Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Life Center of Galax to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Alcohol Withdrawal

Causes of Withdrawal

Causes of alcohol withdrawal

Millions of individuals in Virginia and the United States struggle with addiction and substance abuse. However, when an individual has become physically dependent on a substance, and then attempts to cease use of that substance, he or she is likely to experience the uncomfortable and often painful symptoms of withdrawal. This can occur when individuals put an end to their use of any addictive substance, including alcohol. The longer that a person has been abusing alcohol, the more tolerant his or her body becomes to its effects, meaning that he or she must consume more of it in order to achieve those same effects. With this increase in consumption, physical dependency develops, essentially meaning that a person’s body is no longer capable of functioning without the presence of alcohol and is in need of rehab. Therefore, when the person attempts to stop consuming alcohol, his or her body will go into a state of shock as it attempts to re-regulate itself. This process of reregulation is known as withdrawal.

Due to the fact that withdrawing from alcohol can be an extremely distressing experience, many individuals, in Virginia and across the country, find themselves returning to the use of the substance simply to find relief. Thus, the cycle of alcohol abuse and addiction continues.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Signs of alcohol withdrawal

The signs that may indicate that a person is withdrawing from alcohol will vary amongst individuals, but may include, yet are not limited to, the following:

  • Overpowering cravings
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hand tremors
  • Psychomotor agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased pulse rate (exceeding 100 beats per minute)

If any of these symptoms are being displayed by an individual, it is important that medical care at a licensed addiction treatment center be sought as soon as possible. If left untreated, alcohol withdrawal has the potential to result in a grave outcome.

Seeking Treatment for Alcoholism

Why seek treatment for alcohol abuse

When an addiction to alcohol is allowed to persist without intervention or rehab, an individual can face countless detriments. Careers can falter, relationships can be placed in jeopardy, marital strife can arise, child custody can be lost, and interaction with the legal system may become a reality if dangerous acts are participated in while under the influence (e.g. drinking and driving). Additionally, the ongoing use of alcohol can cause a deterioration of one’s mental health, leading to the onset of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even psychosis. Furthermore, an individual’s physical health is placed at ongoing risk as well. Addictions to alcohol have been known to cause individuals to suffer from heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, and brain damage. Malnutrition, jaundice, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an overall weakened immune system have all also been known to impact the lives of those battling an addiction to alcohol.

In addition to the aforementioned, the longer that an individual continues to engage in the excessive consumption of alcohol, the more at risk he or she becomes to experiencing an overdose. Overdosing on alcohol, which is also known as alcohol poisoning, has the potential to be deadly.

Fortunately, these detriments can be successfully avoided when individuals choose to take part in comprehensive treatment at a reputable addiction treatment center that is designed to help them overcome their addictions to alcohol. At Life Center of Galax, in Virginia, we recognize the complexities that surround an alcohol addiction, and we understand how difficult it can be to come to terms with the fact that a problem exists. We applaud those who make the courageous decision to seek treatment and we are proud to offer comprehensive, individualized rehab plans to all who are entrusted into our care. At Life Center of Galax, a recovered life can be discovered.

If you or someone you care about could benefit from the life-changing care that we offer here at our addiction treatment center, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

You’ll feel a lot more confident getting through your alcohol addiction with support from those who know what you are actually going through.

– Bryan
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