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Alcohol Detox

Written on: May 13th, 2009 By:

Alcohol Detox

Once you’ve made the decision that you need to stop alcohol, the next question is how to safely go through alcohol detox. Alcohol is a legalized drug and one of the most dangerous drugs to detox from. Alcohol works by depressing the Central Nervous System (CNS). Abrupt cessation of alcohol can cause the CNS to quickly rebound, resulting in seizures. For this reason, alcohol detox needs to be closely monitored and should be handled under medical supervision.

Cold Turkey Alcohol Detox

The first type of alcohol detox is cold turkey. You just stop drinking and suffer through the consequences. Depending upon the quantity of alcohol you’ve been consuming and for how long, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe and even life-threatening.

If you’ve been drinking heavily and/or daily for a period of time, it’s likely that you will have withdrawal symptoms that range toward severe. This can include tremors, anxiety, night sweats, night terrors, visual and/or auditory hallucinations, delirium tremens (DTs) and life-threatening convulsions. You should NEVER just stop drinking if you’ve been drinking heavily for a prolonged period of time.

Medical Alcohol Detox

The safest form of alcohol detox is medical detox. In this instance, you receive a mild form of medication to help ease your body through the withdrawal process under medical supervision until you are through the worst of the alcohol detox symptoms.
Generally this medication is a form of benzodiazepine that also works on the Central Nervous System (CNS) as a mild tranquilizer.
Alcohol detox can last anywhere from 3 to 10 days. Once the body is stabilized and physical dependency has been severed, the individual can begin to undergo therapy to sever the psychological dependence.

SouthCoast Recovery offers Safe Alcohol Detox

SouthCoast Recovery offers safe alcohol detox at its state-licensed facility on-site. A mild form of prescription is administered under medical supervision. Following alcohol detox, the individual is able to begin the regular inpatient program which consists of additional holistic therapies to help the body heal, individual clinical therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, and educational modules on the effects of alcohol on mind, body and spirit. For more information about our state-licensed alcohol detox, call us today. Professional assistance is available 24/7.


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