Laguna Niguel Alcohol Detox
Medical Detox from Alcohol in Laguna Niguel
A professional Laguna Niguel alcohol detox program is always recommended when a person wants to quit drinking. As easy as it may sound to say, “just stop drinking!” there is much more to it. Alcohol is a very addictive substance that affects the brain, as well as damaging the liver, and creating other health problems. Stopping “cold turkey” is extremely risky, and may result in pain, relapse, and even death for the addicted person.
The recommended, safest plan for detoxing from alcohol is our medically assisted treatment (MAT) program, as detoxing from alcohol can be physically uncomfortable, painful, and even life-threatening. At Resurgence, detox takes place in a home-like environment, with expert staff who have been highly trained, many of whom are in recovery themselves. We do not see you as ‘just another addict’. We know that you are a unique person who wants to make a positive change in your life, and our staff genuinely cares about helping you.
What is Medical Alcohol Detox?
Medical detox from alcohol takes a team of professionals to ensure you remain safe and as comfortable as possible as your brain and body adjust to the lack of alcohol in your system. Because you are chemically addicted, your brain has “forgotten” how to function properly, and your system needs time to readjust itself. This is when withdrawal symptoms show up.
Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are not pleasant and can even become dangerous, which is why you need to be monitored by professionals. Our clinical staff, overseen by a certified addictions RN, will be able to provide you with prescription medications to reduce cravings, keep pain at bay, and allow you to rest as you detox. We will also bring in a counselor so you have somebody to talk to about any unwanted thoughts or emotions that may come up during this time.
We may also introduce dual diagnosis treatments if you have a co-occurring condition that requires treatment, as addiction and mental health are often closely tied to one another. Treating them both together at the same time will ensure you get to the root of the issues and are able to move forward with your mental and physical health under control.
Dangers of Detoxing from Alcohol at Home
You should never attempt to detox from alcohol at home. The withdrawal symptoms from alcohol detox are unpleasant and you will have a high chance of relapsing as they become too much to bear. Although it is a household substance that is found everywhere from restaurants to supermarkets to your corner bodega, alcohol is dangerous, and the withdrawal symptoms can escalate quickly, even becoming life-threatening.
Alcohol detox symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- High blood pressure
The true danger is when these symptoms get out of control and become the life-threatening syndrome called delirium tremens. Also known as the “DTs”, delirium tremens are a series of symptoms like hallucinations, agitation, fever, fatigue, hypersensitivity to sound, light, and touch, intense confusion, emotional distress, and seizures, and can sometimes lead to death.
Some factors that may increase your risk during alcohol withdrawal include:
- Having a history of delirium tremens or seizures during detox
- Prolonged periods of drinking or heavy drinking for any amount of time
- Health issues including abnormal liver function, low platelet counts, and brain lesions
- Using other drugs along with drinking
- Low potassium and sodium levels
A MAT detox program will ensure you are monitored 24 hours per day for dangerous withdrawal symptoms, with medical staff on hand to ensure everything remains under control and safe for you.
How to Find the Right Alcohol Detox Program
When searching for a Laguna Niguel alcohol detox center, you will want to think about what types of services you expect from a detox program, and then do some research by checking out websites or calling the centers near you to see what they offer. Some popular detox services to look for include:
- Medical detox programs
- Dual diagnosis programs
- Amenities like full-sized beds, TVs in rooms, etc.
- Inpatient rehab after detox
- Outpatient rehab after detox
- Aftercare programs
- Will they take your insurance, or do they have payment plans if not?
Alcohol Detox Laguna Niguel
Resurgence Alcohol detox in Laguna Niguel is overseen by our caring staff, who are there to help you when things become difficult. Many of our staff members have been through detox before and are now in recovery, so they remember what it is like to be in your shoes. They have training in trauma-informed care and will do all they can to ensure your stay in detox is not scary or traumatizing.
Stages of Alcohol Withdrawal
Everybody is different so this timeline may be off to your specific experience, but in general, the stages of alcohol withdrawal are as follows:
- In the first 6 to 12 hours, you may feel anxiety, headaches, stomach pain or nausea, and have trouble sleeping.
- From 12 to 48 hours after your last drink, someone experiencing serious withdrawal may begin hallucinating or having seizures.
- From 48 to 72 hours your symptoms could escalate to fever, confusion, rapid heart rate, delirium tremens, and hallucinations. This is the most dangerous period and often requires medical intervention to remain safe.
- After the peak you will begin to feel a little bit better each day until you are stable enough to move into a rehab program.
What to Expect at Alcohol Detox
At Resurgence, you will check into our detox facility for as long as your detox takes. It is usually around one week, but everybody is different, so it can vary depending on factors like:
- Your mental and physical health as you enter detox
- If you were using other drugs alongside alcohol
- If you were binge drinking or had been drinking for a long period of time
- The amount of alcohol you were drinking in one sitting
- Whether you have a history of delirium tremens and/or relapsing
We will monitor your progress as your withdrawal symptoms set in, and ensure you remain safe and comfortable through a combination of therapy, prescription medications, and counseling. Nurses will check on you daily to make sure medications are working properly, and our clinical team will be available to you 24 hours a day if you need anything.
What Happens after Alcohol Detox
After alcohol detox, we strongly recommend you move directly into rehab. Rehab at Resurgence can mean many different programs, and we will work together with you to find out exactly which treatments will suit you best.
Inpatient care is provided to people who need dual diagnosis treatments, people who have a high risk of relapsing, and for anybody who feels they want to change their surroundings and live in a sober, supportive place as they rehabilitate. The days are structured with schedules including behavioral therapy, one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and other programs and education like life-skills training, nutritional counseling, and exercise therapy. We also have off-site outings, games, and movie nights for community building and recreational purposes.
Outpatient treatment takes place inside our facility, but you live outside our facility. You will come in for therapy, counseling, and groups, and remain in contact with medical and psychiatric professionals to ensure your care is consistent and you remain secure in your recovery. Outpatient care is on a spectrum with Resurgence, and the intensity and frequency of treatment can change along with your ever-evolving needs.
Alcohol Rehab Laguna Niguel
When you first enter the alcohol detox program at Resurgence, we will conduct a medical and psychological screening, to find out if you have any co-occurring health issues that need to be addressed along with your addiction while you are in our care. This will also allow us to measure the level of your addiction to place you in the proper rehab program after detox.
These exams are accompanied by an in-depth interview with you to find out what you want to get out of your time with us. We will go through options, and find out about your likes and your dislikes, your future goals, and your needs. This information will help us create a program together that will address your physical and psychological issues but also to give you the freedom to choose therapies and groups that interest you and will keep you motivated as you move through our programs. We want you to be an active collaborator in your treatment so that you are invested in your outcome.
Why Choose Resurgence for Alcohol Rehab
Resurgence has a customized treatment plan for each patient, which will help you get sober, and remain sober for the long run, while also helping you create and meet new life goals. We are dedicated to helping you live your life the way you want it to be, without the use of alcohol. Treatments will continue for as long as you need them, and after you leave our programs, you will still be included in our aftercare program, as well as becoming part of our country-wide alumni group. You will never need to feel alone in your recovery when you join the Resurgence family.
Contact us today to learn more about detoxing from alcohol, rehab programs we offer, or if you have any questions at all. We are happy to help.
— Resurgence Behavioral Health (@RBHRecovery) September 28, 2021