Detox restores a drinker’s system to normal after extended alcohol abuse. Anyone who has been drinking heavily for an extended amount of time may experience some intense side effects from detox. Which is why it is important to detox from alcohol under the strict supervision of a medical professional.
In the cases of long-term heavy alcohol users, detoxing via “cold turkey” can be very dangerous and possibly fatal.
Although rare, there could be some severe side effects of alcohol detox including, seizures, heart arrhythmias, liver or kidney dysfunction, and hallucinations.
Medications Used in Detox
The purpose of medications in detox are to keep the patient’s system in balance and to prevent complications.
Medications used during detox include drugs that reduce cravings, prevent seizures, and treat co-occurring disorders. Benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are one type of drug that can reduce the psychological withdrawal symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Sedation with benzos, including Valium, Librium, and Ativan,reduces the risk of seizures during withdrawal. Anticonvulsants or anti-seizure medications, may also be used.
Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
The first step in treating an alcohol addiction is detox. Our alcohol treatment center in Brentwood Springs offers a healthy environment for detox and withdrawal as part of an rehabilitation program. Another options is outpatient detox for those with a mild alcohol addiction..
The best option for you or a loved one is to give us a call so we can best diagnose the solution for your situation. Our alcohol detox center is located close to Nashville TN.