Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal

Alcohol is by far the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Government estimates say that more than 17 million Americans have a substance abuse issue with alcohol.

A good percentage of these are heavy, daily drinkers. Consuming large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis can make the body dependent. In the most severe cases, alcohol withdrawal results in a condition called delirium tremens (D.T.’s), which can be fatal if not properly treated. D.T.’s are a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and severe mental or neurological changes. The classic sign of alcohol withdrawal is the “shakes” — uncontrollable tremors that set in about 6 to 12 hours after the last drink. Symptoms most commonly occur within 72 hours after the last drink, but may occur up to 7-10 days after the last drink. Many alcoholics need to drink alcohol in the morning just to steady their hands. Common symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include the following:

  • Tremors (shakes)
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Agitation
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure

Due to the possibility of seizures and D.T.s, it is necessary for people in alcohol withdrawal to be monitored closely by a physician. At Malibu Recovery Center detox, we have an effective alcohol detox protocol that keeps our clients safe and comfortable during the detoxification process. Medications are used to prevent seizures and the onset of D.T.s, and our staff closely monitors the client’s vital signs.

Note: All medical services are administered by contracted physicians.