How Long Do Alcohol Detox Centers Take?

How Long Does Alcohol Detox Last?

Alcohol detox looks different for every patient. Depending on the severity of the addiction, it can take days, weeks, or even months to fully detox from alcohol. Our staff at Coastal Detox is willing to handle whatever level of addiction you are facing. We are here to help even the most extreme cases of alcoholism.

What Are Some Influential Factors of Alcohol Detox Length?

Further complicating alcohol detox is the fact that it all depends on a combination of different factors. The most important factor that can affect the length of treatment is the extent of alcohol dependence. Upon arrival at our facility, we will evaluate the current mental and emotional state of each patient. This will allow us to understand some of the possible underlying causes of their addiction.

Once your evaluation is complete, we will be able to detect other mental, behavioral, or physical health conditions that may be present. These can have a major impact on the length of the detox process. Other factors that can influence how long alcohol lasts include your age, weight, and the overall level of health. 

Length of Time Varies for Every Patient

Every person’s body is different. There is no way to know for sure how long the detox process will take. This is because the length of overcoming physical and mental symptoms of alcohol withdrawal is different for everyone. An individual who is facing a mild alcohol addiction could complete detox in a couple of days. Comparatively, an individual with extreme alcoholism could take months to fully detox.

Most individuals usually complete the first part of the detox process in 7 to 10 days. This is typically the amount of time it takes for the body to fully rid itself of alcohol. Alcohol detox takes around 10 days to complete, but many people choose to enter rehab for anywhere from 30 to 90 days. This allows them to fully overcome all of the mental and emotional effects that go along with getting sober.

What Does Alcohol Detox Look Like?

Detoxification is the process of ridding the body of alcohol over a period of time. Alcohol detox can seem scary from the outside. Because it is the first step that individuals take towards sobriety, it can be the most difficult part. At Coastal Detox, we aim to make it as comfortable as possible for all of our patients.

What to Expect

A typical day in detox is under a strictly mandated schedule. Our certified physicians will evaluate every patient before the detox begins. After the initial evaluation, they will then devise a specific plan of action for each detox. Since some cases will be more critical than others, each plan will be different. Some patients will only need to be slowly weaned off the alcohol for a couple of days. They will then move on to therapy within one of our residential treatments.

Those that are facing more severe cases of addiction will go through a more extensive detox process. Their withdrawal symptoms will often be worse than those with mild addictions. Since these symptoms can be so uncomfortable, different medication is used to help the individuals cope. Some medications that can be used include: 

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are used during detox to help calm down a patient’s nervous system. Both short and long-acting benzos are used to help the alcohol detox process. The most common types of benzos prescribed are Librium and Valium. This type of medication can be used to also help interrupted sleeping patterns, muscle spasms, and co-occurring anxiety disorders. 

Naltrexone

Naltrexone is used ultimately to help with the cravings that come along with alcohol detox. Individuals can inject this drug or take it in pill form. It works by reducing or even completely removing the feeling of “pleasure” associated with drinking. This type of medication will only be used at the end of the detox period.

Disulfiram

Disulfiram is used to deter patients away from consuming alcohol. It has the ability to cause serious reactions to alcohol like muscle weakness, low blood pressure, and nausea. This type of medication is only used in extreme situations when a patient is having trouble with their cravings.

The Three Stages Of Detox

Alcohol withdrawal occurs in three stages and can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous. This is why most doctors and addiction experts recommend entering an alcohol detox center to complete the process. Instead of trying to do it on their own, patients are able to recover from their detox in a safe environment at a detox facility.

Stage One

The first and shortest of these steps of alcohol detox is acute withdrawal. This stage of the process is when the addict will experience the worst physical effects of alcohol withdrawal. Some of these symptoms can include things like: 

  • Vomiting
  • Chills
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Fevers
  • Seizures
  • Panic attacks

The first 6 to 12 hours after the last drink will be when physical symptoms start to appear. These usually peak around the 24th hour and are usually slow down by the third day. After the first initial week of detox, the physical withdrawal symptoms should subside altogether.

Stage Two

Things don’t miraculously become easier once a person is over the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. If anything, they only become harder. Following this first stage, the individual then moves on to experience the mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms of alcohol detox. They may also still suffer from physical symptoms during stage two, as well.

During this period, it is common for the recovering individual to experience increased feelings of anxiety, anger, and general low mood. As well, many people suffer from insomnia and have interrupted sleep patterns. Nonetheless, these symptoms will usually begin to dissipate after a period of one to two months. Some women, though, tend to take much longer than men to fully move through this stage.

Stage Three

Unfortunately, this still doesn’t mean that the recovery process is completely over. Even after the obvious feelings of anxiety, the individual may still experience various symptoms. These can last for months or potentially even years to come. Anxiety and general feelings of unhappiness or dissatisfaction are both common very common symptoms.

The problem is that, in this later stage, these feelings are often not completely obvious to the recovering individual. Instead, they often manifest themselves in overly negative reactions to insignificant events and minor challenges. Unfortunately, these feelings increase negativity and decreased ability to properly deal with everyday life. This can lead recovering individuals to again have strong cravings for alcohol and potentially to a total relapse.

What Are the Long-Term Effects of Alcohol Consumption?

Alcohol is far and away one of the most commonly abused substances. Current estimates suggest that well over 17 million Americans have an alcohol dependency. Although it is legal to drink in the United States, the longterm effects of overconsumption are definitely not worth it.

For addicted individuals, getting sober can be extremely difficult. This is because the first step usually involves going through a detox process that is draining and often physically painful. Although getting sober is an unpleasant experience, the effects that come along with continuous alcohol use are far worse.

How Alcohol Affects the Liver

Drinking alcohol on a daily basis can really start to wear on a person’s body. It has the ability to permanently damage your internal organs, as well as cause irreversible diseases. One of the organs it directly affects is the liver.

The liver is the organ that breaks down the alcohol within the bloodstream. Because it takes so much energy to do this, the overconsumption of alcohol can damage the liver over time. Continuous consumption can also cause the build-up of fat within the liver. This can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity.

How Alcohol Affects the Brain

Alcohol affects the brain by temporarily slowing down the connection between neurotransmitters. This causes poor coordination and motor skills while under the influence of alcohol. After continuous use, alcohol may start to cause permanent damage to parts of the brain. This can occur in the cerebellum, limbic system, and cerebral cortex areas. Major issues like mental disorders and memory loss can develop because of this. 

How Alcohol Affects the Heart

If an individual regularly drinks alcohol, their heart may become weakened over time. A weakened heart can cause a variety of problems like poor oxygenation and slow nutrient arrival to organs. It can also cause a high level of triglyceride to develop within the blood. This can lead to health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.  

How Coastal Detox Can Help

Recovering from alcohol abuse or addiction is truly a lifelong process. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to suffer a relapse years after they thought they’d finally beat their addiction. This is why it is vital that anyone wanting to overcome their alcohol addiction is admitted into a facility like ours. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. Don’t hesitate to call or message us if you’re ready to get started.

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

    Susan C. Avatar
    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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