The First Step to Alcohol Recovery Is an Alcohol Detox

Watching a loved one struggle with alcoholism 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 dangerous. In turn, this is the main reason people choose to enter an alcohol detox center and receive the treatment that an alcohol detox program provides.

What is an Alcohol Detox Program?two men sitting on couches drinking coffee in an alcohol detox center

Alcohol abuse results in the accumulation of chemical toxins in your body. Over time the chemical toxins can lead to illness and disease 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

Alcohol detox is the process of eliminating chemical toxins from the body. The method used determines how quick it will go and how comfortable the individual will be.

Conversely, an alcohol detox center is not only about offering medical care in dealing with the physical withdrawal symptoms. It also involves offering kindness to help the individual deal with the psychological aspect of their alcohol abuse.

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 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 are periods of hallucinations, confusion, and disorientation. Moreover, if an individual develops these and the condition goes untreated it could be fatal.

Different Methods Available for Alcohol Detoxification

There are many different types of alcohol detox. No two alcohol detoxes or two outcomes are the same. Finding the alcohol detox center that is best suited for you or your loved one is 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. An inpatient alcohol detox program offers additional safety and support in a monitored environment. This increases the likelihood of successful detox.

Holistic Alcohol Detox

Holistic or non-medical alcohol detox relies on the use of acupuncture, herbs, vitamin therapy, special dietary supplements, massage and yoga to eliminate the alcohol toxins from the body. However, it shouldn’t take the place of medical treatment. Neither should holistic tactics be tried at home without supervision.

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. In turn, intravenous (IV) therapy is immediately effective at relieving withdrawal symptoms.

Alcohol detox is not rehab. Detox is the first step in recovery from alcohol abuse. Detox will remove the toxins. Rehab is where long-term recovery happens.

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 888.306.3122 to talk to one of our qualified staff.

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