Alcohol Detox

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Detox is a crucial first step in most people’s recovery journey. Detoxifying from addictive substances presents a number of potentially fatal medical risks, psychological challenges, and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxing from alcohol without medical intervention can pose a number of serious health risks. That’s why it often necessitates detox interventions.

SAMHSA’s recommendations for detox

“For alcohol, sedative-hypnotic, and opioid withdrawal syndromes, hospitalization or some form of 24-hour medical care is generally the preferred setting for detoxification, based upon principles of safety and humanitarian concerns.”

– SAMHSA Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment Improvement Protocol, TIP 45

How do I know if I need alcohol detox?

An alcohol detox program is used to treat individuals who are struggling with alcohol and may meet the diagnosis of alcohol use disorder.

Alcohol Use Disorder is a serious medical condition affecting an estimated 14.8 million Americans (SAMHSA, 2019). According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

The effects of alcohol use disorder are wide-ranging and potentially fatal. They include: liver disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, gout, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and seizures.

What is most challenging about substance use disorders is that 95 percent of people do not see their substance use as problematic, and for those who do, only one out of nine people actually get the care they need (SAMHSA, 2019).

There are many reasons why people don’t seek the help they need, including feelings of shame and fear about the process of detoxification. Many fear that detox will be uncomfortable, painful, and even fatal.

The reality is that detoxing from alcohol is potentially dangerous without proper medical care. You will know if you need detox by seeking professional medical assistance from a qualified medical provider. Our admissions team would be happy to help advise you as to the best next steps.

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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.

Alcohol detox and withdrawal symptoms

Without proper medical intervention and an individualized plan, alcohol detox can be unpleasant and potentially fatal.

Common alcohol detox and 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.

There is a more serious side effect known as delirium tremens (DTs) that some people experience when they discontinue alcohol use. The DTs are periods of hallucinations, confusion, and disorientation. If an individual develops these and the condition goes untreated it could be fatal.

We can help overcome uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms through effective, safe, and comfortable medical detox provided by addiction experts. Our patients are rarely uncomfortable because we provide an individualized plan for each patient and their needs.

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Different types of alcohol detox centers

There are many different types of alcohol detox. Not all detox options are the same, either. Many medical detox centers use outdated protocols and oral medications within the confines of psychiatric facilities, leaving patients feeling dehumanized while they stay in a sterile and cold environment.

The Gallus Method of Alcohol Detox

Gallus Medical Detox provides the comfort of a residential facility, but with clinical expertise that is far superior to most detox facilities. We offer safe, effective, and personalized treatment. We are so proud of our proprietary method that we named it The Gallus Method.

The key features of Gallus Medical Detox include:

  • Individual treatment plans
  • Psychological, physical, and social assessments
  • IV Therapy Program
  • 24/7 medical supervision
  • Cardiac telemetry and video technology
  • Adjustments to treatment plans to suit our patients’ needs
  • An individual recovery plan identifying resources and next steps toward a long-term recovery

We have addiction treatment centers in Arizona and Colorado, with more opening throughout the US this year.

Detox options

Gallus Medical Detox offers the following detox services at all of our centers:

  • Opiate detox treatment
  • Alcohol detox treatment
  • Polysubstance detox treatment
  • Benzodiazepine detox treatment
  • Stimulant detox treatment
  • High-dose methadone detox treatment
  • Other drug detox treatment (THC, bath salts, kratom, barbiturates)

What our patients say about Gallus Medical Detox

Our patients are the best judge of the quality of our care. Here is what they have to say:

  • “From the first ‘hello’ when I finally gathered the courage to call, I knew I made the right choice. I’ve felt cared for and cared about. The staff proactively made my detox as comfortable as possible. When I started freaking out about where I was going to go after I finished detox, they worked with me to figure out my next step. I’ll be forever grateful to the entire staff!”
  • “I cannot express in words my deep appreciation for the kindness and very individualized care delivered by motivated and professional caregivers.”
  • “I’ll be forever in your debt. I want to thank you so much. The people at work were the most caring — they’re concerned about your individual treatment plans and I couldn’t ask for anything better than that. You guys literally saved my life. Thank you so much.”
  • “My stay at Gallus was the best experience. I have stayed at other detox centers, and this one is 100 percent better. The staff is incredible.”

Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today and see how we can help you or your loved one take the best first step toward recovery: 866-358-6446.