We at Miramar Recovery in Newport Beach recommended being the first step of alcohol use disorder (AUD) treatment. How long, how much, and how often are all contributing factors when determining how long a successful detox will take.
Even though the period where the risks of experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms have been seen to last just a few days, there are significant health complications that can occur during that crucial period.
A medically-assisted detox program can significantly prevent serious health complications. This supervision also helps keep the patient on track during this difficult time. It provides excellent opportunities to learn different skills that can be used to cope with future symptoms that might be experienced throughout the treatment process.
Alcohol continually proves to depress the central nervous system of the body, causing feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and other pleasant feelings. Since the human body usually works to maintain balance, alcohol effects will signal the brain to make more neurotransmitter receptors that excite or stimulate the central nervous system. Studies the provide these insights explain the perception of why alcohol as one of the most addiction-prone substances that is available today.
When you stop drinking, you take away alcohol not only from the receptors you originally had but also from the additional receptors your body made. As a result, your nervous system is overactive.
Since addiction withdrawal symptoms have such a wide range from mild to life-threatening; our addiction treatment professionals are trained to take each case very serious. The more common withdrawal symptoms that are seen include:
The dangerous and life-threatening effects of alcohol detox are fortunately less common, but certainly cannot be ruled out. Some of these withdrawal symptoms include:
Delirium tremens (DTs) is considered to be one of the more dangerous side-effects that can occur when experiencing withdrawal symptoms during a detoxification program. Fortunately, DTs are relatively uncommon when treating alcohol use disorders.
An article in 2015 from the New England Journal of Medicine states that nearly 50 percent of people suffering from alcohol addiction experience severe withdrawal symptoms, and only about an average of 5 percent of people in treatment develop life-threatening symptoms such as delirium tremens. Even though they might be rare, the possibility is there, which is why our round-the-clock health specialists treat our patients with the utmost importance.
Like explained above, we at Miramar Recovery encourage everyone seeking treatment to do so through a medically supervised detox process where the process can be monitored by a licensed physician every step of the way. Often, withdrawal symptoms can start to surface in as early as two hours after the last drink was taken.
While the most dangerous and painful symptoms have been seen to subside typically within the first week, but in some cases, mild symptoms can last for several weeks or even up to a year. Since all these symptoms can vary and depend on so many different things, there is no accurate timeline as to when or what withdrawal symptoms will be experienced.
Alcohol detox treatment centers like Miramar Recovery in Newport Beach often use different medications when a patient is being treated through an inpatient rehab program. In this setting, a medical professional would administer the medicines and is also actively monitoring the effects that they may be causing. These medications are used primarily to help reduce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Typically sold under the name Campral, this medication is primarily used to repair particular brain workings back to normal. Acamprosate is relatively common because alcohol can alter various functions over time. Depending on the number of years that heavy drinking was experienced, these alterations are significant.
This medication is interesting but has also proven to be an effective alcohol addiction treatment for many people. The interesting part is that this medication only produces reactions when an individual consumes both alcohol and the drug at the same time. Thinking of it as a kind of self-medicating practice because when consuming alcohol after taking this medication, the effects make you wish you had not taken that drink, therefore motivating you not to drink anymore.
Benzo’s are likely the most commonly known and frequently used medication used to treat the possible symptoms that target the body’s nervous system. The popularity of this class of drugs could be because doctors prescribe them in both short-acting and long-acting forms. Insomnia, muscle spasms, and anxiety are all examples of effects that benzos that doctors prescribe to treat.
We know it may be strange to say, but if you’re considering getting help for a drug or alcohol addiction, congratulations!
After a medically assisted detox, inpatient, and outpatient drug rehabilitation programs are the best ways to begin a sober lifestyle. The decision to reach out and get help can be difficult. But it is a crucial step on the road to recovery. Once you decide that you can’t overcome addiction on your own, there is a vast community of trained professionals and supportive friends that are ready to help you along the way.
At Miramar Recovery, our client’s health and happiness are among our top priorities. We strive to incorporate a combination of treatment modalities we designed to provide accountability, structure, and compassion. We are here to guide you through early sobriety and help you avoid some of the difficulties and pitfalls that are at risk of being experienced along the way.
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