Alcohol detox is the first stage in treating alcoholism. A dedicated team of medical professionals and nurses oversees this phase for all our patients at Castle Health. Patients are medically supervised throughout the physical withdrawal period, all within a supportive and positive atmosphere.
The detox phase can take between a few days to almost two weeks, depending on the patient’s general health, medical history, and alcohol use. We provide adequate 24/7 monitoring in a clinical setting under the supervision of an experienced doctor, a team of nurses and Consultant Psychiatrists. Our residential, on-site treatment also includes counselling and group therapy.
The brain and body of a person with dependence may become accustomed to a certain level of alcohol. Suddenly stopping drinking may cause specific symptoms in the brain, make the body function abnormally and if not treated properly can lead to death.
If you find yourself struggling with alcohol dependence, it is recommended to look for rehab options to start detoxification (also known as detox). Detoxing allows your system to become clean of alcohol so you can be clear-headed to begin your new road to recovery.
How long does it take to detox from alcohol?
Detoxification from alcohol can last between 3-7 days, depending on the following factors:
- The patient’s health (mental and physical);
- The severity of the withdrawal symptoms;
- The length of time the patient has been consuming alcohol;
- The amount of alcohol the patient has been drinking.
At Castle Health, our medical team takes care that the detox process is gradual, safe and comfortable for the patients. The blood and urine analysis conducted by the rehab specialists help them identify the health status of each patient. After completing this analysis, the medical team may prescribe vitamin replacements as most alcohol users are deficient in minerals and vitamins.
Castle Health doctors closely monitor each patient 24/7 for preventing possible complications, to ensure severe withdrawal symptoms are quickly addressed and patients kept stable.
What kind of withdrawal symptoms can occur during detox?
Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include:
Some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can include shakes, tremors, and seizures. It may be very dangerous for persons with alcohol dependence to stop drinking suddenly. It is important that a person with such dependence ask for medical assistance during the withdrawal process.
Our professional medical team is supervising the detox process from the beginning until the end. Our nurses are trained and experienced in treating alcohol detoxification.
To alleviate some of the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, our rehab specialists may recommend specific medications to their patients to ease the process.
What happens during detox?
Alcohol detoxification is the first step before the patient starts the addiction treatment programme. The detox process includes three steps:
- Intake. Our doctors at Castle Health will do a complete assessment of the drug, medical and psychiatric histories of each patient to fully understand each case and determine the right treatment plan.
- Medication. Many detoxification programmes include medications that help patients to better deal with withdrawal symptoms. Medications may also be recommended for co-occurring conditions or to ease the discomfort of the detox process.
- Stabilization. The patient attends specific therapy sessions to help them reach a balanced mental and physical health.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DETOX?
Once a patient is stabilised on their detox regime, they can attend creative activities at our addiction centre. Patients may attend mindfulness classes, group therapy, art therapy, and lectures.
Contact us for more information about how to be referred to Castle Health specialised alcohol addiction treatment programme.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment at Castle Health
A personalised treatment model is often the most suitable solution for patients dealing with alcohol addiction. The treatment plan should take into account the particularities of each individual and his or her current medical conditions, as well as the level of progress within the various phases, starting with detoxification.
Our treatment approach at Castle Health is based on evidence-based therapies for treating addictions of all types, including alcohol dependence. Detox, medical care, the 12-step facilitation groups, alongside individual and group therapy as well as complementary therapies are all included in our residential rehab programme.
Seeking professional medical treatment for alcoholism is often the hardest step for many who battle this addiction. It is however an essential first step on a long, structured road to full recovery and rehabilitation.