What is Alcohol Detox?
Everyone who drinks or drugs, regardless of the amount will alter the body’s normal function. Once that usage becomes addictive, the body has been severely impacted by the alcohol. At times, the damage, caused by heavy drinking is serious such as brain damage, liver damage, nerve damage, to name a few.
Alcohol is considered a central nervous system depressant. It slows the body’s systems and reduces normal inhibitions on behavior. When a person stops drinking alcohol, his or her body goes through a natural detoxification—a process that attempts to stabilize the altered body and brain chemistry. This process can lead to severe life threatening conditions that need to be closely monitored by a licensed, trained and experienced addiction physician and psychiatrist. Sadly, the more times a person moves through alcohol withdrawal the more difficult each detox becomes. With multiple detoxes, an alcoholic will experience ever worsening cravings after withdrawal. That is why a medically monitored detox is crucial that needs to be followed by a comprehensive treatment program.
What are the signs of alcohol withdrawal?
- Delirium Tremens
- Mild anxiety
- Hallucinations (visual, auditory, tactile)
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
Generally, mild to moderate alcohol withdrawal can safely be done in an outpatient detox environment. More severe medical conditions at the start of detox may necessitate hospitalization. Because of our licensed, addiction experienced physicians and staff, the Detox Boca can help most alcoholics detox safely and comfortably while preparing him or her to enter substance abuse treatment.
Detox alone will not stop an alcoholic from drinking again. Treatment Alternatives, an affiliate of Detox Boca, has a comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinical team approach to treating substance abuse. Evidence based practices (practices based upon the latest research) are utilized in both the Detox Boca and Treatment Alternatives making them among the few outpatient treatment programs that provide the latest in detox protocols and alcohol abuse treatment. Supervised structured housing can be arranged if needed. Call now and get control of your alcoholism. 800-598-3386