AlcohoL Treatment Services

Mission Viejo
Alcohol detox

Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center

Alcoholism and withdrawal symptoms

It can be difficult to differentiate when a heavy drinker crosses and becomes an alcoholic.   To clarify this issue, the medical community created the term Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) with a specific set of criteria to establish if a person qualifies for this diagnosis.  AUD is considered a brain disease like any other mental health disorder.  People who have Alcohol Use Disorder have three common traits.  They are compelled to drink.  They cannot control the amount that they drink.  They will also experience adverse physical and emotional effects when they don’t drink.

Alcohol Use Disorder is the most common Substance Use Disorder in the United States.  The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that about 16 million people in the United States suffer from AUD.  People with Alcohol Use Disorder typically begin to suffer from the consequences of their drinking but continue to drink alcohol to excess regularly.  They may have run-ins with the police, get a DUI, or repeatedly miss work or social events.  People with AUD will also feel the physical effects of not drinking.  They may have shaky hands, trouble sleeping, sweating, nausea, irritability, anxiety, and depression.  

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS) can be dangerous and even deadly.  A detox from alcohol should always be overseen by a medical professional.  The more severe symptoms of Alcohol withdrawal require medication management during a medical detox.  Some of these symptoms are dehydration, fever, irregular heart rate, hallucinations, extreme agitation, and seizures.  A medical detox center can monitor a patients vital signs and use medications to ensure that these harsher symptoms are avoided.

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Mission Viejo Alcohol Rehab Center

Our Mission Viejo Alcohol detox

A progressive detox program can be the foundation for a successful recovery from alcoholism.  Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center’s Mission Viejo alcohol detox program utilizes the latest in evidence-based resources to make the detoxification process as comfortable, safe, and effective as possible.

The timeline for an alcohol detox typically lasts between five and seven days.  This process can sometimes take longer if there are medical complications or if other substances are being abused along with alcohol.

The first phase of the withdrawal process can begin as soon as eight hours after the person’s last drink.  During this stage, symptoms are typically mild and include anxiety, insomnia, and nausea.  The next phase of withdrawals usually occurs between one and three days after the last drink and includes elevated heart rate, high blood pressure, confusion, and agitation.  The third phase of the withdrawal process is the most dangerous.  Some of its symptoms are fever, hallucinations, and seizures.  These symptoms usually occur two to four days after the last drink.

We offer medication-assisted detox to help relieve the physical symptoms of withdrawal.  This level of care optimizes our client’s chances of successful recovery.  Our team of addiction treatment experts provides encouragement and motivation for our clients.  Once our clients’ bodies and minds are free from the toxins created by alcohol abuse, we help them transition to the next phase of their recovery.

If you or a loved need to safely detox from alcohol, contact Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center Today.

Mission Viejo Alcohol Rehab

The cost of treatment could be covered by your insurance