Alcohol Detox in Phoenix, AZ

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Zenith Behavioral Health offers an adult program for alcohol detox in Phoenix, AZ, that shows people the way out of alcoholism and back into sobriety. Our addiction experts understand how to help people identify what may have contributed to developing alcohol addiction. From there, they can learn to avoid triggers and return to a safe, sober life.

Drinking alcohol often starts out as just part of an evening out or something to do on the weekends in college. Sadly, it can quickly turn into an addiction and require professional help in order to stop drinking.

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What is Alcoholism?

Alcohol use disorder is a medical disease that involves a pattern of drinking alcohol in excessive amounts and being unable to quit drinking without help. Commonly referred to as alcoholism, people who struggle with this brain disorder may drink throughout the day or binge drink several times a week. Binge drinking is defined as a male having five or more drinks within about two hours. For women, the number is four drinks within about two hours. Clinicians at our adult alcohol detox center in Phoenix, AZ, can perform a detailed assessment to determine if an individual deals with alcoholism and needs treatment.

Because of how much a person who is an alcoholic drinks, they develop a tolerance and have to drink increasing amounts of alcohol in order to get the same effects. The person’s life becomes consumed with getting and drinking alcohol. Also, it’s often to the detriment of their personal and professional lives. Even when their families, friendships, careers, and life plans become disrupted by their alcohol consumption, they remain unable to stop drinking.

The Benefits of Professional Alcohol Detox Services in Phoenix, AZ

When a person attends an alcohol detox in Phoenix, AZ, they receive several benefits they cannot get if trying to quit drinking on their own. In the first place, most people who try to detox from alcohol on their own end up failing. The withdrawal symptoms can be too uncomfortable or painful. Without help to negate the alcohol withdrawal symptoms, sobriety becomes very difficult. Fortunately, detox programs include both medications and psychological support to help reduce or eliminate many withdrawal symptoms.

Another benefit includes having access to a variety of treatment experts. Medical and psychological staff trained in treating addiction offer help in several areas that allows the individual to learn what contributed to developing an alcohol use disorder. From there, they learn healthy coping skills that allow them to resist the urge to relapse after leaving detox.

Alcohol detox also involves peer support, which can prove beneficial for all involved. Nobody understands what it’s like to give up alcohol in order to live the healthy life they deserve better than someone else going through it at the same time. Peers in this type of detox program can give and receive helpful support to keep each other on the right track.

Are Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms Dangerous?

When someone with an alcohol use disorder stops drinking, they experience withdrawal symptoms. Some are less serious than others, such as headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Still, others can be potentially dangerous. Some people experience seizures and other physical effects that need to be monitored and treated by medical staff. 

Additionally, some people experience disorientation and even hallucinations. If they are alone when this happens, it can prove quite dangerous. The most serious of possible withdrawal symptoms is delirium tremens, sometimes called DTs. Three to five percent of people detoxing from alcohol experience it, and it is imperative that they remain under medical care if it happens because it can be potentially life-threatening. 

Our adult detox program in Phoenix, AZ, provides a staff of medical experts who know how to monitor people while they detox from alcohol abuse. They can help explain what each person is going through and offer assistance in helping them stay safe and comfortable. In addition, the medical detox facility meets all of the requirements for safely treating individuals throughout the withdrawal process.

What to Expect at Our Phoenix Alcohol Detox

When someone visits our alcohol detox program, we start by performing an assessment so we fully understand their needs. We explain the process of detoxing, including the approximate time it takes to detox and medications that may be used to ease the process.

Alcohol Detox Timeline

How long alcohol withdrawal lasts depends on the person, the length and severity of their addiction. It also is influenced by which withdrawal symptoms they develop. The common alcohol detox timeline is as follows:

Day 1: Within a few hours of having their last alcoholic drink, many people begin to feel the effects of withdrawal. This commonly includes headaches, nausea, shakiness, and feelings of anxiety and irritability. 

Day 2: Symptoms continue and may begin to include panic attacks or hallucinations. 

Day 3-5: Initial symptoms that already started usually get worse during this time period. The person may also experience vomiting, sweating, difficulty sleeping, and nightmares. This is the period when delirium tremens may develop. 

Day 6-10: During this phase, most initial withdrawal symptoms begin to subside or end. Ones most likely to remain include trouble sleeping, low energy, and psychological symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and moodiness.

Medications Used During Alcohol Detox

Someone going through our Zenith alcohol detox program in Phoenix, Arizona may qualify for a medication used specifically to treat withdrawal symptoms. These medications include:

  • Acamprosate: This medication reduces alcohol cravings, making a person less likely to have the urge to drink again. It can be used long-term in order to help them stay sober. 
  • Naltrexone: This drug blocks the euphoric effects normally experienced when a person consumes alcohol. Because they do not feel drunk, this removes the payoff to drinking again after they quit.
  • Disulfiram: When someone drinks alcohol while taking this medication, they experience unpleasant results. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, and headaches. This helps remove the desire to drink.  
  • Benzodiazepines: These drugs are used to help treat symptoms like anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and muscle spasms. 

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Has your life become ruled by alcohol consumption, and you feel ready to take back the reins? Our adult detox center in Phoenix, AZ, can help you. Call (602) 847-9887, or fill out the confidential callback form below, and learn how we can help you put alcoholism in your past.