Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from, so don't go it alone.

Withdrawing from any substance can cause symptoms that are uncomfortable, but alcohol withdrawal can be especially difficult and dangerous. Severe reactions in the brain and body can potentially be life-threatening. As such, it should not be carelessly handled, or done without close medical attention. Depending on the severity of alcohol use and other factors, symptoms can appear just a few hours after the last drink or may appear days later. Withdrawal symptoms can last for a week or more.

Factors impacting severity and duration of withdrawal. One, Length of time abusing alcohol. Two, level of alcohol dependency. Three, previous withdrawal dependency. Four, amount of alcohol consumed each time. Five, medical and mental health facors. Six, family history and genetic makeup. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, sweating excessively, headache, nausea and vomiting, racing heart rate, insomnia, seizure, high blood pressure, trembling, fever, confusion, hallucinations.

American Addiction Centers (AAC) specializes in medical detox for patient safety and comfort.

Medical detox can help prevent the onset of severe withdrawal symptoms and reduce discomfort. Treatment can consist of medications to reduce symptoms, fluids and nutritional support, and psychotherapy. Patients are also under 24/7 medical supervision for any complications or safety issues that may arise. Seizures, depression, confusion, or psychosis can occur during withdrawal putting the individual at increased risk of serious or even fatal complications. Individuals with certain pre-existing medical or psychiatric conditions are also at increased risk.

It all starts with a commitment to clinical excellence and our vision to revolutionaze the treatment of addiction to help more pople achieve long-term recovery. - Dr. Mark Calarco, AAC National Medical Director

AAC is also the first addiction treatment provider to use EarlySense™ technology to improve patient safety during detox. The FDA-cleared patient monitoring system uses a sensor placed beneath the mattress to continuously track the patient's heart rate, breathing rate, and movements without attaching any wires to the patient. This enables clinicians to continually monitor those in detox and identify early signs of patient deterioration, which is a risk during withdrawal, thereby enabling them to address these high-risk situations before they escalate.

"American Addiction Centers invests in the latest science and technology to increase patient safety and improve patient outcomes - from EarlySense™ technology that alerts our nursing staff of an impending medical emergency, to genetic testing that helps us find the right medications for a patient," said Dr. Mark Calarco, AAC National Medical Director for Clinical Diagnostics. "It all starts with a commitment to clinical excellence and our vision to revolutionize the treatment of addiction to help more people achieve long-term recovery."

Medical detox is not enough to treat addiction, a treatment program is the best next step.

Medical detox is a necessary starting point for those dependent on alcohol, but it is only the beginning of a process that can positively change a person's body, mind, spirit, and personal life. Medical detox should always be immediately followed with a comprehensive treatment program. Addiction, such as alcoholism, is a chronic brain disease that calls for thorough treatment. At AAC, we offer research-based treatment to help clients understand the root causes of their addiction, address those issues, and change their thoughts and behaviors to avoid relapse.

From a life consumed by alcohol to freedom from addiction, past patients share their stories.

There is hope for those who struggle with alcohol addiction. Long-term recovery is possible. Every day at AAC, we see lives transformed. Medical detox can be the first step towards a new beginning. Listen to some of our past patients share their recovery journeys in their own words.

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