Alcohol Detox & Withdrawal

Clinically Reviewed on: 14/02/2022 12:17 pm by Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

All information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.


Unfortunately, the number of people suffering from alcohol addiction and requiring alcohol detox has rocketed in recent years.

According to a number of different sources, there are over 76 million people worldwide who drink alcohol in a problematic manner – whether this is people who have an alcohol dependency or those who are affected by alcoholism, these statistics are worrying.

Many people believe that prolonged alcohol abuse is party due to an influx of low-cost drugs such as heroin, cocaine and a myriad of ‘new-age’ drugs such as crystal meth and GBL. Statistics published by Alcohol Change UK shows that in England, there was an estimated 602,391 dependent drinkers in 2018/19 with 82% of these individuals not accessing any form of treatment for their dependency. 

Despite being still being legal, regular alcohol consumption can destroy lives, relationships and ambitions. The more alcohol is used the more difficult it is to completely stop drinking. For most alcoholics, detoxification and withdrawal is the only option to completely remove alcohol from their life.

 

Affordable and Effective Alcohol Detox and Withdrawal Treatment

Residential Alcohol Detox Treatment at Cassiobury Court

Fortunately, Cassiobury Court offers comprehensive alcohol detox and withdrawal as part of an alcohol rehab programme. Within as little as twenty-eight days we are able to reset your physical and emotional state so you are alcohol-free. We believe that our treatment options are superior compared to others on the market as they are completely tailored to our clients’ needs – no two programmes are the same.

Furthermore, all of our rehab and detox programmes offer a 12-month aftercare programme – free of charge. This programme is activated whether you stay at our residential rehab centre for seven days or six weeks and is an essential part of recovery. At Cassiobury Court, we firmly believe that a tailored aftercare programme is a huge asset for long-term alcohol addiction recovery.

 

Medically Assisted Detox and Withdrawal

Most alcoholics will experience ‘withdrawal symptoms’ when quitting alcohol with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

Due to the effects of severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms and potentially life-threatening health complications, it is strongly advised that medical supervision is given throughout the duration of substance abuse detox.

By having access to around the clock care you take care of your own well being which is extremely critical when trying to recover from alcohol addiction.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary between substances but the common theme is intense discomfort causing the addict to relapse. During admission into Cassiobury Court, you will receive a psychiatric examination to determine whether you are in the correct mental state to undertake detoxification as the process can be quite distressing to some individuals.

Prescription medications can be provided during alcohol detox, this is dependent on the severity of your physical or physiological state during the withdrawal phase, the medication provided will not contribute to any acute withdrawal symptoms which can last for up to a year after successful detoxification.

For more information on alcohol withdrawal symptoms and when these are most likely to occur during detoxification, please take a look at our alcohol withdrawal symptoms timeline infographic.

 

The severity of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Certain alcohol withdrawal symptoms are more severe than others, and if you are experiencing any withdrawal symptoms you must always seek the guidance of a professional. Detoxification from alcohol can be very dangerous and the following categorisation of symptoms serve the purpose of an educational guide only and should not be substituted for medical guidelines from professionals.

Moderate alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Shaking hands, arms and legs
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Muscle pain
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Autonomic disturbances

Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

 

Why choose detox through Cassiobury Court?

Why Choose Our Alcohol Detox Programme?

As we offer private alcohol detox and rehab treatment, admissions into our clinic can be fast with no long waiting lists.

We provide rehabilitation over a period of four weeks in a residential environment, although shorter stays can be offered.

Residential treatment is the most widely recommended method for treating alcohol addictions. We strongly believe that treating you away from your home environment helps to fully address any issues that may be contributing to the addiction you are battling. In turn, once you go home you are able to approach life with a new attitude. You are also equipped with the skills needed to remain in recovery for the rest of your life.

Treatment methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy and one to one counselling are utilised as a part of the alcohol rehab process upon successful completion of alcohol detox.

These methods help give you the best possible chance of recovery with no exceptions as they aim to mentally prepare your mind to notice any potential triggers and how best to deal with them to prevent any risk of a relapse. Our trained specialists are available to treat the cause of your addiction as well as the symptoms.

Alongside your alcohol detox and rehab treatment, we also provide an onsite chef who will prepare your food throughout the day and a laundry service. This ensures that everything is taken care of so you are able to focus all efforts on tackling alcohol addiction with complete focus.

 

Contact Our Admissions Team Today

To find out more about alcohol detox and withdrawal as well as our full rehabilitation programmes, contact us on 01923 369 161. We will talk you through our different treatment options and make you feel at ease about your alcohol dependency – we have been proving medically assisted detox and withdrawals for substance abuse disorders for almost a decade and know how to make you feel comfortable about them.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about the amount of alcohol you or a family member are consuming and believe that you will benefit from learning more about detoxing from alcohol, then you may find our answers to some of our most frequently asked questions very useful.

If you quit drinking after prolonged alcohol abuse, it will be unlikely that you won't experience any of these withdrawal symptoms as part of detox.

These symptoms can be divided into two different categories:

Physical Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Hand tremors
  • Nausea and/ vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Minor to moderate seizures

Psychological Withdrawal Symptoms:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

Delirium Tremens is defined as a psychotic condition typical of withdrawal in chronic alcoholics, involving tremors, hallucinations, anxiety, and disorientation.

Common symptoms which are associated with DTs include:

  • Nightmares
  • Hallucination
  • Fever
  • Perspiration
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Heightened heart rate
  • Tremors
  • Increased blood pressure

Yes it is rare, but Delirium Tremens can be fatal.

This is why it is important to undergo detox in a medically supervised environment, as detoxing from alcohol without supervision can be dangerous.

Usually this is not possible. If your body has been dependent on alcohol for a while then you will almost certainly experience withdrawal symptoms when undertaking detox.

Symptoms from a substance abuse detox normally peak by 24 hours to 48 hours – but if you are a heavy drinker – usually, it will take 7 to 10 days to fully detox from alcohol. The detox process usually varies depending on the drinker.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: 14th February 2022

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience in providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John is also the co-author of the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 14/02/2022 12:17 pm

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures