Alcohol detox is a process the body goes through after a person stops using alcohol after developing a dependence on the substance. Over time, the body may become dependent on the substance, which often leads to the inability to stop using due to the intense pain of withdrawal. During an alcohol detox program, you will work closely with a team of professionals who will monitor and manage the process for you, often reducing the withdrawal symptoms and cravings you have.

What Is the Point of Detox?

Detoxification is a natural process. It requires the body and the brain to come to terms with no longer having access to these substances it has relied on for a long time. It is essential to know that most people who try to detox on their own from alcohol fail at the process. That is because the brain and body work over time to try to gain access to these substances. The cravings can be so severe that it becomes nearly impossible to avoid.

The point of a detox program is that you get ample help to get through that difficult period. That may include the use of medications as well as holistic measures to reduce the withdrawal symptoms you have. Many people also find themselves able to focus more readily on their health and well-being while they are in a detox program away from home and other responsibilities.

In short, detox can be critical. In some situations, it can save a person’s life. Without it, you may

How Detox Works

During a drug detox program, you will work closely with the team at the treatment center to receive comprehensive care. Most often, detox is a home-like setting. It does not feel like a hospital, and you are not in a dangerous situation. Rather, you will have many of your needs met.

  • Medical care: There can be adverse reactions to detoxing from alcohol for many people. That can include some life-threatening complications, including an irregular heart rate, hallucinations, and high levels of anxiety. Medical treatment is available to ensure that if there are any medical complications, medications and treatment are available to help you. This does not happen at home – which is why you should never try to detox at home.
  • Medication: Medication-assisted treatment may be available to you. This is a type of treatment in which medications are given to reduce some of all of the withdrawal feelings you have. Over time, these medications can help the brain learn to work without the need for alcohol.
  • Holistic care: Taking care of your body during this time is also important. Many times, detox will include holistic therapies aimed at helping you to restore proper function. You may wish to engage in nutrition therapy and meditation and yoga to help you find the sense of wellness you need.

One of the most important parts of addiction therapy is talk therapy. This begins in detox. You will work with your therapists through individual and group therapy sessions. It is important to do this so that you can work through past pain and trauma that may have put you on the path to using these substances. You may also be able to work with your therapist for help with mental health disorders you have that relate to your condition. That includes getting support for depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. You may also be able to begin the healing process within your family through a family therapy program.

Individualized Care Is a Must

When you start the process of detox, you will work with a team of professionals committed to your best recovery. That often includes focusing on your initial detox and what comes after this. Many people benefit from a comprehensive treatment plan that includes inpatient treatment after detox occurs. Over a period of time, you may graduate to an outpatient program. The length of time this takes is really dependent on how well you do throughout the process.

Typically, detoxing from alcohol takes a few days to a week or so. The length of time you used, as well as the overall amount of alcohol you drink, can play a role in the intensiveness of your treatment. Some people may need a longer period of time to ensure the best level of care overall.

A Treatment Center Can Help You

If you have used alcohol for a long time and you are ready to start on the path to wellness, contact our admissions team to discuss your care options. With a comprehensive and customized treatment plan designed for your needs, you can start on the path of healing and recovery.

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