Three Things to Know About Alcohol Detox

Those who have been impacted by alcoholism, whether that be first hand or through the lens of a close family member or friend who is struggling, know how difficult it can be to stop drinking. It is widely known that stopping alcohol consumption is more difficult than it sounds for an alcoholic. Most people are apprehensive to begin their road to recovery as the first step in treating alcoholism is a complete detox, and with a detox can come serious withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms are different for everyone, though they can change quickly and aggressively, which is why it is recommended to detox under the guidance of medical professionals. Rehabilitation treatment clinics such as Sunshine Behavioral Health help ease the pain of withdrawal with medications and make the whole process as comfortable and safe as possible.

While the idea of detoxing may seem scary, it is important to understand what happens to your body during the process, and the quality of life improvements that can follow. As the alcohol is flushed through your system and the withdrawal symptoms begin to dissipate, you will start to notice positive changes throughout your body.

Your Heart Gets Healthier

It is scientifically proven that the consumption of alcohol has a direct effect on one’s cardiovascular system. At the time of consumption and while being under the influence, your heart rate increases. When someone is an alcoholic, the need to ingest alcohol is debilitating and oftentimes needed just to function normally. This can cause an elevated heart rate throughout most of the day, which can  lead to serious consequences over time such as high blood pressure, weakened heart muscle, and an irregular heart beat. A of those consequences also happen to bell prerequisites to life threatening heart issues. As your body detoxes and the alcohol is flushed from your system, your heart rate will begin to decrease, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure and ultimately a happier, healthier heart.

Your Liver Begins To Heal

Your liver has the important role of filtering toxins out of your system. Alcohol is a toxin, and when someone is an alcoholic, their liver is working overtime trying to keep up with the excessive and constant consumption of alcohol. Heavy drinking and long-term alcohol use can lead to medical conditions such as a fatty liver, or eventually cirrhosis of the liver. The good news is the liver is the only organ in the body that has the ability to repair itself and regenerate. The sooner you choose to detox from alcohol the faster your liver can start to heal itself. Waiting too long can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and the damage caused by cirrhosis is irreparable.

You Begin To Lose Weight

A common side effect of alcoholism is weight gain. Alcohol reduces the body’s ability to burn fat, not to mention most alcoholic beverages are high in calories and low in nutritional value. When you detox from alcohol, your body begins to burn fat more effectively.. Those who choose to detox from alcohol can expect to see weight loss in as little time as a couple of weeks.

If you or a loved one are struggling with alcoholism, don’t wait, visit Sunshine Behavioral Health and begin your road to recovery today.

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