The Importance of Detox for Alcohol Addiction
Alcohol misuse is a prevalent problem in the UK that is associated with a variety of short and long-term dangers. Among the many risks of alcohol misuse is that the individual will develop an addiction to alcohol, a problem that is also commonly referred to as dependent drinking or alcoholism.
Two of the many destructive symptoms of alcohol addiction are the inability to control the amount and frequency of one’s alcohol consumption, and the need to drink increasingly larger amounts of alcohol in order to achieve the desired effect. These symptoms can increase the risk of physical and psychological damage, as well as make it much more difficult for the individual to quit drinking.
When a person becomes addicted to alcohol, their body will adapt to the presence of this drug. When this person attempts to stop drinking, or to significantly reduce the amount or frequency of their alcohol consumption, their body may trigger a series of painful and dangerous reactions. This experience, which is known as alcohol withdrawal, may include intense cravings for alcohol, tremors, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, insomnia, seizures, fever, and accelerated heart rate. Depending upon the nature and severity of an individual’s addiction to alcohol, attempting to withdraw from alcohol without proper professional supervision can be extremely dangerous.
Along with this, the extreme distress of attempting alcohol withdrawal on one’s own can hinder the chances of the individual quitting drinking. Thankfully, there is a better, safer, and healthier alternative. By participating in alcohol detoxification at a reputable treatment programme, a person can rid their body of alcohol in a comfortable environment without putting their health at risk.
Benefits of Detox
Detoxification is, in the most general sense of the word, the process of removing toxins, poisons, or other impurities. In the case of alcohol addiction, detoxification refers to the process through which a person rids their body of alcohol. Commonly referred to as detox, this process occurs in a safe environment where qualified professionals can continuously monitor the comfort, safety, and continued health of the individual.
When a person chooses to complete alcohol detox through a reputable treatment programme, they may reap significant short and long-term benefits, including but not necessarily limited to the following:
- First, as noted earlier on this page, detoxification occurs in a safe environment under the close supervision of experienced professionals, so the health and wellbeing of the individual are protected.
- Depending upon the needs of the individual, medically assisted detox may involve use of certain prescription medications that can alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and suppress alcohol cravings.
- The compassionate care that is provided by the professionals who staff medically monitored detox programmes can help individuals manage any discomfort that is not addressed by medications.
- An effective medically assisted detox experience helps individuals to regain the physical and psychological strength that will empower them to fully engage in follow-on therapeutic programming and to successfully pursue long-term sobriety
- While an individual is completing detox, the members of his or her treatment team will be developing a discharge plan so that he or she can transition directly into the level of follow-on care that is best suited to his or her strengths, needs, and goals.
Failing to receive proper professional care for alcohol addiction can put an individual at significant risk for a wide range of negative outcomes, including but not limited to deteriorating physical health, psychological distress, diminished performance at work and/or in school, strained interpersonal relationships, and an overall decline in quality of life.
When an individual makes the courageous decision to begin their path to recovery by entering a medically assisted detoxification programme, they prevent further decline, can begin to heal from past damage, and can develop the physical and psychological strength that will support long-term recovery. When this individual has completed detox, they can transfer directly into a programme that will provide them with the skills and strategies to resist relapse and continue along the path of lifelong sobriety.
At The Manor Clinic, we understand that admitting that one has a problem with alcohol is not easy, and deciding to enter a detox programme can be extremely difficult. For these and many other reasons, we honor the strength of each person who chooses to heal with us, and we aim to ensure that every element of treatment in our programme is provided with the utmost dignity and respect. At The Manor Clinic, our goal is to provide the personalised services that will prepare each person to recover from alcohol addiction, achieve their treatment goals, and pursue a healthier, more productive, and more satisfying future.
If you or someone that you care about has been struggling with alcohol addiction, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if The Manor Clinic is the perfect place for you or your loved one.