18 Dec In-Home Detox for Alcohol Addiction
An alcohol addiction happens when a person becomes dependent on alcoholic drinks. Whether an addiction is mild or severe, rehabilitation is possible, and at-home alcohol addiction treatment can help.
How In-Home Alcohol Addiction Rehab Can Help You
Alcohol addiction occurs when a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on alcoholic drinks. Alcohol addiction can impact personal relationships, career, short and long-term health, and can even lead to death in some cases. Treating an alcohol use disorder is most successful when managed by a medical professional because everyone’s circumstances and individual needs are so different.
Elite Home Detox assesses the individual’s situation, medical history, and lifestyle to build an adaptive plan tailored to each patient’s unique needs.
What to Expect From At-Home Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation
Here’s what patients can expect from our alcohol addiction rehabilitation program:
- Initial evaluation of the patient’s current health and medical history.
- Full examination of the patient including heart rate, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry (identifying the blood oxygen saturation). Lab tests may also be performed. This information helps us build a comprehensive picture of the patient’s health to optimize a treatment plan. The examination also provides a baseline to help us gauge a patient’s progress through the alcohol rehabilitation program.
- Building the patient’s addiction rehabilitation plan after our medical director analyzes the results of the examination and any lab tests. We consult with every patient to develop a custom treatment plan optimized to the patient’s health and addiction recovery goals.
- Alcohol detox, the first and most crucial step in the addiction recovery process, removes all alcohol from the body and gradually weans the body off its dependency on this drug.
- Periodic monitoring during alcohol detox, including lab tests, enables us to assess the patient’s progress through this stage and quickly make changes to the detox plan as necessary.
- Following detox, we may recommend additional services such as therapy, coaching, or counseling to address long-term behavioral habits and patterns, which helps patients avoid relapse.
How To Recognize An Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol addiction is not an overnight change, but happens over time. In mild cases, a person may binge drink several times per month. According to the CDC, binge drinking is 8 or more drinks in a single session Over time, a person can become addicted, after which the costs of alcoholism begin to add up both financially and personally. Severe alcoholism occurs when long-term use impacts a person’s health, finances, career, and relationships.
Whether a mild or severe alcohol use disorder is present, professional medical management and treatment can help patients achieve a lasting recovery.
Signs of an alcohol addiction include:
- Erratic/violent behavior
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Lack of interest in family or friends
- A preoccupation with drinking
- Inability to control drinking anytime, any moment
- Withdrawal symptoms when the effects of alcohol have worn off (eg. trouble sleeping, shakiness, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, nausea, or sweating)
Recognizing someone with an alcohol addiction isn’t always easy. Fortunately, there are many other self-tests to help gauge whether you or someone you know is drinking too much. Check your drinking pattern and learn about alcohol use disorder help resources here.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has an alcohol addiction, it’s important to make an appointment with an addiction rehab specialist. An alcohol addiction is diagnosed by a medical professional following a comprehensive assessment. This diagnosis is made based off of the criteria outlined in the DSM-5.
The following questions from the DSM–5 are used to assess whether an alcohol use disorder is present as well as the severity of the condition. These same questions can be useful when determining whether you or someone you know has an alcohol use disorder.
In the past year, have you:
- Had times when you ended up drinking more, or longer, than you intended?
- More than once wanted to cut down or stop drinking, or tried to, but couldn’t?
- Spent a lot of time drinking? Or being sick or getting over other after effects?
- Wanted a drink so badly you couldn’t think of anything else?
- Found that drinking—or being sick from drinking—often interfered with taking care of your home or family? Or caused job troubles? Or school problems?
- Continued to drink even though it was causing trouble with your family or friends?
- Given up or cut back on activities that were important or interesting to you, or gave you pleasure, in order to drink?
- More than once gotten into situations while or after drinking that increased your chances of getting hurt (such as driving, swimming, using machinery, walking in a dangerous area, or having unsafe sex)?
- Continued to drink even though it was making you feel depressed or anxious or adding to another health problem? Or after having had a memory blackout?
- Had to drink much more than you once did to get the effect you want? Or found that your usual number of drinks had much less effect than before?
- Found that when the effects of alcohol were wearing off, you had withdrawal symptoms, such as trouble sleeping, shakiness, restlessness, nausea, sweating, a racing heart, or a seizure? Or sensed things that were not there?
- The presence of at least two of the above symptoms indicates an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) with the severity of the condition determined by the total number of symptoms present.
Alcoholism is not something that happens overnight. Whether a person has recently developed a mild alcohol use disorder or has had an alcohol addiction for years, recovery is possible. Professional medical management can help a patient make a safe, successful, and lasting recovery.
Alcohol Abuse and Addiction Facts
An addiction to alcohol, just like an addiction to any other substance, is a chronic disease. Some people are more susceptible to addiction than others, so not everyone who drinks will become addicted to alcohol.
There are many reasons a person can become addicted to alcohol, including genetic predisposition, hormones, and family history. There are three levels of alcohol abuse severity – mild, moderate, and severe. Recovery is possible regardless of severity.
88,000 people die from causes related to alcohol use every year (such as overdrinking or drunk driving). Seeking treatment as soon as possible is invaluable for the safety of both the patient and those around them.
Short and Long-Term Side Effects Of Alcohol Addiction
It can be easy to think of an alcohol use disorder as a personal problem, but the costs go beyond the individual in question. Alcoholism can contribute to motor vehicle crashes, risky sexual behavior, chronic disease, and death. Alcoholism can also cause both short and long-term issues, which we outline below.
Short Term Effects:
- Sleep disruption
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
In addition to these, drinking too much in a single setting can cause alcohol poisoning, a serious condition that can be deadly if left untreated.
Long Term Effects:
- Memory loss
- Liver disease (cirrhosis of the liver)
- Brain damage
- High blood pressure
In-Home Alcohol Addiction Recovery with Elite Home Detox
Elite Home Detox brings the services of a traditional rehabilitation clinic to the comfort of a patient’s home. Since every patient’s circumstances and needs are different, our comprehensive treatment plan is tailored to the individual.
In-home alcohol addiction recovery is a modern solution for the busy, fast-paced lifestyles of today.
Unlike a traditional addiction rehabilitation clinic, where patients meet in groups, in-home rehab means that our patients get dedicated, one-on-one attention.
Elite Home Detox provides a 24/7 onsite nurse to monitor the patient, make changes to the treatment plan as necessary, and answer any questions that the patient, friends, or family may have. We are with our patients every step of the way to ensure a safe and healthy recovery with long-lasting results.
Convenient and private
Both inpatient and outpatient clinics require patients to travel to their destination. This is not only costly, but it also requires a significant amount of the patient’s time. In-home addiction rehabilitation works with the patient’s schedule, minimizing disruptions while maximizing results.
Some people may find group therapy beneficial. However, since addiction recovery is an intense and involved process, many patients prefer discretion while rehabilitating. That’s why Elite Home Detox brings our services directly to our patients for unmatched convenience and privacy.
Comprehensive, quality care
From genetics to social environment, many factors can contribute to a person developing an addiction to alcohol. These same factors need to be addressed during alcohol addiction rehab for a successful and lasting recovery. From detox to counseling that helps patients develop healthy coping mechanisms, Elite Home Detox offers the same services and quality of care as traditional rehab clinics.
Our nurses are trained in addiction recovery, and every program is overseen by our medical director to ensure quality care.