Drug detox is the process where drugs you have consumed are given time to flush away from your body. Because drugs you consume alter brain chemistry, you will experience a number of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms during a drug detox. The severity of symptoms depends upon the specific drug you are addicted too and the duration and seriousness of your addiction.
During early detox, you may be offered prescription drugs such as Buprenorphine and Naltrexone to ease withdrawal symptoms. You are able to opt for ‘cold turkey’ based drug detox when no medications are consumed.
By far the hardest part of any drug detox is the initial 48 hours. During this time, withdrawal symptoms are likely to peak. However, when you attend a drug rehab clinic, you will be given medications to help offset these withdrawal symptoms to a comfortable level. During a drug detox, you will benefit from medical supervision. This helps to ensure your needs are met during this testing time.
Withdrawal symptoms will vary in severity depending upon the drug you are addicted to. Some drugs are merely psychologically addictive. This means no physical withdrawal symptoms will be experienced during such a detox. Other drugs, such as opiates, are physically addictive, and so you will suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms during this type of drug detox.
Some examples of opiate withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, muscle aches, anxiety, sweating, watering of the eyes, and uncontrollable kicking of the legs. These symptoms are best treated by consuming a partial opiate agonist such as Subutex.
In contrast to alcohol withdrawal symptoms, the symptoms you may experience during a typical drug detox are not life-threatening. However, since withdrawal symptoms are highly discomforting, we must not diminish the importance of seeking out the assistance of drug rehab clinic in helping you detox off drugs.
If you suffer from an underlying mental illness, it is essential for psychological withdrawal symptoms to be addressed during a drug detox programme. Many drug detoxes will only serve to aggravate mental illnesses. For instance, when you detox from certain drugs, you are likely to become paranoid. You may even experience psychosis. These psychological withdrawal symptoms could mean you become a danger to yourself or to others.
Drug detox essentially involves the managed cessation of drug consumption. The intensity of these symptoms varies vastly from person to person. The key factors that affect the severity of withdrawal symptoms include the length of your addiction to drugs; the existence of co-occurring mental or physical health problems; the half-life of the drug you are addicted to; if you are addicted to more than one drug; and the number of drugs you consume.
The most common drug withdrawal symptoms include:
The specific withdrawal symptoms you will experience will vary depending upon the type of drug you are addicted to. For instance, if you are addicted to alcohol, you may also experience hallucinations and you may even suffer from a seizure. If you are addicted to opiates, you will experience muscle ache, gastrointestinal problems, and bone/joint pain during your detox.
Although withdrawal symptoms vary according to the type of drug you are addicted to, what is clear is that you will benefit from a medically assisted detox no matter which drug you are addicted to. At Rehab 4 Addiction, we firmly believe your needs will be best served when you elect to undergo a detox at a drug detox clinic.
The term ‘drug detox’ is an umbrella phrase to capture a broad array of medical interventions designed to assist in coming off a range of legal and illegal drugs. A drug detox may take place in either an outpatient or inpatient environment:
For the above reasons, we strongly recommend you undertake a drug detox on an inpatient/residential basis.
Many people seeking out the services of a drug detox clinic will do so because they are addicted to opiates. During an opiate detox, you will be given partial opiate agonists such as Subutex (buprenorphine). These allow the detox clinic the ability to slowly taper you off opiates without you experiencing highly discomforting withdrawal symptoms.
The recommended minimum amount of time to complete an opiate detox is two weeks. The precise amount of time that’s necessary in your specific case will depend upon the severity of your opiate addiction and how long you have been addicted to opiates for. Some opiates, such as methadone, have a long half-life. In practical terms, this means it will take longer to detox off methadone compared to opiates with a shorter half-life.
There currently exist many diverse methods when it comes to detoxing off drugs. No method is considered ideal, and a full assessment must be carried out to confirm which of these methods is best suited to your unique needs.
Broadly speaking, drug detoxes fall into one of the below categories:
To discover which form of detox is applicable to your situation, contact Rehab 4 Addiction today on 0800 140 4690.
Many people will elect to undergo a drug detox from their own home. This detox is typically cold turkey in nature. This is because general practitioners are ever more unwilling to prescribe drugs intended to allow their patients to detox from home.
From our experience, undergoing a detox from home is highly inadvisable because it is generally unsafe to do, and you are highly likely to relapse during the course of a home detox. Furthermore, a home detox is very seldom backed up with therapy to treat the psychological aspect of addiction. For these reasons, we do not recommend you to undertake a drug detox from home.
A drug detox generally requires 7-14 days to complete. In practice, your drug detox programme should continue until all physical withdrawal symptoms have faded away. It’s also important to continue your drug detox until you are mentally strong enough to re-integrate into life outside of the drug detox clinic.
For the vast majority of people, merely undergoing a drug detox will not be enough preparation for long-term recovery. Addiction is predominately a psychological disease. A drug detox is designed to treat the physical symptoms of addiction and not the mental cause of addiction itself.
In order to treat the mental aspect of drug addiction, it is important for you to continue treatment at a drug rehab clinic even once your detox is complete. Clients typically spend an additional fortnight in a drug rehab clinic in order to undertake a period of re-adjustment. To achieve this, all rehab clinics we recommend offer therapy and counselling sessions to meet this aim.
Therapy sessions you will benefit from during this time include:
The benefits of attending a drug detox clinic in the United Kingdom are many. Below, we list some of the most prominent benefits you will receive when you invest in quality drug detox services:
During your drug detox programme at our rehabilitation centre you receive 24-hour a day medical observation on an ‘inpatient’ basis. Withdrawal symptoms are closely monitored and since our detox programme is residential you are physically removed from bad influences which encouraged drug-taking behaviour. Those addicted to opiates are offered sedation based withdrawal, where a number of opiate blockers are administered into the bloodstream. Other medications are available to lessen withdrawal symptoms for other drugs such as prescription drugs. All detox plans are fully personalised and so medication you receive during this time is decided on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.
Once your drug detox programme has concluded, your programme will continue in the form of various counselling and therapy sessions. Psychotherapy is carried out by a qualified psychiatrist or psychologist in the form of group therapy and individual therapy. This stage of rehabilitation is designed to help you build powerful coping strategies to avoid relapsing once you leave.
If you are ready to enter residential treatment for drug detox then call Rehab 4 Addiction today. Drug addiction treatment could save your life and the cost of the treatment is usually minuscule in comparison to the cost associated with the continuation of addiction. Call today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.