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Orange County Alcohol Detox

Drug and Alcohol Detox Center

Understanding Alcohol Abuse

For a person who is partying too much and needs to cut down, the idea of detoxing is probably more about a change in behavior than anything else. Sure, coming back from a nasty hangover isn’t pleasant, but it only takes a few painful mornings for most people to begin to moderate their drinking.

When partying becomes an everyday activity, or when a person has a compulsive need to drink, they should seek professional help.  Alcohol use is so common in American culture that it is often difficult to tell when someone’s drinking crosses the line into alcohol abuse.  When a person’s drinking escalates to the point where it causes them harm and negatively affects their life, it is diagnosed as Alcohol Abuse Disorder.  It is difficult to discern exactly when a person becomes an alcoholic.  Alcohol affects each person differently, and a person’s relationship with Alcohol is often more telling than the amount that they drink.  However, there are some common warning signs that a person may have developed Alcohol Abuse Disorder.

Signs of Alcohol Abuse

  • Blacking Out (short term memory loss from drinking)
  • Hangovers even when they didn’t drink the night before
  • Isolating from Family and Friends
  • Extreme Mood Swings and Irritability
  • Missing work or family obligations due to drinking
  • Drinking Alone
  • Hiding Alcohol around the house
  • Surrounding themselves with other heavy drinkers
  • Making up excuses to drink
  • Being unable to control their intake
  • Getting a DUI
  • Being arrested for an Alcohol-related infraction

Alcohol is the Most Dangerous Drug to Detox From

Here’s where the risks come in. When a person stops drinking alcohol suddenly.  They just up and quit because they think it’s time to do so, and it’s easy to do, the consequences can be deadly. Sudden alcohol cessation can cause hallucinations, convulsions, and even heart seizures that may result in death. This isn’t something to take lightly and is an excellent reason not to try to detox from alcohol at home.

Anyone with a serious dependency on alcohol should never consider going “cold turkey” at home. Alcohol detox is a two-phase process. The first phase occurs over a short period of a few days, and it’s during this initial period that the person undergoing detox could experience problems, some of which could be fatal without a professional medical intervention. The second and longer phase of alcohol detox occurs over months, as the brain slowly begins to regulate and resume normal functioning. There may be lingering symptoms during the second phase of alcohol detox, but they are not usually life-threatening.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms


The extent of the severity and occurrence of symptoms will vary depending on the individual’s history of abuse and individual physical condition, including any exacerbating co-existing medical or psychological disorder. However, the risks of detox for all serious abusers of alcohol are potentially severe enough that alcohol detox should never be attempted alone.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms 6 to 12 hours after the last drink Agitation Anxiety Headaches Shaking Nausea and vomiting 12 to 24 hours after the last drink Disorientation Hand tremors Seizures 48 hours after the last drink Seizures Insomnia High blood pressure Tactile, auditory, and visual hallucinations High fever and excessive sweating Delirium tremens Post-Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (A Week to a Year After the Last Drink) Irritability and emotional outbursts Anxiety Low energy Trouble sleeping Memory problems Dizziness Increased accident proneness Delayed reflexes Intense cravings Chronic nausea

Our Orange County Detox Center can help you successfully complete an alcohol detox.  During a clinically managed alcohol detox, medications may be prescribed that can make the detox more comfortable and safer for the individual. Such medications help reduce or eliminate cravings, ease anxiety, and help the individual transition more gently from an abrupt cessation from drinking. A person can’t just take a prescription pill and detox on their own. These medications require constant monitoring by medical staff.

The Long-Term effects of Alcoholism

Over the course of several months of abstinence, long-term withdrawal symptoms such as insomnia, cravings, and anxiety will gradually reduce in intensity. They may be eased somewhat by medications such as acamprosate and naltrexone, but only continued sobriety and the passage of time will end the long-term detox. The medical staff at our Orange County Detox will determine your need for medications and prescribe accordingly.

Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Of course, detox is only the first step in overcoming alcohol dependence. A person in recovery needs a clear head, not one that’s foggy from alcohol, in order to begin the process of learning how to live a life of sobriety. After a professionally-monitored alcohol detox, the individual is ready to embark on long-term recovery. Such therapy often takes place in residential treatment centers and includes one-on-one counseling, group therapy, educational lectures, and other treatment specifically tailored to the individual’s needs.

Here at ReAlign detox, we accept a limited number of patients at a time, so each patient is treated to a completely individualized care plan tailored to their current situation. We create plans that have our patient’s safety and comfort as a priority. We are known for offering innovative solutions to alcohol addiction that help heals the body as well as the mind. Vitamin infusion, proper health, and nutrition schedules, and nexilin therapy help guide the mind and body to great health.

For any health concerns, we have experienced medical directors and staff available 24 hours a day to provide services such as follow-up visits, comfort meds, and aftercare. Private room care is available, we accept referrals, and we accept many major insurance plans for payment.