Alcohol addictions are growing worldwide, effecting a large number of the population. From experiencing withdrawal symptoms, to the reducing effect once a tolerance develops, consumption is increasing, leading to alcohol abuse.
The Facts On Alcohol Addiction
Side effects of addiction can range from mild discomfort to life-threatening mental health and physical illnesses, influencing quality of life. One of the most effective ways to treating alcoholism includes a complete medically assisted detox, followed by further alcohol addiction treatments.
If you have the aim of withdrawing 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.
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 is a highly effective treatment option, slowly reducing an individual’s consumption levels. This will remove any toxins, helping your body heal.
This is a medically supervised treatment method as withdrawal symptoms will be experienced throughout. Withdrawal symptoms from a 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.
The first few hours of your detox will influence cravings. Similar to the withdrawal symptoms you experience between 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, effecting your heart and brain, while influencing hallucinations and delirium tremens. Patients can expect to be highly irritable, confused and exhausted at this point. Our team will observe the whole process to ensure your well-being is priority. For some, the detox will finish here. However, for individuals with a deep addiction, further days of detoxification may be required to reset the body and mind.
For long-term recovery, a quick fix isn’t realistic. Small steps are required to transform your mindset and cravings. A detox is the first step required to prepare your body to withdraw from alcohol long-term. Completing an alcohol detox will also boost your susceptibility to further treatment, improving your recovery rate.
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.
When Is An Alcohol Detox Required?
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 quietly developing.
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 in between sessions, or have connected mental health issues, a detox should be your next step.
Any level of an 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. Without the right support through rehab, alcohol abuse can 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 to reduce current damages.
What medications are available during detox?
Due to alcohol withdrawal symptoms that are experienced during detoxification, we are able to prescribe medications to help manage the symptoms experienced.
Medications we are able to prescribe include:
- Buprenorphine – The medication comes in the form of a tablet that is usually placed under the tongue until it dissolves. It is primarily used to treat opioid addiction.
- Naltrexone – Short for Naltrexone Hydrochloride, can be taken by mouth or injected into a muscle and is commonly prescribed as part of a comprehensive recovery programme for alcoholism and drug addiction.
- Lofexidine – Typically used in the treatment of heroin, methadone and opiate addiction to relieve withdrawal symptoms.
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.
On your arrival to rehab, our team will gain a greater understanding of your alcohol addiction and health history. This will include the initial stimuli, causing your consumption, its severity, effects and also any mental health issues influenced by substance abuse. From here, a personalised treatment plan will be created to ensure recovery is probable for you.
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 on 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 a detox and alternative addiction treatments, high probability of overcoming your alcohol addiction is present. We have a great success rate here at Rehab Clinics Group, ensuring that your rehab 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 are maintaining your recovery plan and avoiding 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.
If you are living with an alcohol addiction, consider a medically supervised, evidence-based detox. This alongside our addiction treatments will transform your lifestyle, health and mindset, helping you lead a positive alcohol-free future. Get in touch to discuss our rehab facilities, along with starting your admission for our detox programme. If you have any concerns on the detox process, we can break this down for you. Reach out today to begin your time of transformation.
Alcohol Detox FAQ’s
Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about alcohol detox: