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Alcohol Detox Clinic – Access the Best Treatment Locally

Lisa Taylor
Lisa TaylorAddiction Counsellor

Recovering from alcohol abuse or addiction is not an easy thing to do. As anyone who has already been down that road can tell you, dependence on alcohol creates a long list of withdrawal symptoms that can thwart even the sincerest attempts to quit drinking. That is why there are so many alcohol detox centres located throughout the UK. It is at the local detox clinic where men and women begin the long journey to recovery.

Dependence on alcohol, also known as alcoholism, is as severe as dependence on any other drug. In most cases it is even more so. The problem with alcohol is that it drastically affects both the body and mind. Alcohol alters the way the brain works in ways that many other drugs do not. Making matters worse is the social acceptance that goes along with drinking. That social acceptance can make it difficult to stop if you have a problem.

We assume you are visiting our website because you or someone you love is struggling with a drinking problem. In such a case, you or your loved one could attempt to detox at home using any number of different methods. Or you can choose a reputable detox clinic. We believe the latter option is the better one in almost every case.

Attempting to Detox at Home

It is relatively common for people with early-stage drinking problems to attempt to detox at home. In cases where an individual's drinking problem is not yet elevated to late-stage alcohol abuse or total dependence, detoxing at home is reasonable, albeit difficult. A combination of prescription medications, counselling, and support of family and friends makes it possible to stop drinking without having to undergo professional counselling and rehab. Such is not the case for the alcoholic or a late-stage alcohol abuser.

Detoxing at home can be dangerous for the abuser or alcoholic. Indeed, the medical community classifies detox as a medical emergency due to its potential risks. You should not attempt to detox at home if you are an alcohol abuser or alcoholic.

Alcohol withdrawal negatively affects the body as it (the body) tries to adjust to having no alcohol in the system. Withdrawal symptoms can be minor in some cases, but they tend to be major more often than not. In addition, some 5% of all recovering alcoholics experience something known as 'delirium tremens' during withdrawal. Of that number, approximately 30% suffer severe injury or death as a result. The potential of delirium tremens is reason enough to undergo a detox programme at a certified detox clinic rather than trying to do it at home.

Detoxing at a Certified Clinic

Certified detox centres in the UK do more than just put patients in a bed and watch them go through withdrawal over several days. They offer proven and effective treatment options that make alcohol withdrawal as safe as it can be. Treatments are followed up by extended rehabilitation that help recovering alcoholics completely overcome their drinking problems. This extra rehabilitation is something you cannot get at home.

There are three things you should know about the private detox clinics we work with:

  • Medical Supervision – Detoxing at one of our clinics is medically supervised at all times. That means clients are constantly under the supervision of doctors and nurses trained to handle any emergencies that may arise. The clinic is the safest place to be during detox.
  • Specialised Personnel – One of the biggest advantages of the detox clinic is that the nurses and doctors who work at such clinics specialise in drug and alcohol recovery. Because this is all they do, they are very good at it. They are also not distracted by all of the other potential illnesses and injuries you might encounter in an NHS hospital or doctor's office.
  • Prescription Medications – There are a small number of prescription medications that may be used during the detox and rehabilitation process. None of the medications can cure an alcohol problem by itself, but they can be used to reduce withdrawal symptoms and dampen alcohol cravings.

Outpatient and Inpatient Clinics

If you are looking to detox from alcohol, you can choose between outpatient and inpatient clinics. There is a distinct difference between the two, a difference that should be seriously considered when making your choice.

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The outpatient clinic is typically run by the NHS, an alcohol charity, or a private entity. It is a clinic at which recovering alcoholics receive day-to-day treatment before returning home at the end of each day's session. This option may be suitable for people in the early stages of alcohol abuse who respond well to prescription medications and counselling. However, the outpatient clinic does have some disadvantages:

  • Medical personnel are only available during treatment sessions
  • Clients are not separated from the daily routine that may enable continued drinking
  • Outpatient detox does not usually include rehabilitative therapy.

An inpatient clinic is decidedly different in that clients actually move into the facility for the duration of treatment. Whether it is 7-to-10 days for detox alone or 3-to-12 weeks for both detox and rehabilitative therapy, residing at the clinic during treatment gives clients 24-hour access to medical care and a separated environment that is more conducive to total recovery.

We believe inpatient detox at a private clinic is the better option for hard-core alcoholics and late stage alcohol abusers. We know from personal experience how effective inpatient care can be when compared side-by-side to outpatient treatment provided by the NHS. Do not misunderstand; the NHS does the best it can with its limited resources. But understand that they have to deal with millions of patients suffering from an endless list of illnesses, diseases and injuries. They do not have the resources to give alcohol recovery the attention it needs.

The private detox clinic is different. Private clinics concentrate only on alcohol and drug recovery – nothing more, nothing less. All of their resources and attention are devoted entirely to clients trying to overcome substance abuse or addiction. Furthermore, private clinics create an environment that is both distraction-free and focused entirely on recovery. This makes overcoming alcohol faster and more effective.

We invite you to contact our 24-hour helpline for assistance in finding a detox clinic in your local area. We work with local clinics scattered throughout the UK as well as other treatment providers including private counsellors, charities, and the NHS. We can connect you with a treatment centre so that you can begin recovery right away.

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