Gay Men’s Institute provides alcohol addiction treatment services in beautiful Palm Springs, CA.
Alcohol’s Effect on Body & Health
Alcohol has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:
- Heart – Cardiomyopathy, Irregular Heartbeat, Stroke, High Blood Pressure
- Liver – Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis
- Pancreas – Inflammation, Swelling
- Immune System – Weakened, Prone to Pneumonia and Tuberculosis
Alcohol also increases your risk of developing cancers in the mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast.
Medical detox in Alcohol Recovery
Alcohol withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 24 hours after your last drink. The severity of your side effects is dependent on multiple factors, including:
- Length and amount of alcohol consumed
- Medical history
- Co-occurring disorders
- Family history
- Past and current trauma
During this first stage of alcohol addiction treatment detox, most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:
- Trouble sleeping
- Stomach pain
- Loss of appetite
- Physical tremors
- Trouble thinking clearly
- Mood swings
- Heart palpitations
The second stage of withdrawal usually occurs in 24 to 72 hours and some patients will experience moderate to severe symptoms, including:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Higher body temperature
- Increased rate of breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased mood swings
The third stage of withdrawal may occur suddenly 24 to 72 hours after your last drink. While few (3-5%) patients will experience these symptoms they are the most serious form of withdrawal symptoms. Known as delirium tremens or DTs, these include:
- Severe confusion
Our treatment team is here to monitor and assist with these symptoms. There are three FDA approved medications for helping alcohol-related cravings:
- Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and potential rewards from drinking.
- Acamprosate: Helps with long-term withdrawal symptoms.
- Disulfiram: Makes drinking undesirable by causing sickness when drinking.
Learn more about our medically assisted treatment here.
Why Professional Alcohol Addiction Treatment is Important
The symptoms of withdrawal occur suddenly and can intensify quickly. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success. Our treatment team is here to help with support and proven treatments.
Our clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with protracted withdrawal, the emotional symptoms, and cravings you experience once the physical symptoms of withdrawal from detox recede.