Preparing for Alcohol Detox

Man thinking about alcohol detox

Alcohol detox is a necessary first step to recovering from alcohol addiction. For this reason, many people who are addicted to alcohol resist enrolling in a treatment program. They fear the withdrawal symptoms that come with abstaining from alcohol. There are steps you can take to prepare yourself for alcohol detox, the first step being to educate yourself on the withdrawal symptoms. Once you know what symptoms to expect from the detoxification process, you will be better prepared. Fear of the unknown is always worse than knowing what is going to happen during any procedure or any other type of experience.

How Long Will My Detox Take?

There is no set time for detoxing from any substance. Much depends on the severity of your dependence. If you have been addicted to alcohol and a heavy drinker for an extended length of time, it will understandably take you longer to detox than someone who has not been dependent on alcohol for as long. Another determining factor is your physical condition and overall health. Many individuals who drink large amounts of alcohol ignore their health and neglect to eat nutritious meals or sometimes even to eat at all. If your general health is not okay, it will take you longer to detox, and the symptoms may be more severe.

What are the Withdrawal Symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms usually appear from a few hours to up to four days after stopping alcohol. The same as the length of time to detox, the severity of your symptoms will depend on the depth of your alcoholism. Some of the early symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Some of the withdrawal symptoms which show up later in detoxing are high blood pressure, high fever and sweating, seizures, and DTs (delirium tremens). A person suffering from DTs has hallucinations, auditory and visual. They also have confusion and feel disoriented. They may have mood changes, exhibiting fear or excitement along with restlessness.

Prepare Yourself Mentally for Alcohol Detox and Treatment

It is understandable that you will feel nervous and anxious about this big step you are taking to get your life back without the need for alcohol. You may even be dreading having to go through the process of recovery, but enter it with a positive attitude and keep a positive attitude throughout your treatment. Make good use of your time and take advantage of everything they have to offer in your treatment program. Learn everything you can about your addiction and how to resist cravings when you return home after completing your treatment. Your treatment facility will set up an aftercare program to aid you in your recovery when returning home from treatment. They will help you with continued counseling and group meetings.


To prepare yourself for alcohol detox, first, educate yourself about alcohol withdrawal. Ask the staff questions about the facility where you will be receiving detox and your treatment program. They will happily answer them for you. And above all else, keep a positive attitude throughout your detoxification and treatment. Remember that your goal is to return to a life free from alcohol addiction with a new healthy and happy outlook on life. It’s your time to start anew.

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