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Alcohol Detox

Do you require an alcohol detox?

Many people who regularly drink alcohol excessively become alcohol dependent which can over time cause their body serious physical and psychological harm.

If you do become alcohol dependent, you have a strong desire to drink alcohol; your body craves alcohol constantly, this can lead to developing withdrawal symptoms within a few hours of your last drink. Some of the withdrawal symptoms experienced include feeling sick, sweating, nausea, cravings, convulsions.

Some people can experience much more severe withdrawals including tremors, convulsions and hallucinations which in some cases has resulted in fatalities. So even if you do decide to stop drinking, it can be tough due to the severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. In situations where the alcohol user has tried on many occasions to quit but failed, it is advised that they seek the help of specialist treatment service.

How does alcohol detox work?

Detoxification or ‘detox’ involves taking a short course of medicine which helps to prevent withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol. This can be done in an inpatient unit for severe cases or at an outpatient clinic or a home detox with the support of an outpatient clinic Doctor. The most commonly used medicine for ‘detox’ is chlordiazepoxide; this is a benzodiazepine medicine. Other possible medications that can be used include lorazepam and antipsychotic medicines haloperidol and olanzapine, although antipsychotics should only be used in addition with benzodiazepines and not by themselves alone in the treatment of severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

At Ciconia Recovery London we have specially trained medical staff who are happy to support, supervise and prescribe for an alcohol detox either at our clinic or the patient’s home, there is also an option for inpatient detox.

Our Ambulatory Alcohol Detox Program consists of:

  • A full psychiatric assessment,
  • Screening for dual diagnosis,
  • Cognitive functioning assessment,
  • Visiting the clinic daily during the detox week for breathalyzer testing, vital signs monitoring prior to taking the medication,
  • Relapse prevention medication if possible.
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Alcohol detox and medication

It is important to remember the medication used for detox alone does not make you stop drinking; for this, you need self-determination and an aftercare programme.

The medication helps you to feel better and alleviate your withdrawal symptoms while your body readjusts to not having alcohol. After completing the detox, your cravings for alcohol may continue so you will still need willpower and coping strategies to deal with these urges.

At Ciconia Recovery London, we provide excellent aftercare therapies to continue supporting our patients after detox from relapsing, including Counselling, recognising triggers, coping strategies, relapse prevention strategies, medications like Disulfiram and Acamprosate.

Naltrexone could also be prescribed if suitable and required. While naltrexone is not a cure for alcoholism, this medication has proven to be very effective when prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
In order to start naltrexone, you must not be physically dependent on alcohol or other substances, such as opiates. This is due to having alcohol or drugs in the body will cause intense side effects of the medication, including nausea and vomiting when combined with other substances. To avoid these uncomfortable symptoms, we typically wait until after the detox process is complete before administering this medication.
Although naltrexone is widely used in treating opioid addictions, it has many advantages for helping people detox from alcohol. Detoxing from alcohol is safe and most effective when completed under the care of medical. During medical detox, nurses and doctors are able to keep track of your vital signs and adjust your treatment as necessary.

For anyone seeking a luxurious, serene, and extravagant environment for drugs misuse recovery, we can grant you this privilege. We promise that our trusted rehabs in the UK will provide you with a tailored recovery program that suits your needs in total confidentiality as well as offering mental support to your loved ones.

If you are concerned about your drinking, why not give us a call for an informal and confidential chat to discuss your options. At Ciconia Recovery, we want to assure you that we completely understand what you are going through.

Our dedicated and experienced staff are ready to offer you all our support and tailor a treatment plan which best suits your needs and lifestyle.


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