Working through the physical aspects to your addiction to alcohol is the first step. When entering into a treatment program you will be assessed to determine the severity of your addiction and uncover any other substances within your system through medical testing. You then will move on to the first step to alcohol addiction treatment, detoxification.
What is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process in which your body will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol. There are three main types of detoxification used within treatment facilities; natural, medical and rapid. The type of detoxification you will go through will be determined by your intake assessment.
The natural detoxification process is used by many looking to work through their addiction to alcohol without using other substances to dull symptoms of withdrawal. They will use therapeutic methods such as meditation to control withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Counseling is extremely important during natural detox to keep the patient on track with recovery.
Medical detox is the most commonly used treatment method. For most people the withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable, at times painful, and cravings can seem uncontrollable. This is why under the supervision of a Doctor you can receive a nonaddictive medication to help control withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This will allow you to be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol addiction in a more comfortable state.
The rapid detoxification process is typically used for those with severe alcohol addiction. In a hospitals ICU you will be placed into a medically induced coma where you will go through the detoxification process with IV medications and 24-7 medical support. Your health will be monitored to ensure your safety during rapid detox. When you have passed through the major withdrawal period and your body is cleansed of alcohol you will then be woken to continue with your treatment.