Alcohol is by far the most commonly abused drug in the United States. Government estimates say that more than 17 million Americans have a substance abuse issue with alcohol. A good percentage of these are heavy, daily drinkers, alcoholics. Consuming large quantities of alcohol on a regular basis can make the body dependent. In the most severe cases, alcohol withdrawal results in a condition called delirium tremens (D.T.'s), which can be fatal if not properly treated.
The classic sign of alcohol withdrawal is the "shakes" -- uncontrollable tremors that set in about 6 hours after the last drink. Thus many alcoholics need to drink alcohol in the morning just to steady their hands. Common alcohol withdraw symptoms include the following:
- Tremors (shakes)
- Rapid heart rate
- Nausea / vomiting
- High blood pressure
Due to the possibility of seizures and D.T.s, it is necessary for addicts in alcohol withdrawal to be monitored closely by medical staff. At Sunrise Detox, we have an effective alcohol detox protocol that keeps our guests safe and comfortable during the alcohol detoxification process. Medications are used to prevent seizures and the onset of D.T.s, and our professionalalcohol detox staff closely monitors the guests vital signs.