Alcohol detox is the abrupt cessation of alcohol intake. It also helps a patient to navigate safely through the process of withdrawal after stopping consumption of alcohol. In most cases of detox, alcohol withdrawal symptoms will begin within 2 hours after the patient has his or her last drink.
Overcoming the withdrawal symptoms can take between five and 14 days, depending upon the treatments utilized. Medical treatment should be readily available as the withdrawal from alcohol can be lethal. As long as medical care is available in the unlikely event of emergency, it is a safe and effective process.
What does Alcohol Withdrawal Look Like?
The US National Library of Medicine notes the following symptoms as being indicative of alcohol withdrawal:
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Jumpiness or shakiness
- Mood swings
- Not thinking clearly
What to Expect During Alcohol Detox
- You will likely need 24-hour monitoring and medical supervision at a residential treatment facility.
- A full medical and physical assessment when you arrive.
- A range of medical and psychological interventions designed to help the body recover safely and effectively.
- Possible administration of medication, depending on the extent of the withdrawal and needs of the patient.
Today, alcohol abuse and addiction are classified as diseases by the American Medical Association. This distinction is important to patients because it opens doors of opportunity for alcohol detox and treatment that include legal support in the form of court mandated alcohol rehab, and financial support in the form of insurance coverage. Another benefit of this is decrease in the stigma that is often one of the most debilitating obstacles to those in recovery.
Serenity Acres has an alcohol addiction treatment program that provides inpatient alcohol detox. Please contact us today at 1-800-203-2024 if you have any questions about detoxing from alcohol or about our program for recovery.