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Alcohol use disorder is challenging to overcome alone. We’re transparent that detoxing from alcohol presents a number of health and safety risks that could be dangerous.That’s why it is always advisable to apply caution when considering detox. This blog sets out critical factors to consider when contemplating how to detox from alcohol.
Persistent and harmful use of alcohol is more common than you might think. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report that:
Binge drinking is classified as 4 or more drinks on one occasion for women and 5 for men. Heavy drinking is defined as 8 drinks or more per week for women, and 15 or more for men.
Alcohol use disorder is defined as a chronic relapsing brain disorder that is characterized by an impaired ability to stop or control alcohol use despite the negative consequences.
Some indicators of risky or excessive drinking include:
It can be dangerous to stop drinking suddenly, especially after drinking for a prolonged period of time. This can cause the body to experience alcohol detox withdrawal symptoms that include:
Detoxing from alcohol without medical intervention can pose a number of serious health risks. That’s why it often necessitates detox interventions.
We recommend the following critical steps in detoxing from alcohol:
SAMHSA also recommend professional intervention:
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
For information about finding a detox center, read our blog How to Pick a Medical Detox Facility or visit our alcohol addiction treatment page.
At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we bring compassion to the commotion. Peace to the pain. Empowerment to the powerless. If you or someone you know needs support with addiction problems, bring us your battle. Call us today and take the best, first step towards recovery: 720-704-1432
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