15 Days Drug Detox
Detoxification is the process of flushing substances from the body and managing any resulting withdrawal symptoms.
Alcohol detox and withdrawal produce a set of physical and mental symptoms that result from alcohol’s departure from the body, commonly referred to as alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The symptoms often vary in severity: they can be confused for a mild cold or they can prove deadly. This unpredictability makes medical involvement and supervision incredibly important.
Drug detox and withdrawal can arise from both illegal drugs and prescription pain killers and are rather similar to alcohol detoxification but the symptoms and medical solutions will vary based on several factors:
- The drug or drugs are taken
- The duration and extent of drug use
- Any family history of addiction
- General health concerns or absence thereof
- The presence of co-occurring mental health disorders (the coexistence of mental health diagnoses and addiction)
Alcohol and drug detox is the first stages of recovery from substance use disorders. Medical professionals and treatment centers can provide a safe environment for detoxing from alcohol, opioids, and other drugs and transition patients into a more engaging treatment experience.
What Is drug/alcohol withdrawal syndrome?
The extended use of alcohol will force the body to adjust to the presence of alcohol’s ingredients. The brain adapts to the depressant effects of alcohol and creates a new normal for the nerves and neurological pathways. Your body is now calibrated to function with alcohol. Then you remove alcohol during the detox stage and the body is forced to respond to its absence. The result: alcohol withdrawal.
What are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal syndrome?
There is a spectrum of possible alcohol withdrawal symptoms, ranging from those that are mild and almost imperceptible to ones that are very serious and possibly fatal. Ultimately, it’s hard to know what will happen during anyone’s alcohol withdrawal process. It varies from person to person. Complicating medical conditions, like heart disease or a history of seizures, can increase the severity of withdrawal. These are the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal:
- Delirium tremens
Some people might not even realize that they’re experiencing withdrawal or confuse it with a hangover. But withdrawals will become progressively worse, both the symptoms and severity. And for severe cases, conditions like delirium tremens can prove life-threatening.
What are the symptoms of drug withdrawal?
Drug withdrawal symptoms depend on the drug or drugs used. Going through withdrawal can feel like having a terrible case of the flu, especially when withdrawing from pain killers or other opioids. While not all drugs have life-threatening withdrawal periods, some drugs like benzos and opiates can prove fatal. Symptoms include:
- Body aches and muscle cramps
- Runny nose
How can I safely detox and manage withdrawal symptoms?
Medical care providers will evaluate a patient’s risk factors. For example, someone with heart disease or diabetes would be at a higher risk for complications during alcohol withdrawal. In an inpatient setting, doctors can safely monitor, manage, and erase any existing conditions alongside the rise of alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and provide a safer, more comfortable withdrawal process.
It’s also possible for a doctor to manage your withdrawal symptoms while you remain at home. Physicians can prescribe medications that will relieve your symptoms or cravings and give you a better chance at fully quitting and engaging in a safe and healthy recovery thereafter.
The takeaway for withdrawal and detox
Alcohol and other drug withdrawal can be serious. Although many people experience mild symptoms and may confuse withdrawal with something harmless, the outcome of withdrawal is unpredictable and potentially life-threatening—especially if you have any existing health complications. Involving your doctor or a medical facility will ensure you are safe and protected.
If you have tried to quit on your own before, medical involvement to manage withdrawal is even more important. Addiction is not your fault. Don’t blame yourself. But keep in mind that, had you been able to quit alone, you likely would have already. The medical community is here to help. We will provide you with medication-assisted treatment to manage your withdrawals, a safe environment to focus entirely on quitting, and a long-term treatment plan that increases the likelihood of sustained recovery.
3 steps 15 days drug detox challenge process at Health Republic
The goal of our detox program is physiological healing after long or short-term drug addiction/usage – first through stabilization, then through a period of detoxification. After stabilization the focus of detox shifts to the monitoring and support of the various processes of the body as it rids itself of the drug/s, and to the managing the often unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that may result.
We have highly trained staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that you are comfortable, relaxed, and at ease. The detox duration may vary considering the type of drug and person’s health status but a minimum of two weeks is mandatory at Health Republic.
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