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Should I Be Scared of Alcohol Withdrawal When Entering Rehab?

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Published: August 5, 2016

It’s a common question—should I be scared of alcohol withdrawal when entering rehab? Fortunately, the answer is no. While it’s true that alcohol withdrawals can be intense, they’re not usually painful, nor are they a justification to avoid seeking help in your quest to get sober. Self-detox can be dangerous, however, and should be avoided. Anyone who desires to overcome alcohol addiction by going through detox should seek professional help from a quality rehab center.   According to National Center on Addiction and Substance founder Joseph Califano, the therapeutic community suggests that only 30% of people seeking treatment succeed with rehab. Making the decision to get sober and enter a rehab center may force you to step out of your comfort zone, but it will be worth it in the end when you’ve successfully regained control of your life. Don’t let the fear of alcohol withdrawal, or the prospect of living without alcohol, prevent you from seeking the help you need.

Alcohol Withdrawal Explained

When individuals suddenly stop or decrease their alcohol intake after long-term abuse, the alcohol levels in the body fall and symptoms appear. Many alcoholics begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms as part of their hangover, and they feel ill until they consume their first alcoholic drink of the day. This is one of the reasons many patients report previous failed detoxing attempts when they enter rehab. The detox phase isn’t a job for one untrained person, but rather needs to be done in a medically managed facility where patients’ progress and health can be monitored around the clock.

More Than Just Detox

Patients entering a quality rehab facility should expect to be thoroughly evaluated by a physician and therapist. They collect extensive background information to gain a better understanding of your exact medical and addiction history, as well as address your individual needs and concerns. The staff will construct an individualized treatment plan, and your health and progress will be monitored closely. In addition to the detox phase, some patients may also undergo dual diagnosis treatment, which addresses any mental or emotional issues that could be the root cause of the addiction. Accredited facilities understand that addiction affects family members and others close to the patient. Our family programs are designed to offer assistance, support, and learning tools to prevent recurring addictions and relapses.

Overcome Your Fear and Take Charge Today

Nobody likes the idea of needing help, but there’s no shame in accepting it. Located in Jacksonville, FL, Lakeview Health is an accredited rehab facility designed to give you the help needed to overcome alcohol addiction. For more information on the programs we offer and to get the recovery process started, please call us today at (866) 704-7692.

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