What is Alcohol Detoxification?

Withdrawal from alcohol is done in a controlled, supervised setting in which medications relieve symptoms. Detoxification usually takes 4 to 7 days either at an addiction rehab or at a detox center.
Examination for other medical problems is necessary. For example, liver and blood clotting problems are common.

A balanced diet with vitamin supplements is important. Complications can occur with alcohol withdrawal, such as delirium tremens (DT's), which could be fatal. Depression or other mood disorders should be evaluated and treated. Often, alcohol abuse develops from efforts to self-treat an illness.

Information contained above is courtesy of The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

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