"Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise." - Proverbs 20:1
Alcohol is among the most commonly used substances in the United States. Legally available in drug stores, gas stations, and liquor stores in virtually every city across the county, liquor, beer, and wine play a central role in the lives of millions. In fact, nearly 90% of individuals drink at some point in life, over 70% have used alcohol at least once in the past year, and almost 17 million adults have an alcohol use disorder.
Reconciling abusive drinking with Christianity can be an uphill battle. Many Christians feel shame, isolation, and humiliation when drinking becomes too much to handle, triggering internal crises that can shake the foundation of everything you believe in. For many, the idea of seeking medical help can be deeply embarrassing, leading patients to feel isolated from both faith and family.
Despite these common thoughts, Christians are not exempt from addiction. Addiction is a disease that can affect anyone, no matter what you believe, and treating your condition isn't a journey that can be made alone. Due to the dangers in withdrawal, medical detox is a requirement to safely and effectively break the habit once and for all.
If alcohol is standing in the way of your life, Road to Freedom is here. As a Christ-oriented rehabilitation and detox center, our Christian counselors and medical professionals are prepared to help you get clean and stay that way. Please contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to get the physical, mental, and spiritual help you need.
Alcohol withdrawal, or the symptoms that appear once an addicted individual's body is deprived of alcohol, is both uncomfortable and dangerous, making it exceptionally hard to quit once an addiction has taken hold. Most users, no matter how strong their beliefs and convictions, find this period of time to be overwhelming, leading to continued abuse despite a desire to cease use.
The withdrawal process is directly related to the effects of alcohol on the brain. In initial consumption, alcohol enhances the effects of the GABA neurotransmitter, producing feelings of happiness and calm. However, continued chronic use eventually suppresses GABA, requiring larger doses to trigger the same effects. Additionally, alcohol can inhibit the glutamate system, a series of neurotransmitters that control excitability. In order to maintain normal functioning, the glutamate system often over-performs.
When alcohol use stops, the neurotransmitters negatively affected by alcohol consumption are no longer suppressed, leading to a condition known as brain hyperexcitability. This process can lead to three classes of side effects ranging from mild to fatal:
Stage 1: insomnia, anxiety, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, mood swings, and heart palpitations
Stage 2: increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, mental confusion, extreme mood swings, sweating, and irritability
Stage 3: fever, hallucinations, seizures, agitation, and severe confusion
The Dangers of Alcohol Withdrawal
The withdrawal process can begin in as little as two hours after a last drink and persist for weeks, creating a perpetual state of frustration, anxiety, and cravings. Unlike the withdrawal process for other substances, in which side effects are worse initially, alcohol withdrawal can worsen over time, creating a nearly overwhelming drive to use. In addition, these symptoms can be extremely dangerous, with consequences that include coma and even death.
Numerous complications associated with ceasing alcohol use pose risks to the body. This process can also cause permanent damage to the organs, like the liver and heart, creating health conditions that can be life-threatening. With nearly 30,000 alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. each year, these perils are deeply serious and should not be ignored.
What Are Delirium Tremens?
Delirium tremens is among the most serious side effects of alcohol withdrawal. Known as DTs, this condition affects many different parts of the body, from mental state to physical wellness. DTs is most common in people who have ceased drinking after high alcohol intake for a month or more, which applies to most substance abusers attempting to quit drinking.
Delirium tremens is characterized by extreme confusion and hallucinations, leading to erratic actions and deep emotional distress. In addition, most individuals also experience physical symptoms that include shivering, shaking, sweating, seizures, and an irregular heart rate. In extreme cases, an increase in body temperature or severe seizing can lead to death.
Not all recovering alcoholics will experience delirium tremens. Roughly 50% of those with alcohol use disorders will have side effects, and of these, 3% to 5% will have DTs. For those who are affected, delirium tremens sets in roughly three days into the withdrawal process and lasts for two to three days. This symptom is among the least pleasant parts of breaking an addiction and is one of the primary drivers of relapse for those who are not receiving medical assistance during detoxification.
Why Detox Matters
Breaking away from any substance is never easy, but alcohol is one of the most challenging addictions to overcome. Due to the extremely unpleasant side effects that accompany withdrawal and the dangers to overall health, this period of time is very hard to withstand alone.
In order to ensure successful completion, detox requires medical oversight and assistance to treat symptoms, minimize discomfort, and address any life-threatening conditions that may arise while breaking the mental and physical bonds of addiction. Without highly trained addiction professionals, the risks of trauma, permanent damage to health, and relapse are greatly increased.
At Road to Freedom, we are here to lead you through the detox process with Christ's guidance, helping you to withstand withdrawal side effects with help from medical science and the teachings of the Bible. Through worship, prayer, and professional oversight, we can help you move beyond addiction while keeping you safe.
The Detox Process
Detox is a medical process that requires strict monitoring by a doctor in order to help patients to work through withdrawal.
For most patients, detox follows a distinct timeline. Symptoms often begin in the first two to eight hours, and start with mild stage one signs, like anxiety. This situation continues to worsen over the following hours, with stage two and three side effects developing quickly in the next one to two days. Once the worst of the symptoms set in, they will continue for five days to a week, creating a highly unpleasant situation for recovering addicts. After a week, some effects will begin to subside and decrease in intensity, although many – most notably psychological symptoms – can continue for a month or more.
During a monitored detox process, doctors will administer treatments as necessary, addressing surface level side effects. Medications like benzodiazepines, for example, are frequently used to treat DTs, while sleep aids may be given for insomnia. For severe cases of alcohol abuse, doctors may use a weaning process, reducing risks and lessening painful side effects.
The Dangers in Home Detox
Many addicts believe they can detox alone. While a rare few can, detoxing at home has a high failure rate, resulting in relapse, coma, organ failure, or even death. Without proper oversight, it's highly possible for symptoms to spiral out of control, especially during the first 24 to 72 hours. Those detoxing alone are at particular risk; when no one is available to call 911 or alert a doctor, preventable side effects can lead to fatal ramifications.
How Road to Freedom Can Help
Road to Freedom is a Christian-based destination for comprehensive care, offering a safe, supportive space centered around God's teachings.
Matthew 26:41 states "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." At Road to Freedom, we are prepared to guide you in developing this strength, helping you to withstand detox while finding guidance and inspiration in the Lord.
Our detox and recovery services support our missions, providing a holistic approach that can help you transcend addiction and rejoice in God's love once more. Throughout your time with us, we will offer customized guidance and supportive services, creating an individual path forward designed to benefit you as best as possible.
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Family workshops
- Court liaison services
- Christian Counseling
- Weekly church services
- Life skills training
- Biblically-Based 12 Step Meetings
- Family Workshops
- Court Liaison Program
- Chronic Pain Management
- Holistic Therapies
- Relapse Prevention
- Aftercare Services
No matter what you need, we will help you get there. From individual counseling to pain management, we can address your physical, emotional, and spiritual health to help you stay strong throughout rehabilitation.
Get Help Today!
If you are ready to seek assistance for your addiction to alcohol without sacrificing your dedication to your faith, Road to Freedom is here. Our alcohol detox program is designed with your safety and well-being in mind, helping you to break the bonds of addiction with as little discomfort as possible. With assistance from doctors, nurses, faith leaders, and Christian counselors, we can help you achieve the sober lifestyle you deserve.
Please contact us today at (844) 402-3605 to learn more about what Road to Freedom can do. All consultations are fully confidential.