The impact of long-term alcoholism goes well beyond the way it impacts the alcohol abuser’s every day life. The impact is also felt when said individual makes the decision to stop drinking and seek help for their drinking problem. When they finally take that step, they immediately face the prospect of going through some rather disturbing withdrawal symptoms.
Most studies indicate that stays of less than 90 days give substandard, meaning non-permanent, results. Give yourself the best chance of success and plan to stay in drug treatment for at least 90 days.
To better understand what those folks face, the following describes the three stages of detox for someone with a significant alcohol addiction.
Nanci Stockwell of Advanced Recovery Systems talks about the average duration of alcohol detox and the factors that affect the length of detox.
The primary goal of a medically monitored detox program is to ensure clients are kept safe and comfortable while they detox off alcohol. Should any client start to show signs of pain or discomfort, there will be a physician standing by to prescribe the appropriate relief medications.
It’s at this point that the rehab facility’s treatment staff will start to realize that an individual is going to have a rough go through the entire detox process. This is also the point where a doctor might decide that a client is going to need medication in order to survive the last stage of detox.