Alcohol Detox

When someone’s life is impacted by alcoholism, everyone close to the alcoholic become unable to focus on anything other than treating the disease. Without proper treatment and care, alcoholism leads people to three inevitable consequences: institutions, jail, or death. Action must be taken against the disease. Whether an alcohol detox is initiated via an intervention or prompted on a voluntary basis, the sooner alcoholism is identified and treated, the better.

Treatment centers are located throughout the US and provide detoxification from alcohol in a medically supervised environment. If you would like to detox from alcohol, you need to be under the care of professionals. Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are dangerous and can be fatal in some cases. They include:

Mild psychological symptoms:
  • Nervousness
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or feeling skittish
  • Emotional volatility
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Nightmares
Mild to moderate psychological symptoms
  • Headache - general, pulsating
  • Sweating, especially the palms of the hands or the face
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Paleness
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Enlarged, dilated pupils
  • Pale skin and clammy hands
  • Involuntary, abnormal muscle movements
  • Tremor of the hands
  • Involuntary, abnormal movements of the eyelids
Severe symptoms:
  • A state of confusion and hallucinations (visual) -- known as delirium tremens
  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Convulsions
It is recommended that alcoholics undergo a medical detox when they consider their symptoms to be moderate, severe, or a combination of both. If the person has a history of alcohol abuse, he or she most likely would benefit from a professionally supervised alcohol detox. Medically monitored alcohol detox ensures that the client withdraws from alcohol in a safe way. Counter-indicative medications are given to the patient so that he/she experiences as painless and safe a detox from alcohol as possible. As Wikipedia states (re: alcohol detox), “Alcohol detoxification, or detox, for individuals with alcohol dependence, is the abrupt cessation of alcohol intake coupled with the substitution of alcohol with cross-tolerant drugs that have similar effects in order to prevent alcohol withdrawal. As such, the term ‘detoxification’ is somewhat of a misnomer since the process does not in any way involve the removal of toxic substances from the body.” For people averse to western medicine as a tool to assist in alcohol detoxification, there are natural detox centers. These detox centers employ professionals trained in the administration of herbs and homeopathic remedies to detox the client’s body from alcohol “naturally”. You can choose which type of alcohol detoxification process you’d prefer, unless your case is extremely severe – some cases require the introduction of cross-tolerant drugs against the only option of death.

Detox centers are located all throughout the US. Some detox centers boast that they can get you in and out of the detox clinic within 24 hours and you will be “cured”. Be cautious of such claims, as they are often hoaxes. Even if you do detox from alcohol in 24 hours, you will most likely be left feeling drained and overmedicated and the onset of alcoholism will nip you within a short period of time. Proper detoxification from alcohol takes at least one week depending on the client’s level of alcoholism. Detox centers are professionally staffed with clinicians who are very familiar with the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, the level of denial a client harbors versus willingness, the best solution for a person’s body type, and the ability to use patient’s medical history in cross-referencing the appropriate alcohol detox schedule.

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