Gateway Recovery Center provides alcoholism and alcohol addiction detoxification in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul.
Alcoholism and alcohol addiction withdrawal is dangerous and symptoms have a wide range from person to person. Symptoms can vary between being uncomfortable to having a seizure. Due to the onset of withdrawal symptoms at any point and at a variety of levels, withdrawing from alcohol without medical supervision can lead to serious complications or death.
The History and Use of Alcohol
Alcohol dates back to China as far as 7000 B.C. Over the years, alcohol has seen many uses including use in religious, as medication to treat a variety of ailments to celebrating war victories and being a part of social settings we know today. Through the 1800’s and to today, the United States has tried a variety ways to deal with alcoholism and alcohol addiction which has led to the treatment and medication options available today.
In 2016, 3.7 million adults 18–25 had an alcohol use disorder (10.7% of this population) and 10.9 million adults over age 26 had an alcohol use disorder (5.2% of this population).
Problems Associated with Alcohol Use
Alcoholism and alcohol addiction is a pattern of drinking including but not limited to: problems controlling drinking, being mentally preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, needing to drink to get increased amounts to get the same effect and/or having withdrawal symptoms when you decrease or stop drinking.
Alcoholism and Alcohol Addiction Withdrawal
Alcohol withdrawal varies from person to person and can set in over a period of hours to days after reduced or completed consumption. Signs and symptoms can include:
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Hand Tremors
- Problems Sleeping
Risks Associated with Prolonged Alcohol Addiction
Drinking too much alcohol on a single occasion or over time can cause health problems, including:
- Liver Disease
- Digestive problems
- Heart problems
- Diabetes complications
- Sexual function and menstruation issues
- Eye problems
- Birth defects
- Bone damage
- Neurological complications
- Weakened immune system
- Increased risk of cancer
- Medication and alcohol interactions
Detoxification from Alcohol
At Gateway Recovery Center, the detoxification process for alcohol is highly monitored and medically assisted to minimize withdrawal symptoms and risk of seizure. Individuals are closely monitored and medicated to ensure comfort, stability, and safety during the detoxification process.
How to Get Help
If you or someone you know is in need of alcoholism and alcohol addiction detoxification services, a compassionate, trained professional is waiting to answer all of your questions. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer calls or provide information on immediate admissions. We know the first step can be hard. We’re here to guide you.