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Alcohol Detox

Recovery begins with detox. It begins with eliminating the immediate influence alcohol has on your mind and body. It begins with letting your body heal itself and function as it should. Detox is not recovery. It is an essential first step to this process of regaining balance and wellness.

Do I Need Alcohol Abuse Treatment?

AlcoholicIf you cease drinking alcohol and feel ill, anxious or upset, consider evaluating your relationship with alcohol. Alcohol abuse treatment benefits anyone with an alcohol abuse problem. You don’t have to have been addicted for years. You don’t have to drink a certain amount or a certain way to “qualify.” Fox News[1] explains, “It isn’t about the amount; it’s more about a person’s relationship to drinking.” Consider when, how, and why you drink. Do you drink in response to emotions or to mental or physical health issues? Even if you still drink relatively little, do you drink more than you used to? Do you think about alcohol even when you are doing other things? Do you have trouble limiting yourself to a certain number of drinks or to a certain number of days on which you drink?

Consider calling The Canyon or talking to your doctor about getting a professional assessment of your health and you alcohol consumption. Try to imagine your life without alcohol. If you can’t, it may be time to consider the first step in recovery: detox.

Do I Need Detox?

Anyone dependent on alcohol benefits from medically supervised detox services. These services take the fear and worry out of withdrawal. They eliminate one more excuse for continued alcohol use. Detox sets the stage for long-term recovery. Medically supervised detox services ensure health and safety as you begin this journey. WebMD[2] explains, “Detoxification (detox)…may be needed immediately after discontinuing alcohol use and can be a medical emergency, as detox can result in withdrawal seizures, hallucinations, delirium tremens (DT), and in some cases may result in death.” Detox can be serious. The process should not be taken lightly or undergone at home. However the process should not be frightening either. Don’t let fear of detox deter you or a loved one from pursuing a healthy, alcohol-free life. You may feel ill for a few days or a few weeks during detox. During addiction you feel ill indefinitely.

Despite warnings about serious complications, detox is likely to be less bad than you imagine.

This is particularly true if you are basing your idea of the process off of public media or off of personal, at-home attempts to detox. Detox does not involve sweating alone on a cot. It involves the support of a community. When you choose to begin treatment at The Canyon, you begin the process with a medical and addiction assessment. You enter a community of supportive medical and mental health professionals and peers. These professionals monitor your health and your symptoms. They offer over-the-counter medications and suggest alternative therapies such as massage to manage the most uncomfortable symptoms. They are available to offer emergency help if it’s needed. Peers offer support, understanding, and evidence that you will feel better soon. At The Canyon you can integrate early therapy into the detox process and begin treatment without delay.

Detox is not a lonely experience. It is not a violent or painful one either. The New York Times[3] explains, “About 95% of people have mild-to-moderate withdrawal symptoms, including agitation, trembling, disturbed sleep, and lack of appetite. In 15 – 20% of people with moderate symptoms, brief seizures and hallucinations may occur, but they do not progress to full-blown delirium tremens.” This does not mean you should attempt detox at home. Complications can arise no matter the situation. Treatment at The Canyon ensures you do not have easy access to alcohol. Detox services limit your ability to relapse when cravings hit in response to withdrawal symptoms or personal triggers. You receive medical and personal support at all times.

If you have tried detox and treatment before, try again. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism[4] explains, “Persistence is key. It is rare that someone would go to treatment once and then never drink again. More often, people must repeatedly try to quit or cut back, experience recurrences, learn from them, and then keep trying. For many, continued follow-up with a treatment provider is critical to overcoming problem drinking.”

If you have tried detox before, our medical professionals may suggest and administer medication-assisted therapy. This involves integrating the use of medications like naltrexone, acamprosate or disulfiram into your overall treatment plan. These medications are not a first approach. They do not replace therapy or act as stand-alone treatment for addiction. Medications can be useful tools during detox and early recovery. They can support your efforts now so you find success in the future. The Canyon offers a unique take on detox and treatment. We can help you develop the skills you need, personally, to put an end to alcohol use.

No matter your relationship with alcohol, we can help. Begin treatment with detox. Set yourself or your loved one up for long-term health and recovery success.


[1] “5 Warning Signs That You Have an Alcohol Problem.” Fox News. 23 Dec 2016. Web. 27 Dec 2016.

[2] “Understanding Alcohol Abuse: Treatment.” WebMD. 1 Mar 2015. Web. 27 Dec 2016.

[3] “Alcohol Use Disorder.” New York Times. 8 Mar 2013. Web. 27 Dec 2016.

[4] “Treatment for Alcoholism: Finding and Getting Help.” National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 2014. Web. 27 Dec 2016.

If you have questions about whether you or a loved one may need alcohol detox services, please reach the Canyon’s call center 24 hours a day at 424-387-3118.