Detoxification is when the body rids itself of any excess toxins that have been left in the body by alcohol. This stage is the first real step to recovery. Detoxing from alcohol is a difficult experience including withdrawal symptoms that are at times severe and painful. It is recommended to seek professional help from a rehabilitation facility.
For a heavy drinker who is used to binge drinking, the process of alcohol withdrawal and detoxification can be extremely dangerous if it is not handled properly and carefully. This is because a heavy drinker has developed a chemical dependency within his or her body. The nervous system does not function correctly. It is fooled into thinking it requires alcohol to continue working efficiently. The brain lacks the necessary neurotransmitters to function and gets sent into shock, causing the blood levels to also go into shock.
Most people are aware of the benefits of thinking positively, whether you have a physical illness, a mental problem or a substance abuse disorder. However, those who are struggling with addiction often find that taking a positive attitude is incredibly difficult and they need some help and guidance to find that path.
TV programs and movies have given the impression that families should be responsible for hosting alcohol interventions. The simplistic view that the media show is all families need to do is get together and have a good long conversation about the problem. Unfortunately, interventions are never that easy, especially in the case of alcohol abuse.
No matter what stage of addiction you are in, you can be cured with a well-planned and well-executed medically assisted detox program. But, if you are thinking of trying those “amazing” home remedies and alternative solutions that you have heard about, then you are in for a nasty surprise. They do not work. They have no structure and do not focus on the real problem. You will soon find yourself back where you were before you started.
Contrary to belief, interventions are not just about trying to persuade your addicted loved one to open up about his or her problem and seek help. In fact, the primary function of any intervention is to help the whole family to make changes.