Everyone who gets clean, whether from alcohol or drugs, goes through detox. Alcohol detox is the process of cleansing the body of alcohol while managing the immediate detrimental physical effects of alcohol withdrawal. These effects can be mild to severe, and can even be life threatening. The goal of a good detox facility is focused on reducing pain and discomfort, shortening the withdrawal timeline, and preventing side effects, especially those which may prove fatal. If the patient is not being overseen by a professional, the chances of a successful detoxification and subsequent rehabilitation drop significantly, because without a complete and healthy detox, recovery can’t begin.
Eliminating dependence on alcohol is tough enough mentally, making it a bitter pill to swallow when the alcohol dependence becomes so severe that withdrawal symptoms become physically debilitating, even deadly. Attempting to quit drinking “cold turkey” by immediately abstaining from all alcohol consumption may have severe and detrimental physiological effects, not to mention having an abysmally low success rate. Anytime a habitual drinker gives up the bottle, professional assistance should be sought to ensure a healthy and successful detoxification. Depending on how much alcohol was habitually imbibed, the effects of eliminating alcohol from the body can range severely.