Are you getting signals that you need to take a break from alcohol?
The signals don't arrive by SMS but in your feelings. So if you drink alcohol every day or are feeling run down, fatigued and having symptoms such as aching muscles or digestive problems then a detox hint can be decoded from the signals.
With daily use or occasional binging, harm is being done to the brain and to the liver, stomach and kidneys.
Like a boxer getting back into the ring every day, you might be denying that any harm is happening.
The boxer is taking the damage and getting, "punch drunk" while you may be denying the damage and getting "alcohol drunk".
Every part of the body is involved when alcohol is consumed simply because it gets into the blood stream and all of the the alcohol (or other drug) really ends up in the liver.
The Liver is the central organ for detox so it has to grab every molecule of alcohol it can and convert it to a less harmful molecule which is not going to cause any damage to the body.
Cycling each tiny amount of alcohol through a process of chemical transformation is complicated and we can do it but it comes at a cost.
For every molecule of alcohol to be detoxed and transformed nutrient molecules have to be used.
When you bake a cake you need flour and water and other ingredients and when you detox you need multiple vitamins especially B complex and minerals as well as protein for amino acids to help deal with the alcohol.
When "alcoholics" are taken to a facility "to detox" they are simply left to recover from the effects of drinking too much and not given any help to process the alcohol through their system. This is often wrongly called a detox or detoxification centre.
Really this is just a "drying out" or recovery centre. Then they'll start all over again.
Real detox is a careful step by step process where the nutrients the liver and the rest of the body, need are provided.
In addition when working with an addiction, emotional and spiritual support and counselling is required. Addiction is not just a habit or a fad, it is a sign that something deeper is missing from the person's life. If the addicted person – and I don't like the word, "patient", or "user", is helped to gain insight and helped either with Cognitive Behaviour therapy or many other possible awareness therapies then they have a chance of putting the addiction behind them for good.
Addiction is a sign that something is missing and until that is addressed the addict is vulnerable to a downward slide to deeper levels of trouble and damage to their life.
Notional therapy is essential to work with the physical aspects of the problems but counselling and awareness is important to work with the non physical part of addiction.
Have you put an addiction behind you? How did you do it?