Our clinical team at Ocean Recovery provide a full detoxification service within our effective alcohol rehabilitation programme. This is simply the safest and most effective way to overcome alcoholism.

Our alcohol addiction withdrawal treatment takes places as part of our specialised detoxification programme, where every trace of the substance is withdrew from your body in a medically supervised environment – all of our detoxification programmes come with a FREE 12 month aftercare package.

Alcohol Detox

Our alcohol detox treatment programme is designed to assist clients to manage new strategies to control their alcohol use or achieve total sobriety from alcohol. Choosing our treatment programme will mean you will need an initial alcohol detox programme.

The purpose of this is to remove the alcohol within your system with clinical support,  to ensure you safely detox from alcohol and can cope with the withdrawal effects that you may experience whilst detoxing.

Undergoing an alcohol detox is the first step towards getting into recovery. Below, we answer many of the questions you may have regarding both alcohol detox and alcohol rehabilitation. We then provide contact details so you may get in touch and discover how we may help you.

When is Alcohol Detox Necessary at an Alcohol Detox Clinic?

An alcohol detox programme is necessary when you begin to suffer from alcoholism. You will know an alcohol detox is necessary because you will begin to suffer from cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking alcohol.

These symptoms require medical assistance. If medical assistance is not sought, you could expose yourself to medical complications such as a seizure or cardiac arrest.

Below, we list some of the more common symptoms arising when a person suffering from alcoholism attempts to give up alcohol without the benefit of medical assistance:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Hallucinations

If your alcoholism is sufficiently serious and advanced, you may begin to suffer from a condition known as delirium tremens (DTs). DTs is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal. Symptoms of DTs include:

  • Delirium
  • Tremors
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Fear
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

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What Happens During An Alcohol Detox Programme?

alcohol detox clinicAn alcohol detox at an alcohol detox clinic allows you to stop drinking alcohol in a medically controlled manner. An alcohol detox begins as soon as you arrive at a rehab clinic.

Before your detox begins, you will be assessed by a psychiatrist. You will then be assigned to a therapist and key worker. These professionals will assist you throughout the programme.

During the initial assessment, a psychiatrist will ask you questions about your alcoholism. During this assessment, the psychiatrist will gather all relevant information about your health and any past alcoholism treatments you may have undergone.

It is vital to answer these questions correctly and thoroughly. The information you provide will help the psychiatrist in developing your individual detox and rehab plan.

The psychiatrist will also carry out a complete physical and mental examination with you. This will help to unearth any conditions that must be treated during your recovery programme. You will then be prescribed suitable medication to help fight off alcohol withdrawal symptoms inevitably arising during the alcohol detox process.

After completing this initial assessment, you will be shown around the rehab clinic and you will be taken to your room. You will then meet with your assigned therapist and key worker. These professionals will explain what happens during your detox and rehab programme.

After all the above formalities have been completed, you will be placed under close observation for the first 24-72 hours whilst you commence your detoxification treatment.

This enables our team to closely observe how you respond to this treatment and ensure you remain comfortable and safe throughout the process. If you are a ‘chronic alcoholic’ then it is likely you will be at risk of serious withdrawal and so our team will monitor you closely for signs of serious illnesses associated with alcohol withdrawal such as Delirium Tremens.

During an alcohol detox programme, a lot of emphases is placed on nutrition. When you abuse alcohol, you also tend to eat all the wrong foods. It’s also likely that you haven’t eaten enough food, so you could be experiencing malnutrition. Our alcohol detox clinic will make sure you have a nutritional diet.

To help treat malnutrition during your alcohol detox programme, lots of quality food will be offered. You do not have to cook and prepare this food yourself because the detox clinic employs qualified chefs to ensure you are eating correctly. Meal plans are designed by a qualified dietician.

Once the first 24-48 hours are completed, our team will work with you to start to plan and build your alcohol rehab programme which will focus on a range of therapies to help you start to deal with your addiction, understand why you drink, how it effects your life and what you want to achieve during your treatment programme with us.

