Medical Detox from Alcohol in Seattle

Addressing Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Ready to free yourself from the need to drink? Alcohol detox programs at Schick Shadel Hospital could be the best fit for you. Our alcohol detoxification program involves monitoring and administering medicine to help make withdrawal symptoms more comfortable.

Alcohol is a depressant. When alcohol is consumed, especially in large quantities, it acts like a sedative to the brain. Prolonged periods of heavy drinking can cause the brain to adjust to this new state by producing more norepinephrine, an adrenaline-like chemical. To experience the same effects of alcohol, alcoholics have to consume larger quantities.

However, when an alcoholic suddenly cuts off the supply of alcohol, the brain continues to produce an abnormal amount of norepinephrine for a few days following. This is what causes withdrawal symptoms, or abstinence syndrome.

These symptoms can include the following:

  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Abnormally high heart rate
  • Nausea

Roughly 5% of patients experiencing withdrawal may encounter delirium tremens, or DTs. This dangerous symptom is a result of the brain being unable to adjust normally to its changing chemistry, causing hallucinations placing the person at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Safely Withdraw from Alcohol

We recognize the difficulty of withdrawal symptoms, and also know they can be dangerous, such as the case with DTs. This is why our drug detox program offers medical monitoring and round-the-clock care.

The medical staff is led by a physician who is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialties. Moreover, our patients are treated by experienced registered nurses, so our patients can rest well knowing that they are in compassionate, knowledgeable hands.

Schick Shadel uses standardized, safe, and effective detoxification techniques to help alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms, including:

  • Evaluating any pre-existing medical conditions that could affect detox
  • Medication that allows for safe, effective transition during detoxification
  • Nutritional care to ensure the patient stays healthy through withdrawal symptoms
  • Detoxification followed by continued assessment of patient needs

Why Schick Shadel Hospital?

At Schick Shadel, we offer the nation’s leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation services. We are licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health Services, ensuring that the care our patients receive addresses their needs in the most professional and compassionate way possible.

Over the course of our 80-year history, we have treated 65,000 patients for alcohol and drug addiction. The innovative Schick Shadel counter conditioning approach has allowed thousands to recover from addiction without the weight of constant craving slowing them down or distracting their efforts.

We offer free consultations to patients both over the phone and in person. Prospective patients can tour our facilities to see firsthand the high-quality, innovative rehabilitation we provide.

Call us to schedule a free consultation at (888) 802-4206.