Should I Go to a Hospital for Alcohol Detox?
Alcoholism affects nearly 100 million people in the U.S. A recent report released by the WHO (World Health Organization) states that one person dies an alcohol related death every ten seconds somewhere in the world. You’ve decided to get help but now you want to know if you should go to a hospital for alcohol detox, or to a private alcohol detox.
Hospital Detox: the Basics
If you are considering a hospital alcohol detox program, there are a few things that you should know up front. First, many alcohol detox programs offered in hospitals are funded by the government (state and federal) and in most of the time there is a long waiting list to get in. Second, alcohol detox patients are most often kept in the mental health until of hospitals. This means that patients are restricted from leaving the unit, have very limited contact with the outside and are prohibited from bringing in personal items, especially electronic devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPods and e-readers. Besides offering very little privacy, they are also not the most comfortable and include minimal amenities, if any at all. Third… and this is important… the type of medication often used in hospital alcohol detox programs is an oral medication that is slow-acting and ineffective at controlling withdrawal symptoms or offering patient comfort. Much of the time patients are left to detox from alcohol on their own and in pain with no relief. The inability of the institutionalized approach to offer a welcoming or nurturing sense is what leads many alcohol detox patients to walk out before the detox is complete. Further, studies show that patients who leave alcohol detox early and before successfully completing the process are more likely to return to their alcohol abuse.
Private Alcohol Detox: The Better Way
Making the decision to quit alcohol abuse is a big decision and the last thing you need is to be isolated from friends and family and left to suffer alone. An option to the sterile environment of a hospital alcohol detox is a private alcohol detox. Besides patient privacy, a private alcohol detox facility will also offer a certain amount of amenities and most feature a relaxing and calming environment in which to detox and rest. Another thing to consider is the method for detox that the facility uses. A few private alcohol detox facilities use intravenous therapy over oral medications because they control withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient comfortable throughout the process. As for cost, many private alcohol detox facilities accept insurance and are extremely reasonable. Of course you can find some very high end luxury private alcohol detox centers, but for the most part they are very affordable. Want to know more about a private alcohol detox and intravenous therapy? Gallus Detox Center can help you quit alcohol abuse. Call today, 855-338-6929.