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What to Expect When Detoxing from Alcohol

Turning Point, Inc.

The pain of withdrawals is often part of what prevents many people from ending their cycle of abuse and dependence, so it is no surprise that detoxing can be a tremendous challenge. At Turning Point, Inc., we have been providing the support system and resources patients need to detox safely from a range of substances, including alcohol, as well as the tools to continue treatment and live a healthier life.

If you or someone you love is currently struggling with alcohol addiction, you likely know that detoxing can be tough – but tough is an understatement when it comes to detoxing from alcohol. Alcohol can be one of the most difficult substances there is to detox from, and it carries real risks and extreme health consequences, including seizures, hallucinations, and even death. This is why it is of the utmost importance to have professional supervision during an alcohol detox.

By placing your trust in our accredited facility backed by 40+ years of helping men and women throughout New Jersey, you can make the process of detoxification much easier and far safer than doing it alone. We encourage anyone who has questions and concerns about our detox programs to get in touch with our team of professionals at Turning Point today.

To help you better understand what to expect during an alcohol detox, and to help you prepare, we’ve put together the following information:

  • Detoxing is the first step – Detoxification is the first, and perhaps most important, stage of substance abuse recovery. It focuses on ridding your body of alcohol and toxins so you can begging the process of living a healthier life. When preparing yourself for detox, remember that it is the first step, and that while it can be difficult, that difficulty pales in comparison to the many problems caused by alcohol abuse and dependency, especially chronic abuse. Remember that your body and brain will struggle to adjust to operating without the alcohol it has become accustomed to before you can begin to heal. At our New Jersey detox center, a typical stay is between 5 to 14 days.
  • Medical supervision is necessary – Alcohol is known to be one of most dangerous substances to detox from, as withdrawal symptoms and in particular seizures can be life-threatening. Although everyone is different, it is often necessary and always wise to have professional medical monitoring when detoxing from alcohol. At Turning Point, our detox programs are medically managed 24/7 in order to ensure patients are kept safe and that they receive the medication and assistance they need at every stage of the process.
  • Detox is a process– You need to know that detoxing your body from alcohol is a process, so there’s no quick or immediate fix. Because the nature of a person’s use and addiction will impact the severity of withdrawals, in addition to the unique way their body handles detox, it is also important to remember that the process is different for everyone. We help all patients prepare for the process ahead when they take the steps to begin a detox program.
  • You need to be speak openly – Prior to beginning an alcohol detox in a treatment facility, you need to speak openly about your alcohol use to medical professionals, as well as any medical or mental health conditions that could impact detox. Initial evaluations are designed to help health care providers assess your risks, including risks for severe and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, and prepare for how best to provide you with the treatment you need, especially during the initial stages and first few days. We conduct an assessment at the beginning of all detox programs we provide.
  • The initial stages - Generally, you can expect the initial stages of detox, within the first several hours after the last drink, to have symptoms that include cravings, feelings of anxiety or depression, changes in mood, elevated heart rate or blood pressure, fatigue, stomach pain or vomiting, and difficulty sleeping. Patients commonly experience physical tremors during the initial phase that can progress to more severe shakes or DTs (delirium tremens).
  • The first few days – Following the initial hours and potentially up to or beyond 48 – 96 hours of detoxing are when symptoms can become increasingly severe and potentially life-threatening, which is why medical intervention and medication is critical. This is when people may experience hallucinations (auditory, tactile, or even visual), possible seizures (most typically during the first 12 – 48 hours), fever and sweating, disorientation, agitation, and rapid heartbeat that can cause chest pain. Symptoms can persist, and in more severe cases continue or elevate, even after 48 hours.
  • Physical and psychological focus are both important – Detoxing can be a physically and mentally exhaustive experience, which is why it is important to focus on both your physical and psychological well-being. Not only can this help with any medical issues that may arise, but it can also enable you to get the information and appropriate resources needed to continue successful treatment and a healthier lifestyle long after detox is done.

You can learn more about our New Jersey detox programs at Turning Point and what you can expect by calling (973) 380-0905 or by requesting admission online.

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