Alcohol Withdrawal Management

Alcohol Withdrawal Detox Management

Alcohol Addiction

If you are unable to stop consuming alcohol despite wanting to, or despite negative consequences, you may have become dependent on alcohol.
Alcohol withdrawal syndrome can develop when you suddenly stop drinking alcohol after a period of frequent and substantial consumption, be it vodka, whiskey, wine or beer.

If you try to stop consuming alcohol and experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it is chemical dependence. Dependence on Alcohol can develop even after just a few months of intense use. Drinking more alcohol than intended, or drinking alcohol at odd times of the day may negatively impact your relationships, social functioning and work performance.

Alcohol is a disinhibitor and the chances of indulging in risky behaviors increases after alcohol use. If you cannot stop consuming alcohol despite a visible increase in risky behavior, you may have a hard time quitting. Many individuals suffer from a dependence on alcohol – as per the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 15 million adults in the United States suffered from an alcohol use disorder in 2015. That number has only increased sharply in 2020 due to stress and isolation related to Covid-19.

Understanding the dangers of alcohol abuse and the dangers of quitting cold turkey can help you make informed treatment choices. Alcohol is one
of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world and it may not be perceived as a “dangerous” substance when compared to, say, heroin,
which conjures up a host of negative images.

However, alcohol withdrawal can be much more dangerous than withdrawal from heroin, as it can cause seizures. Consequently, it is important to seek medical assistance at a detoxification facility when trying to quit alcohol.

What Causes Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol is considered as a ‘sedative hypnotic’ – it depresses the central nervous system, but people benefit from the feeling of relaxation it delivers. In limited quantities, alcohol stimulates good conversation and reduces social anxiety. However, when consumed in large quantities, defined as more than 4 drinks for a man and more than 3 drinks for a woman in a day, could lead to drowsiness, impaired motor function, difficulty breathing and blackouts.

As a depressant, alcohol has an effect on the brain and the nervous system. It also slows down brain function and changes the way nerves communicate with each other. Your body actually works hard to keep the brain in an “awake” state and nerves communicating with each other. It is
used to having alcohol around all the time and is now always in this high alert state.

When you stop using alcohol, the brain keeps going at this 90 miles per hour speed which causes the withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, shaky hands, headache, nausea, vomiting, and sweating. Some may also develop delirium tremens, hallucinations high blood pressure, and memory loss. Alcohol withdrawal can also bring on seizures, stroke or even death. That is why alcohol detox needs to happen in a medical setting with appropriate monitoring.

Luckily there are many alcohol detox centers in New jersey that can effectively address the problem. Whether you are located in Ocean county, or Morris county, in Short Hills or in Toms River or in Edison, there is always a treatment center near you. Alcohol withdrawal in New Jersey can be treated through outpatient detoxification or inpatient detoxification. While Inpatient detoxification has been the norm for alcohol detox to address alcohol withdrawal symptoms in New Jersey, the new, innovative model is outpatient, ambulatory detoxification. Ambulatory Detox centers in New Jersey can address alcohol withdrawal as effectively and safely as inpatient detoxification, while providing the added advantage of integrating the home environment into treatment. Because the patient has the convenience of going home to their family at the end of each day in detox, they can test the skills learned in therapy and find out what works and does not work. This flexibility delivers better results to the patient because when they finish treatment they have adapted a set of coping skills that is best suited to their own living situation, not a generic one.

Safety is Important in Managing Alcohol Withdrawal

At New Jersey-based Center for Network Therapy NJ, our clinical team is highly experienced in managing withdrawal from alcohol. Customized medication protocols are adopted to ensure that the detox process is safe and smooth.

If you are looking for a safe and highly effective alcohol treatment program, please contact us for a smoother road to recovery. Call a treatment expert today if you or a loved one is experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Personalized and safe rehabilitation is extremely important for us at the Center for Network Therapy. If you experience the alcohol withdrawal
symptoms listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a consultation at no cost to you. The Center for Network Therapy has 3 locations: West Orange, New Jersey, Middlesex, New Jersey and Freehold, New Jersey.


