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Addictions

Alcohol



If you are addicted to alcohol and have made the decision to stop drinking, you can expect a number of unpleasant physical symptoms, including headaches, nausea, vomiting, trembling, sweating and insomnia. More severe effects can include convulsions, seizures or hallucinations. You may also feel upset, anxious or depressed.
 
When you arrive at OWMC, we will assess your condition in order to determine if withdrawal in our Centre will be safe for you. We may refer you to a hospital if need be.
 
If the evaluation determines that you are safe to withdraw in our Centre, you’ll be assigned a bed in our observation unit, where we will offer continuous support and monitoring. Most people begin with an observation period of 4 to 24 hours. When the worst of your symptoms have settled, you can begin a treatment program that includes counselling, acupuncture, AA sessions and more. A counsellor will be available to discuss your longer-term treatment goals and plans. After your stay, you may call us any time (24/7) to talk about your recovery or ask for more support.
 
Once they have been through the initial withdrawal phase, most people will need additional treatments to help them with their recovery goals. This could mean residential or outpatient treatment, individual or group therapy, self-help or mutual help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous/Smart Recovery, and certain medications.
 
For more information about alcohol addiction, visit the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.