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Alcohol Detoxification

Alcohol detoxification is the first step in overcoming addiction. In regular and heavy drinkers, the body compensates for the depressive effects of alcohol by increasing production of hormones and brain chemicals such as serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine. Medically-supervised detox is important due to the potentially dangerous side effects of withdrawal. Approximately 50% of people with alcohol dependence experience withdrawal symptoms. The severity and extent of alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary depending on an individual’s history of abuse and overall health, including any exacerbating co-occurring medical and/or psychological disorders. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the term given for a cluster of symptoms that occur when somebody detoxes from alcohol.

Detox from Alcohol

Detox marks the abrupt ending of alcohol intake and is necessary for the body to cleanse itself of all traces of alcohol. The detox process usually takes seven to 10 days. Rehab programs typically last a minimum of 30 to 45 days, although some clients benefit from 60- or 90-day stays at residential or inpatient treatment centers.

Alcohol detox is a three-phase process. The first phase occurs over a period of a few days and is the most dangerous. It is within the first 72 hours that individuals are most at risk of suffering major withdrawal. Signs and symptoms include anxiety, visual and auditory hallucinations, convulsions, whole body tremor, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, diaphoresis (profuse sweating), shakiness, convulsions, delirium tremens (DTs), hypertension and heart failure.

The second and longer phase of alcohol detox occurs over several months, as the brain slowly begins to regulate and resume normal functioning. Some lingering symptoms may occur during this phase, but they are usually not life threatening.

During the final phase, elevated anxiety and dysphoria (profound state of unease or dissatisfaction) may not be apparent. However, normally insignificant challenges can provoke negativity, craving of alcohol and relapse.

While medically supervised detox is an essential first step in recovery, ongoing therapy, family and peer support and vigilance are required to maintain abstinence and long-term recovery.

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More on Alcohol Detoxification

Alcohol detoxification is the first step in overcoming addiction. In regular and heavy drinkers, the body compensates for the depressive effects of alcohol by increasing production of hormones and brain chemicals such as serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine. Medically-supervised detox is important due to the potentially dangerous side effects of withdrawal. Approximately 50% of people with alcohol dependence experience withdrawal symptoms. The severity and extent of alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary depending on an individual’s history of abuse and overall health, including any exacerbating co-occurring medical and/or psychological disorders. Alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS) is the term given for a cluster of symptoms that occur when somebody detoxes from alcohol.

Detox from Alcohol

Detox marks the abrupt ending of alcohol intake and is necessary for the body to cleanse itself of all traces of alcohol. The detox process usually takes seven to 10 days. Rehab programs typically last a minimum of 30 to 45 days, although some clients benefit from 60- or 90-day stays at residential or inpatient treatment centers.

Alcohol detox is a three-phase process. The first phase occurs over a period of a few days and is the most dangerous. It is within the first 72 hours that individuals are most at risk of suffering major withdrawal. Signs and symptoms include anxiety, visual and auditory hallucinations, convulsions, whole body tremor, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, diaphoresis (profuse sweating), shakiness, convulsions, delirium tremens (DTs), hypertension and heart failure.

The second and longer phase of alcohol detox occurs over several months, as the brain slowly begins to regulate and resume normal functioning. Some lingering symptoms may occur during this phase, but they are usually not life threatening.

During the final phase, elevated anxiety and dysphoria (profound state of unease or dissatisfaction) may not be apparent. However, normally insignificant challenges can provoke negativity, craving of alcohol and relapse.

While medically supervised detox is an essential first step in recovery, ongoing therapy, family and peer support and vigilance are required to maintain abstinence and long-term recovery.

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