Alcohol addiction is a disease that, in time, leads to harmful impacts on your physical and psychological health. Choosing to seek addiction treatment at a luxury addiction treatment facility like Rise in Malibu is the first challenging step. Many who enter treatment do so with concerns, fears, and questions about detox and rehab. What is detox? What is the best way to detox from alcohol? What is detox like? Why can’t I detox alone? Detox and withdrawal are not easy, and the symptoms you will experience will be unique to you. Addiction and the process of achieving sobriety impact everyone in different ways.
The Best Way to Detox From Alcohol
The best and safest way to detox from alcohol is at an addiction treatment center that provides comprehensive medically assisted detox services. At an addiction treatment specializing in medically assisted (or supervised) detox, you will receive medical supervision throughout the detox process. Depending on your unique treatment needs and the design of the treatment program, the process may include vital elements such as the administration of medication to help manage the intensity and severity of withdrawal symptoms.
Throughout detox, highly trained medical and mental health professionals will continually provide support while monitoring your vital signs to ensure your ongoing health and safety. Comprehensive monitoring of your blood pressure, breathing, heart rate, and temperature help to reduce the chances of an acute medical emergency arising from withdrawal symptoms.
Medically assisted detox also aids with mental and physical stability while ensuring you receive comprehensive nutritional, medical, and spiritual support during the treatment process’s earliest and most difficult days. Once detox is complete, it is possible to transition to a treatment program at our luxury Malibu rehab, where you will participate in therapy, addiction education, and aftercare planning.
The Dangers of Detoxing From Alcohol Alone
Detox is a vital part of the addiction treatment process; however, it can also be dangerous if done without treatment support. When you begin to detox, your body often reacts negatively to the lack of alcohol it has become accustomed to. These negative, sometimes painful reactions are referred to as withdrawal symptoms. The intensity, severity, and duration of the withdrawal symptoms you will experience depend on many factors, including the severity and duration of your addiction.
During detox, the body begins learning to function without alcohol. While drinking, your body and brain undergo various physical and functional changes. For most, withdrawal symptoms last between three and seven days; however, they can last longer in the most severe cases. Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include changes in appetite, altered mood or behavior, fatigue, restlessness and irritability, aches and pains, changes in sleeping patterns, and respiratory issues such as congestion or runny nose. Other common symptoms include sweating, shakiness, nausea, and vomiting.
It is essential to detox from alcohol in a supervised setting. In addition to the above withdrawal symptoms, alcohol detox can lead to various dangerous, even fatal conditions. Without medical supervision, it may be impossible to call for help or for help to arrive on time to provide emergency care in urgent situations. Some of the most severe alcohol detox symptoms include seizures, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and delirium tremens (DTs).
Detox From Alcohol at Rise in Malibu Today
If you are ready to detox from alcohol, it may seem easier to do so “cold turkey”. Although this may appear true, detoxing from alcohol on your own can be dangerous. At Rise in Malibu, our highly trained addiction treatment staff understands the difficulties you may face when you seek sobriety from alcohol. Our team will work with you to design an individualized treatment program that addresses your physical, psychological, and spiritual needs and goals. If you are ready to begin your sobriety journey, contact us at Rise in Malibu today.