Alcoholism is a debilitating condition characterized by an inability to control drinking due to the body’s development of both physical and emotional dependence on the substance. The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a “treatable, chronic medical disease”, 1 and like all other diseases, an addiction to alcohol will require continued monitoring and proper treatment programs. The first step to treating alcohol addiction involves the cessation of drinking followed by the removal of harmful toxins that have accumulated within the body. Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis understands the unique needs of those undergoing alcohol detox, and we are here to assist you as you embark on this journey to better health and recovery at our treatment center in Indianapolis.
Alcoholism and Abuse in the Hoosier State
Alcohol abuse is a major issue in the state of Indiana. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than half of all state residents (aged 12 and older) report current alcohol use, while nearly 1 in 4 residents have engaged in binge drinking during the past month. 2 Binge drinking is an even more common practice for college students in Indiana, with results from the Indiana College Substance Use Survey showing a past-month binge drinking prevalence of 36.7% among students at two- and four-year institutions. 3
The excessive use of alcohol can lead to severe consequences for Indiana residents. Hospital discharge records show that 1% of all patients hospitalized in Indiana are treated for an alcohol-attributable primary diagnosis. 4 Indiana State Police reported 7,733 alcohol-related collisions in 2017, including 158 fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired-driving. 5 During the period of 2000 through 2016, a total of 8,034 Hoosiers died from alcohol-induced causes. 3
Many Hoosiers currently suffer from an unhealthy pattern of uncontrolled and problematic alcohol use that is indicative of alcohol use disorder (AUD), a health condition more commonly known as alcoholism. Some of the characteristics of AUD include: 6-7
Approximately 1 in 20 Indiana residents met the criteria for an AUD diagnosis in the past year. 2 Although most of these people with AUD can greatly benefit from treatment, many do not seek or receive treatment for a variety of different reasons. Unfortunately, less than 10% of those individuals in need of help or treatment for alcoholism actually receive any form of treatment in Indiana. 2
What is Alcohol Detox?
Alcohol detoxification (or detox) is a natural process during which the body attempts to flush out alcohol and the waste products and toxins that have accumulated as a result of excessive, long-term alcohol consumption. Alcohol detox is the initial step toward recovery and is required before you can enter into a treatment program for alcoholism.
Withdrawal Symptoms During Alcohol Detox
During alcohol addiction detox you will experience withdrawal symptoms that reflect the longevity and severity of your AUD. These symptoms can range from mild pain and discomfort to potentially life-threatening complications such as seizures, extreme hallucinations, and delirium tremens. Initial symptoms appear as early as two hours after your last drink, while the most painful symptoms typically subside within the first week. For some people, mild symptoms can persist for several weeks up to a year after they have stopped drinking.
Due to the wide variability of withdrawal symptoms, medically supervised detoxification is recommended as the initial step of any alcohol rehab program. At Landmark Recovery’s treatment center in Indianapolis, you will undergo alcohol detox while receiving around-the-clock medical supervision and care. We may also recommend the administration of certain medications to assist in the detox process and mitigate any negative symptoms that are associated with alcohol withdrawal. Some of the medications you may be given during alcohol detox at our treatment center include:
How Can I Get More Information?
Please call our Indianapolis treatment center 317-449-8029 to speak in confidentiality with one of our Landmark Recovery admissions specialists. We can provide you with more information about our medically supervised alcohol detox process and even help you make arrangements to enroll in one of our science-backed, evidence-based alcohol treatment programs to begin your recovery back to better health.
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1) American Society of Addiction Medicine. (2019). Definition of Addiction.https://www.asam.org/resources/definition-of-addiction
2) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). National Survey on Drug Use and Health: 2017-2018 State-Specific Tables, Table 40. Indiana.https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
3) Indiana State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup. (2018). The Consumption and Consequences of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs in Indiana: A State Epidemiological Profile 2018.https://fsph.iupui.edu/doc/research-centers/EPI_2019_Web.pdf
4) Indiana State Department of Health (2017). Indiana Hospital Discharge Data.https://www.in.gov/isdh/20624.htm
5) Indiana State Police. (2017). Indiana State Police Yearly Crash Statistics.https://ariesportal.com/Downloads/Yearly%20Crash%20Statistics/Indiana%20State%20Police%20Yearly%20Crash%20Statistics.pdf
6) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2020). Alcohol Use Disorder.https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders
7) Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2020). Alcohol Use Disorder.https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20369243
8) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatment Improvement Protocol 45: Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
9) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2014). Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help.https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/treatment/treatment.htm