Holistic Alcohol Detox

Alcoholism is a chronic disease that if left untreated will result in death. According to the CDC over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases, neurological impairments and social problems. These include but are not limited to—

  • Neurological problems, including dementia, stroke and neuropathy.
  • Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, and family problems.
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breast. In general, the risk of cancer increases with increasing amounts of alcohol.
  • Liver diseases, including—Alcoholic hepatitis.
  • Cirrhosis, which is among the 15 leading causes of all deaths in the United States.
  • Among persons with Hepatitis C virus, worsening of liver function and interference with medications used to treat this condition
  • Other gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis.

In order to receive the proper treatment for alcoholism one must first go through alcohol detox. Alcohol detox is a medical process that requires much care. The standard practice of alcohol detox consists of doing a full medical evaluation of a client during intake, creating a schedule medication plan (called a taper), and monitoring the client over a span of 4-10 days. The length of stay depends on the patients’ individual needs. Standard alcohol detox is what most people expect to receive if they go to a drug rehab center for detox but it is now common to receive holistic alcohol detox and holistic drug rehab treatment.

Holistic Alcohol Detox Intake Process
At holistic alcohol detox intake you will meet with a behavioral health technician for your initial evaluation. When you meet with the behavioral health technician they will take down all your information, log all your belongings and store them in a safe for you. You’ll then go through a detailed and thorough medical review of your current and past health condition and drug use with a nurse. It’s important that you are honest and tell the behavioral health technicians and nurses all information needed about your drug use so they can create the best taper for you.  They need to know what kinds of alcohol you’ve been drinking, for how long, and (if applicable) in what combination with other drugs. Anything that you’ve used needs to be documented for your safety and care.

Holistic Alcohol Detox Taper Process
Holistic alcohol detox treatment tapers are administered to gradually wean a client off of alcohol. Tapers start at a certain dosage and are continually reduced until the client is complete “detoxed” from drugs and alcohol.  This form of medical detoxification is safer for the patient than going “cold turkey” which can cause severe withdrawal symptoms and in some cases death. Using the tapering process is standard in drug and alcohol rehab treatment and produces great results. The types of prescribed medications given in tapers vary on a case by case basis. Every client is an individual in their own body, health and drug use so there are individualized tapers created based on the clients’ needs.

Holistic Alcohol Detox Nutrition
What makes holistic alcohol detox different from standard alcohol detoxification is the incorporation of holistic principles. Holistic treatments include healing a person by treating the mind, body and spirit. When a person enters a holistic alcohol detox center they will be also be offered nutritional meals and supplements that will help heal their bodies which have been damaged severely by alcohol. They can expect to have available to them: multi-vitamins, natural smoothies, herbal teas, wheatgrass shots, and healthy full course meals. Heavy drinkers suffer liver and brain cell damage to the point where these organs can no longer repair themselves resulting in Cirrhosis (liver) and cardiac arrest (heart). A multitude of vitamin deficiencies due to a poor diet caused by excessive drinking can also occur. Holistic alcohol detox nutrition is very important to the healing of an alcoholic and other holistic therapies that further support nutrition include massage, yoga, Thai-chi, acupuncture, deep-breathing, reiki and other varieties.