Alcoholism is a very serious and prevalent addiction, but you are not alone in your search for recovery.
It is possible to break free from the strong grip of addiction, but you must be willing to take the first step: clearing your body and mind of all toxic substances and ending your physical dependence. This process is known as alcohol detox, and it is the start of a new beginning that can lead you to into a sober life.
Do I Need Alcohol Detox?
Abruptly stopping the consumption of alcohol after consistent abuse can be very dangerous if attempted at home without medical supervision. Medically-assisted detox is a safe and comfortable way to stop abusing alcohol. If you have been drinking heavily on a consistent basis for years, your body has most likely developed a dependency on alcohol and you will need to complete a detox program before beginning alcohol addiction treatment.
Why Choose Medically Assisted Detox?
Medically assisted alcohol detox is a detoxification program that is monitored by a medical team. At Briarwood Detox Center, our medical staff will monitor your progress throughout the detox program while you enjoy the luxury of resting in a comfortable environment that feels like home.
We view your personalized alcohol detox program as a collaborative process between you and our medical staff to ensure your comfort and safety as you transition through your program.
Although you may be tempted to stop consuming alcohol on your own at home (or “go cold turkey”), doing so can be extremely dangerous and may lead to seizures or other health problems. If you are ready to take the first step toward sobriety, we highly recommend a medically assisted detox program.
Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms
When you suddenly stop consuming alcohol and remove it from your body, you may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These physical symptoms can be more or less severe, depending on your alcohol abuse history, your body composition, how long you’ve been drinking alcohol, and if you are addicted to any other substances.
During your alcohol detox program, you may experience some of the following symptoms. They typically peak within 24-72 hours, but this will vary based on your circumstances.
Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:
- Cloudy thoughts
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Rapid heart rate
- Alcohol cravings
Some severe withdrawal symptoms may also include seizures and hallucinations. This can be a very uncomfortable experience and remains to be one of the most common reasons many people struggle to stop abusing alcohol on their own.
At Briarwood Detox Center, our medical staff will ensure your detox experience is a comfortable one. We are here to help manage uncomfortable physical symptoms by administering medications to reduce the effects of withdrawal.
What Happens During Alcohol Detox?
Once you have been admitted to Briarwood Detox Center for treatment, our admissions staff will make sure you know what to bring, when to arrive and what to expect. On your first day of detox, you’ll be greeted by your resident advocate and detox counselor. You’ll have plenty of contact with these key figures throughout your detox treatment.
Our friendly staff will give you a quick tour of the property before gathering your intake documents. These documents are written in a way that is clear and easy-to-understand and our staff will review them with you. We are also happy to answer any questions you have about these documents while reviewing them.
Once you have completed your intake documents, a nurse will evaluate you to determine your current health status a needs. Detox protocol will begin based on the findings of this evaluation. Our medical team will perform another, more in-depth assessment within your first 24 hours on-site. This comprehensive, need-finding evaluation will provide the details we need to design an individualized detox program for you.
Once you have begun your detox program, our medical and clinical team will monitor you constantly to ensure that you are comfortably and safely progressing through your detox. Our personalized process relies on consistent client and staff communication to address your changing needs and update your program as needed. Our medical team is on-site 24/7 so you can rest without a need for concern.
Individual and Group Counseling
Our therapeutic staff will help you work through your emotional responses to detox and provide effective tools for coping with cravings and preventing relapse. The main priority of these counseling sessions is to address the here and now by overcoming any shame, embarrassment or self-defeating thoughts you may be struggling with.
How Long Does Alcohol Detox Last?
Each of our detox programs is highly personalized based on your needs and circumstances. Additionally, the detox process for various drugs will vary, especially if there is a co-existing medical or psychological condition to consider. Once we have completed your personal assessment, we will be able to tell you how long you can expect to be in detox. This timeframe can range from 3-7 days, but we are willing to provide support as long as it is needed.