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Antabuse Detox and Withdrawal

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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 4 percent of all Americans abused alcohol in the last year. This percentage does not include the number of people who drink one or more alcoholic drinks on a daily basis.
“Alcoholism is a serious medical condition…”
Alcoholism is a serious medical condition that affects a large number of people. If you suffer from alcoholism or you think that someone else in your life does, you might seek help from an Antabuse detox center.

What Is It?

Antabuse is a prescription drug given to patients recovering from alcoholism. The medication is effective at treating alcoholism because it can stop a person from drinking. Antabuse changes the way a person responds to alcohol. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, someone who drinks after taking Antabuse might experience:

  • Flushed skin
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Confused thoughts
  • Sweating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Anxious thoughts
  • Chest pain

The biggest benefit associated with Antabuse is that the effects occur within 10 minutes after taking a drink, and the effects can stay with the patient for up to an hour. Even if the individual only has a single alcoholic drink such as a beer, the medication will cause these effects. Some users even find that they notice the effects a few minutes after taking a small sip of an alcoholic drink.

How Do I Get It?

“You can also get the medication from an Antabuse detox center.”
If you need Antabuse, you can speak to your doctor. You can also get the medication from an Antabuse detox center. These centers provide help and support for recovering alcoholics. Those who seek help abruptly stop drinking, which can cause certain side effects and lead to withdrawal symptoms. One of the doctors on staff at the Antabuse withdrawal treatment facility can prescribe the Antabuse, which reduces the withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism.


Someone who uses Antabuse for alcoholism might find they are dependent on the medication. Physical addiction to Antabuse isn’t common as the drug doesn’t promote feelings of euphoria; however, psychological addiction can occur where the individual doesn’t feel like they can maintain their sobriety without the drug. This occurs when the individual continues using the medication for a longer period of time than they should. The person begins feeling like they cannot survive a normal day without the medication. Doctors refer to this as a psychological addiction because the person believes they need the pills. If you think that someone you know has an addiction to Antabuse, get in touch with us at . We can help you find an Antabuse detox center that helps your loved one stop using the medication without going back to alcohol.

Other Dangers

Those who use the medication can suffer an overdose. According to, the symptoms of an Antabuse overdose can include:

  • Tingling sensation
  • Numbness in one or more areas of the body
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

When an overdose occurs, you should immediately seek help from a medical professional. The doctor might pump the stomach of the patient, or use activated charcoal to get rid of the excess drugs in the patient’s system. The doctor might suggest that you get help for your loved one from an Antabuse detox program.

Diagnosing the Problem

Antabuse withdrawal treatment facilities offer several types of help for those battling drug and alcohol addictions. If you have a problem with alcohol, the doctor can prescribe Antabuse, which could help you stay healthy and safe after you leave the center. As long as you take the medication, you will know what happens when you take a drink. If you worry that someone you love has a dependence on Antabuse, these centers can help the person get off the drug. When you need to find the best Antabuse detox center, call us directly at to see how we can help.

Did You Know?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the United States spent more than $223 billion on excessive drinking in a single year. This number includes the cost of car accidents, health care and legal fees.

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