Frequently Asked Questions

Alcohol Detox Treatment 

Below are some of the most common alcohol rehab questions we are asked at PCP. These are intended as a guide and general information only and is a work in progress, which we’ll be adding to often. For professional, tailored advice or answers to any of your questions, please get in touch with us. Our expert staff can help answer any questions you have about addiction, recovery and alcohol rehab – whether it’s for you or a loved one.

How long does an alcohol detox last?

Typically our alcohol detox programmes last between 10 and 14 days, depending on the amount that someone is drinking. Each person will be assessed on an individual basis by our specialist alcohol detox doctor and prescribed accordingly.

What medication will I receive on an alcohol detox?

Our Doctor prescribes according to the NICE guidelines which provide nationally recognised medication protocols. The main medications used are Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) or in some cases Diazepam (Valium). You will receive Vitamin B strong compound and Thiamine as well as other medications to manage specific symptoms for you. Our Nurse has access to a stock of medication on site which means that we can respond to your needs very quick.

I struggle with sleeping, is there anything you can do to help?
Poor sleeping patterns are common for people with alcohol problems. All clients entering detox are offered a mild sleeping aid by the Doctor, for the first 7 days. You do not have to take it, but it is recommended that you do, so that you can get your mind and body into a normal pattern of sleep.

I have really bad withdrawal symptoms. Will I feel comfortable during detox?
Absolutely. It is our first priority to ensure a patient’s physical safety and wellbeing, which is why we employ Nurses, so that we can have peace of mind that you are being looked after. The medications that we give to you will minimise, if not completely eliminate any withdrawal symptoms that you may suffer from.

How long will take for me to start feeling better?

You can normally expect huge changes within as little as 2-3 days of someone being on an alcohol detox. By the end of the detox, unless you have underlying physical health issues or permanent damage caused by the alcohol use, you will feel physically great!

Do you have 24 hour staffing?

Yes, PCP provides 24 hour staffing, who are there to support you emotionally, physically and practically while you are going through your detox programme. If you need someone at 3 in the morning, a member of staff will be there for you.

Will I be able to start my rehab while I am having a detox?
Yes. We encourage all clients to participate in the rehab programme as soon as they feel physically well enough to. The earlier you can start on the rehab programme, the more you will get out of it and the better you will start to feel emotionally.

Will my craving for alcohol stop?
Yes. Cravings for alcohol are both physical and mental. Physically, your body, as it becomes free from the dependence to alcohol, will no longer crave it. The alcohol detox medication does the same job in your body as the alcohol, so replaces it. With regards to the mental cravings, these are managed in the rehab programme and, as long as you have no desire to drink, the cravings will go away.

What is the difference between home detox and residential detox? 
The medication you receive will usually be the same in a home detox, however with a home detox there are no medical staff available if you feel unwell or need more medication, for example. You also receive no therapy in a home detox, so it is just the physical dependency that is being treated. This usually leads to relapse as the underlying issues that lead to the problem drinking, have not been dealt with.

Do you have medically trained staff?
The Doctor who completes the initial medical assessment, is a specialist in alcohol detox, as are our Nurses who oversee the alcohol detox package of care. All of our staff have been trained to oversee and manage symptoms of withdrawal, including clinical observations, taking blood pressure etc. All of our staff are highly experienced in care settings, so you will be well looked after.

Are there any side effects to the treatment? 
The medications that are used in alcohol detox treatment, are administered in such a planned way, that side effects are very rare. Most patients are able to go about normal daily routines within a couple of days of treatment. If patients experience any physical deterioration or conditions, PCP holds a Home Office stock medication license, so we have a full array of medication on site which the Nurse can administer in a very responsive way.

What is your success rate for alcohol detox? Is there any guarantee that alcohol detox works?
The purpose of our alcohol detox programme is to enable someone to completely detox from their alcohol dependency. Therefore, as long as the patient follows the treatment plan, takes the medication as prescribed, and stays for the entire duration of the detox course, we can guarantee you will be completely alcohol free once you have completed the alcohol detox.

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