Sobriety in New York City
Sobriety in NYC

John Roesch, NYC Recovery Coach and Interventionist says in his Medium Article, Getting Sober in NYC, “Finding recovery in the city that never sleeps."

New York City is the place where dreams come true. From Washington Heights to Williamsburg, New York is the center of the universe for everything from business and finance to education, the arts, entertainment, food, fashion, and more. New Yorkers have big goals, big dreams, big ideas, and big plans. This is the place where anyone can do anything, as long as they work hard. Of course the city that works hard also plays hard, so NYC loves to party. New York City streets are lined with bars, nightclubs, boozy brunches, happy hours, rooftop parties, and late night events where excessive drinking and drug use are par for the course.
With alcohol playing such a prominent role in the lives of New Yorkers, life in NYC can be a challenge for people in recovery. Many people who want to stop drinking simply can’t envision a life in NYC without alcohol. But what many people don’t know is that despite its “work hard, play hard” reputation, New York City boasts one of the biggest and most vibrant recovery communities in the world. NYC is home to thousands of people in recovery, and offers hundreds of different types of support groups, 12-step meetings, sober networks, addiction specialists, therapists, and recovery professionals. The best thing about getting sober in NYC is that you never have to do it alone.”

As addiction specialists in NYC, we understand that the lifestyle does not cater to those who are trying to get sober, with bars at every corner and the never ending work hard, play hard mentality, New Yorkers experiencing alcohol use disorder think they either have to experience it alone, or never think it is the “right” time to get help.

Today is the right time to get help.
The hardest thing about addiction recovery is getting yourself through the door. Once the patient gets themselves through the first hurdle of picking up the phone, we are then there with them every step of the way.

The journey to sobriety is unique to each individual patient.

At Mitchell Medical we offer options for each and every patient. Understanding that NYC is one of the hardest cities to get sober in, as a lifestyle of work hard play hard and with tons of in-patient rehab facilities to choose from, the process can be overwhelming and feel impossible. That’s why we at Mitchell Medical believe in a personal and compassionate approach for our at-home detoxes and out-patient programs. Unlike rehabs that ask for more time than the average person can take off from work, Mitchell Medical specializes in at-home detox. A comfortable, individual and discreet way to get clean and sober in the comfort of your own home.

How Long Does It Take To Detox From Alcohol?
Do not detox on your own. The withdrawals of alcohol are severe and can lead to death without proper treatment.
From A Healthline article: How Long Does It Take to Detox from Alcohol

6 hours
Minor withdrawal symptoms usually begin about six hours after your last drink. A person who has a long history of heavy drinking could have a seizure six hours after stopping drinking.

12 to 24 hours
A small percentage of people going through alcohol withdrawal have hallucinations at this point. They may hear or see things that aren’t there. While this symptom can be scary, doctors don’t consider it a serious complication.

24 to 48 hours
Minor withdrawal symptoms usually continue during this time. These symptoms may include headache, tremors, and stomach upset. If a person goes through only minor withdrawal, their symptoms usually peak at 18 to 24 hours and start to decrease after four to five days.

48 hours to 72 hours
Some people experience a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that doctors call the delirium tremens (DTs) or alcohol withdrawal delirium. A person with this condition can have a very high heart rate, seizures, or a high body temperature.

72 hours
This is the time when alcohol withdrawal symptoms are usually at their worst. In rare cases, moderate withdrawal symptoms can last for a month. These include rapid heart rate and illusions (seeing things that aren’t there).

Withdrawal symptoms
Alcohol depresses the central nervous system. This causes feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Because the body usually works to maintain balance, it will signal the brain to make more neurotransmitter receptors that excite or stimulate the central nervous system.

When you stop drinking, you take away alcohol not only from the receptors you originally had but also from the additional receptors your body made. As a result, your nervous system is overactive. This causes symptoms such as:

  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • nausea
  • rapid heart rate
  • sweating
  • tremors

In severe instances, you may experience DTs. Symptoms doctors associate with DTs include:

  • hallucinations
  • high body temperature
  • illusions
  • paranoia
  • seizures

These are the most severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

With our at home-detox method, we make sure our patients are comfortable, secure, and experience no discomfort during the withdrawal period. We heavily monitor the detox process, our doctors work around the clock with a family member, friend or loved one to make sure the patient is safe and secure until the end of detox. More about our detoxes and other medically assisted treatments can be found: here

Sobriety and getting your life back is one phone call away. You will not find a practice that provides more comfort, personalized attention and tailored protocols than Mitchell Medical. Our goal is your sobriety and we are ready to take the leap with you.