Alcohol is by far the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Government estimates say that more than 17 million Americans have a substance abuse issue with alcohol. A good percentage of these are heavy, daily drinkers. Consuming large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis can make the body dependent. In the most severe cases, alcohol withdrawal results in a condition called delirium tremens (D.T.’s), which can be fatal if not properly treated.
The classic sign of alcohol withdrawal is the “shakes” — uncontrollable tremors that set in about 6 hours after the last drink. Thus many alcoholics need to drink alcohol in the morning just to steady their hands. Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include the following:
- Tremors (shakes)
- Nausea / vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
Detox In A Soothing Environment
From years of experience detoxifying individuals, we know that one of the biggest obstacles to drug and alcohol detox and addiction recovery is fear of the withdrawal process. Many addicts continue to use drugs and alcohol even when they no longer want to, simply to avoid going through alcohol and drug detox and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Some people try to ride out the detoxification process and withdrawal symptoms at home, often suffering through days of discomfort and violent withdrawal, only to go back to abusing drugs and alcohol to relieve the pain.
We believe that recovery from alcohol and drug addiction should be dignified. We’ve gone to great lengths to create a feeling of home at Soba Recovery Detox. There are no locked doors, and SOBA Recovery Detox is not an antiseptic hospital environment. Our clients reside in comfortable, modern, elegantly furnished rooms, with plenty of space for personal belongings, and they are not required to wear uncomfortable hospital gowns during detoxification. Individuals can dress in the clothing of their choice, and have easy access to in-house laundry facilities.