Alcohol withdrawal happens when a person who relies on alcohol suddenly stops drinking. Usually a person will begin to feel the effects of alcohol withdrawal within five to 10 hours after their last drink, which can worsen over two to three days. Characteristic of alcohol withdrawal is shakiness, tremors, anxiety, sweats, an increased heart rate and blood pressure, as well as confusion, hallucinations, and insomnia. Rarely the individual could experience seizures as well from alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol withdrawal should best be treated medically, and Wellington Retreat has a team of trained clinicians that help patients gain relief from their alcohol withdrawal. A safe and comfortable process, alcohol detoxification is the first step towards freedom from alcohol addiction. The process usually takes between seven and 10 days to complete, depending on the severity of the addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Detox involves the use of medicines, which allow the brain to undergo a comfortable decrease in alcohol and ultimately adjust to its absence. Once the detox process is complete, the withdrawal symptoms will no longer bother the individual and allows them to begin the next step of the healing process, working toward a life of sobriety and success.

Wellington Retreat is located in the beautiful city of West Palm Beach, Florida, where patients are able to enjoy the sunshine, the beauty, and the tranquility of the area throughout their healing process. Serving patients with substance use disorders, psychiatric disorders, or multiple comorbid disorders, Wellington Retreat also offers programs for adolescents, pregnant women, and members of the LGBT community.

We are the only facility in Florida owned and operated by an addiction psychiatrist involved in all treatment decisions. Learn more
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