Alcohol Detox Clinic
Before alcohol detox can begin, it is important to understand the effects and risks associated with the drug.
Usually consumed as a drink, alcohol can be used safely if consumed within recommended guidelines. However, it can have disastrous effects if abused. Whilst a small amount can make a user more sociable, reduce inhibitions and reduce anxiety. This makes it very popular for social use. A large amount can result in anti-social behaviour and a hangover the next day. Prolonged use can have severe long-term consequences over several years.
Risks of going through an alcohol detox
There are many risks associated with alcohol. These can include:
- Loss of control – Too much alcohol can result in loss of balance and being unaware of surroundings. This can lead to injuries.
- Anti-social behaviour – Too much alcohol can lead to a user becoming argumentative or aggressive. It can also lead to the user taking part in dangerous or antisocial behaviour which can lead to damage of property. People under the influence of alcohol are often unaware of the sensitivities of those around them, making them feel uncomfortable or resulting in being loud and waking people up in the middle of the night.
- Poisoning – Too much alcohol on a single occasion can result in alcohol poisoning. This can result in coma or even death.
- Long-term illness – Consistent heavy alcohol use can result in several long-term health problems. These can include heart disease, liver failure, high blood pressure and cancer.
- Alcoholism – Whilst drinking within sensible guidelines will help to avoid health risks, heavy drinkers have a higher risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. Withdrawals can be severe and symptoms can include sweating, shaking, nausea and high levels of anxiety.
Why should I consider an inpatient clinic?
During a detox programme, all alcohol toxins are removed. You will be closely monitored during this phase by a team of medical professionals. If you suffer from acute alcoholism, it is important for you to benefit from this level of care whilst you undergo an alcohol detox. Why? Because you are likely to experience potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms whilst you undergo an alcohol detox.
At Cassiobury Court, an alcohol detox is the initial and perhaps the most important phase of our extended alcohol rehab programme. We solely offer alcohol detox in residential settings. We do not entertain the concept of a ‘home detox’. Generally, home detoxes are considered unsafe for the vast majority of people who do not happen to be fortunate enough to live with a medical professional. Even if you have an abundance of support from close family whilst you will undergo a home detox, we still do not recommend you do so purely due to the potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms that may arise during the procedure.
When you attend Cassiobury Court for an alcohol detox, you will benefit from round-the-clock support. Our staff members are specially trained in treating acute alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and we have on hand psychiatric support. This allows us to prescribe powerful sedatives that all but eliminate the occurrence of extreme alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This allows you to detox from alcohol safely, comfortably and successfully.
What clinical guidelines do you follow?
All alcohol detoxes conducted onsite at Cassiobury Court are conducted according to strict guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). These guidelines ensure our medical professionals carry out alcohol detoxes that reflect cutting-edge medical techniques in this important area. NICE guidelines influence our admissions process, the initial in-person assessment, how we approach the pharmacological aspect of alcohol detox, and the types of therapies and workshops we offer to people going through an alcohol detox.
The information and guidance you discover in your initial alcohol detox programme will assist you throughout your life in recovery. You will take part in therapy sessions and workshops when your drug detox programme begins. During this time, we ensure the physical and psychological aspects of alcohol addiction are treated. All alcohol detox clinics we manage are also Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered and audited. This ensures our process is validated by our industry regulator.
How does an alcohol detox begin?
An alcohol detox begins with a thorough in-person assessment. The particulars of an alcohol detox will vary from person to person. Factors that affect the likely intensity and care-need of a person going through an alcohol detox include age, height, weight, sex, and the duration and severity of addiction to alcohol. These factors will include the level of alcohol withdrawal symptoms you are likely to experience during an alcohol detox programme. Without conducting a thorough initial and doctor-led assessment before your alcohol detox begins, it is likely you will not be given the correct level of physical or pharmaceutical support when your alcohol detox begins.
How common are alcohol detox programmes?
The answer to this question is simple: not common enough. Around 8% of men and around 3% of women in the United Kingdom are alcohol dependent. Typically, most of these people receive no or very little help for their alcoholism. However, thousands of people will nevertheless embark upon an alcohol detox programme each year. This means you are not alone in seeking out the services of an alcohol detox clinic.
Is an alcohol detox dangerous?
When you embark upon an alcohol detox, chemicals within your brain will begin to alter. This is the brain’s attempt to readjust to an alcohol-free world. However, the pace of these chemical changes within the brain triggers a range of dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms potentially include:
- A seizure / convulsions
- Cardiac arrest
- Hallucinations due to the onset of delirium tremens
During an alcohol detox programme, you will be given medication and good nutrition to help to offset the occurrence of the above symptoms. When you undergo an alcohol detox at Cassiobury Court, you will literally be surrounded by medical professionals who are trained in treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These professionals will also prescribe and dispense medications that slow down the pace of chemical changes in the brain that occur during an alcohol detox.
What medications will I be given during an alcohol detox?
The most effective drug for treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms is a slow acting benzodiazepine such as chlordiazepoxide. Due to chlordiazepoxide’s slow acting nature, it does not have any abuse potential whatsoever. If you suffer from alcohol-related liver damage, you may be given a faster-acting benzodiazepine such as Oxazepam. This medication helps to reduce alcohol cravings and also help to eliminate alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
How can I help a loved one who requires an alcohol detox?
If a loved one requires an alcohol detox, you may benefit by arranging an intervention with Cassiobury Court. For a modest fee, a professional from Cassiobury Court will travel to your property and conduct an in-person intervention with your loved one. During this intervention, we carry out a full assessment to determine whether or not your loved one is suffering from alcoholism or not. If your loved one consumes more than 15 units of alcohol per day, this could be a sign he or she is experiencing alcoholism and thus requires the support of a residential alcohol detox clinic.
For more information, contact Cassiobury Court today to enquire about our drug detox services in London. You can contact us on 01923 804 139, or submit an enquiry through this website.