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One of the toughest parts about stopping drinking is the withdrawal symptoms that happen during the detox period. As your body attempts to start functioning without the presence of alcohol, it starts to exhibit withdrawal symptoms, some of which can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

After prolonged or severe alcohol addiction, it is prudent to get help from an alcohol detox program that provides around-the-clock medical care and medication-assisted treatment to combat withdrawal symptoms. Recovery Unplugged is a Joint Commission-certified rehab facility and drug and alcohol detox center. When you check into Recovery Unplugged’s alcohol detox program, you can rest assured you are receiving top-rated help in Northern Virginia.

Recovery Unplugged in Northern Virginia goes way beyond alcohol and drug detox. We are a full continuum of care treatment facility with dual diagnosis programming to treat co-occurring disorders and underlying aspects of addiction. We personalized all treatment plans to fit each person’s addiction treatment requirements and personalities with various therapies, including individual therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group counseling, and our one-of-a-kind music-assisted treatment. Our treatment plans aim for long-term recovery, so we include teaching new coping skills, relapse prevention, aftercare programming, and an alumni program.

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Alcohol detox is only the first stage in a full continuum addiction recovery program. It is intended to help with the physical aspects of addiction and help the body readjust to functioning with alcohol while ridding it of all toxic substances. Generally, alcohol detox lasts about a week but can be longer if alcohol dependence is more severe.

Detoxing from alcohol at a treatment facility can be more comfortable and easier than attempting to do it alone. Medical detox at Recovery Unplugged provides a team of medical specialists who will monitor you and your vitals around the clock and be able to administer medications to ease withdrawals and maintain your safety.

Some people have compared alcohol withdrawals similar to flu-like symptoms. Even if your withdrawal symptoms do not get to dangerous levels, they can still be severe enough to cause difficulty taking care of yourself, such as feeding yourself, cleaning up, and taking care of personal needs. Many people require a loved one to stay with them through the entirety of their detox in order to take care of these needs and for personal support. You can give yourself and your loved one peace of mind by attending a medical detox program. Recovery Unplugged’s treatment programs include chef-prepared meals and other types of support to help you through this difficult stage.

Also, detoxing at home can easily lead to a relapse because of severe cravings and to relieve withdrawal symptoms. An alcohol detox program can provide an alcohol-free environment at a treatment facility with medication-assisted treatment to relieve cravings which can ensure you successfully complete the withdrawal process.

After completing alcohol detox, you can seamlessly transfer into one of Recovery Unplugged’s alcohol rehab programs, including inpatient residential treatment, partial hospitalization program (PHP), intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), outpatient alcohol rehab in Northern Virginia, or virtual outpatient treatment. Our addiction specialists and therapists will guide you through which treatment program plan is best suited for you. It is highly important that you continue with alcohol rehab after alcohol detox in order to treat psychological and behavioral components of addiction, which will help you achieve long-term sobriety.

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When you check into Recovery Unplugged’s alcohol detox program in Northern Virginia, our team of medical professionals will conduct a psychological and physical evaluation to assess your medical, personal, and addiction needs. A personalized detox treatment plan will be created, which will include medication-assisted treatment and individual therapy.

Our medical team, which includes board-certified doctors and nurses, will monitor your vitals around the clock and administer FDA-approved medications as you start to show withdrawal symptoms. Some medications are for reducing intense cravings for alcohol, and others are to help balance your nervous system and neurotransmitters that have relied on alcohol to feel normal.

Some of the medications you may expect in alcohol detox include benzodiazepines which are used to calm the nervous system, reduce anxiety, and reduce the likelihood of seizures. Topamax is another common medication in treating alcohol use disorder which is for reducing cravings. Over-the-counter medications to treat nausea and diarrhea are also common, as well as intravenous fluids to counteract dehydration. Recovery Unplugged’s holistic approach to treatment will also include nutritional support such as thiamine, folic acid, and magnesium to correct nutrient deficiency which can also help reduce some withdrawal symptoms. We also like to incorporate individual therapy, group therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy in alcohol detox for psychological and emotional support.


