It has been said that nearly all individuals over the age of eighteen, in the United States, have drank alcohol at some point. It is common knowledge that alcohol is currently legal in America for people over the age of twenty-one to consume. Unlike many illegal, abused substances, alcohol does not necessarily have a highly addictive quality to it. In fact, there are many people who can drink in moderation and not become dependent on or addicted to alcohol. Alcohol abuse comes into play for individuals when a person drinks heavily, on a regular basis, or engages in binge drinking. Alcoholism does affect a large number of individuals in America. It has been reported that more than fifteen million Americans struggle with alcoholism. Additionally, there are more than eighty thousand alcohol related deaths in the United States each year.

The first step in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol is to go through the detoxification stage, better known as detox. The reason for this being, that an individual who wishes to stop abusing drugs or alcohol must first remove all of the drugs or alcohol from his or her system. Detox allows individuals to go through an intense and intentional experience of releasing the toxins and chemicals from an abused substance from one’s body.


The detox phase for an individual addicted to alcohol should be done under medical supervision. This is known as medically supervised detox. The importance of a medically supervised detox for individuals who have been abusing alcohol is due to the severe withdrawal symptoms that can occur. It is essential for a person to be monitored so as to make sure he or she does not suffer unnecessary health complications from the detox process.

The first step in a medically supervised detox program will be for a clinician to obtain an extensive medical health history of the individual. This can help illuminate any possible complications, while also enabling a more personalized approach to one’s detox plan. Following the medical health history stage, an individual will then continue with the detox process. This will look slightly different for each individual. In a medically supervised detox process, the individual will have access to twenty-four-hour care and support. He or she will be closely monitored throughout the entire detox process, and in some cases his or her withdrawal symptoms can be eased with help from the medical professional. Many medically supervised detox programs will also offer an exit plan for individuals to assure they continue on a path of recovery and maintaining sobriety.

Withdrawal Symptoms

There is a myriad of withdrawal symptoms that can accompany an individual who is detoxing from alcohol abuse. The severity of each possible symptom will vary from person to person and will depend on a number of factors. Factors that will weigh into one’s withdrawal experience will most likely include, how long a person has been abusing alcohol, if the individual has also been using or abusing other substances, the frequency of one’s alcohol use, the amount of alcohol abused, and the individual’s personal medical history.

There are many possible withdrawal symptoms that an individual may experience during some point of his or her detox process from alcohol abuse. The severity level ranges from mild to severe depending on the previously listed factors. Some of the possible withdrawal symptoms from alcohol abuse can include the following: headache, insomnia, sweating, nausea, vomiting, high blood pressure, fever, hallucinations, delusions, and seizures. Each individual may experience any combination of the above withdrawal symptoms.

The timeframe for which a person may experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms can last up to a week, and in some cases, longer. The first withdrawal symptoms most commonly begin around six to eight hours after one’s last drink. One’s withdrawal symptoms will typically peak in severity and discomfort between twenty-four hours to seventy-four hours after one’s last drink. Withdrawal symptoms usually taper off between five to seven days post one’s last alcoholic drink. In some cases, individuals may experience certain withdrawal symptoms beyond the seven days after he or she had consumed his or her last alcoholic beverage.

Further Information

Alcoholism is a serious disease. If left untreated it can cause severe lifelong side effects and in some cases, can lead to premature death. There is an abundance of support available for individuals who suffer from alcoholism. If you or someone you know is in need of addiction treatment for drugs or alcohol, please seek help immediately. We are available to answer any questions you may have regarding substance abuse or addiction. For further information, do not hesitate contacting us at: 323-207-0276. You can also feel free to reach out via email at: We are here to help.

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