Alcohol Detox Clinics

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John Gillen - Last Updated: February 21, 2023

Last reviewed: February 21, 2022 by Dr Alexander Lapa. All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.

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We provide medically-assisted alcohol detox programmes through our CQC-regulated rehab clinics based throughout the UK. Continue reading to find out more about what happens when detoxing from alcohol and what role services like ourselves play in getting yourself or a loved one clean.

Why Complete An Alcohol Detox?

If you have a medium to chronic alcohol addiction where high quantities have been consistently consumed, an alcohol detox will be recommended. This highly effective treatment option slowly reduces an individual’s consumption levels. This will remove any toxins, helping your body heal.

  • Supervised Through Detox
  • Safe Detoxification
  • Experienced Professional Support

This is a medically supervised treatment method, as withdrawal symptoms will be experienced throughout. Withdrawal symptoms from detox can include headaches, nausea, seizures, anxiety and mental health episodes. This time can be highly dangerous and difficult to overcome, therefore always ensure a professional is present to control the steps of your detox.

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The first few hours of your detox will influence cravings. Similar to the withdrawal symptoms you experience from alcohol consumption, mental and physical cravings will increase, making you want a drink. This will be a difficult step however, our team are armed with the experience to get you through this.

For the next 24 to 48 hours, withdrawal symptoms can become highly dangerous, affecting your heart and brain while influencing hallucinations and delirium tremens. Patients can expect to be highly irritable, confused and exhausted at this point.

Detoxing Safely

Our team will observe the whole process to ensure your well-being is the priority. Under the watchful eye of our trained professionals, we have the experience to help manage you through the detoxification stage.

For some people, the detox will finish relatively quickly, within 24 hours. However, for individuals with a deep addiction, further days of detoxification may be required to reset the body and mind.

For long-term alcohol recovery, a quick fix isn’t realistic. Small steps are required to transform your mindset and cravings. A detox at our clinic is the first step required for your body to withdraw from alcohol. Completing an alcohol detox will boost your susceptibility to further treatment, improving your recovery rate.

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Although completing a detox is one of the hardest steps to take when considering rehabilitation, it is one of the most effective. We highly promote our alcohol detoxes at our number of rehab centres, giving our patients a fresh start when beginning their treatment programmes.


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What is Delirium tremens?

Delirium Tremens or withdrawal delirium are side effects your body may experience as you no longer feed it the alcohol it is used to. Minor side effects can involve shaking, insomnia and general nausea.

For some who have been consuming large amounts of alcohol over many years, side effects can include visual and auditory hallucinations and seizures. Although only a small amount of people actually experience extreme delirium, other factors, such as related comorbidities, can increase the potential of this happening.

This is why supervised detoxification is so important, as every person is different and also has different tolerance levels depending upon multiple factors. Completing your detoxification at our clinic is the safest place to do so, as we can’t treat your side effects and the different forms they may emerge.

If you believe you may have an alcohol addiction, consider our medically supervised, evidence-based detox. This, alongside our addiction treatment and therapy, will transform your lifestyle, health and mindset, helping you lead a positive alcohol-free future.

When Is An Alcohol Detox Required?

If you are experiencing any side effects from regular alcohol consumption, including the need for greater intake, the start of an addiction could be on the cards. If you can’t go 24 hours without craving an alcoholic drink, experience withdrawal symptoms, or have connected mental health issues, visiting our detox clinic should be your next step.

For some individuals, understanding when expert intervention is required can be difficult. Some individuals may believe that their drinking habits are innocent, yet an addiction could be developing.

Any level of alcohol addiction can be damaging. Those who consume alcohol regularly are also more likely to develop further addictions and behavioural episodes, including drug abuse, depression and suicidal thoughts.

People often have issues such as depression and believe drinking alcohol eases this depression. But in many cases, drinking can only worsen your symptoms of depression and cause a negative cycle on your mental and physical well-being. Quitting alcohol could actually be solving other mental issues you may be facing that you have not initially attributed to alcohol dependence.

Alcohol abuse can really damage your quality of life. If you believe that your life is negatively impacted by alcohol consumption, get in touch with our expert team today. We can start your detox programme immediately, helping you beat the negative cycle by breaking free from the grasp of alcohol addiction.

Alternative Addiction Treatments

Alongside our medically supervised alcohol detox programmes, here at Rehab Clinics Group, we have a number of alternative industry-leading addiction treatments. Each are designed to work together alongside your detox to promote long-term recovery.

