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drug detox

Drug detox is the first and most crucial part of your recovery.

Detoxing from drugs 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 drug detox.

The severity of symptoms depends upon the specific drug you are addicted too and the duration and seriousness of your addiction.

During the early detox stage, 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.

Do I need to detox from drugs?

Addiction or dependence on drugs requires the user to undergo a drug detox as part of their initial rehab stage. Without detoxing from drugs, you will be unable to complete the latter half of your recovery programme which consists of therapy and maintenance.

To put it simply, you cannot begin recovery without detoxing. Many people are put off detoxing by the fear of withdrawal symptoms, and even the absence of the substance they once loved being in their body.

We understand this is an uncertain and new concept, but with our help and support, you will soon be on the other side of addiction having undergone a full medical detox.

Remember: withdrawal symptoms are extremely common, and they are above all temporary. Without proper support and assistance, your addiction can be a life sentence. Choosing recovery, and eliminating substances from your body is the first and most difficult step – but the most rewarding.

About our drug detox programme

During your drug detox programme at our rehabilitation centre, you receive 24-hour a day medical observation on an ‘inpatient’ basis. And since our detox programme is residential, you are physically removed from bad influences that encourage 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. Detox plans are fully personalised and so medication you receive during this time is decided on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.

What kinds of drugs can you help me detox from?

At Rehab 4 Addiction, we have helped thousands of people like yourselves who have fallen into the relentless traps of addiction. We understand your needs greatly, and we employ a team of specialists in each field to ensure your detox is as smooth as possible.

We offer residential rehab programmes for a variety of substance addictions and behaviours. Detoxing however is crucial for the following drug addictions:

What are my drug detox options?

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. Drug detox may take place in either an outpatient or inpatient environment:

  • Inpatient detox: When you undergo an inpatient detox, you will live in the rehab clinic whilst you come off drugs. Here, you will benefit from round-the-clock medical care. You will also be removed from your drug-using environment
  • Outpatient detox: An outpatient detox takes place in your home. Because of this, you are highly likely to relapse because access to drugs will not be removed. As stated above, you will experience powerful cravings whilst you detox, and having access to drugs whilst you experience cravings is too much of a temptation for most drug users For the above reasons, we strongly recommend you undertake a drug detox on an inpatient/residential basis

What are the benefits of medically-assisted drug detox?

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:

  • Medical care during detox
  • Personalised detox and therapy plan
  • Psychiatric assistance
  • Aftercare & relapse prevention
  • Drug addiction education
  • Nutritional support
  • Access to holistic therapies

What are the stages of a drug detox programme?

During drug detox, you will benefit from medical supervision. This helps to ensure your needs are met during this testing time.

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.

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, 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.

Understanding drug withdrawal symptoms

Below we discuss in further detail the nature of withdrawal symptoms from commonly abused drugs. It is important to understand the timeframe, severity, and type of withdrawal symptoms you are about to undergo.

1. How serious are withdrawal symptoms?

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 a drug rehab clinic in helping you detox off drugs.

Psychological withdrawal symptoms must be addressed during a drug detox programme if you suffer from an underlying mental illness. 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.

2. What are the most common drug withdrawal symptoms?

The most common drug withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Those of physical nature: this includes intense sweating, chills, tremors, runny nose, flu-like symptoms, and nausea
  • Sleeping problems: this includes suffering from insomnia and associated fatigue
  • Those of a psychological nature: this includes mood swings, agitation, and irritability
  • Cravings: you will likely experience intense cravings to continue using your drug of choice

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.

Withdrawal symptoms vary according to the type of drug you are addicted to: however, 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 detox at a drug detox clinic.

3. The severity of drug detox withdrawal symptoms

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 drug’s half-life; and the number of drugs you consume.

The most serious withdrawal symptoms from drugs can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Clammy skin
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dilated pupils
  • Seizures
  • Mood swings
  • Nightmares
  • Paranoia
  • Exhaustion
  • Aches and pains
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Muscle cramps
  • Diarrhoea

What happens during an opiate detox?

Opiate addiction is one of the main reasons many people seek out the services of a drug detox clinic. You will be given partial opiate agonists such as Subutex (buprenorphine) during opiate detox.

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.

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.

What are the various methods for drug detoxes?

There currently exist many diverse methods when it comes to detoxing off drugs. No ideal method exists, 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:

1. A social or ‘cold-turkey’ detox

This is when you come off drugs without using any medications to ease withdrawal symptoms. This lack of pharmacological input is rarely recommendable. Undergoing a cold turkey detox means you will unnecessarily suffer from a range of highly discomforting withdrawal symptoms

2. A short-term detox

This is when you spend around 7-14 days in a rehab clinic so that you merely seek treatment for the physical aspect of drug addiction

3. A long-term detox

A short-term detox is followed up by a robust programme of therapy and aftercare. This ensures the mental, as well as the physical aspect of drug addiction, receive ample treatment

Is it possible to complete a home drug detox?

Many people will elect to undergo a drug detox from their own homes. 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 detox from home is highly inadvisable because it is generally unsafe to do, and you are highly likely to relapse during the course of home detox. 

Furthermore, home detox is 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.

How long does a drug detox last for?

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.

Opiate-based drugs (heroin and painkillers) cause flu-like symptoms which last up to 5 days, while benzodiazepines are known to cause seizures and anxiety which can last for weeks or even months.

The most common withdrawal symptoms associated with cocaine are depression and restlessness, which lasts from 7 to 10 days. Cannabis detox usually lasts for around a week, with symptoms such as anxiety, low mood, and lack of energy occurring.


Is a drug detox enough for long-term recovery?

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. Therefore, drug detox treats 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:

What happens after drug detox?

Once your drug detox programme has concluded, your programme will continue in the form of various counselling and therapy sessions. This is the maintenance or rehab phase, where work on the mind and behaviours begin.

A qualified psychiatrist or psychologist carries out psychotherapy in the form of group therapy and individual therapy. This stage helps you build powerful coping strategies to avoid relapsing once you leave.

Ready to detox?

If you are ready to enter residential treatment for drug detox then call Rehab 4 Addiction today. Drug addiction treatment could save your life.

Call today on 0800 140 4690 or complete the enquiry form.

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