Alcohol Detox Palm Desert
Ken Seeley Communities is a trusted name in the addiction recovery field. KSC provides a safe, supportive place to undergo alcohol detox and withdrawal. Because of the serious nature of alcohol detox, a trained detox team is required. Under their care, there will be constant monitoring and support offered.
What is Alcohol Detox?
The first step of recovering from an alcohol use disorder involves detox and withdrawal. Because the brain is used to the daily input of alcohol, when a person stops drinking it can cause withdrawal symptoms. How severe the symptoms are will depend on such things as the length of history of the alcohol problem, how much alcohol was consumed daily, the health status of the person, and their age.
Alcohol detox lasts about one week. It just takes time for the residual toxins to be purged from body tissues and the blood stream. About 6-12 hours after the last drink withdrawal symptoms begin to emerge. The symptoms start off mild, will peak on days 2-4, and then begin to subside.
One serious problem that can happen is called the DTs, which, if it is going to occur does so without warning on days 3-4. About 5% of people going through alcohol detox will experience the DTs, and of them about 15% do not survive. A medical detox is needed because it isn’t known ahead of time which clients might get the DTs.
Alcohol Detox Timeline
While the detox process is unique to each person, there are some basic phases that they will pass through. As the person goes through each phase, the detox team will provide interventions to assist with any discomforts.
Phase 1: Early symptoms. When alcohol has been withheld, the body will begin to show signs of distress. This is the brain attempting to adjust to the absence of alcohol. During the first 24-hours of detox these symptoms are common:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Feeling irritable
- Feeling anxious
- Sleep problems
Phase 2: Acute symptoms. On days 2-4 the symptoms will peak. This is the most trying phase of detox, and symptoms often include:
- Mental confusion
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Mood swings
Phase 3: Declining Symptoms. Once over the peak the symptoms will begin to subside. Symptoms in this final phase include:
- Mood swings
- Brain fog
- Symptoms of depression
Alcohol Treatment After Detox
Detox alone will not be able to sustain sobriety. Instead, treatment for the alcohol use disorder will provide the tools needed for a life in recovery. Treatment includes:
- Group therapy
- Family group
- 12-Step program
- DBT skills training
- Fitness and Nutrition
For those that also have a mental health issue along with the alcohol use disorder, there are mental health services to help manage that, too. Begin the process of recovery at Ken Seeley Communities. Reach out today at (877) 775-0502.