By: Cedar Point Recovery 17 Jun 2015

Alcohol withdrawal is a potentially life-threatening condition. Anyone with a long history of drinking should consider attending an alcohol detox.

 

Alcohol Detox

Detoxification is the process of the body eliminating the toxins caused by drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Treatment in alcohol detox programs gives a drinker a supervised period of time away from alcohol, so that physical alcohol dependence can be broken and higher-level alcoholism rehabilitation treatment can begin.

Alcoholism detox treatment will vary depending upon factors like:

  • Age
  • History of alcohol abuse
  • Medical condition.

If a physician prescribes a managed alcohol detox, a short course of medication will be provided to help manage the alcohol withdrawal symptoms that occur once drinking stops.

Alcohol detox is usually combined with counseling and behavioral therapies, which are included in the addiction treatment programs facilitated by Cedar Point Recovery California rehab center.

How to Recognize Alcohol Detoxification Withdrawal Symptoms

Depending upon a patient’s history of alcohol use, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin shortly after drinking stops, sometimes as soon as a few hours after the last drink. Withdrawal from heavy drinking is dangerous.  Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (the name for all of the alcohol detox withdrawal symptoms taken together), is a potentially life-threatening condition.

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Hand tremors
  • Mild anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating

More severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium tremens (“DT’s”)
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Disorientation
  • Severe anxiety
  • Profuse sweating
  • Severe tremors
  • Low-grade fever
  • Confusion

If you or a loved one experiences these alcohol withdrawal symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately. If you have a history that includes complicating factors like infections, heart or lung disease, or seizures, you should contact your physician before stopping alcohol intake and beginning to detox from alcohol.

Call Us for Alcohol Detox and Alcohol Addiction Help

Please call our California rehab center today for a free consultation to find out what detox therapy programs may be available for you or your loved one. Call our rehab facilities in CA 24 hours a day at 866-441-3700, or contact us here.

Cedar Point Recovery can assist you with placement in a professional, licensed, insurance friendly detox center in CA that will provide you or your loved one with much needed medical assistance on the road to recovery.

One call may be all it takes to make a brighter tomorrow.

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