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What Should I Expect in the 1st Week of Alcohol Detox?

If you are considering checking into medical detox, you may already have an idea of what it feels like to not have a drink for a little while. In roughly 6 to 8 hours after your last drink, you may start getting symptoms like the shakes, sweats, nausea, and heart palpitations, amongst others. These symptoms are only the beginning, and are often one of the reasons why alcoholics continue drinking. Why? Because alcohol is what keeps the physical symptoms of withdrawal at bay. In fact, quitting cold turkey is highly discouraged because not only is it dangerous, but it can be deadly. Do not attempt to quit drinking on your own; call the Serenity Detox Center and talk to one of our addiction specialists before you decide to stop.

The beginning stages and symptoms of withdrawal are greatly reduced in medical detox. Depending on your situation, you may be given a prescription of benzodiazepines. This drug class helps to counteract alcohol withdrawal symptoms and provides patients with a much more comfortable, and safer detox experience. As a person progresses into the second and third stages of acute withdrawal, more dangerous symptoms can appear if not medically treated. Irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, hallucinations, fever, severe confusion, and seizures are possible. The medications provided in detox prevent these symptoms, help you sleep, and allow you to gradually taper down rather than throwing your body into shock by cessation.

When new patients come into detox, and depending on each person, the first few days will usually entail being on a higher dose of benzodiazepines. Many patients will sleep through much of the day, watch movies, or just relax. The discomfort of withdrawal is minimized, and a focus of getting well is encouraged. Eat what you can, stay hydrated, and just take it easy while you are here.

As days go by, you will be tapered off the benzodiazepines until you are clean and sober. This may sound a little frightening, but people are often surprised at how much they start looking forward to the end of detox and being completely free of all chemicals. Nearing the end of your detox, you will feel better than you have in a long, long time. Most people wish they’d done it sooner, but in truth, there is no better day to get started than today.

If you want to stop drinking, call the Serenity Recovery Center. You can be free of your addiction, and we can help get you there. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Give us a call, we are available toll-free at (844-339-6964). Your life can change, and you can recover. Call now.