Typical Procedures in Alcohol Detox Clinics

Typical Procedures in Alcohol Detox Clinics


There are many different alcohol detox clinics out there that can help you if you are struggling with alcoholism.  If you are afraid or nervous about going to one then here is what you can expect.

First of all they will probably  have you in detox for about 3 to 5 days. This is typical procedure at pretty much every rehab and there is really no way around it if you have been drinking before going in.  They will have you in a special detox area that is more closely monitored by medical staff.  The detox clinic will also give you medication to help control your withdrawal symptoms.  The biggest problem with alcohol detox withdrawal is when people get the shakes and eventually have seizures.  So one of the goals of detox is to get you off the alcohol without having you have a seizure from the withdrawal.  Sometimes this is not possible, even when using medication to try and control it.  That is why it is so important to have a medically supervised detox from alcohol.

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Now after or even during detox they might encourage you to attend groups in residential treatment. These are the therapy groups and meetings and lectures that typically make up rehab.  For most people it is probably a wise idea to attend these groups so that they can learn more about how to live a sober life on the outside.  There will probably be groups that deal with coping skills, 12 step groups, and educational lectures and videos.  Some places will try to integrate family counseling sessions if that is an option as well. And almost every alcohol clinic like this is 12 step based, meaning that they bring in 12 step meetings from the outside to introduce you to AA.  If this can work for you as a long term solution for alcoholism then that is great.  If not, then there are other avenues that you can pursue that can still keep you sober.  One such avenue is to live a life based on personal and holistic growth while still reaching out and working with other addicts and alcoholics on a regular basis, but without 12 step involvement.

If it is fear that has been holding you back from alcohol detox, then you should take the plunge and force yourself to give sobriety a chance.  Most rehabs clinics are set up to be extremely welcoming, and many times the staff that work at these clinics are recovering alcoholics themselves, so they know right where you are at.  Give it a chance to work in your life.

There really is nothing to be afraid of as the medical staff at any rehab will treat you with respect and dignity.  They will also do their best to keep you comfortable and safe during withdrawal.  This is their job and most places are fairly good at it.  Really there is not much to screw up and all they have to do is be attentive and caring of your needs.

Don’t let the fear of treatment keep you from changing your life.