Alcohol is currently the most commonly used and abused legal substance in the U.S. As much as 25 percent of people over the age of 18 have participated in drinking to excess in the past thirty days. This is according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Each year drunk driving is the responsible cause for 31 percent of all automobile-related deaths. As the fourth leading preventable cause of death, alcoholism has become an epidemic in our country.
The unfortunate truth is that many people don’t acknowledge that they have an issue with alcohol consumption. Some people believe that in order to be an alcoholic you need to consume alcohol around the clock each day. Some people think that as long as you drink only on the weekends you can’t possibly be an alcoholic.
The fact is that many people are functioning alcoholics in society. Drinking to excess on a regular basis can lead to all kinds of different health issues. Heart disease and heart failure are commonly experienced by high alcohol consumption. Drinking too much and too often can damage your liver as well. There are a number of programs that can assist with the process of detoxing from alcohol. Some of these facilities are inpatient programs that you can stay at for the duration of your treatment. Other programs allow you to use their resources on an outpatient basis so you can keep working and living your life. A big part of these programs that helps with recovery is nutrition. Following a diet that is rich in nutrients can help the body (and mind) heal.
Nutritional Support While in Detox
During the process of alcohol detox the body can benefit from additional nutritional support. There are also supplements that can help with the symptoms of withdrawal and the cravings associated with alcohol consumption. Paying attention to the nutritional content of food that is consumed is ideal. There are a number of professionals that administer megavitamin therapy to help with the detox. Because alcoholics usually are deficient in a number of vitamins and minerals, supplementing during recovery is very important. When withdrawal symptoms are at their worst there are foods and beverages that are tolerated quite well. Water, fruit juice, vegetable juice, broths, soups and herbal teas sit well in the stomach and are helpful. Small amounts of protein can be tolerated at first and can be increased slowly.
What Can You Expect During Alcohol Detox?
Detoxing from anything is unpleasant but in the long run this process is very much worth the effort you put in. If you have become addicted to alcohol your body will react when it hasn’t had a drink in awhile. Depending on how much you drink, stopping suddenly can produce a number of issues such as headaches, increased blood pressure, nightmares, anxiety, vomiting, tremors and sweating. Seizures and hallucinations can even occur in more severe situations. Because of these severe withdrawal symptoms it is beneficial to receive support while going through this process. There are medications that can help. It is also important that you are monitored by a staff of medical professionals to make sure you are safe.
Herbal Support Can Possibly Help
There are a number of herbs that can be consumed during the process of detoxing from alcohol. They can relieve symptoms associated with detox and help with cravings moving forward with a clean lifestyle. Valerian root is very helpful for anxiety that is caused by detoxing. If anxiety is an ongoing issue that contributes to the usage of alcohol then valerian can help daily functioning. Chamomile and ginger can be used to soothe the stomach, which often becomes nauseated during detox. Dandelion leaf is something that can be taken to help support the functions of the liver during the process of detoxification. Milk thistle is similar when it comes to supporting the liver and cleansing the liver after months (or years) of abuse. Be sure to speak with a medical professional before you self-treat with herbal remedies. You want to make sure that any other medications that you are taking will not interact.
Vitamin Support Is Equally Important
A basic multi-vitamin is often recommended and prescribed by a detox facility. Antioxidants are often added to help the body heal. Minerals that are often depleted from alcohol abuse are calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Vitamin C in large doses and niacin can help as well. It is important to make sure that the quality of the supplements that are being taken is optimal. This helps with the overall absorption of the supplements so they can be used the right way in the body. Multi-vitamins can be taken orally. If the person’s stomach is not holding food very well then an intravenous form of vitamins can be administered. This is why a detox facility is beneficial. They can provide you with the support that you need regardless of what is going on during the process.
The risks associated with alcohol consumption are related to how much alcohol is consumed and how often. Everybody’s body reacts differently to consuming alcohol. A person’s sensitivity to alcohol, their nutritional balance in the body, supplements they take and their lifestyle factors all contribute to how alcohol will change their body long term. Over time, excessive use of alcohol will lead to problems in the body like obesity, pancreatitis, emotional issues, cancer, immune system dysfunction, nerve dysfunction and much more. The risks associated with the abuse of alcohol just aren’t worth it. If you are currently someone who is abusing alcohol on a regular basis it is time to find help. Reach out to us so we can talk to you a bit about our programs and what might work best for you. Call us at 866-802-6848