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Alcohol Detox in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Alcohol Detox

All detox presents dangers to patients mental and physical health, but alcohol has its own set of risks. The dangers of excessive drinking are far too often underestimated- with over 80,000 deaths a year linked to alcohol it should be considered a serious addiction. Moreover, alcohol is one of the drugs that had life-threatening withdrawal side effects.

Long Term Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Long-term addiction can take a heavy toll on the entire body. Alcohol can impact the heart and cause cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias (Irregular heartbeat), stroke and high blood pressure. The liver takes a heavy hit with repercussions including fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Alcohol can also weaken the immune system, making people more prone to diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. Excessive drinking can also increase the risk of oral, esophageal, throat, liver and breast cancer. In addition, alcoholics typically have a poor appetite and fail to get the recommended nutrients from their diets

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Why Is Alcohol Withdrawal so Dangerous?

Alcohol withdrawal is highly individual, and it is influenced by several factors, such as length of time drinking, the amount consumed each time, medical history, the presence of a co-occurring mental health disorder, family history of addiction, childhood trauma, and stress levels. The use of other drugs in conjunction with alcohol can also influence withdrawal and increase the potential dangers and side effects. The more dependent on alcohol a person is, the more likely the person is to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms. Each person may not go through every stage of withdrawal, therefore. Large amounts of alcohol act as a sedative in your body. With continued use, your brain will adjust its chemical balance to accommodate the effects of alcohol. So, if you’re an alcoholic and suddenly decrease your consumption or stop drinking altogether, your brain is essentially over-stimulated and withdrawal symptoms start to occur. These symptoms are referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The stages of withdrawal from alcohol are as follows:

Stage 1 (mild): anxiety, insomnia, nausea, abdominal pain and/or vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, tremors, depression, foggy thinking, mood swings, and heart palpitations
Stage 2 (moderate): increased blood pressure, body temperature and respiration, irregular heart rate, mental confusion, sweating, irritability, and mood disturbances
Stage 3 (severe/delirium tremens): hallucinations, fever, seizures, severe confusion, and agitation

These symptoms begin roughly 8 hours from the last drink, peak at days 3-5 and subside after the first week. This timeline is for those undergoing medically supervised detox, and self-detoxing can result in much longer symptom endurance and permanent damage.

Manage your Detox at Imperium in Fort Lauderdale

If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol abuse, call our staff today to discuss a drug rehab or detox program best fit for you and your needs. No one should have to go through this alone, we use our understands and expertise around this disease to ease your recovery.

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