There’s nothing quite like waking up to a pile of empty liquor bottles the morning after a binge. It takes all day for that shame to leave you – sometimes longer. Shame isn’t an easy feeling to live with, so you drink more to escape. Unfortunately, more drinking leads to more shame, and more shame leads to more drinking. Are you caught in this vicious cycle of alcohol use, wondering if you’ll ever find a way out?

With an alcohol detox program, you can join the 2.2 million Americans that got treatment for alcohol use disorder in 2022, and take the first step toward recovery.

Alcohol Withdrawal

You want to stop drinking and leave that unhealthy cycle behind you, but every time you try, you feel sick, depressed, and anxious. Now what?

We know how unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are firsthand because most of our staff is in recovery from a substance or alcohol use disorder, too. A detox program with our trusted affiliate partners allows you to recover from alcohol withdrawal in a safe, supportive environment.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms You May Experience

If you’ve experienced any of the following withdrawal symptoms after regular and heavy alcohol use, it might be time to look into a detox program:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Hand tremors
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate

You’ll probably experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms in the detox program we refer you to, too. Unlike trying to detox at home, however, there are steps we take to make your symptoms more manageable. 

What to Expect From an Alcohol Detox Program

When you enter the alcohol detox program, you’ll be assessed by skilled medical staff, and then carefully monitored 24/7. We’ll make sure you make it through alcohol withdrawal safely and as painlessly as possible, with our partners providing medication to help with symptoms if needed. You can rest assured that even if any complications arise, you’ll be in expert hands that are prepared to deal with any problem during the detox process.

Alcohol Detox Timeline: The Evolution of Withdrawal Symptoms

Everyone is different, and so is their withdrawal timeline, from the symptoms they experience to how long they experience them. Here is a basic outline that might offer some insight:

As soon as six hours after your last drink, you may experience mild withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, headaches, shakiness, and sweating.

After 24 hours, you may have hallucinations and/or seizures. These are rare, though. Your other withdrawal symptoms will also likely worsen during this time.

48-72 hours following your last drink, delirium tremens (DTs), a serious condition involving severe hallucinations and delusions, might begin. DTs are also rare, but if you experience any symptoms, seek medical attention right away. You might also experience extreme sweating, fast heart rate, confusion, high blood pressure, and fever.

After 72 hours, most withdrawal symptoms will start to subside. Depending on the severity of your alcohol use disorder, symptoms may last longer. Some symptoms can last a long time if you try to detox on your own. By participating in a medical detox program, withdrawal symptoms go away the vast majority of the time.

The Importance of Alcohol Detox: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Alcohol detox is the first step in building a life you love. It’s a necessary phase of treatment that will fully prepare you and your body to heal from your alcohol use disorder in one of our other programs.

How to Know if You Need Alcohol Detox

If you think you have an alcohol use disorder, checking into an alcohol detox program is a good idea. It’s especially true if you experience withdrawal symptoms when you aren’t drinking.

Withdrawal symptoms are a big sign of an alcohol use disorder, but if you have trouble regulating your drinking, it’s negatively impacting your life, or you’ve tried to quit drinking but weren’t successful, we recommend coming to see us, too. We will help you take control of your life again.

Treatment After Alcohol Detox: An Approach for Everyone

As great as it would be for a detox program to fix everything, sustained recovery requires ongoing treatment.

Once you complete alcohol detox, you’ll proceed to our residential program, where you’ll stay in housing provided by Wolf Creek Recovery and focus on healing from your alcohol use disorder long-term. Your treatment plan will be customized to you and your unique needs, and you’ll participate in various evidence-based therapies to address any trauma and undiagnosed mental health conditions involved in your alcohol use disorder. You’ll even spend time outside in beautiful Prescott, Arizona for our outdoor adventure therapy, because learning to enjoy your life again is an important part of recovery, too.

We encourage you to stay with us for 90 days, and you’re welcome at Wolf Creek Recovery if you need more time than that, too. Our extended care program ensures that everyone receives quality treatment and sufficient support to overcome their alcohol use disorder, no matter how long it takes.

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Starting Alcoholism (Alcohol Use Disorder) Treatment in Prescott, Arizona

Are you ready to take your life back from alcohol use disorder? Recovery is right around the corner. 

We’re eager to get to know you and your story. Wolf Creek Recovery will meet you where you are with individualized treatment that will change your life, beginning with an alcohol detox program. Reach out to us today by calling 1-833-732-8202, and build a life you love.