It’s a common fact that many people drink alcohol and face alcohol withdrawal during detox. Alcohol is one of the most widely used psychoactive substances in the world. With its legality and social acceptability, it’s also one of the most actively abused substances. In the United States, roughly 98 million people suffer from a drinking problem, or 30% of the nation. Furthermore, a little under 90,000 people die each year from alcohol abuse. (Cohen, Inaba 2014)

What do these statistics tell us? They tell us that alcohol kills; plain and simple. Alcohol becomes deadly after the immediate cessation of drinking, without medical detox programs.

Alcohol Withdrawal And Detox

Essentially, what alcohol withdrawal entails is a change in the chemistry of the brain, particularly with the GABAergic system, as well as adaptations to the NIMDA system. These are what cause the body to enter into severe withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens (also known as ‘the DT’S” or “the shakes”), after immediate cessation of alcohol from elongated, heavy use. Furthermore, instances often referred to as “kindling” can occur if an individual has gone through two or more stages of alcohol withdrawals. This results in more severe withdrawal symptoms that can be, and have been fatal. (Alcohol 2017)

Medications, such as low dose benzodiazepines, eliminate these symptoms, particularly in the combatting fatal seizures. Through an assessment of withdrawal symptoms, we’ll determine if the client is experiencing symptoms of withdrawal during addiction treatment.

Beat Alcohol Withdrawal With Pacific Crest Trail Detox

At Pacific Crest Trail Detox, we understand the importance of both monitoring and assessing the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, as well as the severity in which medical detox must take when it comes to the alcoholic. That is why our trained personnel is on duty at all times to safely and comfortably guide the alcoholic through the detox phase, in order to prepare them for the next stage of their journey.

Yes, alcohol withdrawal is a scary and formidable foe. However, our clinical team will be with you every step of the way.

-J. Dalton Williams



Alcohol Facts and Statistics. (2017, February). Retrieved April 11, 2017, from

Cohen, William E., Inaba, Darryl S. Uppers, Downers, All-Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs – 8th Edition. (2014).