Monday, June 25, 2012

The Coleman Institute and Alcohol Detox

Alcohol is the worlds most commonly abused drug. Some people can give alcohol up alone but many others need professional help.  It is important to find the right help if you or someone you know wishes to stop drinking alcohol completely. Ultimately, you need an organization which offers professionalism, safety and high levels of care.

Once a person has decided to stop drinking alcohol, they will experience some horrendous withdrawal symptoms.  Alcohol withdrawal can include excessive sweating, loss of appetite, seizures, anxiety, insomnia, trembling and nausea and in severe cases delirium tremors (the "DT's") which can be fatal.

The Coleman Institute has developed an alcohol detox program where patients can go through a safe, managed detoxification process in an outpatient environment.  This means that patients can go through much of their alcohol detox in the comfort of their own home. Of course, this is only possible if the patient has a support network such as a sober friend or relative at home who can administer their medication.

At the Coleman Institute, the first step of alcohol detox following screening for suitability is for the patient to be given an intravenous mixture of medication.  This will help replenish any nutrients and neurochemicals that have been depleted as a direct result of alcohol abuse. Things such as Folates, Magnesium and Thiamine are given via an IV drip.   If this potent cocktail is not administered quickly enough, a patient could be at risk of brain damage.  The patient would then be given a Phenobarbital medication to calm them down and prevent seizures.  Without using a Phenobarbital medication, the detox cannot begin to work effectively.  Once the patient shows signs that the detox has begun, he or she would be given additional Phenobarbital medication until the Detox is well under control. The correct dosage of any medication that is required is then given to the patient's support person. The patient is then discharged to their care who will be responsible for them over the following days.

The patient must return daily to the Coleman Institute until the detox has reached completion.  The institute prides itself on providing excellent aftercare to all of its patients so that people have the confidence to continue with their sobriety.  Education about recovery is given to all patients along with any necessary medication.  Patients are also encouraged to attend meetings and receive counseling from specialists who deal with alcohol abuse.

In addition, patients are given implants which block receptors in the brain which will result in the patient having reduced cravings to drink alcohol again.  These implants greatly increase the success rates of the patient remaining sober.  The implants are normally used between 6-12 months.

The Coleman Institute's Alcohol Detox program relieves the physical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal which have arisen because the patient's brain has adapted to the constant presence of alcohol.  Once the alcohol is taken away, the person's body and mind is unable to function properly.  Alcoholism increases the risk of certain types of cancers as well as damaging the stomach lining, affecting the nervous system and depleting the body of much needed vitamins and minerals.  People who abuse alcohol also have memory loss and poor relationships with friends and family.  The Coleman Institute ensures that it does its best to give alcoholics their lives back, and by doing so, improve the lives of friends and family who are affected by an alcohol abuser.

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

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