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Alcohol Detox Clinics

Rehab 4 Alcoholism refers patients to alcohol detoxification centres throughout the United Kingdom. We offer a comprehensive alcohol rehabilitation service addressing all aspects of addiction treatment. We treat alcohol addiction, alcohol dependency and alcoholism. Alcohol detoxification is the first step in a well-balanced rehabilitation programme. It is essential all alcohol is removed from your system before therapy and counselling begin. Alcohol detoxification is the first major milestone in the journey towards long-term recovery.

During alcohol detoxification, prescription medications are offered to ease powerful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol detoxification is a potentially drawn-out process due to complications relating to withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms arise in different forms, some more life-threatening than others. The duration of alcohol detoxification depends heavily on the severity of addicts’ addiction.

What happens before detoxification?

Before alcohol detoxification begins you are subject to initial assessment. A medical officer may request your health records. This is likely if you are deemed at risk of suffering from health complications during detoxification. Our admissions officer collects relevant information. Information is used to draw up your personalised alcohol detoxification plan. You are then able to join a programme within as little as 48 hours following your initial phone call.

What can I expect during detoxification?

Alcohol detoxification commences as soon as you begin rehabilitation. You receive 24-hour a day supervision from a team of qualified medical professionals if you choose residential rehabilitation. Life-threatening withdrawal symptoms are monitored and treated. Alcohol addiction carries physical as well as psychological withdrawal symptoms. Physical withdrawal symptoms due to brain chemical alterations pose the greatest danger during detoxification. To combat symptoms drugs such as Thiamine are offered. Tranquillisers such as Chlordiazepoxide may be offered to treat symptoms such as delirium tremens. Medical staff are on the lookout for complications such as liver damage sustained during the addiction period.

Common withdrawal symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms associated with alcohol detoxification include:

  • Cravings for alcohol
  • Agitation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucination
  • Delirium tremens
  • Sweating

Our medical staff treat all of the above withdrawal symptoms during treatment. Patient progression is monitored several times throughout the day. Tranquilliser dosages are tapered down as withdrawal symptoms decline.

You are required to move into the treatment centre whilst you receive treatment if you select residential rehabilitation. ‘Addiction triggers’ are thus unavailable while you receive treatment. Alcohol detoxification typically lasts between 9 to 15 days. Chronic alcoholics may take more time for withdrawal symptoms to cease.

What happens after alcohol detoxification?

As soon as withdrawal symptoms stabilise you are able to commence counselling and therapy sessions. Traditional psychotherapy is combined with alternative therapies such as meditation and art therapy.

Who is an alcohol detox for?

Put simply, an alcohol detox is necessary for people who have become physically addicted to alcohol. You will generally know when you have become physically addicted to alcohol because you will begin to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol. When you are physically addicted to alcohol, it’s important for you to stop drinking in a medically controlled manner. This helps you to avoid experiencing potentially fatal alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as a seizure or cardiac arrest.

To help you determine whether you require an alcohol detox, you will need to be on the lookout for alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Delirium
  • Tremors
  • Seizures/convulsions

Note, these symptoms typically arise within 8-10 hours after alcohol use ceased. If you begin to experience a rapid heartbeat, you must contact the emergency services without delay. This is because you could be suffering from a serious form of alcohol withdrawal known as delirium tremens (DTs).

Is an alcohol detox potentially fatal?

The answer to this question is yes. Each year, thousands of people die because they choose to undergo an alcohol detox without medical assistance. When you become addicted to alcohol, the chemical arranged within the brain is altered. When alcohol is abruptly stopped, the brain will begin to readjust to an alcohol-free environment. It’s these changes in the brain that occur when alcohol is removed that make an alcohol detox so dangerous to your health.

Fortunately, when you choose to undergo an alcohol detox from the safety of a residential rehab clinic, you will be prescribed medication that allows you to detox without exposing yourself to these risks. The medication you will be given allows these brain changes to occur slowly over the course of a week. Slowing down these brain changes all but eliminates the risk of suffering from advanced alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

How long will I need to undergo an alcohol detox?

Generally, the body requires around 7-10 days to safely detox from alcohol. Upon admission into an alcohol detox clinic, you will be given around a week’s worth of medication designed to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Many rehab clinics will encourage you to spend a month in an alcohol rehab clinic. Why? Because alcoholism is a psychological disorder.

Merely treating the physical symptoms of alcoholism is not enough to assist you in your long-term recovery efforts. When you attend a month’s long rehab programme, you will attend daily therapy sessions. During these therapy sessions, you will obtain the ‘toolkit’ to prepare you for a lifetime’s worth of recovery.

Will I need to make my own food at a detox clinic?

Some rehabs will require you to prepare your own food during your rehab programme. Others will employ professional chefs to undertake this task on your behalf. Generally, self-catering rehabs are less costly compared to rehabs that offer catering options. Many rehabs offering catering services will incorporate nutrition into your treatment programme. This is important, given that many people suffering from alcoholism also experience malnutrition. Many rehabs also offer you vitamin B supplements and foods that are rich in protein.

Is it possible to pay for an alcohol detox with an insurance policy?

It is true that many rehabs accept payment through a policy of medical insurance. When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we are able to advise you on which particular rehabs accept payment through a policy of medical insurance.

Is it possible to undergo an alcohol detox from home?

The answer to this question is yes. Some companies do offer home detox treatment. You should expect to pay £1000 for a home detox. When you contact Rehab 4 Addiction, we are able to put you in touch with a home detox provider in your area. Generally, we do not recommend a home detox programme for people suffering from severe alcoholism. This is because the risk of suffering from a seizure is increased.

When you attend a residential detox clinic, the risk of suffering from a seizure is minimal because the clinical team will increase anti-withdrawal medications when it is necessary to do so. When you undergo a home detox programme, it is unlikely you will know when it is necessary to increase your dose of anti-withdrawal medication because you are not medically qualified.

Call Rehab 4 Alcoholism for fast help

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers safe and secure alcohol detoxification 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 patients. Please call Rehab 4 Alcoholism today by dialling 0800 111 4108

 

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