Beating addiction is not easy. Not for the person dealing with an addiction and not for their loved ones. But that doesn’t mean it is not possible. Setting yourself up in a facility that is tailored for people going through detox and staffed with medical professionals trained to guide you through recovery can give you a huge advantage in your struggle against addiction. 

How to Spot an Alcohol Addiction

Spotting an alcohol addiction can be difficult for a lot of different reasons. Since alcohol is a legal substance, there is often a fine line between drinking socially and developing a reliance on alcohol to help cope with life. Early signs of alcoholism can often be overlooked, especially when they fit into what might be considered acceptable alcohol consumption like spending time at bars, parties and clubs.  

Since alcoholism can often develop slowly, it might be difficult to recognize you or a loved one is having a problem at all. To help with that, you can take a look at these signs of alcohol addiction to help identify if there is a problem:

  • Needing alcohol to relax after work or deal with stressful situations
  • Having mood swings and high levels of irritability
  • Choosing to drink rather than take care of normal responsibilities like work or family obligations
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Financial or legal troubles 
  • Drinking without company
  • Hiding how much or how often alcohol is being consumed
  • Feeling sick or hungover without alcohol
  • Frequent binge drinking
  • Blacking out or experiencing short-term memory loss

Recognizing these warning signs in others is difficult, but recognizing if you have a problem yourself is often even more challenging. If you have felt like your drinking may be a problem, it is a good idea to seek help because your intuition might be right. You can also ask yourself the four CAGE questions to determine if you have a problem with alcohol abuse:

  • Have you ever felt like you should Cut down on your drinking?
  • Has anyone ever Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking?
  • Have you ever needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or get over a hangover?

Generally, if you answered yes to two or more questions, you may need professional help to get your drinking under control. But it is possible to be suffering from an addiction even if you answer “no” to all of the above questions. 

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Why Is a Detox Program Necessary?

Even though alcohol is a legal substance, the chemicals it is made from has a significant effect on the way that your brain functions. Because of this, when you finally begin to detox, there will likely be side effects from going through withdrawal. Some of the more common symptoms like sweating, anxiety, insomnia, nausea and headaches, while extremely uncomfortable, are relatively low risk. But there are more serious side effects such as seizures, hallucinations and disorientation that can be life threatening if not treated properly.

These risks are exacerbated if there are any underlying health conditions that can be agitated by the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, many people who suffer from alcoholism are likely to have some kind of medical conditions caused by frequent alcohol consumption. Some of these effects include:

  • Long-term loss of balance and motor skills
  • Poor memory
  • Mental health concerns
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure 
  • Irregular heartbeat 
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Stroke
  • Sudden cardiac death
  • Alcoholic hepatitis
  • Liver fibrosis
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Acute pancreatic attack
  • Increased risk of pancreatic cancer
  • Gastrointestinal problems

This is why going to a facility like the Detox Center of Colorado with highly trained medical staff and substance use disorder specialists is so critical. The most important part of a successful detox is having an ally who understands what you are going through and can take care of you during the process. At our facility, you have multiple professionals who not only want to see you succeed, but have training and skills that will help get you over that initial finish line. 

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How Long Are Alcohol Detox Programs?

The entire recovery process is long and arduous and requires a lifetime of commitment. But, while it may be a rough couple of weeks, the detox part of your or your loved one’s recovery at Detox Center of Colorado is relatively short when compared to the entire recovery process — between three and 10 days — but this can vary depending on individual needs. Throughout detox, we provide 24/7 access to live-in care in a comfortable, home-like environment. 

What Does a Detox Program Look Like?

First and foremost, our program and other detoxification programs focus on helping you or your loved one through those few weeks of recovery which are often the hardest. This is why a significant portion of our program revolves around psych evaluations, cognitive functioning and biosocial and spiritual assessments. 

But we also schedule a host of therapeutic activities to help prepare people suffering from alcohol addictions with tools they can use to make sure they don’t slip back into bad habits. Here is a list of some of the techniques we implement:

  • Medication management and compliance
  • Groups on what to expect from recovery
  • Treatment planning
  • Psycho-ed
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Comprehensive evaluations
  • Continuum of recovery education
  • Chemical dependency education
    Motivational interviewing

All of these techniques are done at our cozy, home-like facility designed to make you feel comfortable and not like you are at a medical facility. 

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What Levels of Care Are Available at Detox Center of Colorado?

Our detox program is designed for first-time patients, people with dual diagnoses and people who are struggling with relapse. We also have other types of care programs available to patients as they finish the detox process and begin to move forward in their recovery, such as:

Transitional Residence Program: A short-term residential program that prioritizes post-detox stabilization and care coordination, this level of care provides a strong foundation for the next phase of recovery. With in-depth assessments and an approach that prepares you for a smooth transition into long-term recovery, our Transitional Residence Program ensures that each patient moves into an appropriate treatment program after discharge.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): This treatment plan allows patients to check into care during the day and check out so they can return to their own homes and families. While this is less jarring for many people, we find that removing yourself, even temporarily, from normal daily routines can be helpful in the detox process. We offer this level of care at Valiant Living in order to ensure a comprehensive treatment experience

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): This level of care usually comes after the initial detoxification stage of recovery, and is also offered at Valiant Living. It requires less hours to be spent on-site and is usually best-suited for people who have a strong support system at home and can ensure that their living environment is substance free. 

Sober Living: Sober living is a more permanent solution to ensuring a successful long-term recovery. By surrounding yourself and living with other people who have struggled with addiction, you can set yourself up with a strong support system of people who understand addiction and recovery on a personal level. Sober living is available at our other location, Valiant Living.

Why You Never Have to Feel This Way Again

What Sets Detox Center of Colorado Apart?

When treating alcohol addiction, our goal is to provide each of our patients with a safe, comfortable experience throughout the initial detox process and beyond. Once you are comfortably set up in your room, you will begin one-on-one meetings with one of our highly trained medical professionals. This allows you to get an exact idea of what to expect during treatment and the ability to start planning for what comes next. Our team is available to you 24/7 to help with whatever symptoms you develop and help coordinate ongoing care plans. We believe these strategies are the best way to set our patients up for success. 

If you would like to get more information on how the Detox Center of Colorado can help you or your loved one set themselves up for successful detox, give us a call at 720-594-7039 or fill out our online contact form. We know the most important thing to have during this time is an ally, and everyone on our staff works to become the ally you need.