What Is The Alcohol Detox Process Used In Treatment?

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, you may have been considering seeking out treatment. Alcoholism is life threatening addiction that can take a toll on your health, financial stability and even lead to legal complications. Many people do not realize that addiction is considered a disease that impacts the mind and body. Like any other medical disease, it requires professional help to overcome.

Finding the right treatment option can be a challenge though. Rehabilitation is most commonly available in two formats: inpatient and outpatient treatment. Inpatient rehabilitation is the most popular and intensive option available. It can lead to life long changes in behaviors that contribute to addiction and equip you with the tools you need to maintain life long sobriety. However, it is a residential form of treatment, which can be difficult for some people to cope with. In cases where a patient cannot commit to inpatient care, outpatient rehabilitation may be a good alternative.

During outpatient treatment, patients only need to attend briefly then are able to go home and practice what they have learned. It can be a good solution for individuals who cannot take time off from work or who have responsibilities at home that they cannot leave temporarily. Outpatient rehab may not be a good fit for anyone struggling with a severe addiction to alcohol or who lacks support at home. This is because it does not offer 24/7 supervision like inpatient treatment and cannot prevent relapse as effectively as it.

Regardless of which type of rehabilitation you choose, you will most likely begin your treatment plan with a brief period of detoxification. Also known as detox for short, this process is critical for your success.

What Is Detox?

Detox has one goal– eliminating harmful toxins from your body. Alcoholics often have excessive amounts of alcohol in their bodies which triggers uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and cravings once they try to abstain from the substance. Even if you have immense willpower, you may not be able to cope without professional help.

During detox, a team of medical professionals is on site and ready to assist you. They can help you work through your cravings and triggers and may even prescribe medication to ease serious withdrawal symptoms. Choosing to eliminate toxins in a facility is critical for avoiding relapse which is most common during the beginning stage of recovery. It also breaks your body’s physical addiction to alcohol, allowing you to focus on the emotional and mental factors during treatment.

Detox is often required prior to rehabilitation. This is especially true for anyone that is currently under the influence of alcohol or another substance. It provides mental clarity and can reduce mood swings, aggression and other behaviors that may affect your treatment experience.

Is Detox Necessary?

Many people attempt to detox at home or with help from friends or family members, but there is no substitute for qualified medical care in a reputable facility. The benefits include the following:

  • 24/7 Access to professionals
  • Medication if needed
  • Safe and comfortable environment

Withdrawal symptoms are the most uncomfortable part of the detoxification process. They can range in severity, but may be painful enough to lead to relapse just for relief. Detox centers have on site doctors who are able to work with you to find the best way to cope with your symptoms so you can feel comfortable throughout the entire process. Detox typically lasts less than two weeks. Once you are finished, the next step is treatment.

Choosing a rehabilitation facility with on site medical detox is a great way to save time and avoid the hassle of transitioning from one facility to another. It also gives you the chance to get to know the staff better and make friends with other patients who are also in treatment.

What Happens After Treatment?

Once you complete treatment, you may feel nervous about returning to your normal routine. Fortunately, after care services are available to make the transition easier on you. Aftercare aims to help people maintain their sobriety and monitor their progress. It often integrates many of the same methods used in rehabilitation, such as counseling, group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. However, it occurs at a less frequent level which gives patients the chance to practice what they learn. Over time, the frequency of services will continue to decrease as patients maintain stable progress.

If you feel like you could benefit from additional support, a 12 step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous or SMART Recovery may be beneficial. These options are both community based, which means that anyone can come and go as they please. They are a valuable addition to any recovery plan because they offer support, the chance to socialize with like minded individuals and practical techniques that can be used to combat cravings and triggers. As an added benefit, community based programs often have meetings at odd hours, making them attainable for virtually anyone. Alcoholics Anonymous is especially popular and hosts meetings in most major cities, making it easy to locate as well.

You may choose to supplement your aftercare program with participation in a community based program if you feel that it could be beneficial to you. Many people continue to go to meetings for many years after completing treatment as a way of coping with the occasional urge to drink again, triggers in their daily life and to help others in their own recovery journey.

Living in the cycle of alcohol addiction is not a life sentence. You can take action and regain control. If you are ready to break free from addiction once and for all, do not hesitate to take action. Our addiction specialists are ready to assist you. For immediate help, call 877-978-3125 today!

Real Client Testimonials

  • Before coming to coastal I was hopeless, helpless, and my family wanted nothing to do with me. It wasn’t the first detox I’d ever been to, but it was the only one who showed me so much love and compassion. They gave me hope. It’s hard to put into words the amount of gratitude I have for this facility. The employees were my family when I had none. The staff went out of their way to make sure not only were my physical needs taken care of, but my emotional needs as well. From the first phone call prior to admission, to helping me set up continuing care, they never missed a beat. Even going as far as to help me with my legal issues via Zoom court. This isn’t just a detox, they are the family I never had. All of the techs, especially Karen, are phenomenal. They will take the time to listen to you, laugh, and cry(if needed) with you. If you are reading this and you or your loved one is suffering like I was, go to Coastal Detox. The level of care is more than I could ever put into a review. It wasn’t the first detox I’d been to, but it has been my last; I owe them everything I have today, including my life.

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    Travis B.
    12/07/2020
  • Had a really good experience at Coastal. The staff really went above and beyond in helping me get in and gave me the respect l, space and care I needed after I first got there. As I started to fell better they encouraged me to take part in groups which helped get me out of my head and bring positivity and health to my thinking. They had a great massage therapist, who came daily and it was evident the nursing staff genuinely cared. Got to know some of the staff as well and I’m grateful for the cooks Joe and Chris. Those guys literally made us sirloins and pork chops for dinner. Also I gotta thank Chris and Chris for helping me get in and setting me up with a transition plan. Real grateful for that help, I’m not sure if it’s management intention to hire guys named Chris but they got a good thing going there. Overall, I’m clean and sober today and walking it out. Coastal gave me a base that set me up for the success that I’m walking in today

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    Brandon B.
    1/16/2020
  • My family is very thankful for Coastal Detox. They have went above and beyond for my son a few times. Unfortunately he has needed their help more than once and they have ever turned their back on him, even when he was at his worst. Jeannie and Chris have been amazing and kept me informed through the entire process. They truly care about the addict and want to help them especially when it would be easy to give up on them. I had many detox facilities be rude and uncaring to me when I was searching for help for my son, but Coastal never did that to us. I don't know the names of all the team members that have helped my son but I know their are many and y'all are angels!! One day we will be able to pay it forward and help someone as you have helped us. Thank you for all you do!!

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    Brenda A.
    1/01/2020
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

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    Susan C.
    11/13/2019
  • Can not say enough nice things about Coastal Detox & staff. Family member was there, told me five stars for the facility & all whom she interacted with. Said the facilities, ambience..., cleanliness, grounds, food, (think their chef is five stars), were all top shelf. All I interacted with personally & on the phone were patient, professional, responsive & caring. Kudos to so many: Jeannie Jones, Clinical Director whom I spent the most face to face time with: great oversight, patience & follow thru. Raquel Barker, Therapist was so understanding & on spot with her assessments/care. Kris Garrigus Admissions Director, another Coastal professional whom I cannot say enough nice things about, always so patient & responsive to my probably too frequent inquires. Not to be forgotten is Judy Tucker, Director of Operations she too so patiently "put up with me"
    I highly recommend Coastal Detox

    Susan C. Avatar
    Susan C.
    11/06/2019

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