Alcohol Detox

Alcohol DetoxAlcohol Detox is the absolutely crucial first step a physically dependent alcoholic must make when they arrive at Gladstones.  The importance of this inner cleansing can not be underestimated. Many who desperately want to stop drinking find it difficult, if not impossible due to the often horrendous withdrawal symptoms that can accompany the sudden stopping of chronic alcohol consumption. Our team of medically qualified alcohol detox specialists monitor and support you 24/7 during this period because we know that it equips our clients with the best chance of achieving a full recovery from their addiction and dependency.

What to expect from Alcohol Detox

Many of our clients have experienced, or have a fear of facing the often awful sick feelings, trembling, sweating, emotional panic and cravings that can accompany this most important stage of the rehabilitation process. Additionally, unsupervised Alcohol Detox can be dangerous, as sudden stoppage of drugs or alcohol can trigger potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms, such as Delerium Tremens (DTs) which can include hallucinations, anxiety and vomiting. Our experienced team at the private Gladstones Clinic provides our clients with a tailored, safe, comfortable, medically supervised alcohol detox programme in a relaxed and supportive residential environment. You can view a selection of former client testimonials that attest to the quality of staff support, compassion and attention you will receive while under our care.

Supervised Alcohol DetoxThe primary goal of our alcohol detox program is to rid the body of toxins at a safe and comfortable rate and to prepare our clients mentally, emotionally and physically for the rehabilitation stage that follows. Some clients cope quite easily, whilst others will find it more challenging physically and/or emotionally. No matter the reaction, we have been there before and know exactly how to adapt and respond to individual circumstances. In cases of severe problem drinking and alcohol dependence, many clients request and are administered a short course of medically prescribed  medication which helps prevent the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that accompany the period when drugs and alcohol are no longer being consumed and the body is learning to release its’ dependency.

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Gladstones will ensure that the alcohol detox period is made as comfortable and emotionally supportive for our clients as possible, ensuring they transition smoothly to the next stage of their rehabilitation. Medication alone does not stop the drinking or using drugs, which is why we combine this with other customised strategies and emotional support to help stop addictive and self-destructive behaviours. The medication simply helps our patients to feel better whilst their body readjusts to not having alcohol or drugs in its system in order to feel “normal”. The alcohol detoxification programme will be reviewed on a daily basis and adapted as necessary to respond to each client’s individual physical and emotional needs.

Initially, each of our clients is assessed on an individual basis to determine the most appropriate medications and therapies for their unique circumstances.  Comprehensive medical supervision, including experienced support staff, will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Additional Resources  Alcoholics Anonymous

Questions? Contact us on 0800 774 7024 / help
Find out how a highly specific and personalised Alcohol Detox Programme can be created for you.


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