Alcohol addiction is a dangerous condition that can ultimately become life-threatening. Detox allows the body to eliminate all alcohol in the body and return to its usual functioning. An individual who has been struggling with a moderate to severe alcohol use disorder (alcohol addiction) has a significant likelihood of developing withdrawal symptoms and could benefit from the help of a detox program. The longer and heavier the drinking, the more prolonged and more severe detox will be. For this reason, going through the process sooner than later, and getting help, is critical to recovery.
The admissions team helps to carry out the first stage of the detox program: evaluation. In addition to helping with insurance, payment, and travel arrangements, they will ask a series of questions to understand what type of treatment plan is best.
Once fully admitted and evaluated, the 2nd stage of detox gets underway: stabilization. Based on the information provided during the admissions process, patient feedback, and the symptoms observed, our experienced team of medical addiction professionals will provide care to keep the patient stable and as comfortable as possible.
Alcohol wIthdrawal symptoms may vary significantly from one person to another but may include any of the following physical and psychological symptoms:
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Shaky hands
- Racing heart
- High blood pressure
- Dilated pupils
- Appetite loss
- Pale skin
Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling wiped out and tired
- Mood swings
- Not being able to think clearly
- Extreme agitation
- Hallucinations (feeling, seeing, or hearing things that aren’t there)
Treatable Withdrawal Symptoms
Detox can mitigate withdrawal symptoms with a team of professionals; however, the withdrawal symptoms that you may suffer from without help include:
- Physical Tremors
- Alcohol Cravings
- Increased Agitation and Anxiety
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Mood Swings
- Increased Heart rate
6-12 hоurѕ аftеr thе lаѕt drink: You will begin feeling іrrіtаtіng symptoms, enough to be bothersome and noticeable: аnxіеtу, insomnia, nаuѕеа, lоѕѕ оf арреtіtе, ѕwеаtіng, hеаdасhе, аnd іnсrеаѕеd оr іrrеgulаr heartbeat. Sometimes agitation or mood swings are also experienced.
12-24 hоurѕ аftеr thе lаѕt drіnk: This stage is often аѕѕосіаtеd wіth assorted types of hаlluсіnаtіоnѕ: tасtіlе, аudіtоrу, аnd vіѕuаl. You may experience a ѕеnѕе оf іtсhіng, burnіng, оr numbnеѕѕ, hear ѕоundѕ which dо nоt еxіѕt or see things which aren’t there.
Thе uѕеr will begin to еxреrіеnсe withdrawal symptoms including possible ѕеіzurеѕ or delirium trеmеnѕ. This is the most dangerous stage of withdrawal, and intensity will depend on the patient and alcohol use. If not treated by a professional medical staff, аlсоhоl dеtоxіfісаtіоn mау result іn coma or even dеаth.
Delirium Tremens refers to the onset of confusion and severe hallucinations brought about during withdrawal from alcohol. Usually takes place during the second stage of alcohol detox, or three days since the last alcohol consumption, and can last up to three more days. It affects between 15%-20% of alcoholics and is considered one of the most dangerous scenarios for alcohol detox.
It is common for people to hallucinate and have physical symptoms such as irregular heart rate, high blood pressure, shaking, shivering, sweating. These conditions can lead to increased body temperature and seizures, which can be fatal.
There are a few medications that can use to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms, including immediately.
- Benzodiazepines (benzos): Used more than any other kind of drug to treat alcohol withdrawal; They’re used to prevent the patient from progressing into a more severe withdrawal.
- Short-acting benzos: Lorazepam (Ativan) or alprazolam (Xanax) and other similar drugs are used in an inpatient setting (administered onsite) to lessen the initial withdrawal side effects.
- Long-acting benzos: Clonazepam (Klonopin) or diazepam (Valium) and other similar drugs continue used in an outpatient setting (prescribed for home use) to help the patient manage the lingering effects of a withdrawal.
- Anticonvulsants: Involuntary movement due to withdrawal-related seizures can do controlled with divalproex sodium (Depakote) and other similar drugs, either alone or in combination with benzos.
- Barbiturates: When benzos and anticonvulsants aren’t enough to reduce the effects of DTs, barbiturates (especially phenobarbital) in addition to benzos are usually sufficient to get the job done.
- Neurontin (Gabapentin): Clinically proven to be effective for those suffering from alcohol withdrawal. It also decreases the craving for alcohol.
- Beta-Blockers (Propranolol): Can be used if the patient’s blood pressure and heart rate are high
- Antipsychotics: Can be used if patients are experiencing delirium tremens or are disoriented, seeing things, or hearing something.
How Long Is the Detox Process?
Thе wіthdrаwаl may іnvоlvе a lоt оf аgоnу аnd раіn if done without medical detox supervision. Untrеаtеd аnd unmаnаgеd ѕуmрtоmѕ саn bе lіfе-thrеаtеnіng. Detox should not rush the treatment process as each person’s symptoms subside at their rate. In general, inpatient detox ranges from 3-7 days before transitioning into inpatient outpatient treatment.
