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Halting alcohol consumption can cause some severe withdrawal symptoms. Acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms are infamous for causing medical complications that result in death. The high mortality rate for those trying to halt alcohol abuse has therefore made medical detox integral to the detoxification process.
The most important aspect of choosing medical detox over the do-it-yourself or “cold turkey” approach is safety. During the medical detox procedure performed at Alcohol Treatment Centers Houston, an experienced medical team provides around-the-clock monitoring to address any emergency medical complications, minimize the potential for destabilization and to alleviate undue discomfort.
When an individual who has habitually consumed alcohol for a prolonged period of time stops drinking, they begin to experience withdrawals. Because the body has developed a dependency on the substance, it reacts, sometimes violently, when the alcohol is withheld. This reaction causes various disturbances within the body, which are known as withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be mild or severe. They can also escalate in severity rapidly, causing many people who are trying to quit drinking to experience serious health complications if they are not treated in a timely manner.
Within hours after the last drink, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can begin. They may include mild anxiety, severe cravings for alcohol and tremors. In more severe cases, dangerous symptoms such as seizures or Delirium Tremens (DTs) require immediate medical attention. The symptoms of DTs are characterized by confusion, pulmonary complications, high fever, depression and hallucinations, among other serious health issues. These symptoms affect approximately 5% of alcoholics trying to detox with an estimated mortality rate of 1% -3% if medical help is not available. This is why it is so important to have the assistance of a medical professional during the detox process.
Our detoxification specialists have emergency trauma training and experience in handling medical emergencies. Our primary goal while providing medical oversight for alcohol detox is the assurance that the patient is safe and comfortable throughout the entire process.
In some instances, it may become necessary for the well-being of the patient to administer treatment medication. Because patients receive a thorough evaluation prior to undergoing the detox process our board certified clinicians are aware of which medications will be most appropriate and beneficial for the client. Our 24/7 monitoring also enables us to mitigate potential problems and to minimize opportunity for complications. In addition, we are prepared to utilize conventional or holistic remedies based on the physical and emotional needs of the client to accomplish mental and physical stabilization during detoxification.
The unpredictable nature of withdrawal symptoms and the potential for DTs makes medical detox especially beneficial for anyone suffering from long-term alcohol addiction. Since no one can accurately predict the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the peace of mind of having medical oversight while going through the detox process, is a priceless benefit.
The ultimate goal of a medical detox is to protect the health and wellbeing of the client and enable a successful transition from alcohol abuse to sobriety.
Houston Alcohol Treatment Centers has the tools, the experience and the medical equipment to facilitate a safe and successful medical detox. Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Houston today at (713) 401-3815.
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