During the detox phase, patients undergo a thorough medical assessment that looks at their medical record, alcohol abuse history and any other health conditions.
- Castle Craig has experience with all of the latest approved medications to decrease cravings and alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms as recommended by NICE.
The medical team prescribe a diminishing dose of medication to ensure a smooth withdrawal process.
Prof Jonathan Chick, our Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director, explains that the medication dose for each patient is closely monitored during the alcohol detox phase. “If you think of the nervous system of an alcohol abuser as a spring, on which alcohol has been sitting like a heavyweight. “When the weight is suddenly removed, the spring is unstable. This can lead to alcohol withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, trembling, anxiety or even hallucinations.”
Patients with mild alcohol dependence usually do not need an assisted alcohol withdrawal in our detox unit.
Alcohol Detox Medication
The medications our doctors prescribe to you will depend on the intensity of your withdrawals.
All medicines used by our Doctors are recommended by NICE. See CQC Detoxification and withdrawal from drugs and alcohol.
Our doctors specialise in reducing all the physical withdrawal symptoms that you can experience when you no longer have alcohol in your body by using appropriate detox medication.
The most common medications include Acamprosate calcium, Carbamazepine, Chlordiazepoxide hydrochloride, Clomethiazole, Diazepam, Disulfiram, Haloperidol, Lorazepam, Nalmefene, Naltrexone hydrochloride, Vitamin B and Thiamine.
As you would expect from any hospital Castle Craig has robust prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring arrangements over both weekends
and public holidays as appropriate to the patients’ needs and risks.
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Please contact our team with more information about detox.