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How to detox from drugs or alcohol

On 10 March World Kidney Day will set out to raise awareness about caring for our kidneys. So Port of Call has produced this blog explaining how to safely detox from drugs or alcohol and potentially protect your kidney health in the process.

For an alcoholic, or someone struggling with substance addiction, it is vitally important that any period of detoxification is closely monitored by a healthcare professional. Sudden withdrawal can be life-threatening and the recommended gradual withdrawal process can be an extremely intense, and sometimes painful, experience. But, alongside a structured rehab programme, it can be crucial to recovery.

Drug and alcohol detox methods

Detoxification is a process that safely and systematically helps people to withdraw from addictive substances, normally under the supervision of a physician at an alcohol or drug rehab. Persistent drug or alcohol misuse can lead to physical dependence over time. Trying to stop can result in withdrawal symptoms in people with a dependence. So detoxification is designed to treat the immediate physical effects of stopping alcohol or drug use by removing the toxins left in the body.

How to detox from alcohol

Private alcohol detox

Detoxification is typically done on an inpatient basis at a residential treatment centre. Inpatient detoxification has the added safety of professional monitoring, The choice of treatment setting depends on a range of factors, like the type of substance, patient’s age, the history of abuse, psychosocial issues and co-existing medical conditions. Detox from alcohol normally lasts from three to fourteen days. However, it depends on the person and the severity of their substance alcohol abuse.

Possible detox side effects

The possible side effects of a detoxification programme can include some of the following:

Aggression; agitation; anxiety; blurred vision; confusion; exaggerated emotions; headaches; hyperactivity; insomnia; lethargy; memory loss; muscle cramps; nausea; panic; poor concentration; seizures; shakes; sleepiness; soreness and stiffness; stomach cramps or upset; sweating; and restlessness.

Please don’t be alarmed by this list, because you may not experience any of these symptoms. Even if you do, the staff at your drug or alcohol detox centre will monitor your condition closely to ensure that your detox period is as comfortable as possible.

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About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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