If you have continued to drink even after being arrested for one DUI, this is a sure sign that a dependence on alcohol has taken hold. Alcohol addiction is a serious disease that must be treated with the help of addiction specialists.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive illness. It usually begins with a slow dependence on using alcohol to loosen up and relax in social situations. In some people, this can quickly progress to drinking alcohol every day in excessive amounts. When you are under the influence of alcohol, you may say or do things you would not normally do when you are sober. This can affect relationships, employment, and in the case of multiple DUI’s, your freedom.
Symptoms of Alcohol Addiction
When you drink alcohol excessively every day, the brain stops being able to function normally without it. As the disease progresses, a tolerance to alcohol builds up. You will need more and more in order to feel the same effects. Blackouts may occur. This happens when you are conscious but can not remember what happened the next day. Blackouts are an indicator that you have had way too much to drink.
When excessive alcohol use occurs regularly, the body can no longer function normally without it. You may have tried to quit on your own and experienced symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Alcohol is different from a hangover when you have had too much to drink. Withdrawal is the body’s reaction to not having enough alcohol in your system. Some symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shaking of the hands
Why Inpatient Treatment
Depending on how long you have been regularly drinking for, you may experience more serious symptoms of withdrawal like seizures and hallucinations. These symptoms can be deadly. Withdrawal from alcohol should never be attempted on your own. Detoxing needs to occur in an inpatient detox facility so that medical professionals can supervise and monitor you safely.
Alcohol detox can last from three to seven days. This is largely dependent on how long you have been drinking, how much you have been drinking, and if you have tried to quit before. The more chronic and excessive your drinking habits have been, the more severe the withdrawal symptoms will be. Seizures and delirium tremens are the most serious effects of withdrawals and need to be treated safely. Seizures during withdrawal can be difficult to stop once they begin. Depending on the severity of the illness, seizures can occur over and over, causing brain injury and death. The staff at an inpatient facility will monitor and give you medications to prevent these seizures and other uncomfortable symptoms from starting.
When negative consequences, like legal issues stemming from DUI’s, occur and you continue to drink this is a red flag that alcoholism is present. For many sufferers, driving while under the influence becomes a daily necessity in order to get back and forth to work or school. If your body needs alcohol just to function normally, you may need to drink when you first wake up in the morning. In order to function at work, you may need to drink throughout the day. Unfortunately, this means driving while drinking in order to accomplish daily tasks.
An inpatient rehab facility is the best way to start on your path to sobriety. The courts will usually be supportive of an effort to recover from alcoholism. A stay at an inpatient facility may affect your sentencing for your DUI. The courts do not want you to continue to re-offend and they recognize that a serious attempt at sobriety will be helpful in preventing this.
In order to prevent relapse, intensive therapy and group counseling will be incorporated into your inpatient recovery program. For many sufferers, drinking begins because of an underlying mental health issue like depression or anxiety. These issues need to be treated while in a recovery program in order to be successful. Individual counseling will focus on what causes you to drink and will give you different coping strategies to deal with cravings for alcohol. Group counseling is a way for you to talk about your experiences with alcohol and how it affects your life with others who have gone through similar experiences. Twelve-step meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous, are another way to talk through experiences and life lessons with other alcoholics in different phases of recovery.
For someone whose alcoholism has progressed to the point that they are having legal problems due to their drinking, inpatient treatment is the right option. You will need intense, twenty-four-hour support for the beginning of your recovery journey in order to be successful. You also need to focus solely on your sobriety in the beginning without the stressors of everyday life. These stressors are triggers for drinking and need to be avoided in the beginning. You need to learn alternative coping strategies before returning to normal life if you want to avoid relapse.
Most people who are facing multiple DUI charges have tried to stop drinking in the past by themselves. You may have wanted to stop drinking, but were unable to do so without the kind of support you needed. Multiple DUI offenses are a sign that your life has become out of control and unmanageable. Usually, DUI charges are just an outward sign that alcoholism is controlling your life. Your relationships with family and friends may be strained or broken. Your job may be at risk because of continued drinking. You may be neglecting your other responsibilities like caring for your children because alcohol has become your first priority. You need the help that our inpatient facility can provide
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