You have decided to stop using alcohol and now you want to know, "do I need alcohol detox or rehab, or both?" Not everyone needs medical detox, and it will depend on how much you drink, how often you drink, and how long you have used alcohol. For those who need it entering an alcohol detox program is an important step in the process of getting sober and it may be the right step for you.
Detoxification is the process of removing the toxic chemicals that have built up in the body as a result of your alcohol use. Many alcohol users also use drugs as well, so the detox process for them may be more involved. Withdrawal symptoms from alcohol use can be frightening, painful and if not treated properly, can be fatal.
Traditional detox centers treat their patients in large masses, cycling them through the process, more like a number than a human being. Traditional treatment focuses on a policy that excessive alcohol use is a disease that needs lifelong treatment, rather than for what it really is: a behavior and a choice you make that you can change. Traditional treatment programs use practices that are oftentimes dangerous, medications that are unreliable and some keep their patients in psychiatric wards in an institutional setting. Traditional treatment can be uncomfortable and impersonal and most detox patients are prohibited from contacting family and friends.
Your best chance at successfully completing the detox process is finding a program that will keep you comfortable, treat you with respect and dignity, while at the same time addressing medical concerns safely and effectively. Especially if you truly think you need alcohol detox.
The best method for detox as seen by medical professionals is intravenous medical detox. This type of detox should be medically supervised detox, by board certified physicians and registered nurses, all of whom are highly skilled and with experience in critical care and emergency room care. IV medication detox is intended to keep you comfortable and to help relieve the withdrawal symptoms and the anxiety that many patients feel when detoxifying.
When you have successfully completed your detox program, you may feel you need to enter a program to help you regain self control and rebuild your life after alcohol use problems. Freedom Model Retreats offers an educational cognitive behavioral program that educates, inspires and empowers you to take control of your life. Alcohol use is not a disease, it is a choice and guests at the Freedom Model Retreats are guided through a process of self assessment and self-directed change. They are provided solutions based on the latest research, and learn they have the power to overcome their problems.
Through our program guests discover that by making positive, productive and purposeful changes to their habits and behaviors, they become more self confident and they can break the chains of alcohol use permanently without the need for lifelong treatment, meetings and therapy.