Alcohol withdrawal has severe symptoms for many alcoholics and can be life-threatening if it is attempted without medical supervision. Because alcohol produces severe physical and psychological symptoms during alcohol detox, it is always recommended for alcoholics to seek medical consultation before any attempt is made to cease alcohol consumption.
Before beginning alcohol detox, a doctor will examine each and review a complete medical history of his or her alcohol use. The doctor may also ask a series of questions regarding the individual’s history with alcohol consumption and if he or she has been through an alcohol withdrawal process before. During an intake physical, the doctor will check for medical conditions that may be a result of alcohol addiction, as well as any other medical conditions that may complicate the detox process.
- Coronary artery disease
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Liver disease
- Nervous system impairments
After the complete medical exam has been completed, the doctor will be able to inform the individual of the severity of his or her alcohol addiction and begin preparations for detox.