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Posted on April 10, 2012 in Alcohol and Drug Treatment

How Alcoholism is Different- And How It’s The Same

Addiction is a disease, and every victim “treats” it in a different way: with opiates, with cocaine, with alcohol. Each “treatment” ravages victims’ minds and bodies until they are able to get clean and sober through a program like The Right Step’s.  However, alcohol addiction does differ from other substances in several key ways, and it’s important to recognize both the similarities and differences.

How Alcohol is Different From Other Drugs
Many drugs are illegal to use in any situation, and most require at least a doctor’s prescription. Alcohol, by contrast, is a relatively uncontrolled substance: once you reach 21 years of age you can purchase it freely. As such, it’s everywhere, and our culture glorifies and, sometimes, even rewards drinking in certain circumstances, such as parties, clubs, and sporting events.

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Posted on March 29, 2012 in Detoxification

Why Medical Supervision is Necessary for Alcohol Detox

If this isn’t the first time you’ve considered helping a loved one treat an addiction problem, odds are good that you’ve seen information on the Internet about attempting to go through alcohol detoxification without the supervision of a doctor. While it is true that some people are able to go through the process safely, we cannot stress enough that alcohol detoxification can be deadly without medical supervision, and a trip to the ER may not be fast enough to save a life if something goes wrong. Here are some of the risks taken those who attempt alcohol withdrawal without medical help:

– Hallucinations leading to injuries or accidents

– Lethal dehydration

– Choking

– Heart attack

– Stroke

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