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Alcohol Detox

Editor Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcoholism is a chronic disease, and just like other chronic diseases, if left untreated it can have seriously affects on your health,  causing problems in your personal, social and professional life, it can even be fatal. You do not need to suffer through your addiction any longer, there are many effective alcohol treatment programs available to you.

For many getting past the uncomfortable stage of withdrawal can be difficult to do on their own. For far too long you have been drinking in a repetitive cycle to prevent any of these unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Alcohol detox programs can help you get past this stage in a comfortable state, keep you focused on achieving your goal of sobriety and creating a healthy and more fulfilling life for yourself.

What is Alcohol Detox?

Alcohol detox is an important first stage in the treatment and management of alcoholism. During this stage of your treatment you will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins associated with alcoholism in a medically supervised environment. Alcohol detox takes place in a regular medical ward of a hospital, a specialized detoxification unit, or in an outpatient clinic. Your treatment can last as little as a few days, upwards of a week, your Doctor will determine when you are ready to continue on through the remainder of your treatment.

Depending on the severity of your addiction and symptoms of withdrawal your Doctor may administer medication to help control any symptoms, monitoring your health carefully to ensure your safety. You will have 24-7 supportive care with trained chemical dependency specialists and medical professionals. As your body is working through this initial stage of treatment you will be educated about your alcohol problem and the treatment you will be receiving.

What to Expect in Withdrawal

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary with each person. These symptoms of withdrawal can be dangerous, often requiring medical management to ensure ones health and safety. Symptoms may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Sweats
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures

Starting Alcohol Detox Today

You do not need to fear withdrawal symptoms or what to expect during treatment any longer. You will find support, comfort and safety within an alcohol detox program, where you will get the help you need. By entering into an alcohol detox program you will be able to beat this destructive disease and achieve you goal of lifelong sobriety.

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