alcohol detox

Medically Assisted Alcohol Detoxification

When approaching any detoxification program, the severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms depends on the individual. They can vary from mild and barely noticeable, to a life-threatening condition called Delirium Tremens. Despite the fact that a person may feel fine, the side effects of any detox program can worsen rapidly an unexpectedly if not medically supervised by an experienced medical professional. For this reason, it is crucial to be medically managed and monitored throughout the detox process. Nurses, doctors, and therapists are able to intervene when severe symptoms occur and an unnecessary hospital trip can be avoided.

Everyone reacts to detox treatment differently, just as each case of addiction is completely different. When a person first arrives at The Florida House Experience for substance abuse treatment, they undergo an intensive medical and psychiatric evaluation, as well as a complete substance analysis. This helps us to determine baseline knowledge such as the type of substances are in the person’s body and if there are any underlying medical or mental conditions that could impact how we approach their medically supervised treatment program. We then begin to treat any underlying medical concerns that need treatment and offer medication as necessary to aid in the detox process.

Some common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Hallucination
  • Nightmares
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Delirium Tremens

When a person regularly ingests a substance, their body chemistry and mind become dependent on it to function. When the substance, like drugs or alcohol, is suddenly removed, the body can go into a state of shock as it tries to re-learn how to function without the substance it has grown dependent upon. These unpleasant side effects are caused by withdrawal, or the result of the body trying to suddenly and unexpectedly reacclimate to its internal chemical climate without the abused substance. Alcohol withdrawal side effects can be extremely dangerous if not handled by experienced professionals through a medically supervised detox program at a drug or alcohol detox center or substance abuse treatment facility.

The most serious of alcohol withdrawal symptoms is Delirium Tremens. Widely referred to in the medical world as DTs, Delirium Tremens is found in individuals who are suffering from chronic alcoholism and causes their Central Nervous System to experience severe symptoms of withdrawal, such as seizures, hallucinations, uncontrollable shaking, and even death if left untreated. DTs considered a medical emergency and requires immediate medical treatment and professional care.

The severity of an individual’s alcohol detox symptoms depends on a number of factors, including how much alcohol was consumed and how the duration of their addiction. Because of this, once our initial assessment is complete, we’ll prescribe any needed medication to assist with the side effects of withdrawal or medical issues that could arise or flare up during detoxification treatment. We know that the thought of receiving alcohol addiction treatment at a detox center can be scary, which is why we also offer 24/7 therapeutic support to each of our patients so that they know they’re not alone throughout this process.

We do everything we can to create the most comfortable environment for our patients during their medically supervised alcohol detox treatment. Patients are monitored 24/7 and staff are always on hand if the need arises. We are experts in treating any situation that may arise from alcohol addiction withdrawal symptoms, so you can trust that you are in the safest hands possible.

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