Alcohol Detox

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

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Alcohol Detox in Laguna Beach

Alcohol abuse is an illness that has been present throughout history; today, nearly 18 million adults in the United States suffer from an alcohol use disorder (AUD). At Soul Sanctuary, we provide alcohol addiction treatment for those who are ready to get help. Our Laguna Beach treatment facility will help you through each stage of the rehabilitation process, beginning with alcohol detox. 

Participating in detox is the first step in treating alcoholism. During the detox period, the alcohol will be flushed out of the body, causing severe withdrawal symptoms. These will generally fade after two weeks. However, they could last for a more extended period depending on the severity of alcohol abuse. Once detoxification has been completed, patients will move on to the next phase of their treatment plan, including group therapy, individual counseling, support groups, and various activities.

What is Alcohol Use Disorder?

AUD is widely accepted as a disease caused by long term drinking and the body’s reliance on it to function correctly. Over time the brain will stop generating certain chemicals due to the alcohol’s ability to produce the same effect as those chemicals. The brain then becomes dependent on alcohol and cannot function properly. Because of this, people who try to quit drinking will receive severe withdrawal symptoms such as:

Alcohol use disorder will often:

Drinking an excessive amount of alcohol is dangerous, not just for the person drinking but also for the people around them. From 2003 to 2012, 10,000 deaths were reported in California as a result of drunk driving. 

Overindulged drinking can also cause certain types of cancers and diseases, including fatty liver disease and cirrhosis. A person’s behavior can also change dramatically due to alcohol use disorder. They can become violent and could hurt themselves or others. 

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Mental illness is often found in people who are struggling with AUD. Due to the depressive effects of alcohol, people who suffer from psychiatric disorders will often use it to self-medicate. Alcohol abuse is most prominently found in people with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. By indulging in alcohol, people will often find release from difficult situations or experiences.

However, when they begin to rely on alcohol to get them through the day, they are at risk of developing a severe problem. 

How Effective is Alcohol Detox?

Detox is an essential part of the treatment process; it is the first step in treating alcohol use disorder. People who want to quit drinking do not do so on their own; stopping can cause painful and life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. It is because of this that addiction treatment centers are vital for a successful recovery. 

Detox is a three-step process that includes intake, medication, and stabilization. The first step happens after the patient has been admitted to the rehab facility. A medical team will do an assessment that reviews the medical and psychiatric history of the patient. 

They will work with the patient to develop an individualized treatment plan that will meet their specific needs. The second step is administering a medication that mimics the effects that alcohol has on the body, allowing for an easier withdrawal. 

The third step is stabilizing the patient by providing therapies that teach them how to maintain a balance between the mind and body.

Following these steps and going through the detox process before continuing treatment has proven to be very useful and supports long-term recovery. Patients who participate in detox before transitioning to an inpatient program have been found less likely to relapse because it requires them to remain in treatment for a more extended period. 

Symptoms of Alcohol Detox

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms experienced during detox may include:

Detox Timeline

First Six to Twelve Hours

Symptoms will be mild at first but will begin to worsen over time. Patients will often experience headaches, nausea, and irritability.

Day One

Symptoms will worsen and could become more severe. Along with the previous symptoms, patients could show signs of disorientation, tremors, or seizing.

Day Two

Similar to the first day, symptoms will continue to worsen, and patients can have panic attacks and intense anxiety.

Day Three to Seven

For the rest of the first-week, withdrawal symptoms will continue to come and go. A patient is at risk for life-threatening symptoms during this time.

After One Week

After the first week, the worst symptoms will begin to ease before stopping completely. Some minor symptoms will often persist for another week or two, but these can be treated with medication.

Medications Used in Alcohol Detox Treatment

Using medication can be extremely useful in helping lessen the effects of withdrawal symptoms and preventing relapse. They can also be essential in keeping the patient healthy and treating symptoms that could be life-threatening, such as seizures. 

Some medications that are used during detox include:

The most commonly used form of medicine in treating alcohol abuse. Benzodiazepines, or “Benzos,” will attach to the brain’s receptors and block the alcohol’s chemical effects that cause those receptors to be activated. Thereby breaking the brain’s dependency on alcohol. Patients can receive Benzodiazepines doses every one to two hours, or when they are showing signs of withdrawal. Once detox is completed, the patient will need to be weaned off the Benzos as it can develop into a physiological dependence.

 A type of barbiturate that is very useful; however, it can be very addictive and not usually used for alcohol detox. If it is used, it needs to be administered in a safe and secure environment with licensed doctors and clinical professionals. A Phenobarbital overdose can be fatal.

This medication is used to prevent patients from experiencing seizures. However, it has proven to be more effective for milder cases of withdrawal.

Often used to help manage symptoms that cause independent arousals like hypertension or increased body temperature. It will often be used in addition to Benzodiazepines. 

These drugs are often used to treat the mental symptoms that can come with withdrawal, such as hallucinations, irritability, or delusions. Unfortunately, they can also increase the likelihood of seizures within the patient. 

Medications Used in Alcohol Detox Treatment

At Soul Sanctuary, we can offer you a state of the art rehab facility that meets your needs and provides a secure place to receive treatment. Our alcohol detox program provides the best care available and can help keep you from relapsing in the future. 

By starting detox, we can give you a foundation on which to build your recovery. Once completed, you will be ready to continue treatment, and without the physical dependency, you can focus on the underlying reasons for the initial alcohol abuse. 

Contact our Laguna Beach rehab today, and learn how we can help you to stop drinking and live an addiction-free life.

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