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Top-Rated Alcohol Detox Program in Los Angeles
With repeated, heavy alcohol use, an addiction can form relatively quickly. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, as many as 14.1 million Americans were dealing with alcohol use disorder (alcoholism) in 2019. Alcohol abuse can be destructive to both your health and wellbeing and the wellbeing of those who care about you.
Alcohol use disorder is a treatable mental disease if you find effective professional help. One of the hardest parts of giving up drinking is the intense and often dangerous withdrawal symptoms that happen shortly after you stop drinking. Not only is it dangerous to try and stop drinking alone, but quitting drinking alone can make it difficult to follow through as the symptoms become overwhelming.
Muse has a top-rated alcohol detox program in Los Angeles that can assist you through the transition that you face when you in your recovery from alcohol abuse and dependence. We can help get you through alcohol detox with reduced symptoms thanks to the medications that are licensed to provide and more importantly, safely due to the medical monitoring that our healthcare professionals provide.
Oftentimes, there are underlying causes that led to alcohol dependence. It may be that there are co-occurring mental disorders present and alcohol use helps to self-medicate the untreated mental disorder, or there may be other problems stemming from your past such as mental or physical abuse that led to the abuse of alcohol. Alcohol detox is just the start of the process of long-term recovery. Once you’ve completed your detox, then our inpatient and outpatient programs can help you to stay sober by addressing the underlying issues that may be present.
What is Alcohol Detox Like?
To understand what alcohol detox is like, we will explore why alcohol withdrawal occurs. Frequent heavy drinking causes your body to undergo changes. What essentially happens is that your body adjusts to the constant presence of alcohol. That’s why if you continue to drink heavy amounts of alcohol frequently, you become tolerant to it and you need to drink more to get the same effect.
Once your body has become used to alcohol being present, it starts to need alcohol to continue to function in this adjusted state. Suddenly stopping results in your body experiencing withdrawal symptoms simply because it is now reliant on alcohol being consumed frequently. Alcohol specifically stimulates GABA receptors. The effects on the GABA receptors are what causes you to feel relaxed when you drink. However, the balance between GABA and glutamate – which essentially has the opposite effect – is in this adjusted state and you start experiencing anxiety and several other symptoms because your GABA receptors aren’t being stimulated by alcohol anymore.
Withdrawal symptoms are experienced as your body slowly returns to normal function and balance. During withdrawal, you can expect symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, shakiness in the limbs, insomnia, sweating, and nausea. More severe symptoms include seizures, hallucinations, fever, confusion, and delusions. The worst of the symptoms can be life-threatening, which is why it’s important to be medically supervised during alcohol withdrawal.
Of course, through our alcohol detox program in Los Angeles, we can help by giving you medication that stimulates GABA receptors among other things, allowing your body to experience less severe symptoms as you recover at a more comfortable pace.
What to Expect During Detox?
So, what will it be like going through detox at Muse? At our alcohol detox rehab in LA, you can expect friendly, caring people who are there to help you through this difficult time. Our rehab center is a place where healing can happen in a safe, controlled environment so that you don’t have to worry about what might happen.
Muse is a fully licensed rehab center in Los Angeles. We are equipped to handle all of the potential complications that may occur during detox and we are able to provide you with FDA-approved medication such as benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and other OTC medication to help with anything that you might be experiencing.
We also ensure that you are getting enough fluids in your body and are getting enough nutrients to help your body to begin to heal. While alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be tough to deal with, with our help, you can expect the experience to be far less overwhelming, and most importantly, safe.
How Long is Detox?
There is a wide range of personal elements such as how frequently you drank and for how long that can affect how long alcohol detox lasts. On average, you can expect to get through the majority of symptoms by around day five.
After about 6 to 12 hours after you had your last drink, the first symptoms will begin to appear. This includes symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, and insomnia. After roughly 12 to 48 hours, more severe symptoms may begin such as seizures and hallucinations. The most severe of the symptoms tend to set in at around day 2 to 3. This is the time when delirium tremens might set in which may require medical assistance.
By day 5, you should start to feel better. You are then ready to begin the next part of your recovery: behavioral therapy and holistic treatment. The goal is to address the true cause of the alcohol abuse so that long-term sobriety becomes possible.
Why Choose Muse for Alcohol Detox?
Muse in Los Angeles is a top-rated rehab because it has everything you need to get through detox safely and as comfortably as possible as well as all of the behavioral therapies and holistic types of treatments that you need to overcome addiction for good. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem but one with a solution. Muse can be your solution to substance abuse.
Muse has received the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission because we adhere to the principles of effective treatment. Give us a call at (800) 426-1818 today to get the professional help that can help you to start a new chapter in your life.