Alcohol detoxification is the process of cleansing your body of the toxic chemicals that have built up from alcohol use. Making the decision to detox is a step toward regaining control of your life from alcohol use. You need an alcohol detox and detoxification diet plan.
While there are many different types of detox: medical and nonmedical and inpatient and outpatient programs; the best program is one that will address your detox needs and keep you safe and comfortable at the same time. Alcohol withdrawal can be painful and for some it can be life threatening. Some individuals experience some or all of the following symptoms: insomnia, headache, anxiety, irritability, nausea, vomiting, depression and fatigue. In extreme cases people have been known to have hallucinations, confusion and extreme agitation known as the delirium tremens or DTs.
IV therapy medical detox is seen as the safest method to detoxify. IV therapy is physician supervised and is implemented by intravenous therapy which allows the physician to change the medication protocol to meet your medical needs, alleviate withdrawal symptoms and also keep you comfortable, which helps you to complete the detox process.
After you complete alcohol detox, you may want to consider following a detoxification diet plan. Before you begin any diet regimen you should consult with a doctor. Your doctor may want to run a liver test to make certain that it is functioning properly and other tests as well to make sure that you are not deficient in any nutrients and vitamins.
The National Institute of Health reported that after alcohol detoxification, individuals should maintain a low fat diet and eat at regular times each day. In fact, they suggest that you should eat about every 3 hours to ensure that you don't allow yourself to get hungry. Because alcohol is a sugar, it is common for people who are detoxing and post detox to crave sugary snacks such as candy and chocolate. Research shows that when you are hungry you are likely to eat things that may lead to alcohol cravings. The same research also indicated that caffeine and sugar consumption can also increase alcohol cravings; avoiding treats, sodas, dried fruits, processed desserts and fruit juice may help to reduce cravings.
A detoxification diet plan should include lean proteins such as chicken, eggs, fish and non-fatty meats, as well as raw fruits and vegetables, whole grains, potatoes, beans and pasta. You should drink plenty of water. Some detox diet plans include vegetable juice and herbal teas. Adding a good multivitamin and mineral supplement, especially one that includes B and C, as well as calcium, potassium and magnesium is a good idea.
Many people discover that after they complete detox, they want to enroll in a program to help them rebuild their life and make their lifestyle changes permanent. Freedom Model Retreats offers a Cognitive Behavioral Learning program that helps guests regain control of their life. The Freedom Model Program guides guest through a process of intensive self evaluation so they can identify their counterproductive thought and behavior habits. Guests learn that by consciously replacing destructive thoughts and behaviors with more productive ones, they develop habits that are more positive which leads to finding a more purposeful life. Our guests are empowered to have a life that is permanently free from alcohol use problems.