One of the first and most crucial steps to recovering from alcohol addiction is withstanding alcohol withdrawals or the process of eradicating alcohol from the body. In some cases, it’s prudent to undertake alcohol withdrawals at home. In many cases, however, it is necessary to go through the process at an alcohol detox center.
At Fort Behavioral Health, we are equipped to support the entire recovery process from detox to recovery maintenance with the best care available in a clean, comfortable, and intimate environment. Contact us today online or at 844.332.1807 for more information about our alcohol detox center.
What Is Alcohol Withdrawal?
The withdrawal process varies widely from person to person and even daily. Some people need an IV drip or other medical interventions. In contrast, others can safely withstand alcohol withdrawal at home with little need for medication.
Alcohol withdrawal is an unpleasant experience that can cause many problems for people who consume alcohol. That said, it is a vital component of the addiction recovery process.
While the symptoms are generally not life-threatening, knowing what to expect can make the experience more bearable. The process of alcohol withdrawal involves all of the toxins associated with alcohol consumption making their way out of the body. This process can last several days or longer depending on the amount of alcohol and the length of time you drink before the detox. As the toxins exit your system, you will experience various physical and psychological symptoms.
When to Go Through Alcohol Detox at Home
If you are relatively young, otherwise healthy, and feel more confident about overcoming alcohol withdrawal at home, attempting this process at home is safe. However, even if you embark on a detox at home, it’s beneficial to have a support system in place.
Some things to keep in mind if you’re considering at-home detox include:
- Ensure your doctor knows about your illness and detox plan
- Do not drive or operate machinery during alcohol detox
- Do not attempt to go to work during detox
- Eat a healthy diet, having prepared meals on hand as well as a selection of fresh fruits can be helpful
- Get plenty of rest
Also, it can be helpful to let a loved one know your plan so they can check in or be available should you need support.
When to Check into an Alcohol Detox Center
For many, detoxing at home isn’t feasible. However, numerous alcohol detox centers are available, and checking into such a facility can ease the process.
Consider a detox center if:
- You feel hopeless about your drinking problem
- You want to quit, but you don’t know how
- The previous treatment program did not work
- The temptations of alcoholism are around the house
- Your life is at risk as a result of your drinking
- You have been trying unsuccessfully to stop drinking
- You think it would be dangerous for yourself or others to detox at home
Whether you attempt to detox at home or not, contacting a professional counselor before attempting detox can significantly increase the probability of success.
Explore the Alcohol Detox Center at Fort Behavioral Health
Recovering from an addiction is challenging enough. Dealing with alcohol withdrawal at home can make recovery even more difficult. At Fort Behavioral Health, we aim to remove any unnecessary challenges by offering a full complement of addiction recovery support services from detox to 12-step programs. So whether you’re looking for advice about home detox or ready to check yourself into a program, we’re here to help. Our team of dedicated professionals is compassionate, discreet, and highly knowledgeable about all aspects of alcohol detox, addiction recovery, and mental health treatment programs. If you have any questions about alcohol detox centers or any other aspect of recovery, please contact us online or at 844.332.1807.