There are almost 100,000 deaths every year because of excessive alcohol use.
It’s not usually compared to class A drugs, but alcohol can be just as addictive and just as dangerous. Over 15 million Americans struggle with alcohol abuse, making it a common problem.
But, you can recover from it. There are plenty of treatment options out there for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and all of them start with getting rid of the alcohol in your body and your life.
Check out our advice and tips on how to detox from alcohol to start your recovery.
How to Detox From Alcohol: The Risks
If you suffer from AUD, it’s likely that your body has become dependent on alcohol. Just like with other drugs, this means alcohol withdrawal can be tough.
Take a look at these detox symptoms to know what to look out for:
- Increase in heart rate
- High temperature
- Nausea and/or vomiting
It may not look very appealing, but remember these symptoms don’t last.
An alcohol detox done incorrectly can be incredibly dangerous. We wouldn’t recommend removing alcohol completely without the help of medical professionals if you’ve become dependent.
Once you have the advice of a doctor, here are some tips to make detoxing from alcohol easier.
Get Rid of Any Alcohol
The first step is to remove all temptation. This means getting rid of any alcohol in your home. Some people chose to just lock theirs away, but this is going to increase your chances of relapse as the withdrawal gets worse.
If you live with others, make sure they know what you’re doing. They should get rid of any alcohol they have too.
Stay away from restaurants, pubs, and other places with alcohol until you’re strong enough to cope.
Clear Your Schedule
Your alcohol detox timeline can stretch out. You’ll usually start feeling withdrawal symptoms around 6 hours after your last drink. Most withdrawal symptoms will be gone in around 5-7 days. For heavier drinkers, this could last longer.
During this time, make clearing your schedule a priority. Cancel appointments, book time off work, and make sure you don’t have anything important to do.
This will give you the time to focus on your detox away from everyday stress. Recovery; that’s the priority.
Eat and Drink Well
Your body is going through a lot, and eating and drinking may be the last thing on your mind. But it can help your body to focus on your diet.
Start by drinking plenty of water. This will help your body flush out any toxins and keep hydrated. An isotonic drink like SiS GO Electrolyte Powder can help too.
When you start eating again, focus on healthy foods. Try to eat as many fruit and vegetables as you can, as well as grains and protein sources. The idea here is to get those main food groups into your body.
As a boost to help your body recover, take vitamins and minerals. We recommend:
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- A multi-vitamin
It’s the First Step
Learning how to detox from alcohol is the first step to taking back your life. Don’t stop now!
You can get more help on our recovery blog, check out our events calendar, and use our resources for help. Just Recovery is here to show you that you’re not alone. We can do this, but we have to do it together.