Detoxification or detox begins after our clients complete the intake process. This phase of rehab treatment rids your body of addictive drugs and alcohol so you can begin to address the underlying issues that lead to substance abuse in the first place.
We only work with the best detox facilities to ensure that this process is as safe and comfortable as possible. While each client’s detox experience is different, assistive medication may be given by treatment staff in some cases to ease withdrawal symptoms that can accompany detoxing from drugs like opiate pain killers, prescription medications, heroin, etc.
The intensity of the detox process varies according to factors such as:
- The client’s body makeup and metabolism
- The drug or substance of abuse and amount being ingested
- Length of use or abuse
- The client’s age, health condition and other complicating factors
Detoxing in a medically supervised setting is generally a safe process and is the only way that we recommend completing this stage of rehab treatment. Detoxing on your own or without the supervision of trained professionals can be painful, dangerous and even deadly. Clinical supervision and care helps you move through this phase of treatment as safely and comfortably as possible.
After regular use of drugs or alcohol, your body gets used to having certain levels of that substance in your system. You may start to feel the withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking the drugs or drinking alcohol. Everyone’s detox experience is different but feelings of withdrawal can start as early as hours after stopping and typically appear within the first 24 hours after your last use.
Some common symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Depression or depressed mood
- Problems concentrating
- Loss of appetite or not wanting to eat
- Feeling fatigued or very tired
- Agitated mood or feelings of anger
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Perspiration or sweating
- Feeling sick to your stomach or nausea
- Muscle and stomach cramps
- Shaking (also called “the shakes”)
- Fast or increased heartrate
- Difficulty breathing or tightness in your chest
- Migraines and headaches
- Seizures (even if you haven’t had them before)
- Heart attack or stroke
- Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there- hallucinations
Medications exist to help make the process of detoxing more comfortable. Your treatment team will assess whether use of these medications is right or necessary for you. Your detox clinical team is there to help you get through the withdrawal process so you can safely move onto the next phase of the rehab process.