When you are struggling with drug and substance abuse problems, admitting you need help can be the most difficult step. Seeking treatment in Las Vegas can seem like a monumental task with the amount of rehab programs and recovery centers available. Whatever your addiction, getting the correct detox treatment is an essential first step in recovery. If you are struggling with alcohol abuse in Las Vegas, Landmark Recovery’s alcohol detox center can cleanse your body of toxins safely and comfortably while preparing you to enter one of our inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment programs.
Half of all Nevada residents aged 12 and older currently drink alcohol and nearly one quarter of the state’s population reports past-month binge drinking, a pattern of alcohol abuse defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion.
Binge drinking is most common among young adults, with almost one third of all Nevada residents aged 18-25 reporting recent binge drinking.
Alcohol abuse is also a major health issue facing Nevada’s student population. More than one quarter of all high school students currently drink alcohol and 1 in 8 have engaged in binge drinking within the past month. 2 Overall, more than 60% of Nevada high school students tried alcohol at least once, 3 with 1 in 6 reporting that they had their first drink before the age of 13. 4
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that 1 in 18 Nevadans currently suffers from alcoholism, 1 a chronic brain disease characterized by an unhealthy pattern of uncontrolled and problematic alcohol abuse. 5 In 2019, there were 1,617 drug treatment center admissions for alcohol addiction, representing nearly 15% of all admissions to Nevada substance abuse treatment centers. 6 Unfortunately, nearly 94% of Nevada residents struggling with alcoholism do not undergo alcohol detox nor receive any form of rehab treatment for their addiction. 1
If you are struggling with alcoholism, know that help is available. Choosing to end alcohol abuse is a critical step in getting your life back, but it is a decision that must be taken seriously due to the severe risks associated with alcohol withdrawal.
If you have developed alcohol dependence, the physical state where your body and brain require alcohol to function normally, you will likely experience withdrawal symptoms upon starting the alcohol detox process. The nature of withdrawal can vary dramatically from person to person and will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity and length of alcohol abuse. Signs and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal typically start 6 to 24 hours after your last drink and may include: 7
While undergoing treatment at our Las Vegas alcohol detox center, the abrupt cessation of alcohol use can cause the body to go into shock. A small number of people going through alcohol withdrawal may experience delirium tremens, a particularly dangerous health complication of alcohol withdrawal that is characterized by hallucinations, seizures, high fever, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, confusion, extreme agitation, and excessive sweating. A report published in The New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 1 in 25 individuals with delirium tremens die from the symptoms associated with this condition. 8
The alcohol treatment program at Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas can help you overcome alcohol addiction and stay sober. However, before you can start any inpatient or outpatient rehab treatment you must first go through alcohol detox, the natural bodily process of flushing out all toxins that have accumulated as a result of prolonged and heavy alcohol use.
Alcohol detox at a professional detox center under medical supervision is highly recommended due to the life-threatening health complications that can arise during alcohol withdrawal. 9 Landmark Recovery’s alcohol detox program and staff of medical professionals will ensure your safety and comfort during the entire detox process, helping prepare your body and mind for the therapeutic stage of alcohol rehab in one of our personalized inpatient or outpatient recovery programs.
Depending on the severity of alcohol addiction, our clinicians may prescribe specific detox medications to assist the withdrawal process. The FDA has approved three medications to help people stop or reduce drinking and prevent relapse. These drugs can be prescribed during alcohol detox and can continue to be used through the therapy phase of addiction recovery. 10
Certain medications can also be used to treat specific symptoms of withdrawal. Benzodiazepines can be used to alleviate anxiety and prevent alcohol withdrawal seizures. Anticonvulsant drugs, such as levetiracetam, can be administered to prevent the onset of seizures, which represents one of the most common causes of death during alcohol withdrawal. 7 Other medications used to reduce cravings and minimize withdrawal symptoms during alcohol detox include barbiturates, beta blockers, alpha adrenergic agonists, calcium channel antagonists, antipsychotics, and the muscle relaxer baclofen.
Once the process is completed at our alcohol detox center you will be ready to transition into the therapy phase of rehab. Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas integrates a combination of evidence-based behavioral therapies (such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, contingency management interventions, and motivational incentives) into individual and group counseling sessions, where you will identify the root causes of your alcohol addiction, change negative behaviors that lead to drinking, and develop effective coping skills to prevent relapse. 11
Personalized alcohol rehab programs may also include peer support groups, medication management, health and wellness education, family counseling, mindfulness and meditation-based therapies, and a variety of fitness activities.
Alcoholism does not need to control your life any longer. Alcohol detox is the first step to overcoming alcohol addiction and reclaiming your life. Please call Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas at 317-449-8029 to learn more about our alcohol detox center, and personalized inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
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1) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020).https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-2018-nsduh-state-specific-tables
2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=NV
3) Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency. (2018).http://dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/dpbhnvgov/content/Programs/ClinicalSAPTA/Docs/SAPTA%20Needs%20Assessment%202018%20Final%2011-12-18.pdf
4) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020).https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Results.aspx?LID=NV
5) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2020).https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/alcohol-use-disorders
6) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Treatment Episode Data Set. (2020).https://wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/webt/newmapv1.htm
7) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015).https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-45-Detoxification-and-Substance-Abuse-Treatment/SMA15-4131
8) The New England Journal of Medicine. (2014).https://escholarship.org/uc/item/08b9z9th
9) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2014).https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochures-and-fact-sheets/treatment-alcohol-problems-finding-and-getting-help
10) National Institute on drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/pharmacotherapies/alcohol
11) National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-therapies