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Do I Need Alcohol Detox?

do i need alcohol detox - man consulting physician - valley recovery centerMillions of people are suffering from alcohol abuse, and if you have ever asked the question, “Do I need alcohol detox?” you may want to continue reading.

Those who suffer from alcohol dependence may experience withdrawal symptoms if they completely stop drinking and deprive their body of alcohol. These withdrawal symptoms can be minor or life-threatening, depending on how long and how much one has been drinking. Detoxification or detox involves taking a short course of a medicine which would help to alleviate these withdrawal symptoms. Here are some common questions regarding detoxification from alcohol.

Does everyone need alcohol detox?

No, some people do not need to detoxify from alcohol prior to treatment. These drinkers typically do not drink every day and have not acquired a dependence on alcohol. Needing to detox from alcohol highly depends on how much you drink and how often. Remember that everyone is different and that bodies react differently. If you’re not sure whether you or a loved one need professional detox, talk with your doctor or an admissions counselor at an addiction treatment facility.

Why do I need alcohol detox under the care of a doctor or medical team?

The symptoms of alcohol detoxification range from mild to extremely dangerous. With that, we strongly urge those with heavy and long-term drinking habits to detox under medical care. Under a doctor’s care, medication can soften some detox symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, insomnia, diarrhea, anxiety, high fever, and seizures.

Do I need alcohol detox in a facility or can I detox at home?

Again, this depends on how much you drink and how often you drink. Detoxification in a home environment is possible; however, it’s always suggested to speak with a doctor first. Thinking one can detox alone, without full knowledge of the process and what to expect, can be dangerous.

Do I need alcohol detox or can I refuse treatment?

Adults under standard circumstances can refuse treatment at any time. Making a decision to refuse alcohol detoxification may hinder your recovery. We suggest learning more about the detoxification process and the consequences that come with refusing it.

Recovery is a serious journey, and getting the toxic substance completely out of the body is essential. Speak with a professional to determine what level of care you will need during detox.

If you or someone you love is suffering from drug addiction, please contact us today at (888) 989-9690. Our admissions specialists are standing by 24/7.


Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome. (n.d.). Retrieved June, 2016.

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