The First Step to Alcohol Recovery Is an Alcohol Detox

Watching a loved one struggle with alcohol is difficult. Family members may wish their loved one would stop drinking on their own. However, someone stopping on their own can be very difficult, and sometimes dangerous. This is the main reason people choose to enter an alcohol detox center.

What is an Alcohol Detox Program?

men drink tea and talk in an alcohol detox centerAlcohol misuse can result in medical complications such as:

  • Liver disease or failure
  • Ascites (a condition where the abdomen collects with fluid)
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Nerve damage
  • Gout
  • High blood pressure
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Seizures

Gallus detox centers offer expert medical care in dealing with the physical withdrawal symptoms and provides psychological support.

Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal Symptoms

“Will I be in pain?” is the most common question asked about alcohol detox and withdrawal. The intensity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms will depend on the severity of the alcohol addiction. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological. It is often the fear or anxiety of withdrawal symptoms that motivates and prevents someone from getting the help they truly need.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nightmares
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations

Physical withdrawal symptoms may begin as soon as a few hours after the last drink. However, severe symptoms can last up to 72 hours.

There is a more serious side effect known as delirium tremens (or the DTs) that some people experience when they discontinue alcohol use. The DTs can cause more serious side effects like hallucinations, confusion, and disorientation, which require immediate medical intervention.

Different Methods Available for Alcohol Detoxification

There are many different types of alcohol detox.  Finding the alcohol detox center that is best suited for you or your loved one can be the key to long-term sobriety.

Inpatient and Outpatient Alcohol Detox Centers

An outpatient alcohol detox center permits the individual to self-report to a detox clinic or physician’s office to receive medication and take it home. This may allow the individual to maintain a somewhat normal routine. However, its usually unsuccessful because of the lack of structure and medical support. An inpatient alcohol detox program offers additional safety and support in a medically monitored environment. This increases the likelihood of successful detox.

Holistic Alcohol Detox

Holistic alcohol detox relies on the use of acupuncture, herbs, vitamin therapy, special dietary supplements, massage, and yoga to eliminate alcohol toxins from the body. However, it shouldn’t take the place of medical treatment.

Medical Alcohol Detox Program

A medical alcohol detox program will incorporate the use of medications throughout the process. There are two different types of medication used in an alcohol detox program: oral medication and intravenous medication.

There are some drawbacks with regard to alcohol detox that uses oral medications. For example, oral medications take time to offer relief from withdrawal symptoms because they have to be processed by the body. Conversely, intravenous (IV) therapy immediately relieves withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol detox is not a treatment facility but it is the first step in recovery from alcohol use disorder. Following detox, a person will be provided with next steps toward their recovery. That could be a residential treatment facility or support groups and therapy. We will help you identify the best next step for you.

Gallus Detox Centers – The Better Way to Detox

Gallus Detox is a professional inpatient alcohol detox center specializing in IV therapy. We help our patients in the first step of overcoming their alcohol addiction.

To learn more about IV therapy medical detox or if you have questions, please call us at 888.228.9114 to talk to one of our qualified staff.