Detox is the first step in overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Without a drug or alcohol detox an addicted person can suffer painful and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which make the task of stopping their drug or alcohol use extremely difficult. Long periods of substance abuse can create profound changes in the chemical balance of the body and the brain. Specialised detox centres can identify the detox programme best suited to deal with this on an individual basis. What must be taken into account when considering choosing the most appropriate alcohol detox centre is that detox is not a cure for alcoholism.
Extensive research over a number of years has shown that medically based in-patient detox programmes at approved detox centres have proven to be the safest and most effective method for dealing with both drug and alcohol dependency. Withdrawal is the way in which the body reacts to the removal of the substance on which it has become dependent and the symptoms which can occur during this phase vary from person to person. They often include headaches, tremors, anxiety, depression, seizures and convulsions and the medically based alcohol detox centre will set out to control or minimize the effects of those symptoms. In-patient detox centres have qualified medical staff and are able to prescribe and dispense safe detox medication to help their patients deal with their withdrawal.
Every prospective patient is individually assessed by an experienced member of our staff before the most appropriate method of either drug detox or alcohol detox is decided on. Each centre has the facilities to provide detox at the required level and under medical supervision where necessary. The exact nature of the of the drug detox or alcohol detox will depend on several different factors such as the nature of the substance that has been abused, the amounts used and the length of time the patient has been dependent on drugs or alcohol. These factors may also affect the length of time required for a safe and effective detox.
Alcohol and drug detox programmes provide medical stabilisation and should not be viewed as rehabilitation. At detox centres patients are continually assessed with a view to their future needs in respect of rehabilitation treatment or relapse prevention measures. During detoxification patients are assisted in identifying any underlying factors that may have contributed to their drug or alcohol dependency.
There is no such thing as a perfect drug detox or alcohol detox which would suit everyone. The qualified staff at an alcohol detox centre will be able to assess the needs and requirements on an individual basis and the most appropriate detoxification method will be used. At all times it is important for the patient to be made as comfortable as possible while they are detoxing. Attempts to stop drinking are often found to be unsuccessful due to the unpleasant side-effects often associated with withdrawal. The staff at alcohol detox centres are well aware of this and so monitor the situation carefully and are able to manage the detoxification process accordingly with the least danger or discomfort being caused to the patient.
Extensive research has shown that a safe and comfortable detox is an important factor in the patient achieving long term sobriety. Experienced and caring staff in the right alcohol detox centres are important elements in the journey that the patient is starting when the he or she begins the detoxification process.