In this blog post, we provide advice for people considering or about to embark on an alcohol detox programme. If you have not undertaken a detox programme in the past, you may be curious as to what the process involves. Moreover, you may be slightly concerned about the entire process, and this concern may manifest itself negatively to the point where you continue to put off going to rehab.
So what is a detox? A detox describes the process where all toxins are removed from your body in a safe and controlled manner. A residential rehab programme will begin with a detox. An alcohol detox is hazardous to your health if not undertaken in a controlled manner. For this reason, when you undergo a detox at a residential clinic, you will receive 24/7 care and attention throughout this important procedure.
Essentially, a medically assisted detox programme allows you to undergo a detox without experiencing harsh and potentially life threatening withdrawal symptoms. If left unchecked, these withdrawal symptoms may lead to cardiac arrest and death. This is particularly the case during the second and third day of your detox when you are most at risk of experiencing a condition known as delirium tremens (DT).
Generally, the more chronic your alcoholism, the more severe your withdrawal symptoms will be. The most serious of all alcohol withdrawal symptoms is known as delirium tremens (DTs). DTs is a medical emergency and you should dial 999 immediately if you suspect you may be suffering from this condition. This is because DTs may cause a seizure or even cardiac arrest if not correctly treated.
Whilst you detox, it's essential that another responsible adult is available to you throughout the day and night. This means it is not advisable to be left alone at all whilst you detox.
When you undergo a detox programme, it is important that you are aware of your emotions. It's also important to stay calm. We recommend you undergo a detox at a residential rehabilitation unit because the atmosphere at such a unit is specifically designed to encourage a calm and relaxed mood.