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How can you detox from alcohol?

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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alcohol hope signIt is a huge step to make the choice to quit drinking alcohol. Once you have made this choice it is time to decide how you will detox your body from alcohol. You can choose to use the assistance of an medical hospital, inpatient or outpatient alcohol treatment program or to do so in your home. There are three main types of detoxification commonly used; natural, medical and rapid. Each holds its own benefits to you while detoxing from alcohol.

What is Detox?

Detox is the process in which you body is cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol use. This is done during the withdrawal period where you may experience withdrawal symptoms that vary in severity and type. The length of time you have been drinking alcohol, the amount you drink and how often you drink will determine the severity of your withdrawal symptoms and the length of time it takes to fulled detox.

Natural Detox

Natural detox can be done at home or within a treatment center. This is the process of naturally withdrawing and cleansing you body of alcohol without any medical intervention. Meditation and others therapeutic techniques are used to aid you in working through any withdrawal symptoms that cause you discomfort.

Medical Detox

Medical detox can be done through and inpatient, outpatient or hospital alcohol treatment program. When going through medical detox you will be given a nonaddictive prescription medication to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal you are experiencing. Over time you will be weened off this medication and the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal should be gone at this time.

Rapid Detox

Rapid detox is done in a hospitals ICU under direct supervision of a medical Doctor. This type of detox is done for those with severe alcoholism. Under supervision of a Doctor you will be placed into a medically induced coma for several hours to days while your body is cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol use. You will be monitored to ensure your health and safety. One withdrawal has passed you will be reversed and woken up to continue working through your alcohol abuse problem.

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