Over 15 million Americans had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2015, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The NIAAA defines AUD as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite adverse social, occupational, or health consequences.”
AUD can range in severity from mild to severe. Often, it involves drinking to the extent that consumption of alcohol distresses or harms the drinker or others. Overconsumption can cause a number of health issues and may affect the heart, pancreas, liver, immune system, and brain. Not to mention, alcoholism may also put one at higher risk for developing certain types of cancer, including esophageal, liver, throat, and breast cancer.
Cirrhosis of the liver may be the medical condition most commonly associated with AUD. Cirrhosis of the liver is treatable, but not curable. Ultimately, the disease leads to scarring and organ failure. Even though AUD is a highly treatable mental health disorder, fewer than 10% of people with an AUD seek treatment.
To overcome an alcohol use disorder, treatment is essential. Without the medical supervision and assistance that a certified and accredited detox facility provides, withdrawal from alcohol may prove fatal. Therefore, Royal Life Centers at the Haven is committed to providing the safest, most effective medication-assisted alcohol detox. More importantly, a proceeding intensive therapy program and extensive aftercare options.
Should I seek treatment for AUD?
Signs of AUD may include:
- Using alcohol to de-stress and/or drinking by yourself
- Alcohol cravings
- Being unable to stop drinking once you start
- Making alcohol a priority over other activities things
- Drinking despite the problems it causes
- Symptoms of withdrawal
- Using alcohol in high-risk situations
Withdrawing from alcohol is taxing physically and emotionally, and symptoms vary in severity depending on alcohol/substance use, age, withdrawal history, and peak blood alcohol levels. We make the detoxification process as smooth as possible through comprehensive medical monitoring and medication management. Additionally, we monitor guests throughout all stages of detox, and our medical staff are on site 24/7.
Alcohol detox is generally broken down into three different stages, each characterized by certain symptoms.
First stage (8 hours following last drink):
- Anxiety and nausea
- Pain in abdomen
Second stage (24-72 following last drink):
- Increase in blood pressure/body temperature
- Quickened heartbeat
- Lessened mental acuity
Third stage (Up to one week following last drink):
- Hallucinations and fever
- Risk of death
If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or others after consumption of alcohol, these may be indications of an AUD.
What happens after medical detox?
Following detox at Royal Life Centers at the Haven in Lacey or RLC at Puget Sound in Sumner, guests will continue to follow our treatment program that promote wellness and lasting sobriety. Our addiction specialists are dedicated to offering guests the best in care and support. In summary, our holistic, evidence-based approach integrates individual and group, activity, movement, and adventure therapies into one program that treats the mind, body, and spirit.
Guests may continue their recovery journey in our residential inpatient program at Royal Life Centers at Puget Sound in Sumner and begin our aftercare program with us here at Royal Life Centers at Sound.
If you or a loved one has an AUD, or any substance use disorder, please call us to discuss detox and treatment options. Our admissions staff is available 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY to answer questions and address any concerns Because We Care.