Alcohol overuse affects over twenty million people in the United States and nearly a million in Connecticut. There are over 150 rehab centers and 51 detox facilities in Connecticut. Finding the right alcohol detox once you have made up your mind to get help is an important step in rebuilding your life after alcohol use.
Alcohol detoxification is the process of removing the chemical toxins from your system that have built up with your alcohol use. Some people who have struggled with alcohol use for a long period may also struggle with drug use as well and be in need drug detox in addition to alcohol detox.
Alcohol withdrawal can be painful. Withdrawal symptoms may present themselves both psychologically and physically and include anxiety and irritability, depression, fatigue, headache, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, clammy skin, sweating, tremor or shakes, fever, seizures and loss of consciousness. Some people suffer from the DTs which can lead to seizures that can result in death. You might need an alcohol detox program that will be able to keep you comfortable and help you achieve long term successful sobriety.
Alcohol detoxification can be implemented through inpatient and outpatient clinics and may include medical or non medical detox. Many programs are funded through state and federal agencies and are more community based, while other programs are private and more exclusive. A medical detox program uses medication to help the individual through the withdrawal symptoms and is carried out under the care of a physician. Medical detox can be both inpatient and outpatient, although the preferred method is inpatient.
Outpatient medical detox programs use drugs such as suboxone or methadone to transition the individual from drugs like heroin to the replacement drug. Methadone clinics and maintenance centers are one example of outpatient medical detox. In these clinics the drug methadone is used as a substitute drug for heroin. Methadone is a controlled substance, an opioid narcotic and the withdrawal symptoms from methadone can be worse than the withdrawal from other opiates like heroin. Drug substitution, especially on a long term basis should be considered carefully. Some individuals start taking methadone and never stop taking it and because it is a narcotic, there is a risk for dependency. Methadone clinics also require that their clients participate in a 12 step program.
Another option for alcohol detoxification is a non medical detox. Meditation therapy, acupuncture, vitamin therapy and group meetings, such as 12 step programs, are all considered to be non medical detox. 12 step programs promote the idea that alcohol use is a disease and that there is no cure. They also promote that the only way to sobriety is through continuous meeting attendance and an abstinence-only approach. While millions of people start 12 step programs, their dropout rate is 95 percent, largely due to the fact that their members are never successful in meeting their conditions.
The best medical detox available is IV therapy medical detox. Inpatient IV therapy makes it possible for the doctors to change the medicine as your withdrawal symptoms change, to keep you comfortable. IV therapy medical detox is implemented under the constant care of doctors, nurses and technicians and monitored by cardiac telemetry and video technology.
After your detoxification, it may be essential for you to enter a program to help you have long term success in your sobriety. St. Jude Retreats offers an education based cognitive behavioral program that helps guests realize that they are not diseased and that there is hope for them. Alcohol use is a choice and you have the power to make a different choice. Our guests are empowered to go on to have lifelong success without alcohol dependency.