Detoxification, or detox, is frequently the first step in the recovery process for people suffering from alcoholism. Alcohol Detox is the process of removing alcohol from the body after the body has chemically adapted to having the substance on a regular basis. It can be completed in either an outpatient or an inpatient medical detox setting.
Detox is performed to assist the body in overcoming withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on a number of factors, including how much the individual drank, how frequently they drank, and whether they have any co-occurring disorders. While it does not guarantee life-long abstinence, alcohol detox can be the first step toward living cleanly when combined with rehabilitation or therapy.
Withdrawal symptoms can be excruciatingly painful and potentially fatal. Among these symptoms are:
Swings in mood
Vomiting and nausea
Variations in blood pressure/heart rate
a lack of appetite
Palpitations of the heart
Tremors in the body
Kidney or liver disease
Death from Delirium Tremens