Alcohol Rehab at Huntington Beach Treatment Center
What are the potential symptoms and dangers when detoxing from alcohol?
If you have been drinking excessively and you stop drinking suddenly, you may experience one or more alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Depending on your past alcohol use, these symptoms can range from mild and uncomfortable to severe and potentially life-threatening.
Though symptoms typically begin within eight hours after your last drink, you may not experience symptoms until several days later. These symptoms tend to spike around 24 to 72 hours (about 3 days) after your last drink, though milder ones may persist for much longer in some people.
One of the most severe consequences of alcohol withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or “the DTs.”
About 3% to 5% of people who withdraw from heavy drinking experience delirium tremens. This condition can become fatal if it is left untreated, so if you or a loved one show any symptoms of the DTs, seek emergency treatment as symptoms may worsen.
Our HB Detox staff are familiar with these alcohol detox symptoms and are trained with the proper tools and intervention strategies to comfort the person in withdrawal.
Moderate Withdrawal Symptoms
- Feeling anxious or nervous, irritable depressed, or wiped out and tired.
- Clouded thinking
- Having nightmares
- Dilated pupils
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Appetite loss
- Rapid heart rate
Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
Symptoms of delirium tremens include:
- Extreme agitation
- Extreme confusion
- Hallucinations (Feeling, seeing, or hearing things that are not there)
- High blood pressure
Medically Managed Alcohol Rehab
Everyone that comes to us for treatment is unique and gets a customized experience. One person may not be suitable for the type of medical intervention another client has and these interventions are kept private.
What an individual can expect when entering our facility for alcohol detox is to meet with our medical director and his highly trained team to assess the individual needs and determine which medications can be utilized in addressing the more severe withdrawal symptoms.
With the body being addressed through the proper combination of compassion, comfort, and medical expertise an individual can expect to safely detox from alcohol so that they are ready to do the mind/spirit work of recovery.
No matter how severe or mild your symptoms, the best long-term treatment complete abstinence, especially when you’ve already gone through withdrawal. To that end, you’ll need to make sure that you’re living in an environment that’s supportive to refraining from alcohol use.
The majority of people experience a full recovery from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Some people continue to have disruptive symptoms known as post-acute withdrawal for months such as difficulty sleeping, fatigue, mood swings, and fatigue. Coming into detox from alcohol in a safe, professional, and home setting is the beginning of a long hard journey that is abundant in the rewards of freedom, growth and happiness.