What to Expect from Alcohol Detox

Alcohol Detox, What to expect for those who suffer from Alcohol Substance Abuse Problems or 'Alcohol Addiction' as it is sometimes called.

What to Expect from Alcohol DetoxMany people can drink in moderation and never have a problem with alcohol; while 3% or less of the population makes the choice to drink heavily enough to possibly need some sort of alcohol or drug detoxification process. In these cases, if they do not seek out medical assistance, the withdrawal can be life threatening.

Alcohol detoxification, also known as detox, is the removal of alcohol from the body and usually is done at a medical facility. Detox can last three to six days depending on the severity of ones drinking choices.

While in detox, the administration of Benzodiaphines such as Adivan may be used to help curb severe withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal usually starts about 8 hours after an individual's last drink. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Shakiness, especially in the hands
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea, vomiting, and or loss of appetite
  • Increase in blood pressure and pulse
  • Seizures, which can lead to death

Alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. About 1% of people withdrawing from alcohol will experience hallucinations and delirium tremens (DT's). These are the severe cases where medical supervision and a formal detox process is usually advised by medical professionals.

Delirium tremens appear after a rapid reduction in alcohol intake. DT's appear in individuals with a long history of alcohol abuse. These same symptoms can occur in those with a habit of taking consistent moderate to large doses of barbiturates or benzodiazepines.

Someone who is need of medical detoxification for alcohol can go to their local hospital and most insurance companies will pay for it. There are also medical detox units that are private facilities. The amenities at the facilities are usually top notch and should be looked at as a viable option for those looking for maximum comfort during such a physical and emotionally trying time.

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