Alcoholic detox is the process of eliminating alcohol from the body while managing withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the severity of the addiction, detoxification can take place in a hospital, residential rehab center, or outpatient facility. The process involves different stages, including evaluation, stabilization, and preparation for treatment.
During the evaluation stage, medical professionals assess the person’s alcohol use and medical history, including any co-occurring mental health disorders. They may perform blood tests, physical exams, and mental health assessments to determine the level of care needed.
In the stabilization stage, medical staff monitor the person’s vital signs and symptoms of withdrawal to ensure that they are safe and as comfortable as possible. Medications may be prescribed to alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, and seizures.
Once the person is stabilized, they may begin addiction treatment. This can include therapy, counseling, support groups, and medication-assisted treatment. The ultimate goal of addiction treatment is to help the person maintain long-term sobriety and prevent relapse.