Detoxification is the process of returning a heavy drinker’s system to normal after extended abuse of alcohol.
People who have been drinking heavily for a long time are more likely to experience negative side effects, some of which can be dangerous.
Prolonged alcohol abuse can lead to tolerance and biological changes that create a false homeostasis. Disrupting this balance and restoring the user to a healthy state is a process as essential as it is delicate.
Alcohol detoxification is the preparatory step before a longer treatment program. Detoxification can be safely performed at both inpatient and outpatient facilities, but round-the-clock medical monitoring is recommended for heavy users. In most cases, the detox process involves three steps:
Although medically assisted detox limits some of the negative side effects the user experiences, some are unavoidable. Some of these unpleasant side effects may include:
While benzodiazepines have been proven effective in treating or preventing certain symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, it is imperative that a recovering alcoholic only use medically recommended amounts of the drugs. Benzodiazepines are addictive substances in their own right, and use should be closely monitored.
Especially in the cases of long-term alcohol abusers, detoxing cold turkey can be dangerous and even fatal. Although rare, some of the severe side effects of alcohol detox include:
It is always recommended to seek medical attention for an alcohol detox to mitigate these side effects.
Detox is merely the first step of treatment for people trying to overcome their alcohol addiction. Ridding the body of alcohol will not cure alcoholism, but rather clears the mind and heals the body so the addict may pursue full treatment.
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