How Rehab Treats Alcohol Detox

Alcohol Detox SymptomsWhen you drink heavily over a long period of time and then attempt to stop, there is a strong likelihood that you are going to go through alcohol detox symptoms. Sometimes these can be more severe than others, depending on your body chemistry and how heavily you’ve been drinking, but none of the symptoms are pleasant.Some common alcohol detox symptoms that you can expect are things like:
    • Tremors or shakiness
    • Fever
    • Confusion
    • Anxiety
    • Increased heart rate
    • Seizures
    • Hallucinations
(National Institute of Health)The most serious of those complications are related to something called delirium tremens, or DTs. People have been known to die from DTs, so it’s vital that you seek medical help immediately.Read more: Get-The-Help-You-Deserve

How do rehab facilities treat these alcohol detox symptoms? There are a number of methods.

Monitoring. The most common treatment method for alcohol detox is for the professionals to simply monitor your body’s emotional and physical response and make sure that all of your normal functions are working properly. They’ll likely keep a close eye on your potassium and sodium levels, as well as your breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature.Sedatives and tranquilizers. If your alcohol detox symptoms become so bad that the doctors believe they are threatening your life, you will likely be given sedatives or even a tranquilizer like a benzodiazepine to lessen symptoms by depressing your central nervous system. Doctors may even decide to use a tranquilizer before the symptoms become too serious in patients with a prior history of seizures.Antipsychotics. Those who are experience hallucinations while they go through detox will be hospitalized and watched closely, and doctors will prescribe them antipsychotic medication if needed to reduce the severity and frequency. Obviously, hallucinations are very serious, but they are rarely present unless the person has other issues and symptoms.Cold turkey. While there are rehab clinics out there that actually give small amounts of alcohol to their patients to lessen withdrawal symptoms and “wean” them off of it, most treatments help people cut out all alcohol from their systems or “dry out.” They receive no alcohol in an attempt to move them through the detox process faster so that recovery can begin.While all of this is going on, it is common for doctors to also test for alcohol-related diseases and disorders (liver disease, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and so on) to make sure all effects alcohol has had on the body are addressed to help the individual return to a normal, healthy state.

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