What to Expect from an Alcohol Detox Center

in Alcohol
Published Aug 14, 2020
Alcohol detox center

Alcohol addiction — clinically referred to as alcohol use disorder — can be challenging to overcome without professional help. Many people attempting home detox struggle with intense withdrawal symptoms, health risks, and a high risk of relapse. Fortunately, alcohol detox centers specialize in treating patients, easing their withdrawal symptoms and safely managing their health.

What is alcohol use disorder?

Alcohol use disorder is problem drinking that becomes severe. It is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism as a chronic relapsing brain disorder that is characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite the negative consequences.

Approximately 15 million, or 5.8 percent, Americans have alcohol use disorder and less than 10 percent receive adequate treatment. The effects of alcohol use disorder are wide-ranging and potentially fatal. They include: liver disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, gout, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and seizures.

What is most challenging about substance use disorders is that 95 percent of people do not see their substance use as problematic, and for those who do, only one out of nine people actually get the care they need (SAMHSA, 2019). One of the reasons why people struggle to detox from alcohol is a lack of professional help.

Alcohol detox withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol detox, without medical intervention, can produce a number of unpleasant and very uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Delirium tremens
  • Seizures
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hallucinations


SAMHSA’s recommendations for detox

“For alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, and opioid withdrawal syndromes, hospitalization or some form of 24-hour medical care is generally the preferred setting for detoxification, based upon principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.”

– SAMHSA Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Improvement Protocol, TIP 45

What is an alcohol detox center?

An alcohol detox center can help safely manage a person overcome withdrawal symptoms safely and comfortably. Some centers use medication and provide medical supervision. Treatment varies in terms of the programs offered and types of medical intervention and expertise.

Typically, you can expect to receive a medical evaluation, assistance throughout the withdrawal process to reach stabilization, and assistance with aftercare to maintain recovery. For more information about the process of medical detox read our blog, What Is Medical Detox?

When picking an alcohol detox center it is critical that you consider medical safety to ensure you are in safe hands of addiction experts. It is also useful to consider the level of expertise offered by the alcohol detox center, the type of treatment offered, whether medication is involved, what is expected of the patient, how success is measured, what aftercare options are available, and the type of comfort provided by the facilities.

Gallus Alcohol Detox Center

Gallus Medical Detox Centers are certified ASAM Level III. 7D Medically Monitored Inpatient Detoxification Facility, and also accredited by the Joint Commission. We offer the comfort of a residential addiction treatment center but with the clinical expertise that is far superior to most medical detox centers.

We know that each patient has unique medical and personal needs which is why we provide a personalized service that emphasizes medical safety, outstanding professional expertise, evidence-based protocols, all without sacrificing our patients dignity and comfort.

The key features of our medical detox center includes:

  • Individual treatment plans
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients needs
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery

For more information about our treatment plans, or to speak to an addiction expert, please call our admissions team on 720-704-1432.