Detoxification is usually the first stage in the recovery from alcohol mis-use. It is a process that removes alcohol toxins from the body and manages the period in which the body readjusts to having no alcohol in its system.
Withdrawal from alcohol can result in a number of physical symptoms ranging from mild fever to nausea. It can also result in psychological symptoms such as hallucinations and anxiety. The symptoms can be intense, painful and hard to manage. Furthermore, abrupt withdrawal from alcohol can lead to seizures and be life-threatening. It is for these reasons that detox from alcohol should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment where alcoholics are given medication to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. Medication from a group of tablets known as benzodiazepines is usually prescribed for an alcohol detoxification.
Detoxification is most effective as part of a residential rehab programme where alcoholics are given care and support around the clock. However, we know that a residential detox isn’t suitable or practical for everyone. The addict might have family commitments or a real worry about losing their job. Or they may not be able to afford to go into a rehabilitation clinic. But we don’t want anyone with alcohol issues to struggle on alone and that’s why we offer home detox programmes. We have a team of fully qualified medical staff who will help individuals withdraw from alcohol safely, comfortably and in the familiar environment of their own home.
We start with an assessment to determine whether you are suitable for a home detox. If we deem that the risk is too high, we’ll advise that you undergo detox in a residential clinic. If you are suitable for a home alcohol detox, we’ll devise a tailor-made detoxification programme.
A mental health nurse will visit on a daily basis to provide the correct medication and to explain to the carer what to expect and which warning signs to look out for should complications arise. The home alcohol detox process typically lasts seven days but may need to be extended.
It is important to note that detox alone is not enough for sustained abstinence from alcohol. The alcoholic should undergo a period of rehabilitative care to help them understand the nature of their alcohol addiction and to equip them with the tools to live a life free from alcohol abuse.
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We can arrange professional alcohol home detoxes in your area. Call us on 0808 163 9519 and we’ll give you all the help and support you need to detox safely from alcohol.