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The importance of a safe and gradual alcohol detoxification

Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be life-threatening, which is why a gradual alcohol detoxification should be carried out under medical supervision. In this blog, Port of Call explains the process behind an alcohol detox.

Detox is often the start of someone’s journey when it comes to getting help for alcohol addiction. Alcohol detoxification is a process that safely and systematically helps to remove the toxins left in the body. Sudden withdrawal can be life-threatening and the recommended gradual withdrawal process can be an extremely intense, and sometimes painful, experience. That is why gradual detox programmes should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment, for example, a private rehab.

Alcohol detox

Where can I access an alcohol detoxification?

Detoxification is typically carried out on an inpatient basis, at a private alcohol rehab centre, which has the medical expertise and resources to facilitate a safe and comfortable detox. The choice of treatment setting depends on a range of factors, like the patient’s age, the history of abuse, psychosocial issues and co-existing medical conditions. Detox from alcohol normally lasts from three to 14 days, but it depends on the person and the severity of their alcohol abuse.

Are there side effects to alcohol detoxification?

Alcohol is a brain depressant that suppress the brain’s production of neurotransmitters. When you stop using these substances, the brain produces a surge of adrenaline that causes drug withdrawal symptoms. Some of the possible side effects of an alcohol detoxification programme can include anxiety, blurred vision, headaches and insomnia to name but a few.

Don’t be alarmed though, because you may not experience any symptoms at all. Everyone is different after all. Even if you do, the clinic staff will monitor your condition closely to ensure that your detox is as comfortable as possible.

Can I detox at home?

While admission to an alcohol rehabilitation centre often offers the best possible route to recovery, it isn’t always appropriate or applicable to everyone’s situation. A home detox, where a registered clinician over-sees a structured detox programme at your home, can prove to be far more practical and effective in certain cases.

The benefits of a home detox are many and varied. You can begin immediately, with no waiting lists or risk of delay. Port of Call can normally organise a home detox programme anywhere in the UK within a couple of days. We only work with the best clinicians to ensure you experience a safe and comfortable detox, surrounded by family in the comfort of your own home. It’s a convenient and safe alternative to residential treatment.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with alcohol addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 0800 002 9010.

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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