Medical Detox for Alcoholism Now Available Near Volusia County, FL
Like drug addiction, alcohol abuse in the United States is a public health epidemic. Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, is certainly no exception.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, in 2014 over 16 million adults over the age 18 had an alcohol use disorder. That included over 10 million men and nearly 6 million women. Also that year, 1.5 million adults received treatment at a specialized center for their disorder.
Additionally, youths aged 12-17 with alcohol use disorder numbered nearly 680,000. In a strange reversal, females (367,000) outnumbered males (311,000). Altogether, 55,000 adolescents received treatment in a facility.
The NIAAA also reported (2014) that over 88,000 people die yearly from alcohol related causes. Impaired driving fatalities numbered nearly 10,000, and over 2200 persons died of acute alcohol intoxication.
Alcohol detoxification, like withdrawal from many substances, can be a very unpleasant experience. However, alcohol withdrawal syndrome also has the distinction of being potentially fatal. Because alcohol is a sedative, withdrawal effects are precisely the opposite, resulting in hyperactivity of the central nervous system.
Also, users who attempt to detox on their own often experience terrible depression and anxiety. For this reason, many relapse or contemplate suicide.
The more severe the alcoholism, the more severe the withdrawal effects will be. Heavy, long-term drinkers may suffer the worst effects when going through detox.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Include:
- Shaky hands
- Mild anxiety
12-24 Hours – Visual or auditory hallucinations
24-72 Hours – Delirium tremens
- Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety
- Hallucinations which cannot be distinguished from reality
- Profuse sweating
- High blood pressure
- Rapid and irregular heartbeat
- Severe tremors
- Low-grade fever
It is estimated that 5-25% of delirium tremens episodes result in death. This can be avoided by detoxing under direct medical supervision.
What to Expect from a Medical Detox Near Volusia County, FL
Detoxing in a clinical environment allows for clinical assessment, including other conditions in addition to alcohol dependence. Constant medical supervision allows the patient greater comfort, as vital signs are monitored and withdrawal effects are more easily managed.
Critically, experienced medical professionals are available 24-7, and medication for anxiety, tremors, and high blood pressure may be administered as necessary to control symptoms.
Are you or is someone you know an alcoholic?
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology