Quitting alcohol is a difficult decision to make, but now you're ready to build a new life that doesn't include alcohol. The next step will be deciding if you will need detox. Not everyone does. It depends on the amount of alcohol you drink, how often you drink, and how many years you've been drinking. Your doctor can tell you if you would benefit from detox.
Alcohol detox centers offer a place to rest while the chemical toxins that have collected in your system are eliminated. During the detox process, you may experience withdrawal symptoms which may be physical.
There are several different options for alcohol detox centers, such as inpatient and outpatient and medical and nonmedical. A nonmedical alcohol detox center will provide a natural method for detox that may include such techniques as acupuncture, yoga, vitamin therapy and meditation. This type of detox is available on either an outpatient or inpatient basis. Inpatient detox is often in a spa-like retreat where people can relax and be rejuvenated.
Outpatient medical clinics provide another form of alcohol detox center. Methadone clinics give an opportunity to transition from alcohol to methadone and then from methadone to abstention from alcohol. It's important to know that methadone is an opiate narcotic in the same family of drugs as vicodin and oxycontin. Research has found that many individuals begin taking methadone, that they become addicted to it, and that they never stop using it. Some have been addicted to the "transitional" methadone for decades.
Traditional inpatient hospital medical detox offers oral medication and placement in a psychiatric unit, in isolation, or in lockdown. Patients might not be permitted any outside contact or any personal items. The oral medication that they are given to control withdrawal symptoms is considered by many to be ineffective. Some hospitals have the philosophy that a certain amount of discomfort is acceptable and may even be a deterrent to future alcohol use. This causes some patients to be so uncomfortable that many leave before the detox is complete. However, research shows that patients who complete the detox process are more likely to be successful in abstaining from alcohol than those who don't.
Your doctor may suggest intravenous (IV) therapy medical detox because it's considered the most effective and comfortable method. IV therapy is supervised by a physician who can make any changes to the medication protocol as the withdrawal symptoms change. IV therapy detox ensures that the patient is comfortable and promotes completion of the process.
After any detox, if needed, you may want to enroll in a program that can help you significantly and permanently improve your life. The non-profit St. Jude Retreats offer their highly effective Cognitive Behavioral Education program to help you maintain your sobriety.
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