Deciding to go into detox is a difficult decision. You will need to be away from your family and friends and your job for a specific period of time. One of the most frequently asked questions is how long will it take for alcohol detox. There is no short answer to this question because it really does depend on the type of detox you get, the doctors recommendations, but more importantly it depends on your overall health when you enter detox.
Detoxing the body is the process of removing the unwanted substances such as toxic chemicals from alcohol use. The process can be painful but it can also be dangerous if the proper medical attention is not given to withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may include nausea and vomiting, headache and irritability, sweating, cravings, increased heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of consciousness, seizures and tremors and in some cases the DTs. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the excessiveness of your alcohol consumption, the duration of your alcohol use and how often is your use. Some individuals begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms within a few hours of the last time they used alcohol.
Alcohol detox can take anywhere from a few days to a week or a little longer. The length of time depends on the condition of the individual when they enter detox. With regard to a specific amount of time, consider that the overall goal for alcohol detox is getting you better, keeping you safe through the process and your health.
There are several options for you to consider when choosing an alcohol detox center. The most common alcohol detox approaches cleanse your system but do not offer anything more to help the patient other than offer 12 step meetings as treatment for the rest of their life after completion of detox. These detox facilities are usually cramped, with multiple beds to a room, offer little medical assistance and monitoring and the oral medication they prescribe are seen as often times unreliable or questionable. These facilities can be demeaning to patients and treat them in institutional settings.
However, there is another way and a better way. Doctors agree that IV therapy medical detox is the best method for alcohol detox and it is the safest and the most effective. The time to detox by IV therapy is about the same, a few days to a week and sometimes a little longer, but receiving the medication intravenously makes it easier to treat your withdrawal symptoms because any changes made to the medication is immediate and keeps you comfortable. IV therapy medical detox more positive experience. If possible it is better that patients detox in the privacy of their own room.
When you have completed your detox program, it may be necessary to enroll in a program that can help you rebuild your life after alcohol use is no longer an issue physically. St. Jude Retreats offers an educational cognitive behavioral program that helps guests use self assessment and self change to evaluate their habits and behavior and to make more productive and positive changes that ensure a life that is more purposeful and free from alcohol use. Our guests discover that they are empowered and have the strength to achieve long term success without alcohol permanently.
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