The Intensity of Alcohol Detox

Alcoholism is an incredibly serious, often underestimated disease.  Anyone willing to break themselves free of the creature, and better their lives deserves an endearing pat on the back.  What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that alcohol detox, the process during which the body becomes liberated of the drug alcohol, can be an incredibly dangerous feat in itself.

You’ve heard, or perhaps have had the undesirable experience yourself, of battling withdrawal after of ceasing extended heroine or crack cocaine usage; a nightmarish experience, sometimes filled with violent shakes, sweats, vomiting, and mind blowing physical pain.  Most unknowing folks are usually surprised to hear that kicking a heavy alcohol addiction can actually be a lot worse.  Out of heroine, crack, meth, cocaine, and any other hard candy on the corner, alcohol is the only drug that can kill you during your battle to quit it.

Fatalities associated with alcohol withdrawal are largely due to a condition from which only a small percent of abusers suffer; delirium tremens.  The body’s central nervous system contains something called gamma aminobutyric acid receptors which, put simply, control your ability to relax.  Years of alcohol abuse can disrupt the function of these receptors, not allowing the body to fully relax during sobriety.  When this happens, nearly 10% of those with the condition die from massive seizures.

I’d like to say that I’m not writing this to scare you, but I am.  If you’re trying to break your addiction to this drug, I applaud your efforts and wish you the best during your battle, but it’s not one that you should take lightly.  It gets harder and harder to quit the more times you try – not just mentally either.  With every failed attempt to quit, the physical alcohol detox symptoms are almost guaranteed to intensify the next time around.  It is not something that you want to go into alone.  To help increase your chances of beating it the first time around, there are detox facilities available to see to it that you have the most appropriate care for your needs.  Don’t mess around with your life.

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