How to Detox from Alcohol
Depending on the severity of one’s dependence on alcohol, an individual may choose to taper off alcohol slowly or to quit “cold-turkey”. While the cold-turkey approach may work for some milder cases, it can cause extreme and dangerous withdrawal symptoms in those with more severe alcohol issues. Whether one has a moderate or severe case of AUD, individuals discontinuing use will typically experience a number of physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. These are collectively known as alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
Alcohol Detox Symptoms & Timeline
The timeline of alcohol withdrawal syndrome depends on how badly one abuses alcohol, and how dramatic their reduction in the use of alcohol is. Symptoms often begin at around 8 hours after the last drink, peak at 2-3 days, and resolve after about 5 days.
The Importance of a Safe Alcohol Detox Setting
No form of withdrawal is easy and any case can present dangerous symptoms. Therefore, withdrawal under the supervision of a professional is recommended. In severe cases, undergoing a medically-supervised drug detoxification at an inpatient treatment center may be the best option. These settings ensure the patient’s safety and comfort, and prevent them from relapsing due to the strong cravings associated with alcohol withdrawal. They also allow for treatment of any co-occurring medical or psychiatric conditions that decrease the individual’s quality of life which often contribute to alcohol abuse.
Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment at Sunrise International Recovery Hospital
As with many other substance addictions, detoxing from alcohol is only the first step to recovery. Transitioning from a detox setting to a treatment program is highly advisable in order to give individuals the tools they need to maintain sobriety. These can include 12-step work, therapy, a support community, and lifestyle changes that help the individual create a healthier, more purposeful life.
Sunrise International Recovery hospital, with a medical drug detoxification facility in Islamabad, We offers a full continuum of addiction treatment care. We will help you or your loved one achieve and maintain sobriety on their path to a better life free of substance use.
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