Alcoholism Detox

Detoxifying from any drug can be the most physically taxing aspect of the entire recovery process. Alcohol detox can potentially be extremely dangerous if not done in a professional medical detox facility. Over time, excessive drinking leaves chemicals and toxins in the bloodstream and eventually cause significant long-term damage to a person's vital organs. Those who attempt rapid or self-detox run an extremely high risk of relapse and further alcohol abuse.

In the cases of long-term alcoholics, the risk of detox and withdrawal can sometimes be fatal. Prolonged abuse of alcohol renders the body physically dependent on it and alters one’s metabolism and central nervous system, and the body reaches a state of what is known as “homeostasis.” Detox is essentially the process of forcing the body to reach a toxin-free point of equilibrium – a healthier homeostasis – which forces it to adapt and adjust to the absence of the chemicals it has come to know as “normal.”  

Professionally-managed medical detox is always the safest bet when looking to detox from alcohol. As harrowing as the withdrawal can be, a professional facility will make patients as comfortable as possible by helping them manage their symptoms, and can also address any time-sensitive medical emergencies. Aside from the immediate physical symptoms such as accelerated heart rate, hypertension and hyperventilation, heart complications and liver failure, alcohol withdrawal also causes seizures, which may cause a person to choke on their food or sustain lethal head trauma from a seizure-induced fall.

What Makes a Quality Alcoholism Detox?

Patients who enter detox for any substance abuse problem will face a certain period of withdrawal. It's up to the professionals administering the detox to do their best to mitigate withdrawal symptoms and make the patient as comfortable as possible while they detox. This process is best left to qualified addiction care professionals who can monitor any medical emergencies and provide a safe, sterile and comfortable environment. Detoxing from alcohol will set the tone for the rest of the treatment process, and should be treated with the utmost delicacy. Alcoholics are encouraged to have a family member or friend help them research quality facilities in their area. We can also help to pair those in need with the best and closest alcohol detox facilities.

Symptoms of Alcohol Withdrawal

Alcoholism is a disease that renders the victim biologically dependent on drinking. When such cravings are not satisfied, the body and mind react in unpleasant ways, such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe headaches
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

These are just some of the physical symptoms that long-time alcoholics experience. Detox makes the symptoms a one-time ordeal, as opposed to continued alcoholism, which includes a lifetime of withdrawal periods, creating a cyclical prison of addiction. If you or a loved one is battling alcoholism, the first step to recovery is quality alcoholism detox. Call us today so we can find the option that's right for you.

Contact the National Alcoholism Center anytime toll-free at (888) 515-7704 or through our online form for our recommendations of the best alcohol treatment centers for you or your loved one!

Alcoholism treatment should never be attempted in your home or without medical supervision at a professional licensed treatment facility.