Many people these days suffer from alcoholism and it can be a very damaging condition, physically, mentally and emotionally.
However, there is help available. The first step to stopping drinking after a sustained period of heavy drinking is alcohol detox. After this has been done, therapy, rehabilitation and aftercare can begin. These alcohol detox facts describe a little more about how the process helps.
What is detox?
Detox is the first stage of overcoming the effects of alcohol abuse. It takes the individual through the difficult stage of the withdrawal symptoms from alcohol. Once someone has been drinking heavily and regularly for a significant period of time, their body becomes physically dependent on alcohol. If they stop drinking, they may experience unpleasant and serious side effects such as nausea, vomiting, trembling and even hallucination.
The side effects can actually be very serious and in some very sever cases, fatal. That’s why detox should always be done under medical supervision and in a safe environment. The purpose of alcohol detox is to rid the body of alcohol completely.
Sometimes medication is used to minimise the worst symptoms of detox side effects. This is usually used in especially severe cases. In some cases, detox can be done safely from home but should always be discussed with a medical professional before going ahead.
What is rapid detox?
In some situations, rapid detox is also available. This is where the process is carried out in a more compact time frame. Sometimes this involves being anaesthetised and prescribed drugs which speed up the cleansing process.
What else happens?
During the detox phase, individuals will also be given social and emotional support and counselling. Attention will also be paid to their diet – they will be given a nutritionally balanced diet and may also be given additional vitamins such as Thiamine. This is because alcoholics are often deficient in nutrients, particularly Thiamine (B1), due to a negligence of their diet and also alcohol blocking the absorption of some vitamins and minerals.
What happens after alcohol detox?
Detox is not a silver bullet for dealing with alcoholism. Counselling and therapy are also important. A doctor, alcohol professional or rehab clinic can outline exactly what treatment and support would benefit an individual most.
Treatment may include individual or group counselling, behavioural therapy, 12-step programmes or even complementary therapy. Even after a stay in a residential rehab clinic, individuals will usually need some ongoing support in order to stay dry.
Wellington Lodge is an established not-for-profit specialist alcohol rehab provider. We offer triage, screening and rehabilitation at our comfortable in-patient facility at Wellington Lodge in North London. We also offer out-patient facilities at specialist clinics in Harley Street, London or at Queens Square in Bath, Somerset.