ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART III – THE NEW LIFE DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM

*+-WITHDRAWAL VERSUS DETOXIFICATION Having gotten the alcoholic through drug-free withdrawal we have him to the point at which he can think in a reasonably straight line. He is no longer ruled by the need to procure his next drink. He can communicate with others and, more importantly, is at point he is WILLING to communicate. He actually has accomplished something else, something most people would not recognize to be the case. In real terms, he is no longer a ”using” alcoholic, nor is he medicated to camouflage the desire. But he has not had a drink in at least a…

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ALCOHOL RECOVERY – PART II – WITHDRAWAL

*+-MEDICALLY SUPERVISED WITHDRAWAL Withdrawing from any substance to which one has become addicted is not easy. In fact, it is one of the most difficult things a person can experience. No inquisitor of the middle ages could have devised a torture which is actually worse than withdrawal from drugs and alcohol. In addition to the pain, anguish and suffering which can be caused by drug withdrawal, withdrawal from certain substances can actually cause effects which are harmful or, at the extreme, potentially fatal. Any legitimate rehabilitation program will take this into account, and will include procedures to insure that the…

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