The Severe Dangers Of Alcohol And The Need For Inpatient Rehab

For many people, having a glass of wine or a beer is a form of relaxation. For others, drinking alcohol can be a way to numb the pain of mental, social, and physical problems. Alcohol affects everyone differently, and there are specific dangers that go beyond slurred speech. Once you understand how it can negatively impact your life you can better assess if you have a problem. Once consumed, alcohol is converted into acetaldehyde, which is a poison similar to formaldehyde. Excessive drinking can cause numbness, blurred vision, lightheadedness, and poor judgment.

Drinking alcohol in moderation will allow the liver to do its job and flush out the toxins from your body. Heavy drinkers experience alcohol toxicity, and the liver can no longer metabolize the alcohol. Acetaldehyde caused by alcohol, creates serious health problems when released into the bloodstream. Long-term drinking can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, liver damage, and hepatitis. Studies have shown that there may be gender differences in how alcohol damages a person’s health.

How Alcohol Affects Women

Women who are alcoholics increase their risk of breast cancer by five percent. Alcohol affects fertility, therefore, decreasing a woman’s chance of getting pregnant. Regular consumption of alcohol can lead to amenorrhea, anovulation, and abnormal development of the endometrial lining. Women who are pregnant and drink increase their risk of miscarriage and pre-term birth.

How Alcohol Affects Men

Long-term binge drinking with men can permanently affect their central nervous system. This can lead to tremors, memory impairment, and concentration problems. Men also run the risk of developing gout a painful buildup of acid in the joints. In men, alcohol abuse can cause hair loss, a beer gut, redness of the face, and breast enlargement. Serious risks include colon cancer, liver cancer, erectile dysfunction, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Why You May Need Inpatient Rehab

The road to a sober life is not an easily paved one. It requires hard work and a commitment to lifelong recovery. Taking the necessary steps forward can help you live a better quality of life. The rehabilitation process is dependent on the type of a person’s addiction and severity. However, most inpatient rehab facilities share the same fundamental processes:

* Intake
* Detox
* Rehab
* Continued recovery

During the intake process, you and the rehabilitation center will determine if the inpatient treatment is right for you. You may have to undergo diagnostic screenings and go over your alcohol history. If you suffer from mental health issues, they will also be addressed during your treatment. Physical detox in inpatient treatment is only the first stage. Behavioral therapy, group therapy, and family therapy are necessary to achieve long-term behavioral change.

A good inpatient facility will change their program as your circumstances change. They should also provide comfortable housing and good-quality food. No one wants to stay in a treatment center for long if it feels like being in jail. In an inpatient facility, Personnel staff will care for you 24/7. It helps eliminate as much stress as possible and removes the temptation of relapse. Inpatient treatment is ideal for individuals who have long-standing addictions. It can occur in either a hospital or a residential facility. There are luxury facilities available with resort-style amenities that can help you stay more comfortable.

Detox from alcohol can be dangerous depending on the individual’s history of abuse. If the alcohol abuse is severe, it is not advised that they detox on their own. Some may require medication that can be administered by a nurse at the inpatient facility. Detox removes any trace of alcohol or drugs from the body. When done with the supervision of a medical professional, it can be a safe process.

The body may experience withdrawal symptoms within the first 24 hours of treatment. Typical withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abuse include:

* Tremors
* Fatigue
* Extreme depression
* Excessive sweating
* Agitation
* Insomnia
* Nausea
* Diarrhea
* Hallucinations
* Rapid heart rate
* Stroke
* Seizure

Depending on the level of your addiction, the inpatient facility staff will assess the types of medication you may need. Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to help recovering alcoholics calm anxiety, reduce the chance of seizure, and decrease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Barbiturates can help relieve discomfort, irritability, and stress by acting as a mild sedative.

After detox, the real work comes into play where the individual will need to address what’s behind their addiction. Individual therapy can address why the substance abuse started through doing inner work. Patients will develop strategies on how to get involved in interests and hobbies that don’t include alcohol. Individual therapy is an important process to help alcoholics make behavioral changes. Group therapy allows recovering alcoholics to engage with their peers. It makes people feel like they are not alone in the recovery process. Through family therapy, addicts can hear with a clear mind on how they affected their loved ones with their addiction. Many inpatient programs welcome family members and encourage them to reveal the pain caused. This can also help families settle many unresolved issues.

Recovery is not complete once the patient leaves a rehabilitation facility. It requires lifelong work and support. Staff at an inpatient treatment center will assist patients with an aftercare plan. Some offer follow-up programs and ways to help them return to a healthy life. Many recovering alcoholics will require regular therapy sessions after leaving treatment. Continuing group therapy for the continual support is important. Inpatient treatment can make a recovering alcoholic feel like they are part of a community.

Treating addiction as soon as possible is essential for success. Even if inpatient treatment is not done voluntarily, you still can achieve sobriety through the program. Different programs and rehabilitation facilities work for different individuals. Inpatient treatment programs increase your chances of staying healthy and sober long-term. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcoholism call 877-978-3125 for help. Your call will always remain private, confidential and secure.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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