Medically Monitored Alcohol Detox

Begin Your Journey to Sobriety at Our Inpatient Alcohol Detox

If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol, there is a way out. The caring, expert team at Recovery Centers of America is here to help you break the cycle of alcohol addiction. Our world-class treatment services are founded on science and delivered with heart.

You don’t have to, nor should you, begin your journey to sobriety alone. At Recovery Centers of America, the process of alcohol detox is overseen by our specialist medical and clinical staff, who help you pass through the physical and psychological pain of withdrawal and move onto the next phases of treatment.

While alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from mild cases of anxiety and agitation, along with headache and upset stomach, to severe cases of hallucinations, delirium tremens, seizures and even death, you do not have to suffer. Our team will take all available measures to relieve your symptoms as painlessly as possible.

You’ll Feel Safe and Comfortable during the Alcohol Detox Process

Your safety and comfort are our priority, so we spare no step to ensure you make it through the early period of withdrawal with minimal discomfort. Within a secure, therapeutic environment, our team of compassionate and attentive medical professionals, physicians and nurses will safely administer medications to ease your symptoms. Our clinical staff will be there to help with drug cravings and the many emotions that often accompany those first days of treatment.

Here’s What You Can Expect

Detox typically lasts three to seven days. While the duration of detoxification varies according to the severity of use, as well as other underlying medical conditions, at an RCA facility the process typically takes between three and seven days.

RCA will do everything to make sure you are comfortable. The symptoms of alcohol detox and withdrawal can span temporary anxiety and insomnia to seizures and delirium tremens. If you’re struggling with physical detox, medications such as anti-anxiety, anti-seizure and other comfort medications will be administered during detox. In other cases, a secure, comforting place within a nurturing and therapeutic atmosphere are enough for beginning treatment.

Medication used in alcohol detox. There are two types of medications (primary, for safety, and secondary for comfort) that can be administered during detox. Primary, or direct, medications manage detox symptoms specifically, and typically consist of anti-anxiety and anti-convulsant medications. For secondary or comfort medications, you will be assessed every one to four hours to alleviate both physical and emotional pain. Comfort medications for physical suffering need not end with detox but can go longer as needed.

You’ll have a team of alcohol detox experts by your side. A team of expert, caring medical, nursing, clinical and support staff will be by your side every step of the way. You will be a assigned a case manager, who handles scheduling of ongoing care. A primary counselor will engage in one-on-one therapy, with group therapy also beginning during detox. In addition to immersion in 12-Step programs, like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, you will be treated along a variety of clinical modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and narrative therapy, along with education about relapse and life skills including successfully reintegrating into the world without substance use.

We take every measure to assure you are safe. You will undergo a screening that covers everything from medical history and extent of alcohol and substance use, psychiatric problems, family issues, and a medical exam to determine the seriousness of withdrawal or other possible medical emergencies. To protect all of our patients and staff, we also inspect your belongings to make sure that no one is bringing in any of their own medications, drugs/alcohol or other contraband. You will also be instructed in the guidelines and treatment procedures, allowing for informed consent to treatment. Once admitted, recovery support specialists check in on you every 30 minutes to ensure your mental and physical well-being.

You will feel supported and reassured during your alcohol detox. In addition to individual therapy sessions with a primary therapist, you will be able to join in-person support groups such as 12-step meetings and specialized treatment groups.

After Medical Alcohol Detox, the Journey Continues…

While detox gets you through acute periods of withdrawal, other symptoms—particularly psychological ones—might persist past the initial detox period, making continuation of treatment after the initial detox period critical. Once the body is safely detoxed of alcohol in a secure environment, you would typically move on to residential inpatient care, through which the mind, body and spirit continue to be healed in the course of our comprehensive treatment programs. Following inpatient residency, outpatient programs (including digital health options) permit you to maintain their personal and professional schedules while receiving individual and/or group sessions each week, at least for the first year of recovery.

Ongoing support through a recovery community is available through 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, as well as Recovery Centers of America Alumni Association, which allows you, and even your family and friends, to be committed and connected for a lifetime of recovery.

FAQs: What Happens During Alcohol Detox & Withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal is the range of symptoms, physical and psychological, the body undergoes as it reacts to decreases in alcohol and then to the absence of alcohol after an extended period of drinking.

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