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It is important to understand that detoxing from Alcohol can kill and should never be done without medical supervision. Severe physical reactions to stopping drinking such as delirium tremens, which has both neurological and physiological effects on the body, can occur and without proper preparation and planning my hinder the withdrawal and detox process. Californians excessively drink slightly below the national average, but the dangers of alcoholism nonetheless remain.

A detox at Cornerstone will provide you with the appropriate setting in which to begin your recovery journey. We will administer the professional care required to manage the effects of alcohol detox, making it as safe and as gentle as possible. Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol can occur fairly quickly after the last drink, so you may have experienced or been witness to, the beginnings of alcohol detox yourself or in a loved one. We have years of experience when dealing with the alcohol detox process and are adept at making all stages of the withdrawal as comfortable as possible.

Managing Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Our round the clock care and support team aim to make your detox from alcohol as gentle as possible. Managing these symptoms normally requires medication, this is necessary in order to keep you safe from harm while also easing the symptoms of withdrawal. Our detox team is skilled at dealing with symptoms across all stages of alcohol detox, and our team of professionals will be there 24/7 to help you manage any issues that may arise during the detox process.

Alcohol Detox Medication

Detoxing from alcohol addiction requires medication. There are over 150 F.D.A approved medications that can be used for alcohol detox. Our team of professionals will assess your needs and tailor a program that works for you and your specific symptoms. Sedatives can help with anxiety and stress, blood pressure may need to be monitored. Whatever the need, rest assured that at Cornerstone your detox from alcohol will be made as comfortable as possible.

If You’re Taking Other Drugs

Occurrences of polydrug use are common, this means that you may be abusing more than just alcohol. Most people we treat have issues with more than just one, we urge you to be open and honest with us. The more we know about you, the easier it will be for you to detox and the gentler that process will be.

If You’re Taking Prescription Medications

It’s important that you let us know of any medications you are currently taking before the detox. This is so we can check that our detox medication will not interact adversely with your other medications. If you are unsure of which medications you are currently taking your Doctor will be able to supply you with a full printed list with which we will work from.

Common Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal from alcohol is extremely unpleasant and we understand that sometimes the very thought of having to undergo the withdrawal symptoms can be enough to keep people stuck in the addictive cycle. Rest assured that you no longer have to deal with these symptoms alone. Reach out to our team at Cornerstone. We have witnessed many who thought detox was impossible and that the symptoms would overwhelm them. Now they live free of alcohol.

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

Many of the psychological symptoms of alcohol withdrawal will occur just as quickly as the physical symptoms of withdrawal. You may begin to feel panicked, irritable and/or depressed. Often people also report feeling extremely exhausted and anxious. Like any addiction, habitual behavior once stopped can create a void. There may even be a grieving process, many report that stopping drinking alcohol was like losing a close friend.

At Cornerstone we have supported thousands of alcoholics through detox and into recovery. We have given families their wives, husbands or children back. These individuals, once lost to alcohol, are now able to face life alcohol free.

How Long Does an Alcohol Detox Last?

The duration of your detox from alcohol is dependent on the seriousness of your condition. We understand that one size doesn’t fit all and we will build a treatment plan around your specific needs. However, normally symptoms of alcohol withdrawal usually begin to dissipate after five to seven days. Our detox professionals will be on hand to support you throughout the whole detox process. You will be able to stay with us as long as you need, as this important stage of recovery is not to be rushed.

Is an Alcohol Detox Enough for Long Term Recovery?

While a detox from alcohol is important, it is normally not enough to sustain long-term recovery. Like most addictions, alcoholism is a symptom of an underlying cause. It is this root cause that needs treating in order to achieve lasting sobriety. The detox process is a precursor to a treatment process that over time will give you the strength and tools to face life without the need for alcohol.

Unfortunately we have vast experience of individuals coming through our doors in need of detox, only to rush back to their lives, without further treatment, once they no longer suffered from the symptoms of withdrawal. Many of these people relapses within months, some sooner.

Those who commit to the treatment process, understand that years of drinking will take more than a couple of weeks to remedy. Giving yourself time to heal wounds allows you a much better chance of long-term sobriety. Cornerstone can give you this chance. Our detox program is just the first piece in the jigsaw of recovery.

What Happens after an Alcohol Detox?

We regard the detox process as the first of many measured steps on your journey to recovery. Once the detox process is complete, we would strongly advise that you continue with our inpatient treatment program. Treatment for addiction at Cornerstone is informed both by holistic therapies as well as the 12-steps of recovery that originated in Alcoholics Anonymous. Our carefully crafted programs will be individually tailored to your personal needs and involve group therapy, 1-2-1 sessions, relapse prevention, among many others. Residents are encouraged to participate in mindfulness practices, music therapy, yoga and meditation to name a few. Alongside these we place an emphasis on having fun in recovery, regular visits to the beach and activities such as mini golf or bowling all combine to create a program that addresses the mind, body and spirit.

Respect for the family unit is important to us here at Cornerstone. We believe that alcoholism affects the whole family, and we offer support to family members, our experience has shown that a supportive healing family can go a long way to help our clients in achieving long-term sobriety.

Transport to and from 12-Step fellowship meetings is supplied 5 days a week and regular attendance at meetings is strongly advised.

Alcohol  Detox FAQ

Is an alcohol detox dangerous?

Yes, detoxing from Alcohol can result in death and should never be attempted alone and without medical advice.

What is the safest way to detox from Alcohol?

Detoxing from alcohol needs to be managed effectively. The safest way of doing this is in a detox unit where 24-hour care and supervision is available. If you or a loved one are suffering with alcoholism seek medical advice before stopping.

Can you avoid alcohol withdrawal symptoms?

No, but they can be lessened and made much easier to face. There are lots of medications available to aid with all aspects of a withdrawal. Our expert detox team at Cornerstone have been detoxing people successfully since 1984, we do this safely and with confidence. Every recovery journey starts with the first step, let’s make it together.



Our former clients say it best...

Dr. Stone, I am so grateful to your program and also your generosity. I was a hopeless addictwho believed there was no way of getting clean. Thanks to my sister and Cornerstone staff, I recently took my 90 day chip in N.A. Thanks, my life has been changed.
~ Isaac C.

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~ Jim V.

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