Drug and Alcohol Detox
The drug and alcohol detox process can be frightening to those dealing with addiction, even preventing some from seeking the help they need.
Detoxing with a staff of caring professionals the process is safe and far more comfortable.
- Detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins from the body.
It is the first – and often one of the most uncomfortable – steps on the journey to sobriety.
No two detox situations are quite the same, and it can be challenging to predict the process. The intensity of detox may vary based on different factors:
- The substance
- Length of time for the abuse
- Method of consumption (smoking, snorting, injecting, or swallowing)
- Amount of drugs or alcohol in the body
- Whether other medical conditions are present
If a person goes through detox without following up with treatment, it is likely they will relapse.
It is a necessary first step for many addictions if the subsequent treatment program will be successful.
Some people try to do it alone at home, which can be dangerous or even fatal depending on the substance of use and severity of the addiction.
Withdrawal from opioids and heroin is physically and emotionally demanding, even if it is not life-threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms usually begin within 12 to 30 hours from the last dose. Using medication like methadone or suboxone during the detox process can help manage painful symptoms.
Suboxone is available at treatment centers and other detox facilities, but methadone is only available at specialized methadone clinics and is usually a maintenance routine, not detox.
- Benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium produce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
It’s important to understand that while withdrawal from benzos is not as uncomfortable or painful as it is for heroin or opioids, it is more dangerous and fatal if medical professionals do not supervise detox.
To avoid possible serious side effects, medical professionals will wean individuals off the drug slowly in a supervised setting. Unfortunately, because of this, benzodiazepine detox can take longer to complete than other substances.
Alcohol withdrawal is not just uncomfortable – it can also be dangerous if without supervision.
- Alcohol detox can be life-threatening.
Symptoms like hallucinations, fever, and seizures may begin as early as eight hours after the last drink.
Medications control these side effects and keep the person safe and comfortable during the most intense part of the detox process.
Once a substance leaves the body, the rehabilitation process can lower the chances of substance abuse in the future.
Many people fear the pain of withdrawal, so they continue to use it instead of getting clean and sober, creating a vicious cycle.
A reputable center with a specialized staff will not only offer a safe and comfortable. They can ensure that their patients stay on track through the worst parts of the withdrawal process and make it through to the recovery phase.