A typical alcohol detox programme in an alcohol detox clinic is run over a 7-10 day period. During this time, alcohol withdrawal symptoms will be closely monitored and treated. You will be given drugs such as Librium, disulfiram and naltrexone to help control cravings and to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Medications to help reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms are not the sole treatment you receive during an alcohol detox programme. You will also benefit from a range of therapies. These therapies are offered whilst you undergo an alcohol detox programme.

At Ocean Recovery, we have a experienced addiction staff and therapists, along with range of psychiatrists, psychologists,  that are here to help you through any of your problems. You will be allocated your own worker, who will help you design your Recovery Action Plan (RAP) and guide you every step of the way on your new journey to recovery.

How Long Does Alcohol Detox Take?

There is no ‘official’ duration for an alcohol detox programme. The length of your detox must reflect the severity of your addiction to alcohol and the amount of treatment you will likely require during this period. Many detox programmes at an alcohol detox clinic run over a 10 day period.

However, an alcohol detox is usually incorporated into a longer alcohol rehab programme. An alcohol rehab programme is most effective when running over a 28 day period, and patients should always ensure that they complete the full course as there are risks associated with leaving rehab early.

The duration of an alcohol detox and rehab varies from each individual, and depends on the level of the clients addiction to alcohol. We would recommend a minimum of 7 – 10 days for an alcohol detox as this allows our team enough time to carry out a safe and comfortable detoxification and begin to prepare yourself for the next steps.

Some will opt to undergo a 7-day alcohol detox. This is perhaps the shortest amount of time in which an alcohol detox may be completed.

We will not accept anyone for detox for less than 7 days due to the clinical risk presented with alcohol dependency and would always recommend that clients consider increasing their stay up to 28 days so they benefit from our rehabilitation service and address any issues associated with your alcohol use. This is proven to increase your chances of a full recovery from alcohol addiction and help you not to relapse once you leave our care.

The therapeutic rehabilitation service, refers to various practices depending on the clinic you go to. At Ocean Recovery, we choose a mix of techniques to ensure you have the mental state of mind to stop abusing alcohol after you leave our rehabilitation clinic. A very popular and proven method of therapeutic rehabilitation is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

CBT helps you understand yourself better and teaches you techniques and coping mechanisms for your cravings. CBT also helps post- alcohol detox patients to find their triggers and see what sets them off – and can even help you pinpoint the source of your addiction.

We also offer treatment for co-existing mental health issues, like depression and anxiety. Often these are the either the cause or effect of alcohol abuse, and helping you deal with mental health can equip you with a stronger shield against future cravings.

If you have any questions about the alcohol detoxification programme, then please don’t hesitate to call us on 01253 847 553 and we will provide you with experienced guidance.

How to Ease Alcohol Detox Symptoms

There exist many different ways to reduce alcohol detox symptoms. By far the best way to treat these symptoms with a drug known as Librium. Librium is a benzodiazepine.

Librium allows you to undergo an alcohol detox by slowly allowing chemicals in your brain to readjust without the sudden ‘jolt’ that would otherwise occur when alcohol consumption is abruptly stopped.

Librium does not utterly prevent alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but it does vastly reduce these symptoms, particularly the more dangerous symptoms such as DTs.

We also prescribe secondary medications that help to reduce alcohol cravings. You will be prescribed Librium and other medications over the course of a 10-day alcohol detox at an alcohol detox clinic. These medications will be gradually reduced over this period.

What to Eat When Doing an Alcohol Detox?

When you undergo an alcohol detox, eating healthy foods is a vital ally in the fight against alcohol withdrawal symptoms. When you attend Ocean Recovery alcohol detox clinic, good nutrition will play a vital part in your early recovery efforts.

Certain foods are thought to possess properties that help to reduce alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, foods high in vitamin B, and foods rich in protein. The food you eat during your alcohol detox programme will mostly consist of these food types.

Alcohol Detox with Insurance

Many alcohol detox clinics allow you to pay for your treatment through a valid health insurance policy. Ocean Recovery Centre is no exception in this regard. To claim through your insurer, you must download a claim form from your insurer’s website.

