Excessive alcohol use is a problem for many people in Boston. Whatever the reason an individual uses alcohol, they will eventually build up a tolerance and soon they require an excessive amount in order to reach the "high" they felt before. According to the state of Massachusetts, nearly a 100,000 people living in Boston, use alcohol in excess. Additional reports reveal that Boston also has a high percentage of individuals who use drugs in excess in addition to their excessive alcohol use.
A very select few will receive the necessary help they need to overcome their substance use. The others will continue on a self destructive path of alcohol overuse that can cause irreparable damage to relationships with friends, family and coworkers, as well as end careers and cause financial hardships. Individuals who have become dependent on alcohol will usually increase their use as they begin to accept that all hope is lost.
Deciding to enter an alcohol detox program in Boston could be the decision that saves your life. Each year millions of people are diagnosed with debilitating illnesses including hepatitis, liver and kidney disease, heart disease and more from excessive alcohol consumption. Choosing a quality program with a proven track record can be the key component to helping you overcome your dependency.
There are several different types of alcohol detox programs in Boston. You can choose from inpatient or outpatient and medical and non medical. Vitamin therapy, meditation therapy and acupuncture are all considered to be outpatient and non medical forms of alcohol detox. 12 step programs promote the belief that alcohol use is a genetic brain disorder and that certain individuals are predisposed to become excessive alcohol users. 12 step programs use group meetings and talk therapy as a way to guide their members toward a life of abstinence. 12 step programs believe that there is no cure for alcohol use, just an endless schedule of meetings, with expected relapses. It is a small wonder that 95 percent of their members dropout of the program because they are never able to achieve success.
Outpatient medical detox is a center you go to and receive medication such as methadone or suboxone as a substitute for alcohol use. Methadone and suboxone are both controlled substances and opiate narcotics. Both of these drugs come with a list of their own side effects and health precautions. Taking either of these drugs as a substitute for alcohol will not exclude you from withdrawal symptoms. Cessation from methadone or suboxone will come with their own withdrawal symptoms that are often times worse than alcohol withdrawal.
By far the best method for detox is IV therapy medical detox. IV therapy allows doctors to alter your medication to meet the needs of your withdrawal symptoms and keeps you comfortable at the same time. IV therapy medical detox is administered by a doctor and you are constantly under the care of nurses and technicians.
After you have successfully completed detox, you may find it necessary to enter a program that will help you with the confidence you need to rebuild your life. St. Jude Retreats offers an educational cognitive behavioral program that teaches our guests how to make the decisions that will allow them to have lifelong freedom from alcohol dependency.
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