Some people are known as an expert drug and alcohol unit for detoxification. This is usually better for those with little home or social support, people with a history of extreme withdrawal signs or symptoms, people with physical illness caused by alcohol, and people where past efforts to stop alcohol have failed. The medications used to detox in specialist units are a lot the same as GPs prescribe, apart from clomethiazole that should only be used in hospitals. Hospital units have more employees and expertise for giving aid and counselling than GPs have. Individuals with serious alcohol related issues might be better off being admitted to hospital for detoxification.
The medicine doesn't make you quit drinking. You require dedication to quit. The medicine simply helps you to feel good whilst your body re-adjusts to not having alcohol. Even after the period of detox you might still have a little craving for alcohol. So you will still need commitment and coping strategies for when you feel lured to drink. Other medication often used for alcohol issues
* Vitamins, particularly vitamin B1 (thiamine), are sometimes prescribed if you are alcohol dependent - specially during detoxification. This is because many people who're dependent on alcohol don't eat properly and can lack particular vitamins. Deficiencies of vitamin B1 is the commonest. Deficiencies of this vitamin can cause serious brain conditions called Korsakoff's psychosis and Wernicke's encephalopathy. * Acamprosate and naltrexone are medicines which can help to relieve alcohol craving. Either of these might be prescribed to some people after a successful detoxification to assist them to stay off alcohol. * Disulfiram is another medicine that is sometimes used following a successful detoxification. Once you take disulfiram you get extremely unpleasant symptoms if you drink any alcohol (such as flushing, vomiting, palpitations and headache). Thus, ultimately, the medicine works as a deterrent for when you are lured to drink. It can help some people to stay off alcohol. * Olanzapine, haloperidol and lorazepam are all used in treating delirium tremens.
After detoxification and staying off alcohol Many people who successfully detox return to drinking seriously again eventually. There're various reasons why this may occur. It is believed that you are less likely to return to drinking heavily if you've counselling, or some other support to help you to stay off alcohol. Your doctor, practice nurse, or local alcohol and drug unit may provide ongoing support when you're trying to stay off alcohol. Self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous have also assisted a lot of people to stay off alcohol.
If you do go back to heavy drinking, you may always try again to stop or reduce. Some people take many attempts before they stop drinking, or keep within the safe limits, permanently.