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Alcohol Rehab & Treatment Los Angeles CA

Alcohol Addiction, or alcohol use disorder, is a brain disease characterized by the inability to stop drinking regardless of the negative social, behavioral, or health consequences. The amount of drinking can vary from person to person. Some people drink heavily all day, while others binge drink and then stay sober for a while. The unifying factor is someone who relies heavily on drinking and can’t stay sober for an extended period of time.

While researchers have tried to narrow down the causes of the disease, there are a wide array of behavioral and psychological factors that can contribute to developing an alcohol addiction. Alcoholism is a very real debilitating disease that causes changes to the brain and neurochemistry, so an addict may not be able to control their actions. It is progressive and fatal, if left untreated.

THE SYMPTOMS

Alcoholism can be harder to identify than other addictions. As opposed to illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine, alcohol is socially acceptable and more widely available. It can be hard to tell the difference between someone who likes to have a drink, and someone who has an addiction to alcohol. Some of the symptoms of alcohol use disorder can be:

  • increased quantity or frequency of use
  • high tolerance for alcohol, or lack of “hangover” symptoms
  • drinking at inappropriate times, such as first thing in the morning, or in places like work
  • wanting to be where alcohol is present and avoiding situations where there is none
  • changes in friendships–choosing friends who also drink heavily
  • avoiding contact with loved ones
  • hiding alcohol, or hiding while drinking
  • dependence on alcohol to function in everyday life
  • increased lethargy, depression, or other emotional issues
  • legal or professional problems such as an arrest or loss of a job

Addiction gets worse as it goes on, and it is important to recognize the symptoms early, whether in yourself or a loved one.

ALCOHOL TREATMENT AND REHAB

Alcoholism can be a difficult disease to treat. It starts with the alcoholic being willing to get better, and long term success depends upon this. The best option can be rehab. Inpatient treatment offers the opportunity to work on your disease in a controlled environment, where you can learn the skills to cope with your disease and your emotions in the outside world.

At Profound, our alcohol rehab in Los Angeles offer a continuum of care–beginning with our detox program, then our inpatient program, followed by aftercare options like sober living and our intensive outpatient program. We can be with you at each step of your journey to recovery.

WITHDRAWAL AND DETOX

Withdrawal and detoxing from alcohol is painful and can be dangerous, but it is a necessary step in the road to recovery. Due to the changes that your body goes through with alcohol addiction, withdrawal from alcohol is your central nervous system adjusting to not having alcohol.

Due to the dangers, alcohol detox should be done under medical supervision with the help of a professional team. Some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Shaky hands
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating

While some of the symptoms are in more severe cases, detoxing under the supervision of a professional can help reduce the severity and lessen the dangers.

DELIRIUM TREMENS (DT’s)

In severe cases of alcohol withdrawal (around 5%), individuals experience what is called Delirium Tremens (DT’s. DT’s can be fatal due to the seizures they cause. The symptoms can begin 2-3 days after the last drink. Some of these include:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe emotional distress
  • Intense confusion
  • Intense irritability and agitation
  • Hypersensitivity to touch, light and sound
  • Seizures (typically within 24 hours of the last drink of alcohol)

If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of DTs, get medical attention immediately.

ALCOHOL TREATMENT AND REHAB

Alcoholism can be a difficult disease to treat. It starts with the alcoholic being willing to get better, and long term success depends upon this. The best option can be rehab. Inpatient treatment offers the opportunity to work on your disease in a controlled environment, where you can learn the skills to cope with your disease and your emotions in the outside world.

At Profound, we offer a continuum of care–beginning with our detox program, then our inpatient program, followed by aftercare options like sober living and our intensive outpatient program. We can be with you at each step of your journey to recovery.

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