Approximately 17.6 million Americans currently have some type of alcohol use disorder. Of these people suffering from this disorder, only a fraction will seek professional help. An alcohol disorder can become very severe to the point where a person needs medical attention.
The very first step in alcohol recovery will be detox. This is the process of getting all of the alcohol out of the body. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the Arizona alcohol detox process.
How Long Does Arizona Alcohol Detox Take?
We live in a world of instant gratification, which is one of the reasons that people want to know upfront how long the detox process will take. It is quite normal for a person who is ready to take on recovery to be anxious about what they can expect and how long it might take to complete the alcohol detox.
It is important to remember that detox is just the first step on the road to recovering from alcohol abuse. Detox is the abrupt ending of alcohol use, and the body must clean itself from the traces of alcohol. Typically, the detox process will take between 7 to 10 days.
While the initial detox process takes a little over a week, a rehab program often will last for at least 30 to 45 days. Some people benefit from longer sixty or ninety-day programs of treatment. The length of time a person may stay will depend on several factors, including:
- Addiction history
- Specific addiction
- Addiction severity
- Presence of other mental, behavioral health, or medical conditions
- The mental, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of a patient
Alcohol Detox Symptoms
The symptoms of alcohol detox can be as mild as nausea and a headache. However, some people experience more severe symptoms such as delirium tremens that are marked by hallucinations and/or seizures.
If there is not a co-occurring condition or use of other drugs or treatment methods, alcohol withdrawal will typically consist of 3 phases. These phases are:
The acute withdrawal time frame will be dominated by the autonomic nervous system hyperactivity and tremors. It is during this time that a person is most at risk for seizures and tremors. Tremors and seizures often happen during the first two days after discontinuing the consumption of alcohol and will peak at about 24 hours of not using.
Some of the physiological symptoms that are commonly experienced during acute withdrawal include an increase in blood pressure, an increase in heart rate, profuse sweating, dysregulation of body temperature, and gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting.
Early abstinence is the second phase of detox. During early abstinence, a person may experience low mood, anxiety, and a disturbance in sleep patterns. Elevated levels of anxiety typically resolve within three to six weeks after last using alcohol. Women often take longer than men to move through this second phase of detox.
Protracted abstinence is the third and final phase and includes dysphoria and elevated anxiety that may not be obvious, but normal insignificant challenges may provoke feelings of negativity, alcohol cravings, and relapse.
How Alcohol Affects the Body Long Term
Long term alcohol addiction can take a toll on the entire body. Alcohol can affect the heart and cause irregular heartbeat, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, and increase the risk of a stroke.
Alcohol takes a toll on the liver with repercussions, including alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis, and fibrosis.
In addition, alcohol can weaken a person’s immune system, which makes them more prone to disease.
Treatment for Alcohol Abuse
SpringBoard Recovery offers treatment for those suffering from alcohol abuse. After initial alcohol detox, our staff at SpringBoard Recovery will work with you to come up with a plan of recovery.
To overcome an addiction to alcohol, a person needs to heal emotionally. This will require therapy, along with education. Our program will address all of the aspects of excessive drinking as well as the residual psychological and physical effects of substance abuse.
It is essential to learn about what triggers you so that you understand why you want to drink and how to come up with healthier ways of dealing with these triggers.
One of the common side effects of quitting drinking is emotional repercussions. Depression, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, and nightmares can all be experienced while a patient is learning methods of how to deal with stress. Using the 12 steps to address your spiritual needs can help a person find the inner emotional peace that they need.
At SpringBoard Recovery, we believe in treating the body, mind, and spirit. In addition, a person needs to change their social habits. During their time working with SpringBoard Recovery, patients work on developing social interactions that are healthy to replace the time they spent in drinking establishments or drinking in general. If a person has burned bridges with family and friends, they will learn how to start the process of rebuilding these relationships. During this process, a person will learn the practical strategies that are necessary to avoid relapse.
SpringBoard Recovery offers the patient care and services that are necessary for long term recovery of alcohol addiction.