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An estimated 17.6 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse or dependence, making it the most commonly used addictive substance in the country. Additionally, more than half of adults have a family history of alcoholism.
Alcohol abuse will affect every aspect of a person’s life, and long-term use poses serious risks to a person’s physical health, leading to neurological impairments, cardiovascular problems and several types of cancer. This kind of addiction also affects a person’s mental health, their interpersonal relationships and their career.
Alcohol can hold a powerful grip on a person, and if he or she is ready to get sober, a medically-supervised detox is absolutely necessary. Trying to detox from alcohol at home is just plain dangerous.
Alcohol Detox Services
Long-term alcohol abuse takes a toll on the body and can compromise cardiovascular health, liver function and the immune system. A process as physically and psychologically taxing as alcohol detox can be challenging for a number of reasons. At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, client comfort is our top priority. We also work to assure family members that their loved one is safe and receiving quality care.
At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center, an alcohol detox medication regimen may include prescribed medications that reduce cravings and the perceived satisfaction of alcohol consumption. More holistic methods may be used as well, such as supplements that improve overall health like vitamin B1, iron and folic acid.
While many physical withdrawal symptoms tend to fade after several days in detox, psychological symptoms are often more persistent. This puts the person in a vulnerable position, as even the slightest trigger can increase the risk of relapse and continued alcohol abuse.
How Long Does It Take to Detox From Alcohol?
Every person’s experience with alcohol detox is different. Detox from alcohol typically lasts 7-10 days, and many clients benefit from continuing treatment in residential or inpatient programs. The exact course of treatment depends on a few factors, including:
- History of addiction
- Severity of addiction
- Medical history
- Co-occurring disorders or conditions
- The person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Withdrawal symptoms are likely to appear between 6 hours and 1 day after the last drink, and they vary from person to person. Some symptoms, such as headaches or nausea, are mild, while others are more severe and warrant medical care. It’s impossible to predict which symptoms a person will experience, which makes at-home detox that much more dangerous. The safest way to detox from alcohol is in a medically-supervised environment.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are broken up into three distinct stages. Those stages are:
- Stage 1 (mild): lasts 8 hours; headache, anxiety, insomnia, depression, mood swings, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, heart palpitations, tremors, abdominal pain
- Stage 2 (moderate): lasts 1-3 days; mild symptoms as well as increased blood pressure and temperature, sweating, irritability, confusion
- Stage 3 (severe): lasts 1 week; moderate symptoms in addition to fever, hallucinations, seizures, disorientation, agitation
While many of the physical withdrawal symptoms tend to fade after several days in detox, psychological symptoms can be more persistent. This puts those new to sobriety in a vulnerable position, seeing as even the slightest trigger can increase the risk of relapse and continued alcohol abuse.
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