Alcohol Detox

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Alcohol Detox Program in Orange County, CA

Alcohol detoxification involves a thorough physical and psychological assessment before treatment.  Here at True Life Recovery detox program in Orange County, we provide a safe setting to detox from alcohol abuse and physical dependency with great support 24/7. Our comfortable home-like settings are designed with the needs of the patient in mind to provide a safe, home-like environment to allow the client to detox as comfortably as possible.

Alcohol detox should only be done by health professionals.  There are many potential problematic physical and mental issues that are best handled by health practitioners with specialized training to avoid any harm or health risks that may occur during the detox phases.

Our highly trained medical professionals will assist with any and all of the detoxing related to alcohol abuse or dependency so that you can safely recover in a supportive and caring environment.


What Is Alcohol Abuse and Detoxification?

It is estimated that around 17.6 Americans are currently suffering from alcohol use disorder, however, a mere fraction of those with alcohol problems ever seek professional assistance. Even in cases that are very severe, most people that have an alcohol use disorder would benefit from some kind of treatment. In this article, we will discuss alcohol abuse and detox.

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02. Effects of Using Alcohol Long-term

The Effects Of Alcohol Abuse On The Body

The entire body incurs a heavy toll from long-term addiction. Alcohol has an impact on the heart causing arrhythmias, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy and stroke. The liver suffers the most and can get alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, cirrhosis and fibrosis. The immune system is also weakened by alcohol. This means that those dealing with alcohol abuse and detox are more prone to diseases such as tuberculosis and pneumonia.

Excessive drinking will also increase the risk of esophageal, oral, liver, throat, and breast cancer. On top of this, most alcoholics have very poor appetites meaning that their diet is inadequate and nutritionally poor. In combination with the physical challenges associated with detox, the body is compromised nutritionally.

03. Side Effects of Detox

What Are the Symptoms of Alcohol Detox?

The symptoms that are experienced during detox could be mild, like a headache and a bit of nausea. There are however people who go through severe delirium tremens, these are accompanied by hallucinations and/or seizures. If there is no other drug use, treatment or co-occurring conditions, there is a characteristic course that withdrawal follows, this consists of three phases that are relatively distinct.

Acute Withdrawal​

During this phase, there is autonomic nervous system hyperactivity, tremors and a risk for DTs and tremors. Within the first forty eight hours after consumption has been discontinued is when seizures and tremors typically occur, after twenty four hours they tend to peak. Around seventy two hours is when DTs typically peaks. During acute alcohol withdrawal, common physiological symptoms include increased blood pressure, tachycardia, irregular body temperatures, diaphoresis and gastrointestinal issues such as nausea and vomiting.

Excessive drinking will also increase the risk of esophageal, oral, liver, throat, and breast cancer. On top of this, most alcoholics have very poor appetites meaning that their diet is inadequate and nutritionally poor. In combination with the physical challenges associated with detox, the body is compromised nutritionally.

Early Abstinence ​

Throughout the second phase, low mood, anxiety and disturbed patterns will continue, they however no longer are manifested with acute physical symptoms. Within three to six weeks after alcohol consumption has ended, elevated anxiety comes to an end.

Protracted Abstinence​

Throughout this last phase, elevated dysphoria, which is a state is dissatisfaction and unease as well as anxiety may not seem obvious, although any kind of insignificant challenge can bring on negativity, cause cravings for alcohol and provoke relapse. The psychological discomfort which accompanies anxiety throughout abstinence is somewhat overwhelming, even after most of the acute physical symptoms have diminished. This is what experts believe plays a prominent role in the increased risk of relapse as well as bringing on the continued use of and/or abuse of alcohol.

04. How Long Does Detox Take to Finish

How Long Will It Take To Detox From Alcohol?

Most people wonder how long alcohol detox will take.  Depending on alcohol use, severity and other important factors detoxing can take various amount of times.

When it comes to alcohol abuse and detox, it is important to bear in mind that detox is merely the first step on a road to recovery which can be quite long. Detox only means that alcohol intake will be abruptly ended and the body must then cleanse itself  of alcohol.  Our process of detoxing will generally take from five to seven days.

