Getting Sober / Staying Sober

Alcohol Detox

What is a Medical Detox?

The idea of a medical detox can be quite a scary one for anyone who is involved in active alcoholism and is afraid of stopping drinking at all, let alone having to manage the withdrawal effects of alcohol and/or any other drugs that they may be coming off.

Anyone stopping drinking who is an alcoholic is likely to have a significant level of fear about the reality of living a life without alcohol.

This may lead them to a deep form of denial about having a problem and a defence of their drinking and the need to protect their drinking from other people trying to stop them.

This is a large part of the denial of active alcoholism and one of the reasons many alcoholics will drink for significant periods of time before they begin to realise they may have a problem.

The majority of rehab  is residential and offers addiction treatment programs for people who are alcoholics or addicted to very types of drugs will virtually always offer or advise some type of detox.

There are a number of rehabs who will insist that the individual has a detox before they come into rehab, but they are in the minority. The majority of rehabs will either offer a detox themselves, or have arrangements with a local clinical facility to oversee and manage the detox on their behalf.

What is important for anyone entering a rehab is that the rehab has a clear understanding of the individuals own situation, in terms of their active alcoholism and their use of drugs, both description and non-prescription and for how long.

Part of the job of a rehab is to be able to undertake a risk assessment of the individual to see whether a medical detox is needed, and in order to do this it needs to employ a number of qualified medical and clinical staff who have extensive experience of alcoholism and drug addiction who can oversee such an assessment.

If such a detox is needed, and is done in the rehab, then the rehab needs to make sure that it has on-site clinical staff to manage the detox in a safe and secure manner.

The effects of a detox can vary widely, depending upon the individual’s alcoholism and drug use. Irrespective of the actual symptoms of withdrawal, the individual may well have additional fears about what such a withdrawal may involve.

Having a detox take place in a secure and safe environment can help to allay such fears, especially if there are other people around who are sober and moving forward with their lives who have also been through something similar and can help give support to the individual based on that inexperience.


Why detox is important in drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers are normally thought of as clinical facilities where potential clients go to get therapeutic help by way of various addiction treatment programs to help them deal with an addiction to either drugs or alcohol or both.

The range of addiction treatment programs offered by drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Florida offer a wide variety of different approaches and methods.

One of the most important aspects of care that needs to be considered when deciding what type of drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida to admit to, is that approach to and facilities with regard to detox.

Whilst individuals vary significantly, it is very important that a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida has the facilities to perform and supervise a detox in a safe and controlled manner if necessary.

The rehab should have a wide range of qualified and experienced medical staff who can supervise and oversee any detox may be necessary. The clinical staff should include medical doctors, medical nurses, pharmacists and councillors.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers

Someone entering a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center is likely to be an alcoholic, and possibly be addicted or had had an addiction to a number of drugs as well. These drugs can include the following – benzodiazepine, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, demerol, ecstasy, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, methadone, oxycontin, valium, vicodin etc, as well at a wide range of prescription drugs.

The above list is simply a demonstration of some of the drugs at a potential client might have used or might be withdrawing from, and as such a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center needs to have excellent facilities for overseeing and performing a medical detox in a safe and controlled manner if necessary.

The rehab may possibly have arrangements with a local hospital to oversee and perform a detox if needed. This can sometimes work, but care needs to be taken at the local hospital or clinical facility has the appropriate experienced medical staff to oversee and perform any detox that is needed.

A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center will normally have a fully staffed and efficient admissions unit which in reality will process a lot of information concerning issues around detox, interventions, insurance questions etc. Admission to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center can be quite a complex process, and often needs to be arranged at very short notice with great speed. There is often not enough time to fully research options available, but a look at the rehab’s website should help.


What is an alcohol detox?

The term alcohol detox normally refers to the process whereby an alcoholic or someone with a serious drink problem begins a process of stopping or coming off alcohol, either by stopping it completely or by coming off in a graduated tapering off process.

An alcohol detox may happen quite naturally with no problems by an alcoholic simply stopping drinking, or there may be significant side-effects which need to be controlled and monitored by qualified medical and nursing personnel.

An alcohol detox is also sometimes referred to by way of an holistic detox. Detox is quite literally short for detoxification, which in a general sense means purifying or cleaning the body. An holistic detox can imply a more thorough cleansing of the body and simply letting the residue of alcohol filter its way out of the system.

An alcohol detox is a condition that needs to be considered and understood and monitored very carefully. Each individual case is different and should ideally be assessed by a qualified medical practitioner.

Alcohol Detox – Alcoholism

A person who is an alcoholic makes stop drinking on their own by attending meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or entering into a rehab, without the need for any medical intervention or supervision.

Other people who are alcoholics may well need medical help and supervision to withdraw from alcohol in a safe and controlled way. This may depend on a whole range of circumstances, including their lifestyle and other medications or prescription drugs that they may be taking.

From a medical point of view, it is important to assess each individual person separately at what their needs are. Many people will address their alcoholism by way of entering a rehab treatment center.

If this is the case then it is important to check that the rehab either had its own on-site detox programme with qualified medical personnel available, or access to a local clinical facility which has appropriate detox facilities and personnel.

Whether an alcohol detox needs to be medically supervised and controlled is an assessment that should be made by medical personnel in the rehab itself.

Withdrawal from alcohol can be a scary process for someone who is an alcoholic, both in terms of potential physical and mental side-effects, but also in terms of the sense of loss that an alcoholic will feel at not being able to drink any more.

This may not be thought of as a normal part of an alcohol detox, which is often thought of as dealing with the physical or mental side-effects of withdrawal.

An alcoholic will most likely have a belief system that alcohol is the only thing that is really holding them together. It is this belief system that is core to that denial of having a problem, which often ultimately leads to the need for an alcohol detox.

This depends on the severity of the alcoholism, and the extent to which they have carried on drinking and been in denial of the nature of their alcoholism.