Moorpark Drug & Alcohol Rehab, Scotland

How We Treat - Alcohol Detox, Glasgow in Scotland

Alcohol Detox

“If you can quit for a day, you can quit for a lifetime.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

What is an alcohol detox?

There are a number of factors that make alcohol dependency so difficult to overcome. In addiction, the mind and body make strong positive associations to alcohol, and anticipate huge discomfort in an alcohol-free life. However, when alcohol becomes an incredibly destructive substance, there comes a moment where you realise it’s time to get healthy. This can be frightening and overwhelming but, like every journey, recovery unfolds in steps and can’t be done without help.

Generally, the first step of recovery is alcohol detox. This is the process of resetting you, physically and emotionally, back to a natural state. Detox means gradually and carefully purging the body of all alcohol and putting you in the best position for recovery. Our process aims to make you as comfortable as possible through the challenges of withdrawal as you begin to regain control of your life.

Why is alcohol detox important?

Stopping alcohol consumption suddenly is not only difficult – it can be dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms, such as fever, hallucinations and seizures, are uncomfortable and potentially life-threatening. This makes the beginning of the recovery journey one of the most challenging.

That’s why it’s important that you are medically supervised during your detox. It’s essential to ensure your wellbeing at this critical stage, and take part in a detox programme designed for you by professionals. Detox should not be done alone. The correct detox process reduces the risk of relapse, and means you have constant access to the best care.

Managing alcohol withdrawal symptoms

The key aim of alcohol detox is helping you safely manage the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, which are the first hurdle in recovery and begin as soon as two hours after drinking. The severity of these symptoms is one of the main causes of relapse and so it is important to be aware in advance of the symptoms you may experience during alcohol detox. This is an expected part of recovery and should be navigated in a safe and secure rehab environment.

Common alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological.
Physical alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:
Physiological alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:

While it is important to be aware of these symptoms, we don’t want clients to feel put off or distressed at the thought of withdrawal. In rehab, every asset is available to you to relieve the dangers and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms where possible.

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How do we approach alcohol detox?

At Moorpark, we recognise alcohol detox isn’t easy. That’s why we take the utmost care in designing a programme around you, and making you as comfortable as possible during the process. First, we’ll conduct an assessment to understand your medical history and current state of being. Detox can be physically and psychologically distressing, so we aim to prepare you for the process ahead by discussing your best route to recovery.


The most successful form of alcohol detox is residential treatment. This means you’ll benefit from the caring and welcoming environment at Moorpark for a stay that usually lasts between 7 and 10 days. Removing you from your regular home environment is an important part of recovery, and means you can return home with a healthier body, mind and perspective.

We understand that recovery is ultimately not about treating symptoms – it’s about treating the cause. Recovering your mental health is a critical aspect of overcoming addiction. Therefore, we believe that the best treatment is a holistic one. This means combining therapies designed to help the mind and build on coping skills; activities that encourage a healthier lifestyle such as meditation and yoga; as well as nourishment of the body. Meals are provided by our in-house chef, and healthcare professionals are on standby 24 hours a day to ensure consistency as well as quality in care.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be prescribed medication to assist in your detox. This may be the safest way to provide relief from alcohol withdrawal symptoms. The most common medications used in detoxes are benzodiazepines. Medication intake is strictly monitored to avoid it becoming addictive. The aim of this medication is primarily to assist in your recovery.

What makes the Moorpark detox process especially effective is our use of NAD+ treatments. NAD+ is an active form of Vitamin B3, and plays an important role within the body. NAD+ helps our body turn nutrients into energy, and receiving a NAD+ infusion as part of detox helps put you in an even better position to recover.

We’re aware that alcohol addiction can sometimes come hand in hand with addiction to other substances. Moorpark is equipped to help you no matter your situation, and the experience of our healthcare professionals is vast and diverse.

How long does an alcohol detox take?

We understand that everyone’s detox journey is different. Usually, a full alcohol detox takes around 7 to 10 days. How long your detox takes will depend on a variety of factors, including how long you have been dependent on alcohol, the amount you have been consuming, the severity of your withdrawal symptoms, and your overall health.

After your detox

Detox is a critical step in recovery, but it is only the first step. A commitment to recovery will see you transition from a successful alcohol detox to an alcohol rehabilitation programme. Rehabilitation explores the factors of addiction beyond the physical, addressing the mental and spiritual aspects of recovery.

Alcohol rehab will implement many of the techniques introduced to you during detox, but in depth and over a longer period of time. Moorpark is a new rehabilitation centre with the very best professionals and treatments available to clients in their journey to recovery. Our first priority is to take care of clients, and ensure they feel safe and respected within their programme. We are committed to using the best and most-tested methods and therapies, and combining these with one of the finest and most serene environments within UK recovery.

Recovery is an ongoing journey, and we want to make sure our client’s first steps are taken with great care and knowledge.