Qualities of the Best Alcohol Detox Centers

Published: 04/30/2015 | Author:

There are many alcohol detox centers all across the country that boast impressive patient success records and have varying costs. But how can you know what the qualities of the best alcohol detox centers are? Asking questions of your facility before deciding to attend treatment there is important and will help you find out which ones may be best for you.

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Qualities of the Best Alcohol Detox Centers

Caring Clinicians

The doctors, nurses, therapists, counselors, and volunteers who will be caring for you during your time at an alcohol detox center will be incredibly important to your recovery. If you comfortable with and taken care of by the clinicians who are tending to your needs, you will be more likely to stay in treatment which will give you a better overall outcome. Making sure that you are comfortable with the staff is important, and having physicians with “some substance abuse treatment experience” make your experience much better (SAMHSA).

Multiple Treatment Options

Alcohol Detox Centers

During alcohol detox, you will have various treatments available to you.

There are many types of treatments used for managing alcohol withdrawal. In most cases, benzodiazepines are administered to those who are experiencing painful, uncomfortable, or dangerous symptoms. However, there are some complications associated with this medication for the treatment of alcohol withdrawal, including:

  • “Benzodiazepine use to treat outpatients in alcohol withdrawal may ‘prime’ or reinstate alcohol use during their administration.”
  • The medication may become less effective when used over the course of multiple withdrawal syndromes.
  • Mixing alcohol and benzodiazepines can be deadly.

There are certain situations where the use of different methods may be more beneficial. This is why alcohol detox centers that provide other medications (when necessary) as well as multiple therapeutic treatment options can be better than those which only provide one type of treatment.

Hospital-level Care

Alcohol detox can become very dangerous. According to the NLM, “Delirium tremens,” a more intense form of alcohol withdrawal that causes hallucinations, depression, fever, palpitations, seizures, and delirium, “is a medical emergency.” Because the syndrome itself is so volatile and can turn deadly very quickly, it is important that the facility be prepared for this issue and be able to provide hospital-level care, should the individual become dangerously ill as a result of their symptoms.

Meeting Your Treatment Needs

One of the most important parts of choosing an alcohol detox center is knowing that the facility fits your needs and that you are comfortable there. Take a tour of the center before you decide to attend treatment there (even if the facility is only outpatient-based). See if you feel relaxed or if the center itself causes you to feel uneasy. You will not want to continue your detox at a place in which you are not comfortable.

Other treatment needs you may want to consider are

  • Is the facility close to my home?
  • Would my friends, family members, etc. be able to visit?
  • Do their recovery philosophies match with mine?
  • Is the cost of treatment within my budget?

Remembering to ask yourself what is important to you and to look for that in a treatment facility is one of the most beneficial ways of finding the best alcohol detox center for you.

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