Does alcohol challenge you? Or do you know anyone with difficulties handling alcohol? You are not alone! More than 23 million people struggle with alcohol addiction. You are ahead of the game if you have chosen to end your alcohol addiction. As you will see on this page, overcoming alcohol addiction is achievable. It starts with alcohol detoxification.
If you are drinking too much, we can help. Don’t be afraid of detox.Yes, withdrawal can be bad – but it doesn’t have to be if you come to Serenity. We can help you detox from alcohol safely and comfortably no matter your situation. Call us now: 855-302-2902
Alcohol detox is an important first step in the process of managing alcohol withdrawal and overcoming alcoholism. It is critical that the process is medically supervised by a doctor and other health professionals.
At Serenity Care Center, Our alcohol detox program is carried out by a clinical team, which consists of licensed nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and behavioral therapists, who will monitor vital signs and administer medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms, to provide you or your loved one the chance to feel comfortable throughout the detoxification process.
Withdrawal symptoms vary with each individual, depending greatly on the length of time and extent to which the person has been abusing alcohol. Symptoms may begin as early as two hours after the last intake of alcohol or as long as five days from the final consumption. Soon after you stop alcohol intake you may experience the following:
The More Serious Withdrawal Symptoms
After 12 to 24 hours, some patients experience auditory, tactile, and visual hallucinations, most of which end within 48 hours. Some patients have withdrawal seizures after 24 to 48 hours of no alcohol. In some patients, these seizures can occur as early as two hours after the last drink. Seizures are common among individuals who have had multiple detoxifications.
Delirium tremens (a severe form of alcohol withdrawal with a fatality rate of 10%, frequently treated as an emergency case) occurs in some patients after 48 to 72 hours of no alcohol. DTs commonly occur among older individuals with a history of withdrawal seizures, abnormal liver function, and acute medical illness. The potential for these symptoms to arise during alcohol detoxification reinforces the necessity for an individual to enroll in a medical detox during this stage of recovery to ensure complete safety and comfort.
When You or your Loved One Arrive at the Facility
The first step before detox is a medical assessment. While examining you, our doctors will ask the following questions: How long have you been abusing alcohol? How much alcohol do you consume in a given day? How much time has passed since you last drank alcohol? Do you have a history of alcohol withdrawal? Do you take any other drugs? Do you have a psychiatric condition?
During this physical examination, the doctor may also want to know if you have any other medical complications, for example: coronary heart disease, liver disease, irregular heartbeats, or congestive heart failure. The doctor may need to do some further tests on your blood or urine.
With the medical examination complete, the doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment program for your needs, one that will keep you safe and comfortable. This program may include the use of medication as one objective of the treatment program, in order to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal as much as possible. However, the principal aim of the treatment is to eliminate your physical dependence on alcohol. Alcohol detox can be dangerous, and that is why it is essential to undertake it in a licensed medical facility.