The First Step to Alcohol Recovery, Is Alcohol Detox
Watching a loved one struggle with alcoholism is difficult and oftentimes painful. Although family members may wish their loved one would stop drinking, the truth is that for the individual with a chemical dependency upon alcohol, stopping on their own may be difficult and dangerous. This is the main reason people choose to enter an Alcohol Detox Center.
What is Alcohol Detox?
Alcohol abuse results in the accumulation of chemical toxins in your body. Over time the chemical toxins can lead to debilitating illness and disease such as:
- Liver disease or failure
- Ascites (a condition where the abdomen collects with fluid)
- Kidney disease or failure
- Nerve damage
- High blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
Alcohol detox is the process of eliminating the chemical toxins from the body. The method used during detoxification, will determine how quickly the process takes, but also how comfortable the process is for the individual.
Conversely, alcohol detox is not only about offering medical care in dealing with the physical withdrawal symptoms but 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 regarding 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 and it is the fear or anxiety of withdrawal symptoms that motivates and in some cases prevents someone from getting the help they truly need.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms may begin as soon as a few hours after the last consumption of alcohol. Severe symptoms can last up to 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. If an individual develops delirium tremens and the condition goes untreated it could be fatal.
Different Methods Available for Alcohol Detoxification
There are many different types of alcohol detox. Since no two people are the same, neither are any two alcohol detoxes or any two outcomes the same. Finding the facility and program that is best suited for you or your loved one is the key to long-term success in sobriety.
Inpatient and Outpatient Alcohol Detox
Inpatient and outpatient. An outpatient alcohol detox permits the individual to self-report to a detox clinic or physician’s office to receive medication to take it home. This may allow the individual to maintain a somewhat normal routine but due to it’s lack of structure is often times unsuccessful. Inpatient alcohol detox offers additional safety and support in a monitored environment thus increasing the likelihood of a successful detox.
Holistic Alcohol Detox
Holistic or non-medical alcohol detox relies on the use of acupuncture, herbs and vitamin therapy, special dietary supplements, massage and yoga to eliminate the alcohol toxins from the body. It should not take the place of medical treatment regarding alcohol detox. Neither should holistic tactics be tried at home without supervision.
Medical Alcohol Detox
A medical alcohol detox will incorporate the used of medications throughout the process. There are two different types of medication used in alcohol detox: oral medication and intravenous medication.
There are some drawbacks with regard to alcohol detox which uses oral medications. For example, oral medications take time to offer relief from withdrawal symptoms because they have to be processed by the body. Intravenous (IV) therapy alcohol detox 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 while rehab is the next step after detox addressing long-term sobriety.
Gallus Detox Centers – The Better Way to Detox
Gallus Detox is a professional inpatient (residential) alcohol detox center specializing in intravenous therapy medical detox. 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 for a confidential consultation with one of our admissions team member.