Medical Alcohol Detox Treatment
Addressing Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
When necessary, alcohol detox treatment includes monitoring and administering medicine to persons experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol is a depressant, which means that its consumption sedates the brain. After an extended period of heavy alcohol consumption, the brain begins to adjust to the sedative effect of alcohol by producing larger and larger quantities of norepinephrine, a chemical similar to adrenaline. This accounts for why alcoholics must consume larger amounts of alcohol to experience its effects over time.
However, when an alcoholic suddenly cuts off the supply of alcohol, the brain continues to produce an abnormal amount of norepinephrine for a few days following. This is what causes withdrawal symptoms, or abstinence syndrome. These symptoms can include the following:
- Abnormally high heart rate
- NauseaAround 5% of patients undergoing withdrawal symptoms may experience the most dangerous symptom, known as delirium tremens, or DTs. This is a result of the brain being unable to adjust normally to its changing chemistry, which causes confusion, hallucinations, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
Safe Transition Through the Withdrawal Period
In recognition of the struggle and distress of alcohol withdrawal, The Haven Detox alcohol detoxification program offers medical monitoring and 24-hour care by a staff of medical professionals. The medical staff is led by a physician. Moreover, our patients are treated by experienced registered nurses, so our patients can rest well knowing that they are in compassionate, knowledgeable hands.
Alcohol Detoxification Serving West Palm Beach & South Florida
At The Haven Detox, we offer the nation’s leading drug and alcohol detoxification services. We are licensed by the Department of Children & Families (DCF), ensuring that the care our patients receive addresses their needs in the most professional and compassionate way possible.
Over the course of our history, we have treated many patients for alcohol and drug addiction. The Haven Detox approach has allowed thousands to recover from addiction without the weight of constant craving slowing them down or distracting their efforts.
We offer free consultations to patients both over the phone and in person. Prospective patients can tour our facility to see firsthand the high-quality, innovative detox services we provide.