What Happens When You Detox From Alcohol?

What Happens When You Detox From Alcohol?

One of the greatest inhibitions of recovering alcoholics is resisting the withdrawal symptoms and succumbing to the urge of downing a peg or two. The duration of these symptoms are usually anywhere between 2-4 days. Usually referred to as the alcohol detox period, it occurs immediately following the days you decide to quit alcohol. The maximum it can stretch too is a week. It all depends on the resolute of the individual.

Different people react differently and experience different withdrawal symptoms. It boils to how much you drink, how frequently you drink and the duration for which you were an alcoholic. Body type and your metabolism too play a role, although it is difficult to accurately predict the alcohol withdrawal duration and severity beforehand. Unfortunately, alcohol detox is not something that you can do at home.

For it to be completely effective, check into a rehab centre to avoid giving into any sort of temptation. The problematic part here is that alcohol rehab centers usually have waiting lists. It’s very unlikely that you’ll be admitted right away. The best solution here is to find a rehab centre that has the shortest waiting list and while you’re waiting at home, reduce your intake of alcohol- don’t entirely stop consuming alcohol.  Without the proper help, you could relapse really badly.

It’s important for you to note here that detox and rehab isn’t the same thing. Detox is like prep school for rehab. If you survive the detox, you can take the challenges of rehab and staying away from alcohol. The recommended follow up is signing up for an inpatient treatment program, which will spell out what the recovery process really entails.

A strong support system here is a must. The chances of relapse following the first year after rehab are incredibly high. Even if you follow a 12-step program, it won’t be nearly as effective if you don’t have people to lean on. Reach out to people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it the most.

 

 

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