Home Alcohol Addiction Detox

What is Alcohol Detox and Why is it Needed?

overcoming addictionAlcohol detoxification is the process of removing all alcohol from the body and weaning the body off its dependency on alcohol. Home detox from alcohol is designed to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. For example, certain non-addictive, anti-craving medications may be used during the detoxification process.

An in-home detox nurse will monitor the patient’s health, intervene if necessary, and adjust medications or the home detox plan as necessary.

Alcohol detox is just the first step in overcoming addiction. Concierge MD LA provides a comprehensive suite of counseling and rehabilitation therapies that help patients avoid relapse. We work with patients to customize the best lifestyle changes and coping mechanisms for long-term results. We accompany patients every step of the journey to an addiction-free life.

Alcohol Home Detox: How it Works

In Home Addiction Medicine DoctorHere’s what patients can expect from alcohol detox with Concierge MD LA:

  1. During the initial evaluation, our home detox doctor will assess the patient’s medical history, alcohol abuse history, existing prescription medication, and other health factors.
  2. Patients will then undergo a full examination and lab tests to build a complete picture of their current health. This gives us a baseline from which we can work and gauge future progress.
  3. After the results of the exam and lab tests are in, we consult with patients to create a custom home detox plan designed to complement their current health, lifestyle, medications, and recovery goals.
  4. We begin the in-home detox process. Our in-home detox nurse stays with the patient, monitors the process, intervenes as necessary, and adjusts the home detox plan as needed. The nurse will also monitor sleep and nutritional intake, as these are often disrupted by withdrawal symptoms and/or cravings.
  5. We perform further monitoring and lab tests. The vitals we monitor include blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. These figures help us build a clear picture of the patient’s overall health and response to the drug detoxification process. As a result, we are able to quickly and accurately adjust the detox plan to reflect the patient’s actual health status.
  6. After the home detox from alcohol is complete, Concierge MD LA provides a comprehensive suite of at-home support services to fully address alcohol use triggers, coping mechanisms, and psychiatric care for lasting results.

Recovering from an alcohol addiction is as challenging as it is rewarding. Concierge MD LA provides personalized attention for our patients throughout the home detox from alcohol and alcohol addiction rehabilitation process. Together, we will help patients reach their addiction recovery goals with lasting, long-term results.

What is Alcoholism?

What is Excessive Alcohol InfographicAlcoholism, also known as an alcohol addiction, is a disease in which a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol. This dependency can cause financial, personal, and career problems in a person’s life when a person can no longer function normally without alcohol.

A social drink here and there is normal for many people. But how much alcohol is too much? The CDC recommends the following daily limits:

  • One drink per day for women
  • Two drinks per day for men
  • Pregnant women and individuals with health conditions that can be exacerbated by drinking should avoid alcohol altogether

The withdrawals and cravings that come with alcohol detox can be challenging to overcome. However, a medically managed home detox from alcohol can help patients get past these symptoms, cleanse their bodies, and lay a strong foundation for a full alcohol addiction recovery.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Body and/or hand tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Elevated pulse
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Sweating

Medically managed home detox from alcohol helps ensure that the detoxification process is as safe and comfortable as possible for the patient and the patient’s family.

Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism

cdc alcohol dependencyAlcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) refers to any drinking that causes problems in other aspects of an individual’s life. Alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction both classify as AUD’s. It’s important to note that there is a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol addiction.

  • People who drink heavily or regularly but are not physically dependent on alcohol may be considered alcohol abusers.
  • People who are physically dependent on alcohol and cannot control their use may be considered as having alcoholism (an addiction to alcohol). A person with alcoholism may experience withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and an increased tolerance to the effects of alcohol.

Most people are not alcohol dependent, meaning they may abuse alcohol but do not have an addiction. However, it’s still important to make lifestyle changes, as regular alcohol use has many potential short and long-term side effects.

This questionnaire can help identify if an individual may have an AUD.

There are many potential short-term effects of regular alcohol use, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sleep disruption
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss

Heavy or long-term alcohol use can have serious side effects on the body, including:

  • Permanent liver damage (cirrhosis of the liver)
  • An increased risk of certain types of cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Heart damage (eg. cardiomyopathy or arrythmias)
  • Pancreatitis

In addition to these, alcohol poisoning can occur if a person drinks too much alcohol at one time. This can happen to casual drinkers as well as people who are addicted to alcohol. Alcohol poisoning is a serious condition, so it’s important to call 911 if a person exhibits the following symptoms:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Slowed breathing
  • Cold, blue skin
  • Coma
  • Seizures

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