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Do I Need Alcohol in an Alcohol Detox Program?

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If you are hoping to quit drinking, you’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t stop “cold turkey.” While this is good advice, it doesn’t mean that alcohol will be a part of your alcohol detox program. Instead, most detox centers use medications called benzodiazepines to help you through the hardest parts of withdrawal.

What Are Benzodiazepines?

Like alcohol, benzodiazepines, or “benzos,” are depressants. These drugs target a chemical called GABA, which is the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter within your brain.

More simply, benzos and alcohol have a similar effect on your central nervous system. While your body learns to operate without alcohol, the right dosage of benzos can ease withdrawal symptoms. Nevertheless, benzos can be an addictive substance in themselves, so you will need to take them carefully and in a medically-supervised environment.

Doctors typically use Librium, Valium, and Ativan to help reduce symptoms and prevent seizures during the worst phases of withdrawal. In severe cases, they may also use anti-convulsant drugs like Keppra.

Seizures are the most common cause of fatalities in alcohol withdrawal, so you need both access to benzos (and anti-convulsant drugs) and close medical supervision to detox properly.

Click here to learn more about the alcohol detox process.

Get the Help You Need Today

Alcohol withdrawal ranges from mild and uncomfortable to severe and life-threatening. That’s why our team at Freedom Detox starts the process with a personal evaluation. We will work hard to meet your specific needs and create a program that works for you.

Going through alcohol detox is never easy, but our goal is to make the process as safe and comfortable as possible for you. Getting alcohol out of your system is the first step towards lasting recovery and sobriety. Once you’re feeling well enough to participate, you can join group activities and individual therapy sessions.

You want to get your life back, and for us, the key to making that possible is a holistic treatment plan.

Call us at (877) 207-8882 to learn more about what we have to offer or contact us online for more information.

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