Alcohol Detox is the First Step to Treating Alcoholism

By Mark Westin posted 10-21-2020 03:23 PM


For some people, it doesn’t help to tell them ‘think before your drink.’ They’ll tell you that they use booze as a way to relax and cope, and this is even true of those under the age of 18! 

People will tell you that they are juggling a full-time job, a part-time job, a hectic family- and social life, as well as studying further and that they drink to blow off a bit of steam. 

Social pressures 

For many people, social pressures cause them to turn to drink. They don’t find the constant parties and work functions fun. Once they may have been offered a drink that made them feel relaxed and carefree. Now they rely on a drink to turn them into that cool, confident, relaxed person again. 

At Lifeline, a rehab for addiction in Surrey, they have seen how alcohol addiction is a disease that affects people of all ages and walks of life. Their rehab for addiction plays a vital role in changing people to become strong, functional people again. 

They’ve seen how addiction causes changes to the brain and how people aren’t able to control their actions. They rely on alcohol to function but have started doing embarrassing things in public, at work and at home, and now they need help before destroying their reputation forever. 

Taking the first important step

Alcohol detox is the first step to treating alcoholism that the rehab centre offers. The idea is to get the alcohol flushed entirely out of the person’s system. 

It’s not an easy process one bit, and Lifeline at least makes it as safe and as comfortable as possible during the process. Withdrawal can’t just be entered into willy nilly and in some cases, medical supervision will be necessary. 

The detox process may require the ‘detox patient meeting with medical professionals to assess their mental- and physical state and to prepare them for detox and the withdrawal symptoms. It is of utmost importance, therefore, to be totally honest about your alcohol- and substance abuse so that the detox can be tailored to your particular case. 

Medical supervision can be necessary

Alcohol withdrawal can be mild but it can also be life-threatening. This medical supervision can sometimes be required because withdrawal symptoms can include, among others, swings in blood pressure levels, rapid heartbeat, hallucinations. tremors, sweating, seizures, and fever.

Sometimes withdrawal is a slower, ‘weaning off’ process. The detox process can last between 4 and 10 days with in-patient rehab, sometimes longer. 

Once detoxification is complete, there is further rehabilitation where the person will receive intensive psychological therapy. Nothing is set in stone with detox in rehab and each person who books into rehab will experience detox differently.

Don’t allow your withdrawal to be fraught with danger

You don’t want to go it alone with withdrawal because after the first alcohol withdrawal symptoms have subsided, some people battle with nasty side effects such as being lethargic, moody, they’re dizzy, anxious and depressed. 

These post-acute withdrawal symptoms are not a time to be alone, and you want to be in the company of understanding, supportive people who can help you hang in there.

In-patient rehab facilities offer such a safe, supervised setting for those with alcohol addiction, and surrounded with so much goodwill for your recovery, the outcome for being free of addictions looks bright for you. There are people who will be supporting you during all yourhighs and lows of your withdrawal journey. 

There is no question that Lifeline’s trained personnel, their extensive experience and their medical know-how will give you the edge over those who opt to try and detox on their own and find it to be a losing battle. 

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