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What happens during alcohol detox?

Alcohol detox at Priory takes place on an inpatient basis, which means that you will stay at one of our Priory hospitals for the duration of this programme, which is usually between 7 to 10 days.

However, while you are still in alcohol detox at Priory, you will also be able to start participating in group therapy sessions as soon as you are physically able to do so.

With the guidance of an experienced therapist, groups allow you to learn from the experiences of others who are in a similar stage of their recovery, share your thoughts and insights, and form healthy, productive and sober relationships.

Depending upon the nature and severity of your alcohol withdrawal symptoms, you may be given prescription medications to help you to cope with the alcohol detox process, alleviate any discomfort that you are experiencing, and prevent serious withdrawal symptoms such as seizures.

For alcohol withdrawal, we typically prescribe reducing doses of diazepam or oxazepam, which are from the benzodiazepine category of medications.

Having on-site medical and nursing staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, means that our alcohol detox patients are closely observed, safe and comfortable at all times, and we are able to address any issues or concerns that our patients may have, and provide medical care in a timely manner.

During the alcohol detox process at Priory, you will stay in a modern and welcoming bedroom, complete with en-suite facilities, which has been designed to provide you with the utmost comfort and relaxation in order to aid your recovery.

We also provide a range of entertainment and wellbeing activities during alcohol detox, such as books, televisions, and yoga classes, to help you to pass the time and serve as a welcome distraction from your alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Niall Campbell (MBBS, MRCPsych) in June 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2020. To view all Priory alcohol addiction specialists, please click here.

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