Detox, it seems to be one of the new buzz words of our time. There are numerous diet fads and cleanses that claim to detox and purify your body of toxins. Unfortunately, this leads some addicts to believe that they can simply do a quick 3 day cleanse or drink a few gallons of water and be a whole new person.
The truth is for the occasional drinker, who indulges too much one weekend or just needs to cut back a little, detoxing is no big deal. A hangover is unpleasant, but it’s a clear sign for many to cut down on their alcohol intake. On the other hand for true addicts who drink daily and are constantly fighting the need to drink, detoxing is a painful, dangerous, and necessary first step to overcoming alcohol addiction.
Suddenly stopping your alcohol intake can lead to life threatening withdrawal symptoms including hallucinations, convulsions, and heart seizures. Anyone who has gotten drunk every night for more than a month, drank small amounts of alcohol throughout the day for more than a month, or who has stayed drunk for several days in a row is much more likely to experience alcohol withdrawal.
Alcohol detox is a two-step process. The first step or initial period of detox occurs in only a few days. This first phase is where many people experience severe withdrawal symptoms, which can prove to be fatal without medical assistance.
These symptoms include:
- Heart failure
The second phase of alcohol detoxification occurs in the many months following the initial stage. The brain must slowly begin to regulate so it can resume normal functioning. During this stage, some people will continue to experience slight withdrawal symptoms, but they are unlikely to be life threatening. Long term withdrawal symptoms usually include insomnia and anxiety, but they gradually reduce as the brain continues to heal itself.
Anyone who is seriously dependent on alcohol should always consult a physician when considering detox treatment. A professional, certified detox facility can assist you in safely and gently reducing your alcohol dependency. Contact us for more information on successful detox methods. It’s time to reclaim your life, let our caring staff assist in making the difficult transition being addiction free.