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How to Detox From Alcohol

Person going through alcohol detox

For some people, drinking alcohol is an occasional pastime, but alcohol can be a real problem for others. Drinking habitually can lead to alcohol dependence, making it difficult to stop drinking alcohol even if it becomes disruptive or dangerous. If you or someone you care about has been thinking about quitting alcohol or has tried to quit without success, you may have many questions about the process of alcohol detox. What exactly is alcohol detox like? How can a drug and alcohol detox program help? How long does it take to detox from alcohol?

Learning more about alcohol detox can empower you or your loved one to make the right choices about your recovery care. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol use disorder, contact Serenity Grove at 844.904.3485 for more information about alcohol detox.

What is Detoxing From Alcohol Like?

Detoxing is the process of ridding the body of toxins, and in the context of addiction treatment, detox refers to clearing the body of drugs or alcohol. If a person has been drinking regularly for long enough that they need to drink to feel normal,’ then there is a good chance that stopping suddenly will result in physical and mental symptoms. Detoxing from alcohol can last for weeks, but the most acute and uncomfortable symptoms usually resolve within 3-5 days. Some of the acute symptoms of alcohol withdrawal are:

  • Tremors or shakiness
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Sleep disruption
  • Changes in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Hallucinations

In especially severe cases, there is a chance of developing a life-threatening issue called Delirium Tremens. This can cause fevers, seizures, confusion, and restlessness.

Are Detox and Rehab Programs the Same?

Detox and rehab are not the same, although clients who complete detox programs often transition into more comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment programs. Detox programs deal mostly with people in the early stages of recovery and still navigating the withdrawal process. Often, clients in detox programs need medical as well as therapeutic support to help them stop drinking alcohol or using drugs.

What Are the Benefits of a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program for Detox?

Addiction is a complex issue that is best treated by professionals. Detox, while an essential part of the recovery journey, is only the beginning. During and immediately after detox is the riskiest period for someone beginning their recovery because people who return to using drugs or alcohol during that period are at the most significant risk of injury or overdose.

Participating in a detox program as well as a full drug and alcohol treatment program can help clients stay safe and start accessing the support they need to heal. Clients who participate in a treatment program are actually the most likely to maintain their recovery over time.

Access to continuing care throughout the journey of healing and recovery is vital. People in recovery must develop a support system that is healthy and focused on sobriety so that, when challenges present themselves, they can reach out for help. Also, recovery can sometimes mean leaving places, people, and even loved ones behind if they are detrimental to health. Staying connected to a sober community can make all the difference.

Serenity Grove Offers Help During Alcohol Detox and Beyond

Our treatment center in Athens, Georgia, offers a variety of programs and levels of care for clients dealing with alcohol or substance use disorders and mental health issues. The highly trained and compassionate staff have the knowledge and experience to guide you or your loved one along the path to wellness and healing. If you or someone you love has been at the mercy of drinking, reach out to us today at 844.904.3485 and learn how we can help.