It is highly likely that if you complete a detox, further treatment options will be recommended to ensure your addiction is tackled holistically. We believe in working on both your psychological and physical connection to alcohol, helping reduce future relapses.

Upon arrival to rehab, our team will better understand your alcohol addiction and health history. This will include the initial stimuli causing your consumption, its severity, effects, and any mental health issues influenced by substance abuse. From here, a personalised treatment plan will be created to ensure recovery is probable for you.

  • Personalised Plan
  • Therapy
  • Well Being
  • Return To Health

Treatment options you can expect to complete include cognitive behavioural therapy, social sessions, family therapy, counselling and well-being sessions. Each will work on dropping your barriers while turning your negative thoughts into positive feelings.

You will further complete educational sessions to boost your knowledge of alcohol addiction and relapse prevention techniques to work through any future cravings.

We will ensure your family members and support network are also prepared for your return home, ensuring they fully understand your long-term recovery plan.

By completing detox and alternative addiction treatments, you will likely overcome your alcohol addiction. We have a great success rate here at Rehab Clinics Group, as we always go the extra mile to ensure your recovery journey is worthwhile.

Available Support Post Detox

Once you’ve returned home, our expert team will be available for you for free up to 1-year post-detox. This will ensure you maintain your recovery plan and avoid any surrounding influences. Support will include regular support groups, AA meetings, and our expert guidance to ensure you are on track. We are passionate about ensuring your hard work pays off and continues to be put in place once you return home.

Get in touch to discuss our rehab facilities and start your admission to our detox programme. If you have any concerns about the detox process, we can break this down for you. Reach out today to begin your time of transformation.

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If you aim to withdraw from alcohol, believe you have an alcohol addiction, or are concerned that your drinking habits may be getting out of hand, consider an alcohol detox today. Here at Rehab Clinics Group, we offer a number of treatment options, including a full detox to help you recover your body and mind from addiction.

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Alcohol Detox FAQs

Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about alcohol detox:

  • How Long Does Alcohol Detox Take?

    The duration of an average detox programme varies depending on the severity of an individuals addiction. In order for the process to be as safe as possible, we would typically recommend a minimum of 10 days. Many of our centres will not accept a detox admission that is less than 7 days, this is due alcohol withdrawal symptoms that have potential to become a severe health problem for individuals and will need to be treated using prescribed medications available at our centres.
  • What Happens After Detox?

    If you are detoxing as part of a rehabilitation programme then you will move onto the next phase of treatment which involves therapy, one-to-one and group counselling sessions. Therapy sessions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have been created to help you understand the addictive mind and what stimulates the need to drink, by having an understanding of your addiction you will be in a much better position to deal with any triggers upon leaving the centre. Learn more about our alcohol rehabilitation programme
  • Why Would I Need To Detox? Can't I Just Stop Drinking Myself?

    If you're addicted to alcohol then the process to suddenly stop drinking can be incredibly difficult when compared to the casual drinker who has more control due to not having the burden of dealing with an addictive mind. The reason for this is because addiction is very much phycological, meaning the behavioural patterns of an addict are very hard to control and when coupled in with physical withdrawal symptoms that the body experiences when trying to stop, the process can be unbearable for individuals trying to do it on their own.
  • What Is NAD+ Detox Therapy?

    NAD therapy is often found in places such as private clinics where it’s used for anti-aging purposes but over the years more and more addiction treatment centres have seen huge benefits when using the therapy for detox purposes. Replacing NAD levels is helpful during detox as it replaces the rush individuals get from drugs and alcohol to a natural one produced by your brain converting food into cellular energy.
  • Why Is Detoxing Important To Successful Rehabilitation?

    When becoming addicted an individual will rely on alcohol in both the body and mind. By removing all traces of alcohol from your system we will be able to restore your body's natural functioning.
  • Why Is Medical Supervision Important During Detox?

    Due to the potentially serious withdrawal symptoms that can be caused by detox, it is very important that you have access to around the clock medical attention throughout the duration of your detox programme.
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John Gillen - Author - Last updated: February 21, 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction recovery expert with over 15 years of experience in his field. He also co-authored the best-selling book "The Secret Disease of Addiction".

Dr Alexander Lapa - Psychiatrist & Clinical Reviewer for Rehab Clinics Group

Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: February 21, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures