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Myths and facts about alcohol detox

A quick crawl of the internet is guaranteed to throw up countless myths and half-truths about how to detox from alcohol. So in this blog Port of Call clears up some of the commonly recurring misconceptions once and for all.

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. We’re not just talking about a week of cleansing after a heavy night of binge drinking here. When we talk about alcohol detox, we mean a safe, gradual and supervised programme for sustained alcohol abuse.

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There are many myths about the best way to carry out such a detox but these things shouldn’t be decided on hearsay and rumours. Read on for the truths about the realities of alcohol detox.

Myth: You can home detox from alcohol without medical supervision

Not only is this wrong but it is dangerous too. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be life-threatening. The recommended gradual withdrawal process can be an extremely intense, and sometimes painful, experience. This is why detox programmes should always be carried out under the supervision of a professional. As long as an alcohol home detox is monitored by a healthcare professional, it can sometimes prove to be a more appropriate choice of alcohol detox for some people.

Myth: Alcohol withdrawal treatment is always painful and uncomfortable

That isn’t necessarily the case for the majority of people. The list of alcohol withdrawal symptoms can seem frightening. However, some people can experience little or no side effects at all during alcohol withdrawal treatment. Even if they do, their supervising clinician is trained to monitor these effects and ensure that the detox process is as comfortable as possible.

Myth: Private alcohol detox is only for celebrities and the wealthy

Most of us only hear about detox in the context of celebrities, however detox is available to everyone. A private alcohol detox, which is available at a large number of private alcohol rehab clinics in the UK costs in the region of £2000. So it is expensive, however a fear of inadequate funds should not prevent you from exploring private help. There are options available, such as private health insurance; commercial loans; and help from friends, family and employers.

Myth: It takes a long time to detox from alcohol

Detoxing from alcohol is actually a relatively short part of the recovery process overall. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are at their worst for the first 48 hours and gradually improve as your body adjusts to being without alcohol. A process that usually takes three to seven days from the time of your last drink. What does take time however is the ongoing rehabilitation, abstinence and determination to reach and maintain recovery. That is a lifelong process with no shortcuts unfortunately.

Myth: Detox is the only way to recover from an alcohol addiction

Not true. Detox is often merely the start of someone’s journey when it comes to seeking help. It is an important first step that should be part of a wider programme of rehabilitation. Rehab aims to achieve key goals for your recovery and prevent relapse. It can seek to address underlying issues like anxiety or depression or trauma, self-esteem problems, or stress to name but a few. Ultimately, rehab seeks to introduce you to a different, happier and healthier way of life.

Port of Call can secure your alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation treatment quickly and discreetly. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and help you to navigate towards the most appropriate course of treatment and support.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. We can find you a detox facility or alcohol rehab close to home, for you to begin your recovery. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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