Those who have developed a physical dependency to alcohol require detoxification. Detoxification is a key component of rehabilitation. During detoxification all alcohol toxins are flushed from the addict’s body. Traditionally we recommend detoxification takes place within the confines of a private alcohol rehab clinic. However the cost implications may prohibit some addicts from taking advantage of this superior option. To tackle shortfalls in funding a range of home alcohol detox options exist. Home detox is not recommended for the chronic alcoholic due to the onset of life-threatening withdrawal symptoms experienced during the ‘acute’ withdrawal phase of detoxification.
When you choose home detox our medical professional travels to your home. Typically this is a doctor. The doctor judges your suitability for home detox. Home detox should never be attempted without minimal medical assistance. A failure to seek medical assistance could well result in death due to heart attack and/or respiratory failure occurring due to alcohol withdrawal.
When you are deemed suitable to undergo home detox our medical professional points out typical pitfalls you must avoid. For instance the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms means many addicts attempting home detox relapse within the first 48 hours. The risk of relapse is reduced if a loving family member is able to supervise the patient’s progress, particularly during the initial seven days when withdrawal symptoms peak.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a home detox service helping addicts defeat addiction to alcohol from their homes. As mentioned above this service begins when a doctor visits your home. If the doctor gives home detox the green light, a number of prescription medications are offered. Prescription drugs reduce withdrawal symptoms during the acute detox phase (typically between days 3-6 after alcohol was last consumed). Medications typically include benzodiazepine-based sedatives such as Librium and/or Valium. Such drugs work by increasing the production of the brain’s relaxant hormone ‘GABA’. Prescription medications are typically anti-anxiety medications and patients must follow dosage limits carefully in order to avoid overdose. If patients consume large dosages of prescription medications and relapse back to alcohol consumption a risk of death arises. Alcohol is deadly when mixed with benzodiazepine-based prescription drugs.
Our doctor makes this risk well-known before a home detox programme commences. Prescription medications prevent seizures from arising during detox. Medications are recommended until withdrawal symptoms reduce around the tenth day after alcohol was last consumed.
Patients receive daily visits from a qualified nurse or drugs counsellor, depending on where in the United Kingdom patients live. Please call for details.
During and after patients’ home alcohol detox a 24/7 helpline is provided should assistance be required.
One of the major drawbacks of home detox is the lack of therapy and counselling sessions once detoxification is complete. Residential rehabilitation provides an extended element of therapy and counselling sessions ensuring emotional triggers of addiction are tackled. The availability of counselling and therapy sessions following a successful home detox depends on the rehabilitation centre administering your home detox. Counselling and therapy sessions maybe offered on an outpatient basis for an additional fee. Home detox patients are encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous sessions in their local area. Alcoholic’s Anonymous sessions are of course free of charge.
Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol addiction treatment throughout the United Kingdom. Centres are typically residential in nature and offer a diverse range of treatment plans depending on the severity of addiction and personal wishes of the patient. Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108 or complete our enquiry form.