Arizona Alcohol Detox
It is estimated that 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 alcohol detox process.
How Long Does Alcohol Detox Take?
We live in a world of instant gratification, which is one of the reasons that people want to know up front 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 it is necessary for the body to 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 week, a rehab program often will last for at least 30 to 45 days. There are some people who benefit from longer sixty or ninety day programs at inpatient or residential treatment centers. 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, there are some people who 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:
Acute Withdrawal: This time frame will be dominated by 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 2 days after discontinuing 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: this is the second phase of detox. This phase is marked with low mood, anxiety, and a disturbance in sleep patterns. Elevated levels of anxiety typically resolves 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: this third and final phase 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 heart beat, cardiomyopathy, high blood pressure, and increase the risk of a stroke.
Alcohol really 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 the initial detox is completed our staff at SpringBoard Recovery will work with you to come up with a plan of recovery.
In order 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 important to learn about your personal triggers 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 are the 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 change in social habits is needed. During their stay at SpringBoard Recovery patients work on developing social interactions that are healthy in order 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.