Detox from alcohol can seem very frightening. However, is a necessary first step on your road to getting sober? Detox not only rids the body of alcohol and provides a physical readjustment, but it is a mental exercise as well. During the detox period, which can usually last 3 to 6 days depending on the severity and amount of alcohol consumed, alcohol toxins, or poisons, leave the body. Withdrawal from alcohol usually begins approximately 8 hours after an individual’s last drink. Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal include: excessive sweating, shakiness, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, nausea, loss of appetite, increase in blood pressure and pulse, and difficulty sleeping. Fortunately, there are many options to help guide you through the detox process. There are numerous medical detox units located within private rehab facilities, such as Passages Malibu. The amenities at Passages Malibu are top notch, and you will be supervised by an experienced medical staff in order to ensure maximum comfort during such a physical and emotionally trying time.