Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcohol Withdrawal

Fraser Valley Treatment Centre, or FVTC, is a private alcohol detox and rehabilitation centre in Abbotsford serving the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver. We offer affordable alcohol withdrawal programs to safely treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. When someone with a severe drinking problem stops drinking abruptly, it usually takes 6 to 24 hours for the severe symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

At Fraser Valley Treatment Centre we are dedicated to offering the greatest quality withdrawal and addiction care, including Withdrawal Management Services for alcohol detoxing. Alcohol withdrawal in secure, restful surroundings, with health professionals, helps enable alcoholics to succeed in long term recovery.

The objective of an alcohol withdrawal program, or detox program, is to first rid the body of alcohol and then let the body heal and stabilize so the person can move forward into long term treatment. The impact of withdrawing alcohol from the body and the mind can not only be extremely unpleasant, but also very dangerous.

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Detoxing the body is not only an issue of willpower, and stopping suddenly, or “cold turkey”, especially with no medical assistance, is not a good idea. Detox by itself is not effective, but it is the first stage of healing for those who are dependent on alcohol.

Alcohol withdrawal is different for each person. Withdrawal symptoms can be minor to severe depending on the level of the dependence being treated. Here are some non-critical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:

  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness, irritability
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Shaky hands
  • Uncontrollable craving
  • Shivering, sweating
  • Sluggish movements and thoughts
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Erratic fluctuations in heart rate and blood pressure

Severe alcohol withdrawal, linked to long term and heavy alcohol consumption affects about 10% of people seeking help. Delirium tremors, or DTs, is the most serious concern during severe alcohol detoxification and the following withdrawal symptoms signal a medical emergency:

  • Hallucinations
  • High Fever
  • Seizures
  • Confusion or disorientation (delirium)
  • Severe agitation, restlessness
  • Deviations in mental function
  • Deep sleep that lasts for more than a day
  • Seizures that can result in heart failure

Medical detox is always necessary for severe alcohol dependency because of the possibility of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and high probability of relapse during the detox process. Even in instances when alcohol withdrawal is not as serious, it is still a very difficult thing to go through and often a certain amount of relapse can be part of the process.

Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment

Fraser Valley Treatment Centre provides casual, pleasant surroundings for withdrawal management services, including safe, medically supervised detoxification with 24 hour support and supervision of withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can go on for a week or more, with the worst usually being within the first 24-72 hours. At Fraser Valley Treatment Centre, our alcohol detoxification program assists and directs our clients safely through the withdrawal process. This may involve medicine to alleviate symptoms and provisions for any additional medical and mental health concerns.

We also provide inpatient treatment plans that deliver the topmost level of care to assure long-term sobriety. Fraser Valley Treatment Centre specializes in alcohol withdrawal programs tailored to the needs and circumstances of each client. Inpatient detoxification is overseen by our alcohol detox specialists and presents the best chance of effective, long term rehabilitation.

If you need help, give us a call and one of our alcohol detox specialists can guide you through the process. You can also schedule a free consultation on our programs for alcohol withdrawal.