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Are you finally ready to admit that you are an alcoholic and you need help? Perhaps you have reached a point in your life where you have become tired of being an alcoholic and are ready to go through detox. These are brave things to admit to yourself. We at Knoxville Recovery Center applaud your honesty and hope to be the place that helps you on your journey to sobriety.

Naturally, you may have questions about what to expect and what the rehabilitation process is going to be like. Allow us to take a minute to answer some of those for you. 

Symptoms Experienced During Alcohol Detox

When it is time to detox, your body will go through what is known as withdrawals. This is where your body and mind begin to adjust to the change of being without alcohol. As a result of this adjustment, you will likely begin to experience a set of unpleasant symptoms. The seriousness of these symptoms will be dependent on how heavily and for how long you have been drinking. 

Here are some common complaints you may experience:

  • Feeling shaky or jumpy
  • Mood swings
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Nightmares
  • Unclear thoughts
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Headache
  • Sweating excessively
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate

There is also a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that is known as delirium tremens. It can cause you to have hallucinations, seizures, a fever and severe confusion.  

How Long Does Alcohol Detox Last?

Logically, you may be curious about how long the alcohol detox process lasts. The short answer is that it depends on aspects such as your age, weight, and drinking history. 

Withdrawal symptoms begin anywhere from a few hours after your last drink to a few days. If you have been drinking heavily for years, your withdrawal symptoms could be quite severe. 

A light drinker will have symptoms that will peak in 1-3 days, whereas a heavy drinker may feel bad for a week or so. Although it is very rare, some heavy drinkers may have persistent withdrawal symptoms that last for a month or more. 

Diagnosis and Treatments for Alcohol Addiction

When you check into a detox clinic, you will be given a complete medical assessment so that an individualized plan can be developed for your care. A physical exam will be performed to identify if you have any abnormal heart rhythms, rapid breathing or heart rate, dehydration or fever, for example. 

You will also be given a complete psychological evaluation to help determine your thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns. You may also be given lab tests and imaging tests to determine if you have health problems that are linked to your alcohol use, such as organ damage. 

During your detox period, you may be given specific medications to help ease your withdrawal symptoms. You will also receive psychological counseling as part of your treatment plan. This might include sessions where your whole family is involved. 

Detox at Knoxville Recovery Center

If you are ready to leave alcohol behind you, don’t attempt to do it on your own. It can be a dangerous game to try and detox at home without professional help. We will help you stay as comfortable as possible during your withdrawal period. We at Knoxville Recovery Center have an extensive amount of experience in helping people who are addicted to alcohol achieve sobriety. You have the power within yourself to do it as well. All you need to do is make the decision to live without it. Call us today to speak with a specialist who can help you get your life back on track.

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