A severe Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is described as qualifying for 6 or more DSM-5 criteria for AUD diagnosis. This also means that the individual has a chemical dependency on alcohol. While chemical dependency is just one of the factors of addiction, it’s one that can be difficult, painful, traumatic, and even dangerous to move past. Dependency happens over time, as the body develops a tolerance to ethanol, forcing you to drink more and more to maintain the same level of intoxication. Because intoxication is often sought after to destress, feel better, or just to feel good. When someone who is chemically dependent on alcohol quits, the body is forced into withdrawal as the central nervous system rapidly adapts to the change in chemicals inside the blood and body.
For alcoholics, this process typically lasts 5-14 days, with risks of dehydration, panic and anxiety attacks, seizures, delirium tremens, hallucinations, irregular and fast heart rate, and other dangerous symptoms. At the Beginnings Detox facility in Orange County, California, we work to alleviate these symptoms to reduce the danger and trauma of withdrawal, managing the process to facilitate a safer and faster progression towards recovery. While we do treat the immediate physical symptoms of withdrawal, our team also offers full mental and emotional support to ensure the long-term health of the client.