It is essential that detoxing from alcohol is treated as rigorously as other forms of drug detox. The withdrawal symptoms associated with an alcohol detox can potentially be fatal and should, therefore, always be carried out under medical supervision. If there is no effective withdrawal plan in place or enough preparation, quitting can have adverse physiological and neurological effects on the body, putting the entire detox process at risk.
At Brazos Recovery Services, we understand this risk. We offer a safe and secure environment for you, or your loved one’s detox; along with professional guidance and supervised personal care. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be challenging and often emerge soon after the detox process begins. Our supervision and medical expertise allow us to address withdrawal symptoms early and effectively. With our extended experience in guiding people through detox and withdrawal, we understand every stage of the process and every possible challenge that may arise.
Managing Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
We offer care and support around the clock, ensuring you are comfortable and well looked after at every stage of the process. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms usually require medication to help mitigate the risks attached. Our team and their medical knowledge ensure your safety when you need it most, and we make the entire withdrawal process a much smoother transition.
Alcohol Detox Medication
The F.D.A has approved over 150 types of medication that are appropriate for alcohol detoxing. With this range of medication and our team of professionals, we provide a tailored detox plan for every client. Every plan considers our clients individual needs, the specific symptoms they may be showing and the medication best suited to their detox journey. We understand each client is unique and strive to provide the best care possible for everyone who joins us.
The process is stressful and can affect anxiety levels and, in some cases, blood pressure, and sedatives are just one form of approved medication we use to manage these symptoms
Taking Other Drugs?
Polydrug use is common, and we understand that alcohol may not be the only drug you find yourself dependent on. To help get the most out of your recovery and avoid risk, we ask all clients to be open and honest when taking part in any detox process. The more information we have, the better we can equip ourselves to manage your specific needs.
Taking Prescription Medications?
As with polydrug use, it is also vital you inform us of any medication you may be taking before we begin the detox. Transparency is essential to ensure our prescribed detox medication does not conflict with other prescriptions you may be taking. If you are unsure, then please ask your doctor or physician for a list of your medicines. From here, we can select the most appropriate medical solution.
Common Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
Beginning the withdrawal process can be daunting and the symptoms can often be so unpleasant that people choose to remain in the addiction cycle. The thought of coping with these symptoms alone is concerning; however, at Brazos Recovery Services, you are not alone. Starting your detox with us is far less daunting, and we help you manage symptoms that would otherwise be extremely challenging.
Both the psychological and physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal occur just as quickly as each other. The process can be exhausting, and you may feel irritable, depressed, anxious or panicked along the way. Withdrawing from alcohol addiction leaves a hole, and many who have abstained from drinking alcohol have described the process as similar to losing a close friend.
We understand this and helping clients change their habitual behavior and manage this period of change is what we do. We have reunited families, marriages and friendships – all free of alcohol and fully rehabilitated.
The Length of Detox
As with most of our rehab plans, alcohol detox is part of a broader recovery journey. How long you spend with us is dependent on the severity of your condition and how well you respond to our treatment. Typically, alcohol withdrawal symptoms begin to disappear after 5 to 7 days, but the detox phase is just the start of the journey. We are dedicated to making sure you are ready for the next steps, and at no point is the recovery process rushed.
Detoxing from alcohol is a vital first step. But it’s important to understand that it is not the complete solution for long-term recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic condition and needs consistent and long-lasting treatment. Our detox process is a huge step in the right direction, but it does not simply stop there. It is part of a process that aims to equip our clients with the confidence and ability to live a positive, alcohol-free life.
Further treatment is just as important as that first step. After the detox is completed, many clients try to rush back to everyday life, with no follow-up treatment. Just because you may no longer experience withdrawal symptoms, it does not mean your addiction has been completely eradicated. Remember, alcoholism is a deep-rooted condition caused by underlying issues. Clients that fail to follow up detox treatment often relapse within months, if not sooner.
Accepting it may take time to solve your problem with alcohol is essential. A couple of weeks of detoxing will not solve the issue, which has likely formed over a much longer time frame. Our detoxing process is an excellent step on the road to recovery, and though the road is much longer than we think, we are here for you every step of the way.
What Happens After an Alcohol Detox?
After completing our alcohol detox program, we strongly recommend that clients continue with us on a treatment program. We offer residential treatment, outpatient treatment and day treatment programs – as a continuation of your detox plan and we tailor each treatment plan for each client. We provide one-to-one therapy, and we value the importance of group counseling as a chance to discuss emotions and see how others are coping. As a group, we also read and work through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, exploring and learning more about your addiction.
At Brazos Recovery Services, we understand the importance of family contact. After the initial stage of treatment, dependent on how well things are progressing, we incorporate family visits or family days into the recovery process. We also incorporate on-site transitional living and include a number of extra-curricular, off-campus excursions like camping, fishing and hiking. Progress is possible and more likely if clients accept the task beyond the detox phase. A smooth transition from alcohol detox into treatment is a much more effective and proactive way to combat alcoholism. Through our dedicated team of professionals and tailored treatment plans, we do everything possible to meet the unique needs of each client.
Alcohol Detox FAQ
Is alcohol detox dangerous?
Yes, it is perilous. The risks can be fatal if not carried with the correct medical guidance and preparation.
What is the safest way to detox from alcohol?
The safest way is always under professional supervision, and units should offer round-the-clock care and the appropriate medication for clients who need it.
Can you avoid alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
No, they are unfortunately unavoidable, though they can be mitigated through professional guidance and the correct medication.