Alcohol Detox in California
Alcohol is a substance that is easily and legally available in society. It is economical and also easily purchasable. It is not hazardous when consumed in limited quantities. The inclusion of this substance in social gatherings evades the consumer’s fear of being judged. Contrarily, the largest amount of substance-abuse is for alcohol. The need to be accepted by a social group, peer-pressure, and such reasons compels an individual to resort to drinking. When a social habit transforms into binge-drinking, it becomes an alcohol-abuse.
Experts have suggested that alcohol-abuse-recovery is more strenuous than drug-abuse-recovery. Further, the withdrawal symptoms for alcohol-abuse are far more acute than withdrawal symptoms for drug-abuse. Owing to these recovery-related difficulties, gaining skilled-medical assistance for detox and recovery can prove to be more rewarding than otherwise. This assistance can reduce the stressors and the pain, thus detox can be safe and smooth too. Gravity Treatment Centers has skilled practitioners with enormous experience who can design an empirical and customized detox plan which includes nutrition charts, critical examination of case-histories, other comorbidities, details on necessary vitamin and supplements intake, drug therapy, counselling sessions, regular medical check-up, relapse-prevention courses. Through this process, we ensure the client’s safety and comfort too.
Different Levels of Alcohol Withdrawal
The journey through alcohol-detox is accompanied by several withdrawal symptoms ranging from mild to acute amounts of pain. Experts in this domain identify three types of withdrawal symptoms during alcohol-detox and they are defined based on the intensity of the pain. They include: mild, moderate, and severe. Addiction counsellors and medical experts have also outlined the parameters that determine the intensity of the pain:
- Age-gender-height-weight of an individual
- Case-history for physical/mental health and any commodities
- Amount of alcohol consumption on a daily/weekly basis
- Duration of alcohol-abuse
These parameters will also determine the time frame for the detox process, the need for drug therapy, the need for medical interventions for pain management, and others. Specifically, a surge in the last two parameters indicates a surge in withdrawal symptoms as well as complexity in detox. So, an individual who has been consuming 1000 ml of alcohol on a daily basis for about five years can face larger challenges to detox than a person who has been consuming 300 ml of alcohol on a daily basis for one year.
The onset of withdrawal symptoms generally ranges to anytime from 12-24 hours. Sometimes, it can also begin as early as the sixth hour after the last abuse. These symptoms can prevail generally from one week to ten days. It is individual-specific. In all the above-mentioned cases, it is highly recommended to seek certified medical assistance at detox centers. This help can limit your stressors, relieve your chronic pain, prevent relapse, smoothen the tough process and augment the chances of recovery. Also, risk associated with fatality due to seizures is drastically reduced.
The Different Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal
Alcohol-abuse has more predominant withdrawal symptoms. The onset of withdrawal symptoms generally ranges to anytime from 12-24 hours. Sometimes, it can also begin as early as the sixth hour after the last abuse. These symptoms can prevail generally from one week to ten days. Between the second and the fifth day after the last alcohol-abuse, the withdrawal symptoms are at its zenith. Experts in this domain identify three types of withdrawal symptoms during alcohol-detox and they are defined based on the intensity of the pain. They include: mild, moderate, and severe.
In the below-mentioned paragraph, we have listed out the diverse types of withdrawal symptoms. They can prevail in a mild, moderate or acute manner. They vary from individual to individual and each individual can succumb to a varied combination of these symptoms. Also, these symptoms are the primary indicators (stage 1) of onset of withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. The types of symptoms include:
- Mild perspiration
- Lack of sensation and tingling in hands and feet
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Stomach ache
- Hallucinations (sensory/auditory/visual)
The secondary indicators (stage two) of alcohol-detox occur a few days after the primary one. Statistics indicate that of the total population that goes through alcohol-detox, only 70 % of will encounter the secondary withdrawal symptoms. In this case, this population would experience every symptom listed above for stage one. The additional symptoms experienced in stage-two of the detox-process include:
- Rapid heartbeat and high blood pressure
- Restless motion of limbs
- Excessive sweating
- Mental block
- Sleeplessness (Insomnia)
Secondary stage is dangerous owing to its chances of fatality due to seizures. If the intensity of the seizure is severe it can lead to brain and/or heart failure. This can be lethal too. So, Gravity Treatment Centers strongly appeals to you to undergo detox under skilled-medical assistance.
Few days after growth of stage-two symptoms, the onset of withdrawal symptoms related to stage three emerges. Of the total population that succumbed to stage two, 35% succumb to stage three withdrawal symptoms of alcohol-detox. In this case, this population would experience every symptom listed above for stage two. This stage includes delirium Tremens or DTs. So, the risk of fatality is too high. Common symptoms of delirium tremens include:
- Severe hallucinations (auditory, touch, and visual) which lead to extreme paranoia and a delirious mental state
- Memory loss
- Severe psychological block
- Grand-mal seizure
- Involuntary nervous system instability