a man convinces a woman to attend alcohol detox center in floridaMedically assisted alcohol detox is the quickest way out of the pain of alcohol addiction. It’s also only the first step in the recovery process. Alcohol detox occurs when all alcohol intake is discontinued. A doctor and medical staff observe you while your body re-adjusts to not having alcohol inside it. At Gulf Breeze Recovery, our alcohol detox center in Florida provides a serene setting where clients can get the attention they need to heal and find the peace of mind to recover.

What Withdrawal Symptoms Can I Expect During Alcohol Detox?

Addiction targets the brain by rewiring the brain’s reward center. This creates cravings, tolerance, and dependence upon alcohol to produce the necessary chemicals to function in a normal manner. 

The severity and duration of your withdrawal symptoms are connected to the severity and duration of your alcohol addiction. The more you drank, and the longer you drank heavily, the worse your symptoms will be.

The first symptom you’ll experience when your body is detoxing from alcohol is intense cravings. You will likely become consumed with the overwhelming desire to find a drink as the alcohol leaves your system. These are the most crucial and precious hours of the detox process. If you can find the will to brave through this period, you’re halfway there. 

Other symptoms that emerge during this time often include:

  • Feeling physically ill, exhausted, and weak
  • Irritability, irrational, fearful thoughts, and depressive mood
  • Sudden elevation in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Difficulty sleeping, insomnia, and nightmares
  • Body tremors that are very uncomfortable

Depending on the severity of your addiction, these symptoms can worsen throughout the detox process before they stop completely. Hallucinations and potentially life-threatening seizures are among the most dangerous symptoms. Potential detox experiences can involve:

  • Rapid pulse and the feeling of your heart beating out of your chest
  • Chest pains which can signify possible blood pressure or heart problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Major, life-threatening seizures
  • Delirium tremens (DTs)

DTs can include the physical manifestations of fever, mood swings, trembling, perspiration, chills, disorientation, and erratic heartbeat. Hallucinations and seizures may also accompany this withdrawal phenomenon. Thus, it’s vital that individuals resist the urge to self-detox or go cold turkey and instead find medically supervised alcohol detox like that offered at Gulf Breeze Recovery.

What Happens After Alcohol Detox?

Alcohol detox is only the first step towards recovering from alcohol addiction. Following alcohol detox, you will enter our residential treatment program. During this time, you’ll learn:

  • To reconnect with yourself, your feelings, needs, and wants
  • Ways to cope with stress and grief without alcohol
  • Refusal skills for when a person offers you a drink
  • How to live a full, happy, and fulfilled life within sobriety
  • The importance of peer support in recovery

Throughout the recovery process, peer support is essential. Group therapy meetings are a great place to find support. Like all our therapeutic programs, group sessions offer a safe, supportive atmosphere with peers struggling with many of the same battles as you are. Continued peer support is vital for maintaining recovery because addiction thrives in isolation. 

Finding the Right Alcohol Detox with Gulf Breeze Recovery

Addiction is cunning and wishes nothing more than to see you in pain. It brings heartache, suffering, and a sense of loss to you and everyone around you. But there is hope. If you or a loved one needs detox or other addiction services, contact us at Gulf Breeze Recovery at 833.551.2304.