The use of different medications is common among many addiction centers, including Opus Recovery in Costa Mesa, CA. In many of these cases, detox programs include medications that provide similar effects to those of alcohol. This is done in an attempt to mitigate the withdrawal symptoms that can last through to outpatient treatment programs.
The withdrawal symptoms a patient may experience during a detox program depends on many significant factors. The severity and for how long alcohol was abused are two of the main factors.
Mild withdrawal symptoms can show up as early as six hours after alcohol was consumed last. The more severe symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal are possible of occurring within the first two days after someone stops drinking.
All situations are not the same. The most severe withdrawal symptom known by medical professionals is delirium tremens or which is commonly referred to as DT’s. Delirium tremens typically begin 48 to 72 hours after the last sip of alcohol was taken. Only about 5% of people with alcohol withdrawal experience this dangerous symptom, but do not be mistaken, and it should be treated very seriously.