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Your Questions About Alcohol and Drug Detox, Answered

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Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV.

Your Questions About Alcohol and Drug Detox, Answered
Not sure whether signing into detox or rehab is right for you? Here are some common questions you might have, put to rest.
Alcohol and drug rehab and detox can be scary. If you don’t know what you are getting yourself into, it’s only natural that you might be nervous. To get around the problem, familiarising yourself with what to expect can help. Here at Help4Addiction, we aim to do all we can to make the rehab selection process as easy for our clients as possible. As such, we have answered some of the often asked questions we receive about alcohol and drug addiction treatments, below.

The FAQS about Alcohol and Drug Detox and Rehab

Want to know more about how to treat your or your loved one’s addiction? Remember, you can call the Help4Addiction team to discuss your options. Reach us on 0203 955 7700 today. Otherwise, see if you can find the answer to your question below.

Q) Can I go through detox and rehab in the same place?

  1. A) Not always. Some rehab clinics don’t have the medical team or facilities to perform a medically assisted detox. However, it will still be part of your rehab treatment. The organisers will provide you with alternatives or you can detox in a hospital using your own arrangements.

Q) Why can’t I detox at home?

  1. A) You should not detox at home in case you have a medical problem. Heavy drinkers might go into cardiac arrest and heroin addicts risk delusions, CNS shutdowns, and worse. Instead, go to a medical facility that specialises in rehab addiction treatments
There are some instances when it is possible to go through home detox with a home detox kit. These are only suitable for those that had a very mild or brewing addiction. It may harm your health to rely on a detox kit if you have been a heavy user of drugs or alcohol for a prolonged period. 

Q) What are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal?

  1. A) When you start to go through detox, you will notice the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms UK start mildly within a few hours of your last drink. They include a shaking of your hands, a trembling and sweating. You might have insomnia, intense cravings, or headaches and nausea. If you start to lose consciousness or become confused, you may be suffering from Delirium Tremens. Visit a hospital at once. This is why we tell you not to detox at home since this condition can be fatal. If you must detox at home, be sure you are not alone when you do so.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are part of rehab for alcoholics. Some of the worst of them include:
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Anxiety, depression, and nervousness
  • Paranoia
  • Sickness and diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Delusions
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

Q) How do I stop drinking?

  1. A) Wondering how to stop drinking alcohol UK? If you have a mild addiction, you may qualify for a home detox kit. If you have an ongoing addiction over the course of months or years, you need help from a medical professional to protect your health while you quit. First, start to cut down on how much you drink or use in preparation for quitting. Next, speak to a medical professional about your options. Your GP can give you rough advice, so we suggest you call us instead on 0203 955 7700. Once you know that you want to quit and when you want to do it, the final step is to choose a rehab clinic you trust and book your place. You could be back to your old self again within weeks.

Q) How long does it take to detox from alcohol?

  1. A) If you drank a lot daily for a long period, it would take months to finally stop thinking about drinking all the time. However, if you go through detox and rehab properly, you will effectively quit far sooner than you would on your own. Detoxing from alcohol happens within 5 days of your last drink. The problem with the detox from alcohol process lies in the following few days, weeks, months, and years. At these stages, the user is likely to relapse and go back to their old bad habits. With effective treatment in relapse prevention you could detox from alcohol in five days, suffer cravings for another month or two, and return to your normal life thereafter.

Q) Can I get help to quit drinking on the NHS?

  1. A) Yes, you can get help to quit drinking or using drugs on the NHS. Waiting lists are longer but the service is just as detailed as a private rehab clinic might be. 

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