An Overview of Detox & Withdrawal
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) estimated that 87 percent of the adult population in the U.S. will have at least one drink their lifetime. While it may seem far-fetched, the truth of the matter is that every single one of those people runs the risk of alcoholism.
With such a high rate of people using alcohol, it’s likely that you may know someone struggling with alcoholism. If that person has been urged (maybe explain briefly what an intervention is cause it’s hazy here) to get sober and agreed, then they will be going through an intense rehab stint soon. Before they can enter rehab though, they must first undergo a detoxification cycle. Detoxing is the stage in the recovery process that cleanses your body of all of the harmful chemicals you swallowed during your binge drinking.
The detox cycle is imperative for recovery, even though it is often viewed as the worst stage of recovery. Detox gets a bad reputation because of the withdrawal symptoms. Talk about why people experience symptoms maybe. Withdrawal symptoms happen as their body is getting used to operating without alcohol. Modern advancements have made withdrawal symptoms more manageable than in past years.
There are a lot of alcoholics out there who are not able to get the help they need because of finances, family matters, or other personal restrictions. Some refuse to seek the help it takes to overcome alcoholism because they are scared of taking on the withdrawal symptoms. Every patient’s symptoms will verify depending on the magnitude of their alcohol abuse.
Getting Past Withdrawal Symptoms
The most common symptoms include headaches, puking, sweating, shaking, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. In severe cases, clients may experience seizures and hallucinations. Because the latter two symptoms can cause serious health side effects, it is recommended to undergo the detox process under medical supervision. Having a doctor or nurse present who can help you cope with the illnesses the symptoms cause will give your confidence that you will be able to complete your detoxification.
Inpatient or Outpatient Detox?
While any treatment is good treatment, many people wonder if impatient or outpatient detoxification is better. However, inpatient is safer and more efficient. You will receive 24/7 medical supervision during inpatient treatment. Inpatient tends to be more expensive because of the services provided. To complete inpatient treatment you will also have to invest all of your time. When checking into an inpatient facility you are not allowed to leave. This helps many patients stay focused on their recovery.
With Outpatient detox you attended for a few hours each day, and typically, are not under supervision at nights or on weekends. Outpatient detoxing tends to be set at a lower price and gives you more free time. Outpatient detox cycles can work for people who are able to handle withdrawal symptoms on their own. If undergoing outpatient detoxification, you should still check in with a doctor on a regular basis to make sure the withdrawal symptoms are not causing long term health side effects.
How Long Does It Take?
Every client’s program will be different depending on their alcohol abuse background. That said, it usually takes between 3 and 14 days for most clients who are entering detoxification. Once your body is clean, you will be able to move on to your rehab stint. Everyone’s body will have a different reaction when trying to lay off the booze.
Detox Is Not the Final Step
Finishing a detox cycle is only a primary step towards achieving sobriety. The hardest stage of the recovery process is admitting you need help to get over alcoholism so there is no reason to stop there. Continue your quest to take down alcoholism before it is too late. Alcoholism can lead to an untimely if you are not careful. There is no reason to hold off any longer.
Transitional phrase here. Contact your insurance company now to see if you qualify for treatment. Also, you should begin looking into center which offer detoxification programs that will clean your body up for the next stage of recovery. Alcoholism does not discriminate against age, color or background. It will suck anyone up and swallow them whole. The support and help you need is only a phone call away. Call (214)-814-2000 to speak with a representative who will show you how to get started. The sooner your detoxification process is over, the sooner you can get back to living life on your terms and not liquor’s terms.