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Are you struggling with alcohol addiction, or know of someone who is? Have you had enough of the blackouts and the hangovers? Are you done with making all those endless promises that this time will be the last time, this time things will be different – only for history to repeat itself the very next day? We know what you’re going through and we’re here to help.

At Providence Projects, we know how hard it is to stop drinking and to make that first, crucial step towards recovery. You want to stop. But you don’t know how. That’s why undergoing a residential alcohol detox is your safest option. It means you are within a nurturing and supportive environment, with 24-hour supervision from a team of addiction counsellors and experts as you begin the journey of your recovery.

You’ll probably have lots of questions about the symptoms and the dangers of alcohol withdrawal, and wonder whether to detox at home or at a professional, private rehab centre. Rest assured, your questions will be answered on this page, and more information about alcohol detox can also be found on our alcohol detox page. ). Similarly, if you’d like more information about a medically supervised alcohol detox at our residential rehab clinic, please contact one of our team of expert counsellors on 0800 955 0945 or fill out this quick contact form.

Alcohol withdrawals

Alcohol is arguably the most dangerous drug from which to detox. The withdrawal symptoms can be severe and are usually extremely uncomfortable, both physically and psychologically. The impact of alcohol withdrawal on the body is serious, and in some cases, fatal. Symptoms can occur whether you’ve been drinking for years, months or just weeks.

Regular drinking over a prolonged period of time can lead to alcohol dependence, whereby your body becomes physically dependent on your drinking frequency and patterns. The brain starts to adapt and protect itself by normalising the presence of alcohol. It eventually stops producing certain chemicals that it receives from alcohol, becoming reliant on the drug. So if you stop drinking suddenly, it takes your body some time to adjust and to work out what chemicals it’s missing. This is what causes alcohol withdrawals – the painful, potentially fatal, side effects associated with quitting drinking entirely.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can range from mild to severe, depending on the longevity and the severity of your alcohol intake.

Milder symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Agitation
  • Fast heart rate


More severe symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hallucinations (both visual and auditory)
  • Disorientation
  • Delirium Tremens – these can be fatal

Alcohol Detox – at home or at rehab?

The alcohol detox stage is the first step in treating alcoholism, when alcohol is completely flushed from the body, and can lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Some people are apprehensive about stopping drinking suddenly because they’re nervous about the withdrawal symptoms during detox. Whilst symptoms tend to subside about a week or two after detox, this could take longer depending on the severity and frequency of your drinking. They differ for everyone, with some people only slightly affected, and others experiencing extreme pain. The symptoms of alcohol withdrawal often fluctuate, and can get rapidly more aggressive. Delirium Tremens are considered one of the worst symptoms: shaking, disorientation and confusion, hallucinations and increased blood pressure. This can be frightening, both for the alcoholic and for their family.

This is why it’s so important for the alcoholic to detox in a reputable alcohol rehab centre, under the care of medical professionals who can prescribe exactly the right regime and medication for each client, helping to ease symptoms, aid sleep, and ensure the correct intake of vitamins and minerals.

A home detox is the alternative option, whereby you obtain a professional medical detox within your own home. This is suitable for those whose budget doesn’t stretch to afford residential treatment stay, or those with inescapable commitments. The problem with a home detox is that it doesn’t address the underlying psychological and emotional issues that have led to your drinking, nor would you have the support and medical supervision that is so crucial when coming off alcohol.

Whilst it is possible to detox at home, and to recover from alcoholism with the help of support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, a medically supervised residential detox and treatment at a professional alcohol rehab centre  is a much safer option. This gives you a much higher chance of maintaining lifelong sobriety.

Alcohol Detox at the Providence Projects

If you’re addicted to alcohol, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to recover without some form of addiction treatment. Here at the Providence Projects, you would be under the care of our medical team during detox, who will prescribe the correct detox regime to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms. The first stage is an initial assessment with the medical team. This will help them understand how much and how long you have been drinking, as well as any other health concerns you may have.  Once this initial assessment is complete and you have been accepted into treatment, you will commence your alcohol detox regime. Alcohol detox tends to last between 5 and 10 days, and during this time you will have 24 hour support from the medical and therapeutic teams.

The therapeutic team will then guide you through the treatment process.  You will be supported by a team of skilled addiction counsellors, who will equip you with the skills and coping mechanisms to live a life of sobriety. One of the most important aspects of the rehab programme at the Providence Projects is the specialised treatment and therapy on offer, to provide clients with the intensive emotional and psychological support they require.  You will be assigned a one to one counsellor who will help you plan how to make the most out of  your alcoholism treatment program. There is a rich and varied timetable during the alcohol rehab programme, from one to one counselling, group therapy and workshops, to acupuncture and alternative therapies, as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities. The range and variety of help on offer is what you or your loved one need to stand the best chance of understanding alcoholism and how to stop drinking, but most importantly, how to stay stopped.

We’re here to help

There is no denying that it is extremely difficult to quit drinking, and that the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be most uncomfortable. This is especially true if you or your loved one has been struggling with alcoholism for a long time. But the good news is, help is available. You don’t have to suffer on your own anymore. If you or a loved one need a alcohol detox, a residential stay at an alcohol addiction treatment centre will offer the best chance of a stable and long-lasting recovery. If you would like more information about alcohol or drug detox, and the treatment programmes we have on offer, please contact one of our expert team of counsellors at the Providence Projects in Bournemouth, on 0800 955 0945.

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