An alcoholism detox is possibly going to be needed in the event of anyone who is an active alcoholic, or even someone who has been drinking heavily for a long period of time but would not technically be considered an alcoholic.
Sometimes there is much debate between what is alcoholism and heavy drinking, but in the issue of recovery from alcoholism, and in particular the need for an alcoholism detox, it is a fairly irrelevant issue.
Anyone who has a serious problem with alcohol is likely to need help, whether they admit that themselves on what.
It is sometimes much more obvious to people around them, be they family, employer, co-workers or simply friends.
Whether or not help is offered and / or accepted can obviously be a difficult issue.
Assuming that the person who has a drink problem is willing to accept some sort of help, then the issue of an alcoholism detox is likely to occur.
Anyone who has been thinking heavily is likely to have been hiding that in some way from people close to them.
People who have a drink problem increasingly grow protective of alcohol, and the need to prevent other people taking alcohol with from them, or stopping them trying to drink.
In addition, it is quite possible that people who have a drink problem, or who are alcoholics, have either in the past of currently been using some type of narcotics or drugs.
The issue with all of this, is that it is quite unlikely that either the alcoholic admits to a lot of this, or that people around them will know the full extent of their drinking and possible drug use.
For this reason it is really important that anyone seeking help for a drink and/or a drug problem is assessed by medically qualified personnel to see if they need a medical detox, and if they do for that detox to be overseen and undertaken by medically qualified staff in a safe clinical environment.
If the individual with a drink problem is entering a rehab, then it is important to check that the rehab has access to such staff and facilities, either in-house, or with a local clinical facility such as a hospital.