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Alcohol Detox 101

Alcohol Detox 101Alcohol is often underestimated as a drug because of its legality and frequent portrayal in the media, yet according to an in-depth ranking system created through London’s Imperial College, it tops the list of the world’s most harmful drugs. As soon as a person has a drink, alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream. Alcohol enters the brain, liver, heart, kidneys and more and has negative effects on each. Austin residents who do not become addicted are still at risk from the harmful effects of alcohol.

Factors Influencing the Effects of Alcohol

The most visible effects of alcohol use vary from person to person according to the following six factors:

  • Amount of alcohol consumed
  • Speed/rate of alcohol consumption
  • Combining alcohol with other drugs
  • Previous drinking history (or tolerance) of the individual
  • Physical state of the individual
  • Genetic background of the individual

Regardless of how tolerant an individual is to the effects of alcohol, the severity of drunkenness is ultimately decided by the first two factors.

What Is Alcohol Detoxification and How Does It Work for Austin Residents?

Detox is an elimination of toxins in the body. While alcohol stays in the blood for a relatively short period of time compared to other drugs, it creates psychological and behavioral conditions of dependence that keep a person addicted to and dependent on the drug. Detox paves the way for successful rehab and treatment by providing Austin residents with a clean start to the recovery process. During detox the following may occur:

  • Doctors may prescribe medication to manage painful withdrawal symptoms
  • Meal and fitness plans will help the body rebuild for overall improved health.
  • A trained recovery staff will focus on any emotional or psychological problems that arise

As the withdrawal period is often as emotionally straining as it is physically, detox programs need to be all-encompassing programs. Please do not attempt alcohol detox without help from an experienced medical professional. Despite how simple the elimination process looks on paper, it relies on medically supervised steps and support to avoid serious medical consequences.

Find Full Recovery for Austin Residents

Alcohol abuse is a powerful and destructive force in the lives of many Austin residents. If you or someone you love is controlled by alcohol, let us help. Our recovery helpline is free and confidential, and there is a trained recovery specialist available 24 hours a day. We are here to help you find the treatment solutions you need. Alcohol detox saves lives every day. Give us a call to find out more.