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Alcohol Detox is Necessary
A medically supervised alcohol detox is the safest and most sensible way to begin treatment for alcoholism. Attempting to detox at home is never a good idea regardless of the substance being abused. In the case of alcohol however, the risks are considerable if you stop use without medical supervision. If you or someone you know is attempting to quit drinking, they should never under any conditions, abruptly stop drinking alcohol or dramatically reduce the quantity or frequency of alcohol consumption without medical advice.
A medication assisted alcohol detox in an inpatient setting offers many advantages. In a dedicated alcohol detox facility, medications can be administered to dramatically lessen the possibility of complications. Simply put, it’s much safer and more comfortable to detox from alcohol in an inpatient facility. Clinical staff are present 24-hours a day. This means nurses are on hand if there should be any complications during the detox process. It also means that any withdrawal symptoms or discomfort a client experiences can be managed in real time. TruHealing Centers facilities follow the highest standards for medical detoxification.
Advantages of Alcohol Detox at TruHealing Centers:
- The safety and security of 24-hour detox nurses on duty for observation.
- Medications to ensure clients are able to sleep and rest comfortably.
- Counseling and therapy are available as soon as client is willing and ready.
- Careful detox protocol prevents most withdrawal symptoms before they can occur.
- Additional alcohol treatment is available at TruHealing Centers for continuity of care.
What You Should Know About Alcohol Detox
Alcohol is one of three categories of drugs which have potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms. The other two categories are barbiturates and benzodiazepines. Drugs in any of these three categories have been known to lead to withdrawal seizures in some clients when use is discontinued or severely curtailed without medical support. The risk of potentially deadly seizures in withdrawal is one of the most important reasons to seek a medically supervised detox from alcohol.
If you or someone you know is attempting to quit drinking, they should never abruptly stop drinking alcohol or dramatically reduce the amount of alcohol consumption without medical guidance. If a person has already stopped for a significant period of time note the early symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. A person in alcohol withdrawal should seek immediate medical attention at an alcohol detox. Call 911 for an ambulance if symptoms are severe or the person cannot be admitted to an alcohol detox quickly enough.
Early Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal to Watch for:
- Shaky hands
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inability to sleep
How Long are Alcohol Detox Programs?
When someone decides they are ready for treatment for an alcohol use disorder, one of the first questions they ask is ‘How long does alcohol detox take?’. Another common question is ‘What happens after detox?’. Most detox and treatment programs do not have a rigid timeframe. The fact is that different people have different needs. Treatment after detox is recommended whenever possible. Clinical research shows that people who follow detox with further inpatient and partial hospitalization care are more likely to remain sober longer.
Generally, if you receive a medication assisted detox for alcohol and no other treatment, the stay will range from 4-6 days to as long as two weeks in more acute cases. The average alcohol detox duration is around 5 days. There are several factors which may influence the length of stay in detox for alcohol and inform the treatment afterwards. The answers to these questions will play a major role in how long a person would need to be in an alcohol detox program.
Questions That May Determine the Length of Detox for Alcohol:
- How often do you consume alcohol (i.e. days per week)?
- When you consume alcohol, how much do you drink in a 24 hour period?
- What’s your current height and weight?
- At what age did you begin and how old are you now?
- What is the total number of years you have been drinking alcohol?
- Do you have a history of seizures or delirium tremens in withdrawal?
- Are you using any drugs in addition to alcohol?
- Do you have a diagnosis of alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis or other liver disease?
Alcohol Detox at TruHealing Centers
A safe and comfortable medical detox from alcohol is the most practical course of action for anyone with an alcohol use disorder. The willingness to follow through with a treatment program following detox and commit to a recovery lifestyle afterwards is a major indicator for success. TruHealing Centers has become a leader in substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment by providing superlative care. By addressing not only the physical, but the psychological and spiritual facets of addiction to alcohol, we deliver comprehensive care that creates powerful change.
Our personalized addiction treatment identifies core challenges and prescribes effective solutions. We recognize that alcoholism is a disease that affects every aspect of life as well as the people around us. This is why we emphasize the importance of family and social involvement in recovery. Clients at our medical detox facilities receive the highest standard of care available with 24-hour medical supervision and attention to everything from nutritional needs to psychological well-being. TruHealing Centers is more than a healthcare provider. We’re a partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for successful recovery. All that’s needed to begin is enough willingness to try.
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