Alcohol withdrawal treatment is provided after a person develops withdrawal symptoms after having quit alcohol. Almost 95% of the men or women who have quit alcohol will experience either mild or moderate withdrawal symptoms, which can include mild shaking, convulsions, hallucination, etc. These symptoms can be controlled or removed through a detoxification treatment that includes absence of alcohol in the controlled environment of a health care facility. In some cases the detox treatment can include the administration of benzodiazepines or tranquilizers like Librium, Valium, or Ativan.
The alcohol withdrawal treatment takes anywhere from 3 to 7 days after which, the dependency on alcohol will be mostly psychological and not physical. The main goal of the treatment is to prevent a relapse. There are many facilities in the US that offer treatment for alcoholism as well as for alcohol withdrawal. These can be short-term residential treatments, in-patient hospitalization, outpatient counseling & therapy and long-term treatment depending on the severity of the symptoms. The main goal is to help an alcoholic to remain sober as well as resist the urge for consuming alcohol.
If you are also experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, then seek medical help immediately. The first stage of the therapy is observation. In this stage, your breathing, heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, fluids and electrolytes will be monitored on a regular basis.
The second stage is sedation. In a severe case, the withdrawal symptoms if not treated can become life threatening. Severe cases may need specific drugs or sedatives, which act as depressants for the central nervous system may be required. The drugs help is reducing the symptoms and are administered in moderate to large doses depending on the severity of the case.
Finally, alcohol withdrawal treatment or therapy will treat disorders like alcoholic liver disease, alcoholic neuropathy, and blood clotting. After completion of treatment, rehabilitation is recommended. Rehabilitation therapy is offered by social support groups.