There are cases however that will benefit from staying at a residential or inpatient treatment center for longer. The following factors are what determine the length of your stay:

  • Type of addiction
  • History with addiction
  • Severity of the addiction
  • A co-occurring diagnosis (depression, trauma, anxiety)
  • The physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the client

How To Recognize if Alcohol Detox May Be Right For You

  • Alcohol is a focus of daily life and you spend a lot of time and your energy focused on recovering or alcohol consumption
  • Problems with social, occupational and other important obligations
  • The need for more and more alcohol to achieve the same results
  • Lying about your drinking habits
  • Feelings of guilt or being ashamed
  • Blacking out or forgetting what you did while you were drinking
  • Drinking more alcohol than you intended to

05. Detox by Drug Type

What Are the Different Types of Detox?

At True Life Recovery, our professional staff oversees & supervises all detoxes in a safe, confidential, & supportive manner. Individuals are closely monitored and checked during the detox and withdrawal process.  Vital signs are closely monitored.  Physical check-ups may be provided to ensure the ongoing health, medications will be individualized to manage the withdrawal symptoms during detox stay.

We offer detox for drugs and alcohol including:

06. Getting Help

Getting Help & Alcohol Detox

Acknowledging a drinking problem takes tremendous strength from the individual deciding to change their life and take control again.  A person who has a problem who seeks help should be very proud of themselves. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse affects millions of people and their families worldwide.  It is nothing to be ashamed of because you are not alone.  Every race, social class, and culture deal with this issue.

If you or someone you love has an issue with alcohol abuse it is important to seek professional help before the situation gets out of hand. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be. It is, however, never too late to seek professional assistance. Recovering from alcohol abuse can be beneficial not only for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but it can also help to bring your family and loved ones closer together.   Alcoholism affects everyone, not just the alcoholic.

True Life Recovery is a residential detox center in Orange County that specializes in alcohol detox.  Our staff is here 24/7 to assist you and provide comfort and safety.  Our staff is especially attentive and supportive.  Ongoing psychological support is available for all of our clients after alcohol detox.  Our residential center is quiet, comfortable, and private.

Frequently Asked Questions

Addiction is a complicated, irrational and multi-faceted disease. Addiction is a chronic disease of the brain that is persisting, recurring and difficult to stop. Addiction is not a moral failing or a lack of will power. Nobody chooses to be an addict. Experimenting with drugs and alcohol may lead to addiction in certain people. People basically use drugs or alcohol to relax, escape or reward themselves. A potential addiction occurs and is more likely in people who have an addictive personality caused by biology, environment or socially or are predisposed through heredity. These people don’t just feel good after using they feel so good they chase the feeling and the substance.

Signs of Addiction:

  • Increased Tolerance & Intense Urges
  • Physical or Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
  • Negative Consequences
  • Unsuccessful Attempts to Stop
  • Too Much Time Spent Seeking Next High
  • Addiction without the proper professional help can be terminal.

If you cannot control or stop using alcohol or drugs and your use is affecting your life adversely regarding health, self-esteem, family, employment, friends even law enforcement it’s probably time to consider a recovery program for yourself.

The first step after deciding to take control of your life back is to detox. Detoxing from an addiction is the first step in changing your life.

A “cold turkey” approach is not recommended because of the physical problems that may arise. In our experience people who try going cold turkey usually disappoint themselves and relapse. Detox should never be attempted at home or without medical supervision at a licensed detox treatment facility.

At True Life Recovery, we medically manage your detox stay and provide you with as pain-free and safe experience as possible. We manage the physical effects of withdrawal, give you a safe comfortable supportive environment with proper food and emotional support.

When an individual determines to live life clean and sober the first step is detox.

The next phase is adjusting to abstinence. Lasting recovery means behavioral changes that support your journey. Talking it out in a private or public support system will assist in recovery.

Active involvement in support groups such as AA or NA are recommended.

There are many drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers also available to assist individuals to learn new coping skills and focus on their recovery. As well, your religious organization may be of great support.

Addiction is a chronic disease, therefore the goal is a long-term successful management of the disease.

Detoxification from drugs or alcohol varies depending on the type, the level of abuse, and the individual client’s health.

In general, detox will take 3 to 10 days.

When you speak with one of our True Life Recovery representatives they will begin to assess your dependency and will give you a good idea of what timeline to expect to stay.

Costs include 24-hour supervision and monitoring, room and board in a private or shared room, intake evaluation, counseling and therapy sessions as well as nutritious food freshly prepared daily.

For anyone worried that the wrong person will find out that you are going through a detox program – don’t be. Deciding to become clean and sober is a very personal issue and we highly respect individual rights. We do not give out personal information, have and maintain a very strict confidentiality policy.

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