Many many people, including this author, have or will, at some point in their lives decide to maybe take a bit of a break from the drink. If you haven’t already, maybe when you were at university or going through a tough breakup, the odds are good that you’ll probably spend a few days, weeks, or even months overconsuming alcohol before coming to your senses and realising that you need to apply the brakes. While this period of looking too deep into the bottle certainly isn’t healthy in any way, it’s definitely not unusual or unheard of.
For most of us, detoxing from alcohol, even if only for a while, isn’t all that hard. Sure, you might feel a bit down or crave a drink after a day or two, but overall, it’s perfectly manageable. However, when this realisation comes too late or doesn’t come until a severe addiction has developed, alcohol detox becomes an entirely different beast.
Severe alcohol misuse and dependence are difficult to come back from. While most of us associate severe withdrawal symptoms with narcotics such as opioids and amphetamines, alcohol withdrawal should be viewed in the same light and is every bit as scary and dangerous. According to a StatPearls article hosted in the National Library of Medicine, “Patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal may have numerous potentially life-threatening medical problems.” (Gupta et al.)
This guide will aim to walk you through some of the steps that you can take to safely, effectively, and with minimum discomfort, go through a home alcohol detox.
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