People use alcohol for a variety of reasons. Some use it socially, others use it to help with mood and others abuse it and become addicted. Alcohol addiction is a pattern of unhealthy alcohol consumption resulting in dependency. As the body becomes dependent on alcohol, tolerance develops and an alcoholic increases the quantity of alcohol consumed.
Alcohol addiction is a chronic, lifelong disease. Alcohol has serious negative impacts on physical and psychological functioning. After their bodies become dependent on alcohol many alcoholics who want to stop drinking are unable to because they get physically sick each time they try to stop.
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Alcohol detoxification is the first level of addiction treatment. It helps avoid further bodily damage from alcohol abuse. Alcohol detox symptoms can be scary and sometimes life threatening. Just the anticipation of discomfort may cause someone to avoid going to an inpatient alcohol detox facility. Our alcohol detox center is monitored by onsite doctors who use alcohol detox medications to decrease symptoms of withdrawal and accompanying discomfort.
Cessation of drinking after chronic alcohol use or a recent bout of heavy drinking leads to a variety of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms depend on the patient’s duration of use, frequency of use and quantity of use of both alcohol and other substances. Any of the symptoms in the chart below are possible, although medical detox quickly alleviates discomfort and minimizes danger.
|Duration of Symptoms During Detox||Withdrawal Symptoms|
|6-12 Hours||Insomnia, tremors, mild anxiety, gastrointestinal upset, headaches, excessive sweating, palpitations, loss of appetite|
|12-24 Hours||Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations|
|24- 48 Hours||Generalized seizures to Grand Mal seizures|
|48-72 Hours||Hallucinations (mostly visual), confusion, muscle cramping, disorientation, cardiac instability, irregular blood pressure, low-grade fever, agitation, excessive sweating|
Physical alcohol detoxification can take up to a couple of weeks as the body readjusts to functioning without alcohol in its system. Delirium tremens can begin as late as two weeks after a person’s last drink. During this time period, abnormalities in bodily fluid levels occur, as does loss of appetite. These and other manifestations of alcohol withdrawal require constant attention from trained medical professionals.
Alcohol detoxification can be a serious physical and emotional challenge and it is recommended that you seek help from a licensed detox facility. The goal of a detox program is to closely monitor a person withdrawing from alcohol while maintaining the patient’s safety and health. A detox program also ensures humane treatment that prepares a patient for a residential treatment program.
Lakeview Health Systems’ alcohol detoxification program is defined by our commitment to provide the best around-the-clock detox therapy possible. Our specialized, licensed and state-of-the-art medical facility provides you with the most secure, private and safe environment to rid your body of alcohol’s toxins and set you on the road to recovery.
To ease the pain of withdrawal and prepare you for the second step of residential addiction treatment, our addiction trained medical staff of doctors and nurses are present to monitor every aspect of your detox. Proper administration of medications such as Librium, diazepam, Ativan and lorazepam help decrease alcohol withdrawal symptoms and help you move through detox more comfortably.
Lakeview Health Systems has a four level, step-down system alcohol rehab program. After inpatient medical detox, an alcoholic should continue with residential treatment, allowing time for further therapy and family education. This helps ensure that the alcoholic continues with treatment, decreases risk of relapse and has opportunities for more education. Lakeview Health Systems is dedicated to complete confidentiality, safety and security, thereby enabling patients and family members to freely address their emotional and physical problems and start down the road of recovery feeling strong and supported.