Alcohol detox programme in Southampton, Hampshire

Alcohol abuse is a prevalent problem in the UK that is associated with a variety of short and long-term problems. Regularly consuming alcohol can cause individuals to develop a harmful addiction to alcohol, which results in them becoming both physically and psychologically dependent upon this substance in order to function.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of alcohol addiction, it may be necessary for you to go through a medically assisted alcohol detox process as an important first step, before you are able to receive comprehensive therapy for your alcohol addiction. When a person becomes addicted to alcohol, their body will adapt to the presence of this substance in their system. Therefore, when an individual tries to stop drinking, or reduce the amount or frequency of their alcohol consumption, this may trigger a series of unpleasant and sometimes distressing alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s alcohol addiction, attempting to go through the alcohol withdrawal process without expert professional input, can be extremely difficult and even dangerous.

That’s why, when you visit our alcohol rehab clinic, we are proud to offer a rigorous and medically assisted alcohol detoxification programme, delivered by our expert multidisciplinary team. This allows our patients to rid their body of alcohol in a comfortable environment and effectively manage their withdrawal symptoms, without putting their health at risk. Our intensive alcohol detox programme has been designed to ensure that the process is efficient, safe, thorough and managed as seamlessly as possible for each patient, in a supportive environment.

A specialist alcohol addiction detox programme

We understand that each and every one of our patients experiences the alcohol detox process differently. As such, our detoxification programme is personalised according to the individual requirements, condition and symptoms of our patients. This approach means that you will be empowered to achieve the best possible outcomes for you personally and be fully equipped to commence with your group therapy programme. Ultimately, the aim of alcohol detox is to help you to tackle the physical elements of your alcohol addiction and become physically stable, so that you are then equipped to address the psychological side of your addiction and begin to identify why your addictive behaviours developed in the first place.

Following alcohol detox, we strongly recommend that our patients transition to the next stage of alcohol addiction treatment, which takes place as part of our intensive, residential Addiction Treatment Programme.

For more information on the addiction treatment process more generally, you can visit our approach to addiction treatment page.

A comprehensive medical assessment with an alcohol detox specialist

Before commencing with your alcohol addiction treatment journey at Manor Clinic, you will have the opportunity to undergo our free initial addiction assessment. During this, a member of our expert team will assess the extent of your alcohol addiction, and determine whether a medically assisted alcohol withdrawal detoxification is an appropriate initial step for you.

If it is deemed that you do need to undergo alcohol detox, the next step will be for our expert team to gather more information on your medical history and the nature of your alcohol addiction, in order to formulate your detox plan. The structure and length of your detox plan will be guided by the following factors:

  • How much alcohol you have been drinking (frequency and the amount being consumed)
  • How serious your withdrawal symptoms are
  • Your overall physical functioning

What happens during detox from alcohol at Manor Clinic?

Our alcohol detox programme takes place on an inpatient basis, which means that you will stay at Manor Clinic in Southampton for the duration of this process. You will stay in a beautifully appointed, private bedroom during this time, which comes complete with modern, en-suite facilities. Our detox rooms have been specifically designed to be welcoming and comfortable, ensuring that they can help to support your wellbeing and enable relaxation.

Depending upon the severity of your alcohol withdrawal symptoms, you may be prescribed specialist medication to alleviate any discomfort that you are experiencing, and prevent more severe withdrawal symptoms. Our experienced nursing and medical staff are on-hand to support you 24 hours a day and we ensure that you are closely observed throughout the detox process.

While in alcohol detox, you will be able to start participating in group therapy sessions as soon as you are physically able to do so. Group therapy allows you to share your experiences and feelings with other individuals who may be on a similar recovery journey to you, and receive support in a highly compassionate and therapeutic environment.

What are the side effects of alcohol detox?

If you drink alcohol excessively, the body becomes accustomed to having this substance in its system. Then, when you stop or reduce your alcohol intake, the sudden absence of alcohol can cause you to experience a series of unpleasant and sometimes distressing withdrawal symptoms. The type of withdrawal symptoms that you experience, as well as how severe these are, depend on a number of factors, including:

  • How much alcohol you are used to drinking
  • How frequently you drink alcohol
  • How long you have been physically dependent on alcohol
  • Your general physical and mental health

Psychological alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia
  • Intense cravings for alcohol

Physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Exhaustion
  • High temperature and/or chills
  • Unpleasant, vivid dreams
  • Irregular or increased heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Tics and tremors (‘the shakes’)
  • Shaking and shivering
  • Reduced appetite

The most severe alcohol addiction withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations

At Manor Clinic, we understand that alcohol withdrawal and detoxification is a daunting and overwhelming prospect. However, you can rest assured that our alcohol detox specialists are committed to making this process as smooth and as comfortable as possible for our patients, whilst minimising the impact of your withdrawal symptoms. Whilst there is no medication that prevents all withdrawal symptoms, we use appropriately controlled medication to help our patients cope with our rigorous detox process, easing anxiety, improving sleep, and reducing as many other issues as possible.

In addition, research suggests that compassionate and supportive care is just as important as medication in the alcohol detox process, which is why our friendly and dedicated team are on-hand 24/7 to support you every step of the way.

This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in October 2021.

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