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What you need to know about Alcohol Detox

Alcohol is known to be one of the most difficult and dangerous substances to detox from. The withdrawal can be life-threatening if not medically supervised. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can rapidly worsen, so it is important that medical attention is sought for alcohol detox, even if the symptoms seem to be mild. We help ensure that our clients have the safest possible environment for their alcohol detox.

What is Alcohol Dependence?

Alcohol dependency is when an individual finds it difficult to enjoy life or relax without having a drink. An alcohol-dependent individual may worry constantly about where the next drink will come from, or has a compulsive need to drink and doesn’t have the ability to stop once they have started. Alcohol can interfere with neurotransmitters in an individual’s brain and cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. The signs of alcohol withdrawal are commonly seen as shaking or sweating, these withdrawal symptoms would stop once alcohol gets back into the bloodstream.

Individuals who drink heavily tend to keep increasing the amount they drink because they develop a tolerance to alcohol. Tolerance is a physiological response that individuals have to most drugs. The more of the substance that is consumed, the more you must consume in order for it to have the same effect. Like many other substances, alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addictive.

What is Alcohol Withdrawal Like?

Withdrawal from alcohol can begin as early as two hours after the last drink, can persist for weeks, and range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications. Seizures and delirium tremens (also known as DTs, which are characterized by confusion, rapid heartbeat, and fever) are considered to be the more severe complications from alcohol withdrawal. Death can happen during alcohol withdrawal and this is one of the most important reasons why we believe in medically supervised care during this trying time. The death rate from DTs is estimated to range from 1-5% of cases.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms within 6-12 hours of last consumption:

  • Shaky hands

  • Vomiting

  • Mild anxiety

  • Sweating

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms between 12-24 hours:

  • Visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations - these usually end within 48 hours

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms between 24-48 hours:

  • Disorientation, confusion, and severe anxiety

  • DTs (delirium tremens)

  • Hallucinations (primarily visual) which cannot be distinguished from reality

  • Profuse sweating

  • Seizures

  • High blood pressure

  • Racing and irregular heartbeat

  • Severe tremors

  • Low-grade fever

  • These usually peak at around 5 days

At Sequoia Detox Centers, we try our best to ensure that the withdrawal symptoms are addressed and patients are kept as comfortable as possible.

Alcohol Detox Options

At Sequoia Detox Centers, our top priority is the safety and comfort of our clients. We do our best to address withdrawal symptoms and keep patients as comfortable as possible throughout the alcohol detox program. If you or someone that you know is struggling with alcohol abuse and dependency, please call (888) 675-0174 or CLICK HERE to get a confidential callback from Sequoia Detox Centers.