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When To Seek Help

Denial plays a huge part in alcohol addiction.

You may be asking yourself whether your addiction is severe enough, and questioning whether you truly have a problem. 

Unfortunately, addiction is one of the few illnesses that can convince sufferers that they don’t have it. Denial is a coping mechanism people use to try and keep themselves sane. 

Normal drinkers do not obsess over alcohol, nor do they drink to excess every day, have the shakes, constant black outs or siezures.

When Will I Be Ready For Detox?

When you recognise that alcohol is causing a new set of physical and mental health problems, this is the time to seek help. These can include:

  • Seizures, fits, hallucinations, and chronic nausea.
  • Constantly feeling on edge, anxious and very depressed
  • Extreme agitation, violence, anger or rage
  • Extreme confusion and disorientation
  • Yellowing complexion/jaundice
  • Bleeding from all orifices
  • Your body can go into shock after you abruptly stop consuming alcohol
  • The only times you do not consume alcohol is when you are too physically ill to do so

The severity of your symptoms will increase if:

  • You have been drinking large quantities of alcohol regularly 
  • Have been drinking over an extended period 
  • Have a history of severe withdrawal
  • Consume or are addicted to other substances in excess
  • Brain lesions or abnormal liver function
  • Poor physical health 

Whilst severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be somewhat rare, it’s important to bear in mind that they can happen and can be difficult to predict.1

“I think I’m experiencing symptoms of withdrawal”

You may already be looking to seek out detox treatment – perhaps you are already experiencing some withdrawal symptoms after giving up alcohol. We would recommend that you do not attempt to do this alone for the safety of your health.

The withdrawal process indicates that your body has become physically dependent on alcohol. Now is a good time to seek professional help for a better chance at a healthy, happy and alcohol-free life.

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Who Will Need Medical Detox?

Anyone frequently exceeding the recommended daily alcohol limit is likely to require a medical detox. Alcohol detoxification refers to a treatment programme designed to help control the medical and physiological complications that often occur after heavy and sustained alcohol use.

How much do you drink?

The table below does not include pregnant women, anyone under the age of 18 or those with physical or mental health conditions caused by alcohol use.

(4 pints is ten units, 1 litre of vodka is 40 units).

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Indications for urgent hospital admission:

  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhoea that limits the individual’s regular alcohol intake
  • Signs of malnutrition (BMI <18.5 or significant weight loss)
  • History of seizure or DTs during previous alcohol withdrawal
  • History of epilepsy and/or poor compliance with epilepsy medication
  • Significant benzodiazepine or other recreational drug use/dependence/withdrawal
  • Electrolyte abnormalities that may lower the seizure threshold, for example, hypokalaemia or hypomagnesaemia
  • Pregnancy

As recommended in NICE’s guideline on alcohol-use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful (high-risk) drinking and alcohol dependence.  

Here at Castle Craig, people requiring a medical-assisted alcohol detox are offered private residential treatment in a setting that is most appropriate for their age, the severity of their dependence, and the existence of any physical or psychiatric comorbidities.

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