In this article, we will provide an overview of how we treat alcohol detoxification at Tranquility Woods.
Alcohol detoxification is the first step in our addiction treatment process. Our clients meet with our medical staff upon arrival for a medical assessment, history, and physical.
CIWA-AR Assessment for Alcohol Withdrawal
A standardized tool healthcare professionals use to assess and monitor withdrawal symptoms in individuals who are reducing or ceasing alcohol consumption. The CIWA-AR evaluates ten symptoms, including nausea, tremor, agitation, and orientation, on a scale of 0 to 67. Higher scores indicate more severe withdrawal symptoms, guiding clinicians in administering appropriate treatment. This tool is crucial in ensuring that patients receive personalized care in line with their symptoms, helping minimize the risks associated with alcohol withdrawal, such as seizures and delirium tremens.
Common Alcohol Withdrawal Medication
The treatment of alcohol withdrawal typically involves a combination of medications to manage and alleviate symptoms. Benzodiazepines are often the first-line treatment, reducing anxiety and preventing seizures. Anticonvulsants may also be used for seizure control, while beta-blockers and alpha-2 agonists can manage heart rate and blood pressure. Essential vitamins like thiamine and minerals like magnesium sulfate are administered to address deficiencies caused by chronic alcohol abuse. In some cases, medications like haloperidol for severe agitation and naltrexone for long-term craving control might be utilized. The selection of these medications is guided by the client's symptoms and severity of withdrawal.