Fort Myers Inpatient Alcohol Detox Programs and Subsequent Therapy

Alcohol abuse and addiction is a nationwide problem in American. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) report in 2015 showed that nationally, as many as 26.9 percent of adults had been binge drinking within the last month, and a further 7 percent of adults were involved with heavy alcohol use within the last month. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) was present in around 15.1 million people in 2015. Furthermore, as many as 88,000 people die each year as a result of alcohol. The Fort Myers inpatient alcohol detox programs at the White Sands Treatment Centers are able to assist with the often dangerous withdrawal phase from alcohol abuse and addiction.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Even though alcohol is freely sold to adults, alcoholism and alcohol abuse can cause a life-threatening condition known as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The risk of complications during detox become even higher if the individual has been through the process several times, drank alcohol excessively for many years, or has any existing medical conditions that may worsen as a result. In the Fort Myers inpatient alcohol detox programs, these risks can be effectively managed to ensure a safe recovery.

The withdrawal symptoms commonly experience during Fort Myers inpatient alcohol rehab centers programs can begin as early as eight hours from the last time that alcohol was consumed. The symptoms can take longer to begin but usually hit their peak by the 24 to 72-hour mark. The entire process can persist for weeks.

The commonly experienced symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Shakiness
  • Nightmares
  • Clammy skin
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Tremors in the body

The most severe of the symptoms experienced in acute alcoholism withdrawal cases in Fort Myers inpatient alcohol detox programs are known as delirium tremens. They include symptoms such as:

  • Severe fever
  • Seizures
  • Acute hallucinations
  • Severe confusion
  • Agitation

Without professional supervision through Fort Myers inpatient alcohol detox programs, there is huge risk involved for those trying to detox alone. Along with increased danger to the person’s health, the chances of a relapse occurring is greatly increased if the person is not supervised.

Medication Used During a Medical Detox

Due to the severity of some alcohol withdrawal symptoms, a medical detox is often advised. In Fort Myers inpatient alcohol rehab centers, a medical detox is often provided for those that require it. During the detox, a patient may be given a combination of medications to lessen the symptoms and to treat some of the other symptoms directly, allowing for the patient to be eased through the process. Medications include disulfiram, naltrexone, acomprosate, chlordiazepoxide, diazepam, and other antidepressants. Nausea and anticonvulsant medication such as Tegretol may also be given to the patient if needed.

Fort Myers Inpatient Rehab Programs

In the Fort Myers inpatient rehab programs at White Sands Treatment Centers, the safety and well-being of the patient is of the utmost concern. When a person with alcohol use disorder first enters into the program, they will usually go through a medical detox program to deal with the withdrawal symptoms. However, this is not a cure to an addiction as cravings and negative behavioral patterns often remain.

A patient can be screened for possible mental disorders that may be present such as PTSD or ADHD. If the patient suffers from co-occurring mental disorders, each can be treated independently to ensure a fuller recovery. Therapeutic programs are available to help in building new coping skills that do not rely on substance abuse. Relapse prevention is taught to help the individual with their long-term recovery.

Once a patient is ready to re-enter their old lives, they can do so with greater confidence. Other post-treatment programs such as the 12-step program can continue to help them on their long-term recovery journey.

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000764.htm

https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-facts-and-statistics

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.