Alcohol detox is the process of eliminating alcohol from your body. This process can be hazardous to people who have developed a dependency on alcohol, as your systems end up changing to accommodate the continual blood-alcohol level that exists. Due to the way that alcohol withdrawal can impact you, quitting cold turkey can be dangerous. As such, you need an expert treatment team by your side.
If you have questions about alcohol detox, contact our experts today at The District Recovery by calling 844.287.8506.
The Basics of What Alcohol Detox Is
Alcoholics tend to keep a certain level of alcohol in their system. They are addicted to this substance and have abused so much that the substance has changed the chemical makeup of their brain. Stopping alcohol intake means that the body isn’t getting chemicals that it’s used to, which creates a number of symptoms. We structure the detox process so that your body can wean off of alcohol without a number of serious side effects.
The Dangers of Going Cold Turkey on Alcohol
Getting your body to function without the substances that it’s used to can be generally uncomfortable, no matter what you’re dealing with. However, alcohol requires special handling. The primary reason for this is that, should you quit alcohol suddenly without medical support, you could experience a symptom called delirium tremens. Some of the effects that this condition has included:
- Grand mal seizures
- Confusion about what’s going on around you
- Becoming agitated for no reason
- Seeing things that aren’t really there
- Trembling in your limbs or body in general
- Running a high fever
- Irregular heartbeat
Alcohol withdrawal can begin about eight hours after your last drink and can last three days or more. Your brain chemicals become unbalanced, which can affect many parts of your body. It can be difficult to function normally during this time, and if you get severe withdrawal symptoms, you may need medical intervention.
Getting Medically Assisted Detox
You don’t have to suffer through the detox process on your own or resort to going to an emergency room if the symptoms are severe. Medically assisted detox provides you with medications to lessen symptoms, as well as medical staff that can intervene in the event that you need something during your detox process. This monitored process also helps you avoid relapses during this initial period, where it can be hard to resist the urge to make the withdrawal symptoms stop.
Residential Treatment for Alcohol Addiction
Since uncontrolled alcohol withdrawal can lead to serious medical conditions, the medically assisted detox often takes place at a recovery clinic. During the withdrawal process, you’re a resident in the residential treatment program and live on-site. The staff is able to monitor the progression of your symptoms closely and provide the appropriate medical care required to keep you safe.
You may wish to continue residential treatment for the rest of your alcohol addiction recovery as well. If you opt for this type of treatment, you would be able to get 24/7 care that allows you to focus entirely on recovering and setting yourself up for long-term success.
The treatment clinic uses a number of methods to give you the tools you need to address the underlying reasons behind your alcoholism. If you suffer from mental illness or another condition that contributes to alcoholism, then this condition would be treated alongside your other needs.
As you get past the first parts of the detox process, you may choose to move to an outpatient program while staying at a sober living home, or you could remain in the residential program. The best choice for you depends on your life situation, responsibilities, and other factors.
Get Treatment at The District
You don’t have to go through alcohol detox without help. It’s one of the hardest substances to deal with when it comes to withdrawal, and getting assistance with this process can save your life and make this stage of the recovery process much easier on you. Contact us at 844.287.8506 to learn more about our treatment options for alcohol abuse.