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Alcohol addiction does not discriminate – people of every race and every social strata are equally susceptible, as genetics plays a role in addiction! It is important to realize that addiction to any substance is not a behavioral problem that needs to be punished. While the initial experimentation with drugs or alcohol is a choice, it may spiral out of control for some who are more susceptible than others. The reason they lose control of their behavior is because changes in the brain make the brain dependent on alcohol or drugs to release the pleasure neurotransmitter, called dopamine. Previous to getting addicted, the brain released appropriate amounts of dopamine in response to usual stimuli such as food, hobbies, or sex. Since the brain now has become used to getting an external stimuli to release huge quantities of dopamine, it responds minimally to stimuli that were previously pleasurable.

Alcohol dependence destroys lives, irrespective of whether one is rich or poor, black or white, live in Bernardsville, Plainfield or Manalapan, New Jersey. So, when a person has been afflicted by the disease of addiction, but has a strong desire to achieving long-term sobriety and living a drug- or alcohol-free life, they must make a commitment to recovery by engaging in addiction treatment and following through with self-help groups such as AA and NA.

It is important for loved ones of people suffering from addiction to remember that addiction is not always a choice. As mentioned earlier, addiction has a genetic component, so, sometimes, people who intend to only use alcohol in moderate quantities for recreational purposes, assuming that they will not get addicted may be in for a rude awakening. Alcohol addiction also ensnares individuals using alcohol to self-medicate for mental health issues, or numb themselves to relationship issues.

Fortunately, there are many options for alcohol treatment in New Jersey, whether you live in Westfield, Plainsboro, Princeton or Marlboro. Many family members struggle to convince loved ones abusing alcohol to first recognize that they have a problem, because people in the throes of alcohol addiction seldom accept that they have a problem. Such denial is common in the case of alcohol because it is a legal substance enjoyed by millions of people around the world in moderation.

Loved ones of those addicted seek help for their loved ones by having them interact with an addiction treatment professional, Be it a therapist in Freehold, a psychiatrist in Union or addiction treatment center in Middlesex. enter treatment at some level so that go through the various recovery steps when they partner with an alcohol treatment center in NJ. One of the biggest fears individuals dependent on drugs or alcohol always have is that of facing withdrawal. Oftentimes, they have tried to stop abusing their drug of choice but have given up in the face of severe withdrawal symptoms, and resumed using. Consequently, they need repeated assurance that their withdrawal symptoms will be effectively addressed, or minimized.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be severe: abdominal pain, body aches, irritability, nausea and vomiting to name a few. Alcohol withdrawal can also be dangerous: it can include seizures and stroke! The longer the treatment in a rehabilitation center is postponed the more serious is the alcohol addiction and more intense and dangerous the withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol is “central nervous system depressant.” Your brain activity will begin to slow down when you are, “under the influence.”

Patients who willingly enter alcohol withdrawal treatment in New Jersey, have finally accepted that they have become dependent on alcohol and hope addiction treatment helps them regain control of their lives and salvage their relationships. All rehabilitation program, not just in New Jersey, will likely focus on triggers first so the therapist gains knowledge of how to treat the patient and understand how they became addicted. Also, it will help the therapist customize a treatment plan for the patient that is tailored to their needs. As they move along the spectrum of care, the therapist will also be able to individualize coping mechanisms and relapse prevention techniques.

As one of Center for Network Therapy’s patients aptly said, “Addiction treatment may not open the gates of heaven to welcome you, but it will definitely unlock the gates of hell to let you out!”

Long-term alcohol addiction can cause serious health problems such as liver cirrhosis, cardiovascular disease and even certain types of cancer.

Seeking addiction treatment, entering recovery and staying on the path to sobriety is never easy, but it is very rewarding! Repaired relationships, health lifestyle, rewarding career paths and other benefits follow incentivizing them to stay on the recovery path. This is why it is important that loved ones of those addicted make every effort to get them enrolled in a high-quality addiction treatment program that is flexible to adapt to the person’s needs. Recovery from an addiction to alcohol is possible and sustainable!

So, if you or someone you know suffers from addiction, please make an effort to find effective treatment in New Jersey and get them to enter recovery.


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