Alcohol Detox Treatment Center
It’s estimated that 4% of the U.S. population (roughly 12 million people) are suffering from Alcoholism and another 4% are alcohol abusers. The health consequences from alcohol related disorders are alarming and the general population is not aware of these health issues, specifically the dangers of detoxing from alcohol without supervision. What’s more concerning is that only 10% of alcoholics seek any type of treatment and another 90% die prematurely without any alcohol detox treatment. When an alcoholic stops drinking alcohol, withdrawal sets in but how long it takes to detox from alcohol will vary by individual. While detox is necessary to rid the body of toxic contaminants, it can be very difficult and should only be induced under the supervision of qualified addiction professionals.
About Alcohol Withdrawal
Many changes occur when a person stops drinking after a long period of alcohol consumption. Many people do ask “how long does it take to detox from alcohol”. Withdrawal symptoms follow an evidence-based, predictable pattern as follows:
- After prolonged heavy use when patients stop drinking, they go through physiological changes causing withdrawal symptoms withdrawal symptoms.
- After 4 to 8 hours of their last drink, patients will experience shakes, sweats, chills and heart rate and blood pressure will be increased causing severe anxiety, leading the urge for alcohol.
- Between 12 to 48 hours after the last drink, patients may experience a mild seizure (usually multiple mild seizures over a short period of time).
- 3 to 5 days after their last use of alcohol, patients may experience Delirium Tremens, which are severe nervous system changes. Patients are not oriented to time and place and may hallucinate (see and hear things). The mortality rate without treatment can be very high.
- Because alcohol detox can be fatal, it’s imperative that the treatment center provides a safe, comfortable, professional supervised detox.
- Many people want to tough it out but without professional management, brain cell death could be irreversible, so properly supervised detoxification is highly recommended.
Neurobiology of Alcohol Use
During alcohol use, brain activity of GABA receptors (inhibitory neurotransmitters) are enhanced and NMDA receptors (excitatory neurotransmitters) are blocked by alcohol. This results in an anti-anxiety effect. Larger amounts of alcohol consumption can cause blackouts and memory impairment.
- An opposite reaction occurs during alcohol cessation, resulting in low activity of GABA and high activity of NMDA, causing high anxiety, shakes, sweats, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, seizures and delirium tremens.
- There are other neuroreceptors involved such as opiate, serotonin and other neurochemicals in the brain.
- High NMDA activity is most likely the cause of brain cell death.
- Inspire Malibu uses scientific and evidence based knowledge to appropriately detox patients from alcohol.
Health Consequences of Alcohol Abuse
Chronic alcohol abuse and alcoholism affects all organ systems in the body, the most critical of which include the brain, the liver and the heart, as illustrated below. In the brain, memory loss, dementia, hearing voices, paranoia, severe depression and sleep disturbances can occur. In the liver, alcoholic liver disease in the form of a fatty liver, cirrhosis and cancer can occur. In the heart, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmia and heart failure can occur.
Safe and Comfortable
While the scariest part of getting sober is usually the beginning stages of detox, at Inspire Malibu we take pride in providing the safest and most comfortable alcohol detox program available today. Our treatment programs are closely monitored by addiction specialists at our sober living facility who are always available during detox, if necessary. We use the latest Science and Evidence Based Treatments in our drug detox programs as well. Still have questions? Call us to find out what makes our Alcohol Detox Treatment Center unique to the Industry.