You then send our admission’s team this claim form so that our physician may complete this claim form on your behalf. We then send the completed claim form to your insurer for processing.

Your insurer’s claim handlers will then review your application and then decide to grant, conditionally grant or reject your claim for rehab funding.

If you claim is reject, our admissions team will then discuss other funding options that may be available to you. This may include self-funding and advice on paying through a payment plan.

Alcohol detox for seniors

Alcoholism amongst senior citizens is at an all-time high. Alcoholism is a particularly dangerous condition for elderly people. This includes the risk of falling over, memory blackouts and an increased risk of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.

If you suspect your elderly relative is suffering from alcoholism, you may be well advised to be on the lookout for the classic symptoms of alcoholism amongst the elderly. These symptoms include: drinking alcohol at all hours of the day, hiding alcohol away from loved ones, using alcohol as a form of medication and drinking in isolation from others.

At Ocean Recovery Centre, we offer specialist rehab for the elderly. The elderly typically require enhanced care needs when undergoing an alcohol detox programme.

We employ specially trained staff members who are able to cope with the advanced care needs of elderly clients in need of an alcohol detox programme. Our building is also modified. This allows us to carer to the care needs of elderly clients who struggle with mobility.

Outclient vs. Inclient Alcohol Detox

When you enquire about going to an alcohol detox clinic, you will quickly discover the existence of inclient and outclient options. Whilst the distinction between the two may sound obvious, the benefits and drawbacks of each are often less apparent.

Inclient treatment involves greater expense than outclient treatment. However, this cost is well spent given that inclient treatment is far more intensive than outclient treatment.

When you attend an inclient clinic, you will benefit from 24-hour care. This is vital given that an alcohol detox is a sufficiently dangerous procedure to warrant the need for 24-hour medical care.

When you attend an inclient clinic, you will focus on your recovery 24-hours a day. This means inclient rehab is intensive and thus highly effective. Because you are removed from your home, you will also be removed from the stresses of daily life. This allows you to invest your energy solely on your recovery.

During your time at an inclient clinic, you will take part in group therapy, individual therapy and complementary therapies throughout the day. Inclient treatment is particularly advantageous for those of you who also suffer from dually diagnosed mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Outclient treatment allows you to receive therapy and treatments during the day. However, you return to your home following the completion of daily sessions. The key advantage of outclient treatment is that your professional and family life are unimpeded.

Outclient treatment is particularly beneficial for those of you who suffer from mild alcoholism. If you choose to attend an outclient clinic, you would be well advised to attend an intensive outclient programme where therapies and treatments run over an entire day, and not for just one or two hours a day.


What Is A Home Alcohol Detox Treatment?

You may be able to undergo a detox programme from the comfort of your own home. You will generally visit your GP before your home detox begins. Many years ago, undergoing a home detox was common.

However, in recent years many GPs are now refusing to prescribe medications that are necessary when you undergo a home detox programme. This reluctance is because GPs rightly consider a home detox as a risky venture to embark upon.

For reasons outlined above, the superior option is to undergo a detox at an inclient clinic. When you undergo a detox from your own home, there are simply too many errors you could make when taking medication.

This could mean you begin to suffer from advanced withdrawal symptoms such as DTs. This could result in your death. For this reason, we do not recommend you consider undergoing a home detox.

Can You Carry Out An Alcohol Detox At Home?

According to the World Health Organization’s 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, there are over 3 million people who die from the harmful effects of alcohol on a yearly basis, and this amounts to more than 5% of the burden of disease world-wide

Alcohol is yet still seen as an innocent substance, however, it is still a dangerous substance that could destroy lives , relationships, ambitions and dreams. The longer you abuse alcohol, the more difficult it becomes to stop drinking alcohol. For many alcohol addicts, alcohol detox becomes the only option to get rid of the alcohol in your body.

Alcohol detox however, is not something you can easily do by yourself. The process of detoxifying refers to removing all toxins from your body, and alcohol detox is therefore the process of removing all traces of alcohol from your body.