Comfortable Alcohol Detox Treatments
Treatment can take multiple approaches to treat alcohol detox. This can vary from a medicalized approach to a more alternative approach. With a holistic view of addiction treatment, our detox facilities provide various therapies from one end of the spectrum to the other. This allows us to provide each client with the best treatment possible.
Medically Assisted Detox
There are medication-based options available for clients who face severe detox symptoms, or are open to a more medicalized approach to managing their comfort. Benzodiazepines and sedatives are examples of 2 types of medications sometimes used to help relax the brain and body when at the peak of detox. In addition, naltrexone is one of the few medications that naltrexone can give to help curb the cravings accompanied by alcohol detox.
Additionally, prescription medications are not the only means of beneficial medical interventions during detox. For instance, heavy sweating, diarrhea, and vomiting can lead to severe dehydration and further complications. The use of an IV drip can quickly solve this issue and help keep fluid levels up. Additionally, detox facilities typically provide nutritional supplements that carry numerous benefits for a healing body.
Yoga, Chiropractors, Massage, and Acupuncture are a few of the alternative therapies offered at We Level Up. These are evidence-based practices that have been shown to progress detox faster and provide much-needed comfort for individuals in withdrawal. Not only do these therapies help with detox, but they also promote overall health and wellbeing. Many clients take these practices with them into their everyday life as a tool to maintain their sobriety. As any withdrawal symptoms subside and a patient’s detox stay comes to a close, the last detox stage is aftercare.
Detox patients will be monitored thoroughly, with regular readings of vital signs and administering of intravenous fluids if necessary. Multivitamins are often used to compensate for the nutrient deficiencies brought out by alcohol withdrawal. However, those suffering from alcohol withdrawal are also at risk of dehydration, so the caretaker must ensure that the patient is getting the necessary fluids.
Safe and Comfortable Alcohol Detox
Battling the effects of detox is the scariest part of getting sober. The effort never ends, but it all gets more accessible from there. At We Level Up, we take pride in providing the safest and most comfortable alcohol detox program in the area.
Medical & Psychological Support
Some of the immediate symptoms one can expect to experience during detox might be anxiety, insomnia, nausea, agitation, muscle aches and pains, heavy perspiration, among others. These symptoms can vary but require staff and regime for comfort.
This can deploy the short-term use of particular FDA-approved medications like Suboxone, Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Naltrexone, Acamprosate, or Disfulfiram to address more acute and debilitating withdrawal reactions.
Personalized Detox & Care
Because each client is different and requires unique, comprehensive care according to their situation, our staff of well-trained physicians and nurses first begin the client relationship with a detailed one-on-one assessment.
Effects of Comfortable Alcohol Detox And Safety
Delirium Tremens and other withdrawal symptoms that may afflict the detoxing patient are hazardous and may even be fatal. It is advisable to detox in a rehab center where you have access to experienced professionals who can be comfortable with alcohol detox and withdrawal complications. The medically supervised detox processes allow the body to process the alcohol that is still in the system and gently wean the body off its dependence. It is the first stage of alcohol treatment and one you should seek before your addiction gets worse.
Those suffering from addiction for long periods at high rates of use usually experience more severe withdrawal symptoms, making the process more difficult for them. The symptoms may seem to get worse through the detox process. Clients need constant care and attention to help manage the symptoms. Alcohol addiction treatment is within your reach to ensure your recovery starts on a comfortable and safe step.
Effective Addiction Treatment
We offer top-quality, effective addiction treatment to individuals who want to overcome their addiction to alcohol. Our primary treatment residence is located in a serene beachside community in Florida. We also serve in West Palm Beach, Florida, Lake Worth, Florida & Deerfield Beach, Florida. Coming soon, locations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, New Jersey, Houston, Texas, California, Maryland, and Washington State. Many of our clients seeking the best alcohol addiction treatment come from around the United States, Canada, and abroad. If you or a loved one are dealing with an addiction to alcohol, especially if you have experienced multiple relapses in the past, then look no further.
Our treatment centers offer one of the most comprehensive and successful alcohol rehab programs available in America. Alcohol abuse affects tens of millions of Americans. Approximately 5% of the US population (about 12 million people) suffer from alcoholism, and an additional 5% are alcohol abusers. The general population is not aware of just how serious the health issues associated with alcohol abuse can be, precisely the dangerous consequences of alcohol withdrawal. Alcoholics themselves underestimate the dangers of alcohol abuse, as only 13% of alcoholics seek any treatment. When an alcoholic stops drinking alcohol heavily, withdrawal sets in. The symptoms of withdrawal are painful and potentially life-threatening.
At We Level Up Treatment Center, we provide world-class care with round-the-clock medical professionals available to help you cope. We work as an integrated team providing support through comfortable alcohol detox and other aspects of treatment. Make this your opportunity to reclaim your life. Call today to speak with one of our treatment specialists. Our counselors know what you are going through and will answer any of your questions.
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