How long it takes to detox from alcohol will vary from person to person. We generally see our clients at our Northern Virginia location go through alcohol detox within 7 to 10 days. However, it can be longer. Several factors play a role in how long it will take you to detox, including age, gender, health, genetic makeup, and history of alcohol use. If you were a heavy drinker, had been drinking for an extended period of time, previously experienced withdrawals, or have co-occurring disorders, it will extend your alcohol detox timeline. A general alcohol detox timeline looks like this:

  • First 6 to 12 hours: mild withdrawal symptoms start within eight hours after your last drink
  • 12 to 48 hours: withdrawal symptoms escalate to include hallucinations and seizures
  • 48 to 72 hours after last drink: withdrawals peak and are at their most dangerous and even potentially fatal state
  • Over 72 hours: withdrawals start to gradually dissipate over the next four to seven days


When you drink alcohol, it triggers a release of dopamine and serotonin in the reward system of the brain. The brain will link positive feelings from the release of these neurotransmitters to drinking and causing cravings. Over time, alcohol abuse can develop into alcohol dependence, meaning the brain is reliant on alcohol to release these chemicals. Because alcohol is a depressant that also inhibits the biochemical GABA in the brain, which is responsible for reducing anxiety and calming the nervous system, it causes a hyper-aroused state. When you stop drinking, the body, brain, and neurotransmitters go into shock, which causes several withdrawal symptoms. Some of the symptoms of alcohol detox without the help of medications include:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mood swings
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Alcoholic tremors
  • Dangerous dehydration
  • Disorientation
  • Extreme visual, tactile, and auditory hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Delirium Tremens (DT)

Delirium Tremens is the most serious and dangerous effect of alcohol withdrawals. Symptoms include aggression, irritability, confusion, agitation, trembling, nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, and seizures. It is not common. However, there is no way to accurately predict if someone will experience it. Medical detox is necessary in case DT or other dangerous symptoms arise and need immediate medical attention.


Acute detox entails a life-threatening or critical condition during alcohol withdrawals. Alcohol withdrawal can present high risks for fatal side effects. However, we have helped many clients stop drinking successfully through our alcohol detox program. Top-rated alcohol detox programs will give you around-the-clock supervision and support necessary to complete the withdrawal process successfully.

Our medication-assisted treatment alcohol and drug detox program provides 24/7 medical care and medical professionals who can administer FDA-approved medications used for alcohol withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and prophylactic for more dangerous symptoms like seizures. Part of our treatment program is also providing emotional support and therapy, which can be just as important as the medications to ensure successful detoxification.


Sub-Acute is for patients experiencing less severe withdrawals than acute detox. In some cases, mild symptoms can persist for weeks or months, after which is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). Through medication and holistic therapies, many of these post-acute symptoms can be successfully managed. Once alcohol detox is successfully complete, you can continue to alcohol rehab with a clear mind and healthy body to fully immerse yourself into your treatment program.

Inpatient residential treatment and detox at Recovery Unplugged’s Northern Virginia location also includes beautiful and comfortable client residences, with the option of VIP suites for those who require extra privacy during their stay.

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Recovery Unplugged offers some of the care and evidence-based treatments for alcohol detox in Northern Virginia. As a Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) treatment facility, you can trust the treatment programs provided. Our detox center has helped many patients experience comfortable detoxes in our addiction treatment center and mental health clinic in Northern Virginia, while our alcohol rehab program has provided many with long, alcohol-free lives.

While our detox program can safely and effectively guide you through eliminating physical dependence on alcohol, it is only the first step in recovery. Alcohol rehab at Recovery Unplugged is available in several levels of care and can help you address and treat the underlying causes of addiction. All levels of care include our unique Music Assisted Treatment, which is our holistic approach to helping clients connect with themselves, others, and their recovery at a deeper level through music. Many clients have found this program as a way to explore and express their feelings in a way other programs had not allowed them to. Please contact us today at Recovery Unplugged so we can answer any questions you may have or get you started with our admissions process.




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