Alcohol Detox... The First Step in Recovery from Alcohol Addiction
Long-term alcohol abuse can lead to both a physiological and physical dependence and where physical dependence is present, a detox will be required. A medical detox’s necessity will depend upon an individual's age, medical condition and their history of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol addiction is a worldwide problem and The Cabin draws clients from all over the globe including such places as Singapore, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, the US, Europe and the UK.
An alcohol detox is defined as a medical intervention that helps a patient to navigate safely through the process of withdrawal after the cessation of alcohol consumption.
During the first few days without alcohol, an alcoholic is likely to experience a number of both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Brain and the boy functions need time to readjust to functioning without alcohol present and the adjustment process can lead to various withdrawal symptoms.
What are withdrawal symptoms?
Withdrawal symptoms can include trembling, sweating and craving for alcohol. In more severe cases, Delirium Tremens (DTs) can occur. The symptoms of DTs include marked tremor (the shakes) and delirium (confusion, a state of agitation and auditory and visual hallucinations).
What to expect during alcohol detox?
Because those who require an alcohol detox can experience serious withdrawal symptoms, medical complications may be on issue and medication may be necessary. For this reason, inpatient care is usually required.
A key component of alcohol detox is ‘stabilization'. This term covers all the medical and psychological interactions that occur in an effort to help the client come to a place of physical and psychological balance. Medication that has a similar effect to alcohol may be prescribed in order to regulate the symptoms of withdrawal. This medication would be tapered off gradually during the detox program.
People will suffer different reactions depending upon their own situation. Symptoms may include anxiety, insomnia and impaired mood.
All detoxification programs at the Cabin Chiang Mai will be under the supervision of our round-the-clock- medical team.
Post alcohol detox - why continuing treatment is necessary.
Because addiction is a primary illness it has symptoms which existed before people started using drugs or alcohol. Those symptoms (restlessness, anxiety, low self-esteem, agitation) will still persist even after you stop using drugs and will put you at risk of relapse. Therefore new ‘recovery' skills need to be learnt after detoxification via CBT, 12 steps or other methods.