Because alcohol affects almost every cell in the body, it is very complicated to withdraw from it. Rehabilitation clinics generally recommend that those affected by alcoholism complete an alcohol detox programme before entering rehabilitation. It is necessary for all traces of alcohol to be removed from the body so that the person is completely clean before attempting rehab.

Can an Alcohol Detox Kill You?

If you suffer from alcoholism, your brain chemistry is altered by the volume of alcohol you have consumed over the course of the years. When alcohol consumption is abruptly discontinued, you will begin to suffer from a range of alcohol-withdrawal symptoms.

This is because chemicals in the brain begin to readjust. However, this readjustment in brain chemistry causes a range of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms range in severity from discomforting to potentially life-threatening.

At Ocean Recovery Centre, when you begin your inclient alcohol detox, you will be given medications that allow you to detox without risking potentially lethal withdrawal symptoms. We also supply you with healthy meals and a range of vitamins and other supplements that also act to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Learn More About Our Alcohol Treatment Options

Get in touch with us today and we will talk to you about our different treatment options. If you’re worried that you have any of these symptoms of alcohol dependence, or you’d like to learn more about the withdrawal process, then contact us and see how we may be able to help.

There are a number of questions which we are regularly asked surrounding alcohol detoxification, so we have answered some of the most common queries below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing the right rehab treatment provider can be a life-changing decision; here are some of the most common questions we are asked pre-admission.

What Are The Signs Of Alcohol Withdrawal?

When you stop drinking after prolonged alcohol consumption, you will more than likely suffer from alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Usually, the signs of alcohol withdrawal are divided into two different categories: Physical and psychological signs.

Physical Signs:

  • Hand tremors
  • Nausea and/ vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Minor to moderate seizures

Psychological Signs:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

Can You Detox From Alcohol At Home?

An alcohol detox is something you can do at home but we definitely wouldn’t advise it. Some have had success detoxing from home and using the support of a group such as Alcoholics Anonymous, while we do advise our clients to visit these kinds of groups after treatment, we know that alcohol withdrawal can cause severe health issues that will require medical treatment.

We know that if you have an alcohol addiction then it’s very unlikely that you will fully recover without addiction treatment – this is why supervised detox and professional rehab will give you a better chance of maintaining long-term sobriety.

This is why if you looking for a serious treatment for alcohol addiction, we’d advise using a medically supervised clinic, like ourselves.

What Are Delirium Tremens?

Delirium Tremens, also can be known as DTs or the shakes is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal symptoms. This is quite common with people who have suffered with prolonged periods of alcoholism, or are going through an instant withdrawal from alcohol.

Common symptoms associated with DTs include:

  • Nightmares
  • Hallucination
  • Fever
  • Perspiration
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Heightened heart rate
  • Tremors
  • Increased blood pressure

What Can You Expect During An Alcohol Detox

Everyone differs in experience but during detox many individuals feel worse before they feel better. Symptoms can vary depending on the severity of your condition. Common symptoms can include

  • Sweats
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability
  • Flu like symptoms and more

Can You Die From Alcohol Withdrawal?

Experts say it is possible to die when going through alcohol withdrawal. But it is extremely rare.

Can You Avoid Alcohol Withdrawal?

This is not possible. If you are dependant on alcohol then your body will certainly go through alcohol withdrawal when you stop drinking.

How Long Will A Person Stay Off Alcohol After Detox?

If you are serious about quitting alcohol, a combination of addiction treatment support, aftercare services, group support and understanding of your friends and family will make it possible for you to stay off alcohol after detox.

What's The Difference Between Alcohol Withdrawal And A Hangover?

A hangover is caused when you consume too much alcohol. Researchers believe a hangover is due to a toxin that’s produced in the liver known as acetaldehyde. In contrast, alcohol withdrawal is caused when sufferers of alcoholism consume too little alcohol. A hangover affects everyone who drinks too much alcohol. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms will only affect those who suffer from alcoholism.

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Dr Alexander Lapa - Clinical Reviewer at Ocean Recovery

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last reviewed: March 1, 2022

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
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