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If Do-It-Yourself Alcohol Detox Won’t Work and Isn’t Safe – What Can I Do?

If you want to quit and do it without further damaging your health, you’ll need some professional medical help. Yes, you’ll still need family support, and yes, you’ll still need to change your lifestyle and various hobbies, perhaps some friends too. Yes, even after you are over the withdrawal symptoms and done with rehab, you’ll still need to join a local AA group and stick with it (cite 1).

The Challenges of Do-It-Yourself Alcohol Detoxification

Face it, if you are dependent on alcohol, quitting is going to be hell. Of course, what do they say; “if you have to go through hell, don’t stop, keep going.” Yes, it’s a New Year, so perhaps one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to stop drinking, or maybe you just want to cut back substantially. If you are already an alcoholic, you know you are going to have to quit completely. You are probably wondering if that is even possible?

The Health Consequences of Excess Alcohol Consumption

Many known health issues arise from drinking too much. Alcohol is a neurotoxin and a mild-poison to the body. A common health problem associated with excessive or over-drinking is Cirrhosis of the liver. In fact, there has been a 65% increase in Cirrhosis deaths due to alcohol consumption in the U.S. (cite: 1).

Alcohol Use Disorder

According to the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, about 21.5 million adult Americans battle with substance use disorder. About 80% of those who are struggling with substance abuse disorder are abusing alcohol. Most don’t even see it as a problem, as alcohol use in America has been normalized and is socially acceptable. Risky alcohol use behavior is considered anything over 14 drinks per week for men, and over 7 drinks per week for women, according to the NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism).

Professional Detox Centers and Safe Alcohol Detox Programs

The reality is that one in three visits to a hospital emergency room is related to alcohol consumption. Did you know that one in ten deaths among working-age adults was due to alcohol consumption? These are some serious statistics (cite: 1). If you or a loved one has a severe dependency on alcohol, it’s wise to play it safe. Alcohol has caused enough problems in your life. There is no reason to do anything fool-hardy when it comes to ending your alcohol dependency.

Safe Alcohol Detox

Is it possible to do a safe alcohol detox on your own at home? Well, generally speaking, with mild alcohol dependency a very strong-willed person can safely detoxify themselves at home. It’s not easy but it can be done, and it can be done safely. There are many online videos and books you can buy which talk about the 30-Day Challenge – that is to say, going for 30-days without taking a drink. Easier said than done, and if it is really easy for you, you may not have an alcohol dependency problem. If you do, it’s a real struggle even for those in the beginning stages of dependency.

Severe Alcohol Withdrawal

Severe alcohol symptoms start within just a few hours after you stop drinking and withdrawal peaks in about 72-hours. It can be a living hell. The cravings are unbearable. The body and mind are so dependent on alcohol that you cease to function correctly without putting more alcohol into the system. You can experience a high fever and uncontrollable negative thoughts, but that’s not all, as it quickly becomes a very dangerous and serious health issue.

The Signs of Alcohol Withdrawals

It probably comes as no surprise that alcohol withdrawals get worse as one becomes more dependent. Most everyone knows what a hangover is like, it hits you the next morning and you deal with it the next day, and after 24-hours everything is pretty much back to normal. Of course, once drinking becomes more common or an everyday event most experience mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms that are much more noticeable. The symptoms are a good sign that alcohol dependency is setting in, and the stages only get worse as the drinking continues and time goes on.

The Common Signs of Alcohol Abuse

Perhaps the most common sign of alcohol abuse is that one drinks every day, and never really goes without a drink of some type. Morning drinks are also a common sign of alcohol abuse and dependency. Some alcoholics can’t start the day without a drink. Another sign might be that once they drink one can of beer, they find the need to finish off an entire six-pack, or one glass of wine and they drink the entire bottle. When someone gets a DUI, or more than one, it’s becoming apparent they have a drinking problem that is getting in the way of their decision making and normal functioning (cite: 1).

What Are the Warning Signs of Alcohol Abuse?

Most of us assume we know the warning signs of alcohol abuse when we see them. While certain signs are obvious and noticeable, a good many of them often go undetected by close friends and family members. Perhaps we might take this opportunity to discuss some of the warning signs, and the most common signs that friends and family often miss.

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