Alcoholism detox (short for detoxification) is a bit like a spring clean: ‘stuff’ that has accumulated over time needs to be cleared out, got rid of, binned from your body. It can be tough, but once done, you’ll immediately begin to feel better.
Detox is ‘just the beginning’
If you drink too much and are desperate to change – to live a full and happy life in which alcohol plays no part – then opting for a tailored treatment programme at an Addiction Rehabilitation Clinic is undoubtedly your best bet. As well as detox, your programme could have other modules incorporated into it; modules like these:
· Psychotherapy (both group and individual)
· CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy)
· 12-Steps Abstinence-Based Therapy
· Nutritional Support
· Family Support
· Alcoholics Anonymous
· Relapse Prevention, and even an
· Aftercare Programme
But before you do any of that, you’ll need to detoxify
Whoever said that detoxification is “a recipe for withdrawal” wasn’t far wrong. But that is a rather negative way of looking at detox. Yes, detox can be hard, but it is a vital first step on a journey that can lead to a completely alcohol-free life – a full and interesting, happy life.
See what just a few people from across the country say about their experience of detox (and why expert supervision is essential):
Matthew in Berkshire: “The best thing I ever did was to detox while at a Rehab clinic, rather than at home. I mean, detox can be fatal unless supervised by professionals. There is a danger of having alcoholic fits or life-threatening seizures. I live alone; if I’d have detoxed in my flat, I could have died. Thank goodness I read up about detox beforehand.”
Felicity in Cumbria: “Before entering Rehab at a residential facility I’d made the mistake of trying to detoxify at home. It was a nightmare: the sweating, the nausea, the vomiting… The headaches were particularly severe. It was a massive mistake to try to detox before even researching Rehab Clinic options. It would have been far better for me to find a Clinic and detoxify there, which I did weeks later. The staff were amazing, and the Clinic was all geared up to help alcoholics cope with detox, through having the right facilities and medications available.
Note: During the detox period at one of our Clinics, substitute medications are commonly prescribed to ease symptoms and make the patient more comfortable. The medications will be reduced in a controlled way, towards eventual complete detoxification.
Douglas in Fife: “The abdominal cramps I experienced when trying to detox at home were excruciating. I was mad not to wait until I got to Rehab. My advice to anyone seeking to overcome alcoholism is to ‘leave it to the professionals’. Go to a Rehab Clinic, be that a dedicated private detox clinic or a Rehab clinic that includes detoxification help, and follow the clinicians’ advice to the letter.”
Myfanwy in Llandudno: “Attempting to detox at home – rather than at a Rehab clinic – almost cost me my marriage, to be quite honest. I was so irritable, agitated and aggressive; and all that was on top of the physical reaction I experienced during my detoxification (which was unprintably horrendous!). I was stupid to think that I could do it all alone. Once I made it to a Rehab Clinic and detoxed properly under the care of people, whom incidentally, I refer to as my ‘lifesavers’, I was fine.”