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What is the timeline for alcohol detox?

March 22, 2018

This will differ for each patient as everyone’s body and tolerances are different, but you can expect that between 6 and 12 hours after your last drink that you could start to have trouble sleeping, you may feel stressed, have hand tremors, lack of appetite, an upset stomach, headaches and sweating.

Between 12 and 48 hours, your symptoms may get worse, and you may have tonic-clonic seizures, withdrawal seizures and hallucinations.

From 48 to 72 hours into detox, your hallucinations may get worse, and you could get delirium tremens, with disorientation, high blood pressure, high temperature and an elevated heart rate.

At Serenity Rehab Clinic, we expect that detox will take between seven and 10 days before your body is completely free of alcohol.

Those symptoms might sound frightening and off-putting, but don’t let that stop you from getting help. At the clinic, we will do everything we can to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms with medication if suitable, and with our staff helping and supporting you throughout.

You don’t have to do this alone.


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