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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If you have an issue with alcohol and have decided to address the issue, it is a courageous decision and it represents a big step forward. You feel that a large load has been lifted off of your shoulders and you are now ready to move forward and obtain the addiction treatment you need to get better. The next important step is to enter treatment and help yourself find the resources and the support to safely detox off of alcohol and enter long-term recovery. The good news is that there are plenty of options for alcohol withdrawal in New Jersey.

The first job is to establish the level of care you need. Alcohol detox is the most acute level of care and involves medication assisted treatment, or MAT, to address alcohol withdrawal symptoms and mitigate alcohol cravings. The next level is Partial Care, if you are not experiencing any severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but still need an intense level of care through supporting medications and intense therapy. The lowest level of facility-based care in intensive outpatient, or IOP. In this level of care, group therapy is provided but less frequently and integration with work begins. Fortunately, whether you are in Bergen county, Somerset county, Hunterdon county, Union county, or Mercer County in New Jersey you have access to a alcohol detox facility in New Jersey, Only a thorough evaluation can establish the level of acre you need.

Alcohol detoxification and alcohol withdrawal management in New Jersey can be obtained on an inpatient basis or on an outpatient basis.
Traditionally, inpatient was the only option as alcohol detox was deemed risky due to the risk of seizures and stroke. However, the increased availability of medications for alcohol detox have made outpatient detox as safe as inpatient detox. Outpatient alcohol detox in New Jersey is available in Freehold, Middlesex and West Orange and it can actually deliver better results due to the integration of the home environment into treatment. Alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous, as it can lead to seizures or even stroke, so alcohol detox should be undertaken only in a medical setting under clinical supervision. Safe alcohol treatment with individualized medication protocols and titration can take anywhere between 10 and 14 days.

Alcohol detox involves the utilization of medication to address withdrawal symptoms, cravings and the risk of seizures and stroke. Group therapy and individual therapy is also needed to move the patient from pre-contemplation to contemplation stage and get them involved in therapy in order to effect the lifestyle changes needed to keep on the path to long-term recovery.

Outpatient alcohol detoxification delivers better results because skills learned in treatment can be applied in the patient’s real living environment and what does not work can be adjusted in treatment. Also, the family can be involved in treatment and can be educated by the treatment program about how they can elevate the support for the patient at home and help stay abstinent. Inpatient treatment is only necessitated if the support system for the patient in the home environment is not conducive to recovery or if the patient suffers from a medical condition requiring 24-hour monitoring.

The role of self-help groups such as AA and NA cannot be discounted. While therapy in the facility provides relapse prevention and coping skills, self-help groups provide support, a sense of community, crisis interventions over the long-term and a sense of community and social belonging.
Holistic therapy also helps. It is a meditative therapy that is designed to treat the patient’s mind, body, and spirit. Holistic therapy is becoming increasingly popular due to its ability to help patients stay sober. Holistic therapy also comes with alternative activities including massage, yoga, and acupuncture.

Dual-diagnosis therapy treats a person’s alcohol addiction as well as a disorder that may have caused it in the first place, such as anxiety or depression. Sometimes. patients turn to alcohol to cope with inner demons and do more harm to themselves. What dual-diagnosis therapy does is
treat the person’s problem at the root so that long-term sobriety is more likely.

Sober living is a special home for people in recovery – whether from alcohol, opiates, benzos, or other drugs. Patients will live with other people in recovery and are tasked with helping and supporting one another in times of need. Sober living is ideal for patients who have completed formal medical treatment and have a chance of relapsing in the future or returning to their unhealthy addiction due to a less-than-optimal home environment.

As you can see, there are many ways to get treated for alcohol addiction, whether you need medical detoxification or just talk therapy. If you aren’t sure which kind is the best for you, you can talk to a medical doctor for professional advice. Please go to or call 732 560 1080.


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