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Alcohol Detox

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

For most people with an alcohol addiction, a programme of detox is necessary to eliminate the alcohol from the body before rehabilitation can begin. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and affects almost every cell in the body. For that reason, it can be complicated to detox from alcohol and, on top of this, it can result in unpleasant side effects. Alcohol Rescue would, therefore, urge you – if you are an affected individual – to always seek professional help before attempting to detox from alcohol. In most cases, it is advisable to detox in a medically supervised facility as this will ensure you are comfortable and safe at all times. If you need advice regarding an alcohol detox, get in touch with us here at Alcohol Rescue or speak to your GP.

Detoxing from Chemical Substances

Detoxing from any chemical substance can be dangerous, especially if you stop drinking alcohol suddenly. You need to remember that your body has become reliant on the substance to which you are addicted and you are likely to suffer a number of withdrawal symptoms if the supply of alcohol is unexpectedly cut off. This is because your body will fight to get back to normal when the usual dose does not arrive. This can cause symptoms that include tremors, sweating, hallucinations, insomnia, vomiting, nausea, and mood swings.

At Alcohol Rescue, we work with a number of clinics that offer medically supervised programmes of detox for those suffering from addictions to alcohol. In most cases, we would recommend that detox be carried out under supervision because it is impossible to predict who will experience the more serious side effects known as delirium tremens (DTs).

Severe Withdrawal Symptoms

While most individuals going through detox will experience mild-to-moderate withdrawal symptoms, some will be affected by more severe symptoms, which can include seizures or convulsions. The good news is that these severe symptoms can almost always be prevented in a good medically-supervised facility.

However, some detoxing addicts will experience DTs around two to three days after their last drink. Although rare, DTs can be fatal so are always treated as a medical emergency. Symptoms of DTs include:

  • extreme seizures
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • hallucinations
  • anxiety
  • paranoia
  • high blood pressure
  • raised temperature
  • rapid heart rate.

Call Alcohol Rescue

We would urge you to get in touch with us here at Alcohol Rescue if you are worried that you or a loved one may have a substance abuse problem that requires treatment. We have a team of dedicated professional staff working around-the-clock to ensure that you can get the help you need at any time of the day or night.

We would encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible as there is no sense in putting it off any longer. Each day you delay is another day wasted to addiction and another day that, ultimately, you cannot get back.

Maybe you do not think you have an addiction but a concerned family member or friends have raised questions about your drinking habit. If this is the case, you should take a good look at your life and be honest about the amount you actually drink. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you drink alcohol regularly?
  • Is binge drinking a regular occurrence for you?
  • Do you drink alcohol to make you feel better?
  • Have you tried to quit or cut down but have been unable to?
  • Do you constantly think about drinking?
  • Do you avoid other activities in favour of drinking?
  • Do you feel anxious when you cannot access alcohol?
  • Do you find that you need to drink more to get the same effects as before?
  • Do you continue to drink alcohol knowing that there could be negative consequences?

If you have answered yes to more than one of the above questions, it could be time for you to get some professional help. If you have answered yes on behalf of a loved one that you happen to be concerned about, you can also get in touch with us here at Alcohol Rescue for advice and support.

It is important to seek help as soon as an addiction is suspected as this will mean you have a greater chance of successful recovery. Those who have been drinking heavily for a long time may find the recovery process more difficult. Therefore, we would urge you to call us today.

Accessing Detox Programmes

Those with alcohol addictions are commonly referred to detox programmes and these are typically carried out by private clinics and the NHS. When it comes to patient safety, we believe that a medically-supervised detox is the best option, as it provides for constant access to medical support throughout the process.

We work with both the NHS and a number of private clinics based all over the UK. The clinics we work with have the expertise and experience to ensure that patients going through a programme of detox are safe and comfortable at all times. As well as detox programmes, many of these private clinics provide rehabilitation programmes designed to help patients learn to live without chemical substances.

They are staffed by caring and professional individuals, many of whom have been through recovery journeys. With compassionate and understanding staff available, patients will be in good hands during this tough time.

As well as the support from staff, private clinics also offer patients the opportunity to avail of peer support from other patients going through the same process. Research has shown this to be immensely beneficial when it comes to motivation and commitment to the programme.

For patients with less severe addictions, outpatient detox programmes are also available. These programmes are for those who are unlikely to experience severe withdrawal symptoms, and patients are required to attend the clinic on a daily basis. They will be provided with medication if necessary and their progress will be monitored.

Regardless of whether a patient is attending an inpatient or outpatient detox programme, he or she should be monitored throughout to ensure patient safety.

When is a Home Detox Appropriate?

Home detox programmes are rare but there may be times when there is no other option but to detox at home. This could be because the patient is unable to leave his or her home. If this is the case, Alcohol Rescue can arrange a home detox programme.

It is important to note that home detox patients will still need to be supervised. Detox from substances such as alcohol should never be carried out alone, under any circumstances. Alcohol Rescue will arrange for home detox patients to have a registered nurse in attendance throughout the process. This will ensure that all withdrawal symptoms are properly managed and that the patient is safe and comfortable for the duration of the process.

After Detox

Some people can overcome their addiction to alcohol after a programme of detox provided they have access to some form of aftercare support, which could include short-term counselling, group support, or family support.

Nonetheless, most of those that complete a programme of detox will require rehabilitation, which could be either a residential programme or an outpatient programme. Rehabilitation is provided by private clinics, local support groups, charity organisations, and the NHS.

Residential clinics offer a structured programme of care for patients in a distraction-free environment, which is often the best option for those with alcohol addictions. Outpatient programmes are provided by counsellors, therapists and clinics offering day care programmes.

Dual diagnosis patients will also benefit from a residential programme of care.

What is Dual Diagnosis?

Alcohol addiction often occurs in patients with mental health disorders. Likewise, those with alcohol addictions can develop mental health disorders related to their addiction. Those with substance abuse problems and a mental health issue such as anxiety disorder or depression will be classed as having a dual diagnosis.

It is very unlikely that patients presenting with dual diagnosis will overcome their addiction with detox alone. It will be necessary for both the addiction and the mental health disorder to be treated at the same time, and the best way to do this is through a programme of detox followed by rehabilitation. For many patients, their mental health disorder will require continuous treatment, so a home detox would not be suitable.

Let Alcohol Rescue Help

Alcohol Rescue works hard to put as many people with addiction issues in touch with appropriate providers in their areas or beyond. We liaise with a large number of treatment providers, both in the public and private sector, and can make sure that those who need detox and rehabilitation can access it quickly and easily.

We have a team of fully trained staff on hand to take your call, and they will provide you with a free, comprehensive assessment of your situation as well as a referral to a suitable organisation from where you can get the help you need to overcome your illness.

If you would like help for yourself or a loved one, call Alcohol Rescue today. We can advise you on the options available to you as well as provide you with information on treatment providers suitable to your needs and circumstances. We will advise you if you require to complete a programme of detox and will let you know if you would be best suited to an inpatient or outpatient programme of detoxification.

If you are ready for a change and want to beat your addiction, call Alcohol Rescue today. We will provide you with free, confidential advice and will help you take the next steps on the journey to recovery should you wish to do so.

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