Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox

For someone has an alcohol addiction, the symptoms of withdrawal might make it seem impossible to stop drinking, but recovery is always possible. There are many rehab facilities that can help anyone safely detox from alcohol, manage withdrawal, and start a new life of sobriety.

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America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

CNV Detox

Los Angeles, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-593-1597

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Beachside Rehab

Fort Pierce, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-452-3049

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-257-1203

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Recovering Champions

Falmouth, MA

Outpatient

855-980-4625

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

North Palm Beach Recovery Center

North Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-694-6458

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

AION Recovery

Lantana, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-222-8954

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

Multiple Levels of Care

844-285-2916

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

JourneyPure – Florida

Melbourne, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Steps Recovery Center

Payson, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Sunflower Wellness Retreat

Osawatomie, KS

Multiple Levels of Care

888-411-9183

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

Bedrock Recovery Center

Canton, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-401-1084

Spring Hill Recovery

Ashby, MA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-380-1395

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

Columbus, OH

Multiple Levels of Care

866-439-6540

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-885-1218

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

The Detox Center

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-914-4757

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

Timberline Knolls Treatment Center for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

Asheville Recovery Center

Asheville, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-542-1138

Boca Recovery Center – New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-628-9076

Wish Recovery

Northridge, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-933-2789

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

Full Spectrum of Care

844-291-5968

Moonlight Mountain Recovery – Nampa

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

Burkwood Treatment Center

Hudson, WI

Residential

844-251-2961

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

Southwest Wellness Group

Phoenix, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-518-1067

Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

TruVida Recovery

Lake Forest, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-717-0038

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

Steps Recovery Center – St. George

St. George, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-919-0017

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Boca Recovery Center – Florida

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

888-608-4977

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Bayside Marin Treatment Center

San Rafael, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-886-6071

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

855-402-5289

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-801-1534

Recovery Unplugged – Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Atlantic Recovery Center

Davie, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-932-3093

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

Newport Academy – Teen Rehab Center

Bethlehem, CT

Multiple Levels of Care

866-604-7184

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

Annie’s House

Draper, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

866-922-0448

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-797-7507

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Options Behavioral Health Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-530-2836

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?

Alcohol Withdrawal SymptomsAlcohol withdrawal is a collection of symptoms which binge drinkers or alcoholics experience when they suddenly stop drinking alcohol. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be fairly mild, but sometimes alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Withdrawal is most common in adults, but children and adolescents who have an alcohol use disorder can experience it as well. Although many people who suffer alcohol withdrawal will survive if they receive treatment, it is imperative for those who are regular heavy drinkers to receive medically-supervised detox.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. It impairs certain functions of the brain by disrupting connections between neurons. This is why someone who drinks too much alcohol will have trouble with coordination and judgment. When someone drinks alcohol regularly or in large quantities, their brain will begin to adapt to the effects of alcohol and develop tolerance. Eventually, the person will feel that they need to drink to feel normal or get through the day.

When someone with alcohol dependence stops drinking, the sudden absence of alcohol in their body shocks their nervous system, which causes withdrawal. To avoid withdrawal, people who are addicted to alcohol drink compulsively, even though they know that alcohol is harming their health and their relationships. Alcohol withdrawal is not only physically dangerous, but it’s also a major obstacle to overcoming alcohol addiction.

What Is Alcohol Detox?

The best way to conquer addiction to alcohol or any other substance is to stop using it. When someone undergoes alcohol detox, they deliberately abstain from drinking to give their body time to adjust to functioning without alcohol. Alcohol detox can be painful, distressing, and dangerous because it requires a person to experience the full range of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal often causes a person to relapse, but detox affords them the opportunity to stop drinking safely and less painfully. Someone who resolves to experience withdrawal and not suppress it by having another drink will take the process most seriously, but the gain is lost if they endanger their life by doing so.

Since some symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are dangerous, people should undergo alcohol detox under medical supervision at a rehab facility. People who detox from alcohol with professional help are more likely to weather the process safely and successfully. Detox may not be pleasant, but it is a necessary first step for anyone who wants to recover from alcoholism. After detox is over, a person in recovery can begin therapy in a treatment program.

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal?

Everyone who undergoes alcohol withdrawal will have a different experience, but the most common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are:

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Heightened blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Sweating
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Delirium Tremens

Delirium tremens is a condition which characterizes extreme alcohol withdrawal. Delirium tremens (the “DTs”) is potentially fatal because it can cause seizures. About 1 in every 20 people who experience alcohol withdrawal will also suffer delirium tremens. The condition is most likely to occur in people who are severely addicted to alcohol and have experienced alcohol withdrawal in the past.

Most symptoms of delirium tremens usually begin within two to three days after a person stops drinking. If you or someone you know exhibits signs of delirium tremens, it is important to get help right away. The symptoms of delirium tremens include:

  • Emotional distress
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Hypersensitivity to sound, touch, and light
  • Intense agitation or irritability
  • Intense confusion
  • Seizures (usually within one day of the last drink)

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Alcohol Withdrawal and Detox Timeline

Factors that Influence Alcohol WithdrawalMost alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin within six hours after a person stops drinking, and they usually become most intense after two or three days. The withdrawal cycle usually lasts for about one week.

During the first 12 hours of withdrawal, a person may start sweating and become nauseous and irritable. Their blood pressure will rise and their heartbeat will accelerate. Withdrawal-induced insomnia and tremors usually begin within the first 12 hours as well. After 24 to 48 hours, the symptoms will worsen. In severe cases of withdrawal, the seizures (“shakes”) and hallucinations which characterize delirium tremens will begin to occur.

During the third, fourth, and fifth days of withdrawal, a person will experience emotional distress and delirium tremens may continue. After five days, the physical symptoms of withdrawal begin to subside, but psychological symptoms often persist. Some people will continue to have anxiety, irritability and insomnia for weeks or even months.

Treatment for Alcohol Withdrawal During Detox

No one should attempt to detox from alcohol alone. Medical professionals at hospitals and recovery centers are able to help people with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. For example, doctors and nurses often provide detox patients with benzodiazepines and medications to help them cope with anxiety and avoid seizures. They also monitor their patients’ blood pressure and other vital signs and make sure they stay hydrated.

In addition, recovery centers often have therapists and counselors on staff to talk to patients and help them manage their emotions as they progress through detox. Someone who is detoxing at a treatment center will probably also receive a thorough diagnosis of any physical or mental problems which co-exist with their addiction.

Get Help with Alcohol Addiction Today

Withdrawal is one of many terrible consequences of alcohol abuse, but there is hope for a better tomorrow. If you or someone you know is ready to start a life without alcohol addiction, please contact a dedicated treatment provider today to learn more about treatment centers that offer alcohol detox. The fear of withdrawal shouldn’t prevent your recovery. One call phone could make a tremendous difference.

 

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