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Detoxing from Alcohol

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholism is a chronic disease that pays a toll on your physical, mental and emotional state. Regular use of alcohol causes changes in the brain and body functions, adapting to the effects of the substance and begins to develop a dependence, essentially requiring alcohol to function normally. Chronic alcohol abuse takes a hit on internal organs, especially the liver as it works over time to break down the chemicals and toxins found in alcohol. With years of alcohol abuse you can begin to feel trapped, a victim to the disease with no way out.

There is a way out! You must first admit that you have a problem and ask for HELP!

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The first step in the treatment process is detoxification. For individuals with chronic alcohol abuse problem this can be a dangerous process if not taken place in a detoxification facility.

During detoxification your body will be cleansed of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to alcohol abuse. During this time you will be monitored by a team of medical staff to ensure your health and comfort. Depending on the severity of your withdrawal symptoms the Doctor may prescribe you medications for relief. Typically this process will take 3 days, however symptoms of withdrawal can linger for weeks, even months.

The Next Step

Once you have gone through the Detoxification process you will then be ready to move forward in their recovery through rehabilitation treatment. Depending on your personal needs you may want to enter into an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility. During the rehabilitation process you will go through various therapy and individual counseling sessions as well as group counseling to help you to get to the root cause of your addiction, recognize situations that could lead to alcohol abuse and to develop the tools needed to overcome temptation and deal with daily life in a healthy way.

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