Often, the first step in treating alcohol addiction at a dedicated rehab facility involves detoxification from alcohol.
It is in this first step that we concentrate solely on flushing the alcohol completely from your body, withdrawal symptoms will often vary depending on the severity of your alcohol use disorder.
Once this step is over we will be able to completely focus on the therapeutic aspects of the recovery process, which will be delivered in the form of group and one-to-one therapy.
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Detoxing from alcohol safely
Depending on your alcohol level and duration of use, alcohol detox can require medical supervision to safely begin the withdrawal process before embarking on a therapeutic rehab programme.
Medically supervised alcohol detoxes take place at our dedicated facility, where alcohol-dependent patients are cared for round the clock by a detox-specialised nursing team.
Care consists of close monitoring and soothing withdrawal symptoms as well as providing emotional support. Patients can rest assured that our alcohol detoxes are overseen by a doctor. The alcohol detoxification stage normally takes about one week.
Alcohol detox in a nutshell
- How long does it take to detox from alcohol? The detoxification process typically lasts one week. However, some psychological side effects may still be present.
- Do you need to detox for alcoholism? This will depend on your severity and can be answered after a short, free alcohol addiction assessment. Book.
- An alcohol detox on its own is often not enough to sustain long-term sobriety.
- The effects of alcohol detox can vary, but it’s important to note that we will medically manage this within our detox facility. Typical symptoms include sweating, shaking, vomiting, diarrhoea and in some severe cases; seizures. We have an ICU (intensive care unit), where we will be able to adequately treat severe detox cases appropriately.
Why detox is important
The goal of detox is to stabilise your condition before continuing to the deeper therapeutic element of alcohol addiction treatment.
At Castle Craig, our detox facility is onsite, and once completed patients can become an active part of our recovery community as soon as their condition permits.
It’s important to note that detoxing from certain substances (such as alcohol alongside opioid use) can be dangerous and should never be attempted alone.
Also remember that detox is only the first step of a rehab programme, and should be followed by treatment at our accredited alcohol rehab to support long-lasting sobriety.
Dedicated detox facilities
It is possible to detox from alcohol or drugs at a local detox facility before coming to residential treatment.
This may be useful if it is unsafe for you to travel to your residential clinic before detox takes place, or if an emergency detox is required due to life-threatening medical conditions.
It is not recommended to solely undergo a detox programme, for the best chance of success, alcohol addiction treatments will require an advanced level of therapy and techniques to alter addictive behaviours.
You should not do this alone
The fact remains that detoxes can be dangerous if not conducted in the right environment with medical professionals.
Here at Castle Craig, you can rest easy knowing that you will be under round-the-clock medical care when undergoing detox at our alcohol rehab.
If you are looking for a place that you can trust to help you change your life for the better, look no further. Reach out to us.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 2, 2021