When to Seek Help: Signs You Need Detox


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If you’ve been struggling with alcoholism, your body has likely become very used to receiving heavy amounts of alcohol often. When this happens, your body comes to rely on alcohol in order to function; if you stop, your body will go through withdrawal, which can be potentially life threatening. If you are considering seeking treatment for a medical detoxification from alcohol, there are a variety of factors that influence this decision: 1) how long you’ve been drinking, 2) how often you drink, 3) how many attempts you’ve had a quitting, 4) if you experience a co-occurring disorder such as anxiety, and more.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, withdrawal can occur within 8 hours after your last drink; symptoms may reach their peak between 24 to 72 hours but may continue for weeks. Some common symptoms you may experience are:

  • Anxiety/nervousness
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Clammy skin
  • Jumpiness
  • Nightmares
  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting

Delirium tremens is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal in which you could experience agitation, fever, hallucinations, seizures, and severe confusion. If you seek out a treatment center, you will go through a physical exam where the doctor will assess dehydration in your body, abnormal heart rhythms and eye movements, rapid breathing, shaking hands, and more. Blood and urine tests may be conducted, as well as a toxicology screen to determine the type and number of drugs approximately taken.

Detox at home is not considered the safest option, as treatment centers involve healthcare professionals who can monitor your progress and provide you with medication to help ease some of the painful withdrawal symptoms.

After detoxification, you should highly consider partaking in an inpatient treatment program. These programs provide you with a room and structured activities each day to help you reach your recovery goals. Some activities included may involve group therapy, exercise, individual therapy, holistic practices, and more. Don’t wait any longer to get back control over your life. Seek help today.

Located in Orange County, CA, Simple Recovery is a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment center that believes that recovery is a process, not a destination. Our Simple Recovery programs include a variety of resources such as relapse prevention and support, group and individual therapy, vocational and educational programming, and more. If you’re in search of freedom from addiction, call us today at 888-743-0490. Recovery is possible.