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What Happens in Alcohol Detox?

Alcohol Use Disorder

Unfortunately, alcohol use disorder is very common. Alcohol is a substance that causes harm to an individual who abuses it, or even just may drink too much. Alcohol abuse does not just affect those addicted to it, but also all those who come in contact with that person. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. reports that alcohol can damage every single organ in the body. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance and also alcohol abuse is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The only way to go from alcohol use disorder, is up.

Do You Have Alcohol Use Disorder?

Please take a look at the eleven diagnostic criteria below to see if you or a loved one suffer from an alcohol use disorder:

  • Drinking more alcohol, or for longer, than intended
  • Trying to cut down or stop drinking but being unsuccessful
  • Spending a lot of time drinking or feeling sick from a hangover or other aftereffects
  • Experiencing interference in daily life and relationships because of drinking or being sick from drinking too much
  • Having cravings for alcohol
  • Continuing to drink even though it hurt relationships with friends and family
  • Cutting back on, or giving up, hobbies to consume more alcohol
  • Repeatedly being in situations where alcohol put one at risk of harm
  • Having to consume more alcohol to experience the desired effects
  • Continuing to consume alcohol even though it worsens a health condition, including anxiety or depression
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when alcohol’s effects began to wear off

If two or more of these points ring true, you or a loved one should call our addiction specialists for guidance on the first step to addiction treatment, our team is available to speak with you 24/7 at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 559-5109

Alcohol use disorder can range in severity, which will also impact the recovery process— particularly affecting what happens in alcohol detox.

Alcohol Rehabilitation

There are many services Royal Life Centers can provide for alcohol treatment. Royal Life Centers Detox is where it all starts. A medical detox service is absolutely necessary to ensure both the safety, and comfort of our guests. A medical detox is a controlled environment with 24/7 supervision from medical professionals, who offer treatment for the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol addiction. A physical dependence on alcohol will display itself in a variety of symptoms, beginning about 8 hours after the last drink. Alcohol rehab programs should first offer a medical detoxification service, like ours, which treats guest’s symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

During Royal Life Centers Detox, medical professionals will assess and evaluate each guest for their optimum health. Guests will be evaluated for co-occuring disorders like mental illnesses, behavioral health, and the variety of symptoms they are experiencing. It is vital for guests to attend our inpatient medical detox treatment program, which can last for either 4 or 8 days depending on the symptoms present. Detoxing from alcohol by yourself is extremely dangerous and life threatening.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary, ranging from mild to severe. Royal Life Centers Detox uses medication-assisted treatment on a case-by-case basis. This means that we are able to provide certain medications, in combination with behavioral therapy, to reduce or remove certain withdrawal symptoms. We aim to keep our guests as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms occur in three stages:

First stage (8 hours after the last drink):

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Insomnia

Second stage (24-72 hours after the last drink):

  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Quickening heartbeat
  • Diminished mental acuity

Third stage:

  • Hallucinations
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Agitation
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Risk of death

After Medical Detox

Following Royal Life Centers Detox, we recommend attending our residential inpatient program. Our residential inpatient program is a 2-week program that allows guests to gain insight and begin the work of recovering mentally and spiritually from their alcohol use disorder, through a variety of intensive therapies. Our treatment options are all designed to follow guests through their recovery process, which is why Royal Life Centers offers treatments like residential inpatient, a partial-hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient program (IOP), outpatient program (OP), and sober living and graduate housing options.

Our treatment centers are comprehensive addiction centers. We are not like any other rehab center, Royal Life Centers cares deeply for each guest, and wants to see each guest succeed in sobriety and life. Our treatment approach is holistic and treats the mind, body, and spirit. We introduce guests to long term programs of recovery, that are accessible during and out of treatment— these long term programs are 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gambler’s Anonymous, and more.

Royal Life Centers provide guests with the tools they need to build a happy, healthy, and successful life in sobriety. We offer therapies to address many hardships of early recovery, emotion regulation, grief and loss, and relapse prevention, to name a few. Royal Life Centers wants to help you overcome your alcohol use disorder or any substance use disorder. We are here to help and provide support, accountability, and all-around wellness. Because We Care.

If you or someone you may know is struggling from an alcohol use disorder, alcohol addiction, or substance use disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here 24/7 to answer your calls and help you at (877)-RECOVERY or (888) 559-5109. Please visit us at our website to learn more about medical detox and the other treatment services we offer.

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