Alcohol Detox Program

Our alcohol detox program offers a safe and comfortable environment for individuals suffering from alcohol dependency to recover in a tranquil, drug free setting.  Alcohol detoxification is an essential first step, a supervised period of cessation of alcohol intake for effective treatment and management of alcohol addiction. Our clinicians and staff members are on duty 24/7 to support our clients through the recovery process. In addition to care for alcohol withdrawal symptoms, our clients are also given the opportunity to support one another and receive education and counseling about their addiction problem and its effective treatment. One of the benefits of New Start Detox is the individualized care and recovery plan we provide to encourage the adjustment to sustained sobriety.

About our alcohol detox program

New Start’s clients begin alcohol detox treatment with an intake process to help the clinical team better understand the needs of the individual. A medical, drug and alcohol history will be taken, as well as an assessment of current physical well-being. Clinicians on staff have experience working with alcohol dependency and have acquired skills crucial to understanding where our clients stand in terms of symptoms of withdrawal. Alcohol withdrawal is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition which can begin as soon as two hours after the last drink. For individuals who have been drinking heavily for weeks, months or years, alcohol withdrawal symptoms can rapidly intensify, so it’s important to seek medical attention even when symptoms seem mild at first. Withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced after cessation of alcohol dependence include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Mild anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Sweaty palms
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid heart-rate
  • Confusion
  • Tremors or D.T.’s
  • Seizures

What to expect during alcohol detox treatment

During the first few days without alcohol, an alcoholic is likely to experience a variety of different physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. Since the brain, body and mind are adjusting to functioning with a large amount of alcohol present, when an individual ceases drinking, these functions need to readjust. We are committed to ensuring a safe and comfortable transition for our clients during this time, so they can begin to focus on identifying and treating the causes for addictive behavior. Following the intake process, most clients in our alcohol detox program undergo detoxification from alcohol to stabilize withdrawal symptoms or any medical complications. In some cases, pharmacological assistance may be needed, involving counter-indicative medication to offset withdrawal symptoms. This is also necessary when there are co-occurring mental health disorders or underlying medical ailments complicated by substance abuse.

Medication and alcohol detox treatment

Medications such as Benzodiazepines, a class of drugs commonly used throughout the alcohol detoxification process, may be prescribed in small amounts in our supervised alcohol detox to help with craving and withdrawal sensations. These medications are considered mild tranquilizers and bring short-term relief from problems such as insomnia and anxiety. The drugs in this family also have an anticonvulsant which helps relax the muscles. Taking the first step and seeking help in an alcohol detox program is critical to reducing the significant damage done by substance abuse. The continuum of treatment and comprehensive care offered at New Start Detox ensures the ability to surmount the physical aspects of addiction. This achievement will promote the confidence necessary to begin building the tools essential to successfully engaging in long-term addiction recovery.

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