The Fourth of July is a celebration full of barbecues, fireworks, and, for many, alcohol. Beer, wine, and hard liquor are often part of the party. What should you do if you are detoxing from alcohol during this national holiday? Can you celebrate and still detox from alcohol? Or, do you need to go to an alcohol detox center to stay sober?
The alcohol detox center at Atlanta Detox Center is ready to help you or a loved one this Fourth of July or any other day.
What Is Detox?
Detox is the time when someone with a dependence stops drinking alcohol. Symptoms of alcohol dependence include:
- Having a tolerance to alcohol, meaning you must drink more to feel drunk
- You frequently drink large amounts of alcohol or drink for longer than you intend
- You want to cut down on alcohol use but can’t due to cravings or withdrawal symptoms
- You experience frequent hangovers or blackouts
- You drink even though you know it harms your body or quality of life
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that interferes with how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. It also triggers the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. Over time, the brain relies on alcohol to release dopamine. Detox occurs as your body rids itself of the alcohol and then adjusts to life without it.
How Do Celebrations Like the Fourth of July Interfere with Detox?
When people celebrate, many like to drink alcohol socially. Exposure to alcohol during the Fourth of July can trigger a relapse because cravings are common.
Detox is uncomfortable. People experience painful physical and psychological side effects, including headaches, vomiting, and anxiety. Detox is particularly difficult when it involves alcohol. So, being around it when at a barbecue or party can lead to relapse. Your best option is to stick to sober celebrations.
What Are Sober Celebrations?
As the name suggests, sober celebrations don’t include alcohol or detox. If the alcohol is not around, you are less likely to crave it even during detox.
If you are in the throes of alcohol detox and you want to enjoy the Fourth of July, ask your friends and family if they might be willing to give up the alcohol this year. You can also spend the day with sober friends to avoid the temptation.
Perhaps you could host a sober celebration if you feel up to it. Makes sure to let everyone you invite know that you are not allowing alcohol at the party. If you don’t mind sharing, tell them that detoxing and alcohol will make withdrawal more difficult and put you at risk.
Is It Okay to Detox During the Fourth of July?
Anytime someone decides to stop drinking alcohol, it’s okay. Making that choice is the most difficult step in the treatment process. The fact that the choice falls on or around the holiday doesn’t matter.
What is important is having the proper support during this time. Alcohol detox is tough and even dangerous, so it’s not a good idea to go it alone.
An alcohol detox center is a better choice. They can provide medication and therapy to help you stay sober. They may even have an in-house sober celebration during the holiday.
Detox from Alcohol at Atlanta Detox Center
Alcohol Detox Center is an inpatient treatment program. We offer medication that makes withdrawal easier. We also provide therapy to help you cope with the cravings.
Our services include:
Celebrate a Sober Fourth of July with Help from Atlanta Detox Center
If you or someone you love needs to detox from alcohol this Fourth of July, we are here to help. Our team can help you celebrate Independence Day without the influence of alcohol. Give us a call at 470.450.2355 or go online and fill out our contact form to learn more about the Atlanta Detox Center.