The physical dependency carried by an Alcoholic is overwhelming. Often when trying to stop drinking alcohol you will experiences withdrawal symptoms and cravings that overwhelm you, sending you right back to the bottle as a way to find comfort. Going at is alone or cold turkey is often unsuccessful. If you are committed to getting sober then entering into a treatment facility will aid you through alcohol detoxification, getting you through the painful withdrawal and preparing you for relapse prevention treatment.
What is Alcohol Detoxification?
Alcohol detoxification is the process in which your body will be cleansed of the chemicals and toxins related to alcohol abuse. It takes place in a rehab facility or hospital setting to offer you a secure environment that is free of temptations. You will be withdrawing from alcohol which can be painful and overwhelming. Doctors and staff will be there to support you and give you the care you need to detox as comfortably as possible.
Medical detox takes the typically detoxification process and allows your to receive a prescription medication, typically a benzodiazepine medication, to reduce symptoms of withdrawal and control cravings. Once you have passed the withdrawal period your medication will be weaned so that you do not develop a secondary addiction. Cravings for alcohol often linger, a prescription medication can be given throughout the remainder of your treatment to lessen cravings, some which even will make you physically ill when drinking alcohol.
For those with more severe alcohol abuse problems that can pose a health risk a rapid detox may be the best option. This treatment takes place in a hospital setting with 24-7 medical monitoring. Your doctor will put you into a medically induced coma then intravenously administer medications to quickly detox your body. You will be woken up from this procedure past the withdrawal period and ready to continue onto other areas of treatment.