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It isn’t hard to comprehend at all. Life is stressful, complicated, and often discouraging—no wonder alcohol consumption is on the increase. In fact, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry, alcohol use, high-risk drinking, and alcohol use disorder prevalence have increased in the U.S. population. Americans increasingly turn to booze to soothe their nerves.
Those who operate their daily work lives in a high-pressured career are at particular risk of developing an alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use can become a salve for the demands of work, and is often included as a routine aspect of professional schmoozing and socializing. Unfortunately, some individuals are predisposed to alcoholism and may find that the stress and customs associated with professional life may result in an alcohol use disorder.
Fortunately, there are uniquely designed rehab programs that offer alcohol treatment for professionals. These executive treatment programs offer desirable upscale accommodations, as well as making allowances for use of electronic devices in rehab so engagement in work-related communications can continue.
How To Recognize an Alcohol Use Disorder
Alcoholism can sneak up slowly, a condition almost undetectable until suddenly it isn’t. The problem begins with habitual consumption of alcohol, often used as a panacea for stress but can also be used to self-medicate the distressing symptoms of a mental health disorder. The initial amount of consumption may be minor, possibly either a glass of wine, a couple of beers, or a cocktail after a busy day at work. While this may seem innocuous at first glance, the problem lies in something called increased tolerance.
Increased tolerance refers to the process of the body and brain making physiological adaptations to the regular alcohol intake, resulting in the individual needing more and more alcohol to experience the original effects they so enjoyed. As consumption ramps up, so does the brain’s response to it, potentially leading to alcohol dependence. This means that the disease has taken root and withdrawal symptoms result when attempts to quit or cut back are attempted.
Some of the signs of an alcohol use disorder include:
- Unable to limit alcohol consumption
- Prioritizing drinking, obtaining alcohol, recovering from drinking
- Alcohol cravings
- Experiencing blackouts
- Not fulfilling normal obligations at work and at home
- Continuing to drink despite mounting consequences
- Engaging in high-risk behaviors, such as driving under the influence
- Withdrawing socially, avoiding social or work events, giving up hobbies
- Increasing tolerance and increased alcohol consumption
- Attempt to stop drinking but cannot
- Experience withdrawal symptoms when alcohol is withheld
Making Time for Rehab
Once it becomes clear that one’s drinking has gotten out of control it is important to recognize the need for professional treatment. Quitting alcohol is very difficult done without support, even dangerous. Mostly, without help, the withdrawal symptoms will be so unpleasant that the individual will quickly return to drinking.
Although busy executives believe that dropping everything to do a stint in rehab is unthinkable, this mindset should be reevaluated in light of the ultimate consequences of chronic alcoholism. The small investment of time and resources into getting sober and treating the addiction-related behaviors pale in comparison to the cost of ignoring the problem.
Upon deciding to get help for the alcohol use disorder, the first step in recovery will be the detox process where the body will expel the toxins stored in the tissues over a period of about a week. While the brain attempts to recalibrate in response to the absence of alcohol, the body will exhibit very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol detox, depending on the length of history of heavy alcohol consumption, and the amount consumed, will vary in severity. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can become unpredictable and dangerous at the 3-day mark, so the detox process should not be attempted without supervision.
During a detox, the trained detox specialists will assist the individual by providing medications that greatly diminish the withdrawal symptoms. This also allows for vital signs to be monitored throughout the detox process so an emergency will be detected and treated immediately. In addition, the detox professionals will offer emotional support to help manage symptoms of anxiety and/or depression if they arise.
Once sober, there are a variety of rehab options available for the client to choose from to begin the treatment phase of recovery.
Executive 7 Day Detox Provides Alcohol Treatment for Professionals
Executive 7 Day Detox is a luxury detox program located in South Orange County, California. Understanding that alcohol treatment for professionals will need to be efficient and flexible, Executive 7 Day Detox provides several viable treatment options. The detox program will successfully guide the client through the detox and withdrawal process, minimizing discomfort through assorted interventions. Naltrexone medication assistance may be provided for clients to help reinforce early recovery by diminishing the risk of relapse, and outpatient treatment programming offers the freedom needed for the busy executive to remain involved at work. For more information about the program, please contact Executive 7 Day Detox today at (800) 381-0827.