Detox: Safety in Sobriety

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Detox: Safety in Sobriety

Alcohol Is Lethal

Detox is a mainstream concept in today's world. With media advertisements everywhere for products that claim to eliminate the poisons from your body, you may think that detoxing is a simple procedure with no serious health impacts or dangers included. The truth is, it’s not as simple as a colon cleanse.


Detoxing from substances, especially after consistent, long-term use can be physically dangerous. The main issue is that detoxing affects each person differently, and the personal detoxification experience is dependent on that person’s substance of choice, frequency of use, age, health, and medical conditions. All of these factors can cause of variety of symptoms that need to be medically monitored and managed.


For “normal” people who have essentially been celebrating too much and need to cut down on booze, the entire thought of detoxing is more of an adjustment in conduct than anything else. A few agonizing headaches and a sour stomach is enough for some people to reform their drinking habits. In addiction, it does NOT work that way.


Over doing it” is an understatement for someone who is physically dependent on alcohol. 

At the point when an addict abruptly quits drinking, the outcomes can be lethal. As part of addiction, their body has become dependent on the alcohol. A sudden absence of the alcohol can bring about severe cognitive disorientation, writhing, and even heart failure and possible seizures.

Alcohol detox is a two-phase process.

Phase 1 - Medical Detox

The initial stage of alcohol detox usually happens over a couple of days, and is the time during which a client is most susceptible to encounter any major medical issues and/or complications. It is ALWAYS recommended that this phase of treatment be tackled in a medically monitored environment. During this time, medicines may be dispensed that can make the detox more agreeable and safe. Such prescriptions lessen yearnings, ease nervousness, and help the individual move all the more tenderly forward from a sudden stop from drinking. Common side effects of detoxification from alcohol include:

·        Anxiety
·        Convulsions
·        Hallucinations
·        Heart failure
·        Insomnia
·        Nausea
·        Seizures
·        Shakiness


Phase 2 - Mental Health Treatment

The second and more period of liquor detox happens over months, as both the body and mind gradually redirects itself and learns to function without alcohol again. While there may be waiting indications amid the second phase of alcohol detox, they are not as likely to be life-threatening.

Normally, the degree of seriousness, and the frequency of side effects, will fluctuate with the individual’s personal use history, physical condition, and mental health as they begin to tackle current and underlying emotional and behavioral issues in therapy. During this phase of treatment, residual issues with sleep deprivation, cravings, and nervousness will start to lessen in power.

Obviously, detox is just the initial phase in overcoming someone’s physical reliance on alcohol.
Long-term treatment is the key to overcoming the fog of addiction. Long haul recuperation is the ultimate goal and treatment should incorporate one-on-one counseling, peer group interaction, instructive education, and advocacy for long term lifestyle change.


If you have made the courageous decision to stop drinking;

Let us help you make sure that you do it safely!



At Tiger Mountain Recovery, we specialize in the long-term treatment of the women that we serve. Client’s in need of medically monitored detox are referred to our community detox partners where they can receive exemplary medical care during the initial phase of detox. Once clients are medically cleared, they are received with open arms to our recovery retreat where we help them strengthen, recondition, and recenter their lives into recovery.



Recovery IS Possible!
Meg Glidden, MS, NCC

13 thoughts on “Detox: Safety in Sobriety

  1. Detoxing from Alcohol is the most dangerous detox. More ppoele die from Alcohol detox than any other drug. Withdrawals need to be monitored by doctors and nurses. Often medications are given to the patient to help ease the withdrawal symptoms. The brain and body is used to functioning with a certain level of alcohol and when the alcohol is stopped the body and brain goes into a shock state. Often causing tremors, delusions, sweats, etc. Most detox centers monitor a patients vitals during this time and administers the appropriate medication to stop or decrease any of the above symptoms from the w/d. Often the centers will offer education about alcohol addiction and help to teach coping mechanisms, because, unfortunately, w/d and detox is different from the actual treatment. Treatment begins when you leave. It is vital for a person who has detox off of alcohol to continue with counseling or some kind of support group AA, church group, etc. Staying sober is very hard. There is a honeymoon period after detox the person will feel good and feel like they have the problem under control but once the person leaves the facility reality sets in and all the problems that were there before you went in is still there when you get out. I would strongly suggest not trying to detox on your own. It is very dangerous.

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