Alcohol Detox

What is an alcohol detox?

An alcohol detox is a medical process in which alcohol is removed from the body safely. It is carried out on individuals dependant on the substance. The detox of alcohol should only be carried out by an experienced and qualified professional and within a safe and secure environment such as a rehabilitation centre like New Leaf Recovery.

What happens during the alcohol detox process?

A medical professional will prescribe a medication which will reduce the alcohol withdrawal symptoms to a level which is known to be ‘comfortable’. This is why the detoxification process should not be tried alone or without the support of a medical professional.

How long does an alcohol detox take?

Typically, an alcohol detox can take anywhere from 5 days to 10 days. However, it will depend on each individual’s needs, and a range of factors come into play to deter the time needed for the detox process. These include the amount of alcohol consumed on a daily basis, how dependant the individual is on alcohol and the medical history of the individual.

What are the side effects to the medication needed for an alcohol detox?

There are many different types of medications available for an alcohol detox, but your prescriber will decide the medication which is most suited to you. All of the medications have different side effects however, the main side effects include drowsiness, being forgetful and slowed reactions.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of an alcohol detox?

The withdrawal symptoms of an alcohol detox can include:

  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sickness and diarrhoea
  • Paranoia
  • Lack of appetite

However, if you undergo a medical alcohol detox, the withdrawal symptoms you experience will be greatly reduced.

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