Alcohol detox

Helping you get through alcohol detox safely

What is alcohol detox?

Alcohol detox is the first step to treating alcoholism. During the detox, all alcohol is flushed from the body, and sobriety can begin. For somebody who has been drinking a large quantity of alcohol over a long period of time, withdrawing from alcohol can be extremely dangerous. Undergoing alcohol detox at home is not recommended, because it can result in death.

At the Hader Clinic, we can help people to manage their alcohol detox. With medical care and treatment, we can show you how to safely detox from alcohol and start a new chapter in your life. The biological side effects of detoxing from alcohol can be difficult to manage, but the emotional and psychological effects present issues as well. For the best chance of recovery, find out more about holistic alcohol detoxing at the Hader Clinic.

What is alcohol detox?

Who should detox from alcohol?

If you have a problem with alcohol, or know somebody who does, consider booking in for an alcohol detox. It is the first step in beating alcohol addiction, and has a host of benefits. After detoxing safely, a recovering alcoholic can:

  • Build relationships that don't depend on alcohol
  • Work with professionals to prevent relapsing
  • Improve their mental, physical and spiritual health
  • Find a new and meaningful life beyond addiction

Detoxing from alcohol can bring a range of withdrawal symptoms, with increased intensity and danger for people who have been drinking large quantities of alcohol for a sustained period of time. A casual drinker might only experience a mild hangover after they stop drinking, but for an alcoholic, the withdrawal symptoms can be far worse.

How long does alcohol detox take? Well, while everybody will be different, there are certain similar symptoms that can be expected over a general alcohol detox schedule. Here's an overview of what to expect from withdrawals during the alcohol detox procedure.

Alcohol detox

The process of withdrawing from alcohol

Day 1

The first symptoms of alcohol withdrawal may start within 6 hours of your last drink. This is the first phase of the alcohol detox timeline, at home or in a clinic. It is the mildest phase of alcohol withdrawals. You may feel effects like:

  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Hand tremor
  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia

Days 1 to 3

Over the next few days, additional symptoms often include:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Rapid abnormal breathing
  • Confusion

Days 3 and beyond

This is the most dangerous and intense period of withdrawing from alcohol. New and serious symptoms can manifest rapidly. Before deciding that you can alcohol detox on your own remember this stage of withdrawal is much more likely to end in death if not overseen by a medical professional. Symptoms include:

  • Hallucinations, both visual and auditory
  • Disorientation
  • Problems paying attention
  • Seizures

Factors that influence withdrawal from alcohol

How to safely detox from alcohol

Thinking about detoxing from alcohol on your own? Reconsider. The effects of alcohol withdrawal can be fatal. Even more so than with illegal drugs like methamphetamine, detoxing from alcohol without medical help is extremely dangerous.

Detoxing from alcohol under medical supervision is the safest way forward

There are many unpleasant symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, like tremors, insomnia, anxiety, dehydration, and nausea. The dangers of alcohol detox are far from trivial. People who are more severely dependant on alcohol may even experience hallucinations, seizures, and potentially fatal delirium tremens. It is far safer to experience these symptoms in a controlled, medical environment.

  • With professional supervision and care, the physical effects of alcohol withdrawal can be mitigated
  • Delirium tremens can be deadly, but is far safer when medical help is at hand
  • Monitoring can be provided through acute withdrawal, and continue on until danger has entirely subsided
Detoxing from alcohol under medical supervision is the safest way forward
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Post-detox: what you can expect

The road to recovery doesn't end with a detox. After the alcohol has been safely flushed from a person's system, the road to recovery can be long and difficult. Although the symptoms of physical withdrawal from alcohol have been dealt with, an alcoholic's psychological dependency on alcohol can be far more persistent.

Spiritual malaise, emotional distress, social isolation — the list of the negative impacts of alcohol addiction can go on and on. But achieving a meaningful and healthy life free from alcohol is possible.

We offer an Inpatient Rehabilitation Program to holistically address these issues. It gives you the best chance of success at staying sober immediately after detoxing from alcohol. From there, support continues with our Outpatient Rehabilitation Program and additional Support Programs.

We won't leave you high and dry after detoxing from alcohol. Our team can provide the support you need to stay on the right track.

Post-detox: what you can expect

Frequently asked questions about detoxing from alcohol

Is it safe to alcohol detox from home?

It can be very unsafe to detox from alcohol at home. Somebody with a physical dependency on alcohol is at a high level of danger when going through withdrawals, with increasingly serious symptoms emerging over a series of days.  The side effects of detoxing from alcohol can be severe: alcohol detox can cause death.

Where should you go for alcohol detox?

Ensure that the process is overseen by a medical professional who can provide support, treatment, and monitor your condition. That is the best and healthiest way to safely detox from alcohol.

How long does alcohol rehabilitation take?

All addictions are different, and the road to recovery can last years. However, for most people, the initial detox stage of alcohol addiction treatment is finished within 28 days.

What should you do after alcohol detox?

At the Hader Clinic, detox is only the primary stage in alcohol rehabilitation treatment. Patients can then progress to other treatments, like inpatient rehabilitation, transition housing, and outpatient treatment.

How does your body detox from alcohol?

There are many biological phenomena at work when the body detoxes from alcohol. Some withdrawal symptoms result from overproduction: the body has become so used to the presence of alcohol, overproduces certain chemicals to cope. Without the presence of alcohol, these chemicals are out of balance, and it takes time for the body to reset back to more normal functionality.

How to start recovering from alcoholism with The Hader Clinic

1. Find out more with a Free 60-Minute Consultation

Before you start detoxing, we need to know more about your situation. In a free, hour-long consultation session, we'll ask you some questions about your alcohol addiction and gauge the severity of the problem. With that information, we can put together a detoxing plan that will maximise your safety and the likelihood of your staying sober.

  1. Get in touch on the phone or online
  2. Talk to our team about your alcohol addiction
  3. As soon as you are ready, start detoxing from alcohol in our clinic
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2. 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program

With a 28-Day Detox Program, the physical effects of alcohol withdrawal are managed by a medical team. Through therapy, the emotional and psychological effects of alcohol addiction will also begin to be treated.

  1. Stay at our detoxing centre and flush the alcohol safely from your body
  2. Participate in individual and group therapy
  3. Build up the skills and will to progress further

As we are a specialist private hospital, you may find that treatment is covered by your private health fund. VIEW FUNDING OPTIONS.

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3. Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

When you've successfully detoxed, you can make the move to our inpatient facility. With therapy, and in a safe environment, you'll gain insight into your addiction and gain the skills for retaining your sobriety in the outside world. This can be a long stage — as many as 90 days — but it arms you with the best chance to achieve life-long freedom from addiction.

  1. 24-hour support staff will live alongside you in our inpatient facility
  2. Individual and group therapy continues
  3. Discover new activities, like sport and art projects
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4. Outpatient Relapse Prevention

Having undergone detox and inpatient treatment, you're ready to go back into the outside world. But that doesn't mean you have to go it alone. Therapy continues and remains available for as long as you want support.

  1. Transitional Housing provides a safe re-entry into everyday life
  2. Group and individual therapies keep going and supporting you
  3. Family therapy can help you repair personal relationships
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