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Alcohol Detoxification: Don’t Go It Alone


Alcohol consumption is a normal part of our society today. In fact, for thousands of years drinking alcohol has been the norm. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 86.3% of United States adults reported drinking alcohol in 2018. However, not everyone can consume alcohol safely and of these U.S. adults about 14.4 million have an alcohol use disorder (AUD). 

If you or someone you love has a problem with alcohol there is help and hope. Futures Recovery Healthcare has helped both men and women with AUD begin the road to recovery and find long lasting sobriety. We are here to help you or your loved one too. 

When it comes to AUD, it’s vital to seek treatment, particularly for the critical withdrawal or alcohol detoxification phase. Alcohol detox is the first step in finding long term recovery from alcohol use issues. 

Alcohol detoxification occurs when an individual stops using alcohol. During this often difficult phase of recovery, the body begins to purge itself of alcohol and the associated toxins. The length and severity of the detox process depends on how long, how much, how often, and what else, if anything, was part of your alcohol use. 

An individual can experience alcohol withdrawal when they completely stop using alcohol and also when they attempt to cut down on the amount of alcohol consumed. Each person’s experience is somewhat unique, however, when it comes to detox for alcohol one thing remains the same; it should never be attempted alone. In addition, there are some withdrawal symptoms to be expected. Which symptoms are experienced, their severity, and the length of this phase will be unique to each individual. Here are some of the most commonly experienced symptoms when it comes to detox for alcohol:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Cravings
  • Bone/muscle pain
  • Shakiness
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • High blood pressure
  • Fever
  • Racing heart

When you or someone you love wants to quit drinking it’s crucial to know that doing so suddenly, without medical supervision can be deadly. For this reason attempting alcohol detoxification on one’s own is not suggested no matter how long, how much, or how often you have been drinking.

If you or someone you love wants to stop drinking alcohol, it’s essential to find an addiction treatment center that offers medical alcohol detox.  Futures is well equipped, experienced, and purpose-built to help clients through this difficult, trying, yet necessary alcohol detoxification process. 

During this phase of treatment, which usually lasts three to seven days, Futures’ team works together to minimize discomfort while keeping safety, health and well-being of each client a priority. Through the use of certain medications, difficult withdrawal symptoms can be managed which increase the individual’s chance of staying in treatment and decrease relapse rates early on in recovery. 

Futures offers comprehensive care for the complicated disease of addiction. From medical alcohol detox to alumni support years after completing clinical treatment, the team at Futures supports clients during each step of their unique recovery journey. Contact Futures today and begin healing tomorrow.