You have made the decision to seek help for your alcohol use and now you want to know, alcohol treatment or alcohol detox, which do I pick? This can be confusing to many individuals who are not quite sure which one they need, or if they need both. The truth is that alcohol detox is not necessary for everyone who uses alcohol. Whether or not you need alcohol detox will depend on how long you have used alcohol and how excessive your use has been. Consulting a doctor about detox is always a good idea.
Alcohol treatment or rehab is a separate program that begins after alcohol detox. If you do not need alcohol detox, then you could look into which alcohol treatment program might be best for you. With that said, know that alcohol treatment is not effective. However, the non treatment approach at St. Jude Retreats has a long track record of helping people overcome alcohol problems effectively.
Let's now get back to the detox issue: an alcohol detox facility is where you go to have all of the toxic chemicals removed from your system that have accumulated from your alcohol use. Since some alcohol users also use drugs, the detox will also clean the system of those toxins as well. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are both physical and psychological. Symptoms include headache, insomnia, increased heart rate, nausea and vomiting, anxiety and irritability, fatigue and depression are common. Severe symptoms can include convulsions, fever, loss of consciousness and hallucinations and confusion known as delirium tremens. Even though most of these do not seem pleasant, detox programs try to keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
Alcohol detox may include both medical and nonmedical detox. Nonmedical alcohol detox includes vitamin therapy, acupuncture, meditation therapy and yoga. Medical alcohol detox is supervised by a physician and medication is used to detoxify. IV therapy medical detox is seen as the best method for medical detoxification because it uses intravenous therapy which allows the medication to be changed as your withdrawal symptoms change, allowing for an immediate responseWhichever method for detox you choose, your best chance for a successful detox is entering a program that will keep you comfortable, that is safe and effective and treats you with respect.
An alcohol rehab or treatment is a program that you enter to help you overcome alcohol use. Sadly, a large percentage of individuals who enter treatment programs as not successful in stopping their alcohol consumption. Statistics show that 60 to 95 percent of the people who enter 12 step programs and/or alcohol treatment programs dropout, or continue drinking after completion of the program.
12 step programs, as well as the vast majority of treatment programs and rehabs promote the false claim that alcohol use is a disease and that you inherited an alcoholic gene. They support belief in a higher power and abstinence is the only way to stop alcohol use, but that everyone relapses, nor does everyone need to abstain â€“ many can learn to moderate successfully. 12 step programs require their members to attend group therapy and counseling sessions, which are often times, filled with angry and bitter individuals that use the meetings to vent their hostilities. The truth is that alcohol use is not a disease and there is no such thing as an alcoholic gene. For the many individuals who follow the philosophy of 12 step programs, they are left with feelings of hopelessness and helplessness.
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