Alcohol addiction can sometimes sneak up out of nowhere. After all, alcohol is a legal substance (once a person turns 21) that is readily available in grocery stores and convenience stores, not to mention bars. It’s not illegal like drugs, so of course it’s easier to quit, right?

Some alcoholics might think that, eschewing the need for alcohol treatment centers. They may think they can undergo alcohol withdrawal alone at home, quitting cold turkey like they would an addiction to cigarettes.

Any addiction, whether to drugs or alcohol, changes the way the mind and body operate. By suddenly depriving the body of the addictive substance, in this case alcohol, bad and dangerous things can happen.

That’s why it’s recommend an alcoholic never quit cold turkey. Need an incentive to seek out an alcohol rehab center? Here’s what may happen when trying to quit the booze alone.

  1. Quitting Cold Turkey Brings on a Whole Host of Dangerous Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are not simply limited to those who are trying to quit drugs. Those weaning off alcohol can go through the same potentially deadly symptoms. Here are some that may occur:

  • Convulsions and seizures, which can be serious and sometimes even fatal in some people
  • Hallucinations
  • Food cravings
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Depression and anxiety, which could lead to suicidal feelings and thus are dangerous as well
  • Irregular heartbeat, another risky symptom
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia

While it’s true that these symptoms won’t last forever, they may get worse before they get better. At least under the supervision of an alcohol treatment center, it’s possible for a doctor to make sure the symptoms the enrollee is experiencing aren’t life-threatening.

  1. Withdrawal By Yourself Can Be Fatal

Although it doesn’t happen often, some of the above withdrawal symptoms can lead to death. Prolonged feelings of anxiety and depression sometimes cause suicidal thoughts, as mentioned. Sometimes seizures and convulsions can be deadly as well. An unchecked irregular heartbeat could cause heart attacks or other serious heart conditions.

Why risk life when there are alcohol treatment centers available?

  1. The Pain Makes It Easier to Turn Back to the Bottle

Some alcoholics drink to forget past traumas in their lives. More and more as their addiction takes hold, they may turn to the bottle over any negative event that transpires. This includes pain and discomfort.

Withdrawal alone can be intensely painful and uncomfortable, as the above symptoms illustrate. The alcoholic then may be tempted more than ever to start drinking again. If they do, they may feel hopeless, like they can’t ever get clean. This can lead to a downward spiral of worsening feelings.

  1. Medications Are Available at Alcohol Treatment Centers to Ease the Pain

The alcoholic’s only way of combatting their withdrawal pains alone at home is often with more alcohol, as mentioned. When they’re under the supervision of medical professionals at an alcohol treatment center, though, they can receive detox medications if they need them.

These medications are often quite addictive themselves, so the enrollee will only be prescribed these for a limited time. Still, these medications will treat the pain so withdrawing causes less distressing symptoms.

That’s something that’s just not available at home.

Quality San Fransisco Alcohol Treatment Programs

Those who are ready to put down the bottle for good should consider enrolling in the alcohol treatment program at a quality rehab in Northern California. There are four phases to most programs.

The first is detox, which will be done with medical professionals available to supervise the enrollee at any time. Once the enrollee has detoxed from alcohol, they can move onto the second phase, physical rejuvenation. At this point, they will engage in regular exercise as well as enjoy a healthier, more nutritious diet to rebuild their physical health.

Next, they will try experiential therapy, music and art therapy, mindfulness, and gentle physical activity like yoga and meditation for their emotional transformation. Behavioral modification therapy and other therapy occurs during this phase as well. Lastly, there’s aftercare to check on the progress of the enrollee after they leave.