Drug and Alcohol Detox
Drug and alcohol detox helps you remove substances from your body. This way, you can start recovering. Promises Treatment Centers offers caring, inpatient treatment at our drug and alcohol detox center. Our treatment programs are in soothing, home-like environments.
What Is Drug and Alcohol Detox Like?
We understand entering drug rehab is stressful. We’re here to help you every step of the way. Our inpatient rehabs start with drug detox, if needed. Then you’ll continue with substance abuse treatment. During medical detox, we manage the physical changes that happen after repeated drug use. We also provide the highest level of comfort and support. Our mental health professionals use evidence-based medications and alternative therapies.
Here’s what you can expect from the alcohol and drug detox process:
Comprehensive Assessments – Your treatment team will do physical exams and psychological assessments. These helps us determine the most effective drug detox approaches based on your:
- Drug(s) of abuse
- Medical history
- Individual needs
Round-the-Clock Care – You’ll be monitored around the clock. We check vital signs and make sure you’re feeling comfortable and cared for. We’ll be there to promptly attend to discomfort from drug withdrawal symptoms.
Medications – Our medical professionals may prescribe research-backed medications as clinically appropriate. These medications ease psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports these medications are often used in detox:
Home-Like Comfort – Far from a hospital-like environment, our drug and alcohol detox centers are welcoming. You’ll enjoy comfortable furnishings and warm décor in serene settings.
Alternative Approaches – Some of our drug detox programs use alternative approaches to help manage withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the Promises treatment center, these may include services like therapeutic massage or acupuncture.
Alcohol and Drug Detox Tailored to You
Like the rest of the drug addiction treatment experience at Promises, drug detox is tailored to your needs. Medications and therapies are based on the type and severity of your addiction.
Some people may not be able to benefit from starting treatment while in detox. You’re not required to take part in structured groups or other programming. But if you’re ready to begin substance abuse treatment, you can attend groups and therapy sessions during detox.
Can I Detox at Home?
Self-detox or going “cold turkey” is when people quit using drugs or alcohol without medical supervision. Medical professionals can ease drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. We make sure drug detox is safe. While the intentions of self-detox are positive, the outcomes are often not. Many people who self-detox turn to drug or alcohol detox centers after failed attempts to “go it alone.” Others will have such a negative self-detox experience that they fall back into their addiction. Some may even have fatal outcomes.
Drug and alcohol detox at home comes with many risks. If conducted improperly or without medical supervision, detox can be painful. It can even be life-threatening in certain cases. The discomfort of withdrawal is one reason people relapse or delay treatment. Self-detox does not provide the support needed to maintain sobriety.
Drug and alcohol detox is only the first step in recovery. The most effective medical detox centers provide 24/7 medical care. They also use research-backed medications to ensure a safe and comfortable experience.
At Promises Treatment Centers, nearly all of our clients complete medical detox. Then they move forward with their drug and alcohol rehab program. That’s because we use evidence-based approaches to make detox as gentle and comfortable as possible. You’re in good hands with our compassionate, trained medical professionals.
What Drugs Need Medically Supervised Detox?
It’s best to consult a physician if you’re thinking about quitting drugs or alcohol. This is true especially if you’ve been abusing drugs in large amounts or for long periods of time. The drug detox process could be painful or dangerous depending on:
- The severity of your drug addiction
- Your unique physical and psychological makeup
- The type of drug or alcohol abused
Substances that have the highest potential for dangerous withdrawal symptoms include:
Alcohol – If you’ve been drinking often or in large amounts, seek medical help. Don’t try to quit alcohol “cold turkey” on your own. About half of people with alcohol addiction will have severe withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking. These could include:
- Delirium tremens (DTs)
- Panic attacks
Heroin and other opioids – Many people who try to quit opiates on their own relapse. Detox from prescription drugs like Oxycontin or illicit drugs like heroin is difficult. Continued use of opiates can change how nerve cells in the brain function. Suddenly stopping opiates can bring on severe physical discomfort and unpleasant feelings. The body can no longer regulate itself. Opiate withdrawal symptoms can feel unbearable without help. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle and bone aches
- Intense cravings
Benzodiazepines – Benzodiazepines can have medical benefits under the care of a physician. But when they’re abused, benzos may lead to severe physical and psychological dependence. Withdrawal from benzos with brand names like Xanax, Valium and Klonopin can be difficult. If you’ve been abusing alcohol or other substances along with benzos, detox can be especially dangerous. Benzo withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Panic attacks
Stimulants – Stimulants like cocaine and crystal meth change the brain’s chemistry. They can cause intense depression and anxiety when you stop abusing them. Use of meth and cocaine impacts the central nervous system. They boost levels of mood-enhancing chemicals like norepinephrine and dopamine. Often, use of these substances results in euphoria and increased energy, which can be addictive.
Researchers found that people withdrawing from meth experienced psychotic symptoms and depression. These lasted one week and they craved the drug for at least five weeks. The abrupt drop in dopamine may also cause meth users to have insomnia, paranoia and hallucinations. Cocaine withdrawal may include:
- Intense anxiety
How Long Does Drug Detox Take?
Medical detox typically takes 2-7 days, depending on the drug and individual. For some substances, lingering effects may continue for weeks to several months. Examples include like anxiety, depression, insomnia and cravings.
The time it takes to detox depends on:
- The drug(s) abused
- How long you’ve been abusing substances
- How much of a drug you’ve been abusing
- Your physical and mental health
While drug detox is different for everyone, general timelines for commonly abused drugs include:
Alcohol detox – People with alcohol addiction may begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms about six hours after their last drink. Alcohol detox occurs in three phases:
- 1-3 days after last drink – This is the first and most dangerous phase of alcohol withdrawal. Your body tries to reestablish normal functioning without alcohol. Without medical treatment and alcohol rehab, you’re at high risk for:
- Delirium tremens
- Heart palpitations
- Other severe symptoms
- 5-7 days after last drink – Alcohol withdrawal symptoms lessen in intensity. You may still have anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems.
- Weeks to months after last drink – You may continue to experience mild anxiety, lethargy and other psychological symptoms. Your brain continues to rebalance and your body mends from the damage of alcohol abuse.
Opiate detox – Withdrawal typically begins within one day if you’ve been abusing opiates. The first 72 hours are usually the most difficult. Symptoms include:
- Elevated heart rate
- Stomach cramps
- Intense cravings
Typically these symptoms subside by day three to five. Lingering symptoms may include fatigue, chills and muscle soreness. Psychological symptoms like depression and anxiety may last for several weeks or months.
Benzo detox – The first three days can be the toughest. Without medical treatment you may experience:
- Psychotic episodes
- Heart palpitations
- Panic attacks
Less intense symptoms like insomnia and anxiety get less severe over several months.
Stimulant detox – The length of stimulant withdrawal depends on the type of stimulant. It also depends on how fast-acting the stimulant is. Usually you’ll experience a “crash” within a day or two of the last dose. During this time, methamphetamines and cocaine can bring about physical and psychological complications. Withdrawal symptoms range from paranoia and depression to tremors and aches. Sleep issues as well as depression or anxiety may linger for several weeks.
What Happens After Drug and Alcohol Detox?
Medical detox is an important step in sobriety, but it’s not the last. The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes detox as the first stage of alcohol and drug treatment. Detox should be followed by drug addiction treatment. Removing drugs and alcohol from your body doesn’t address the reasons you were abusing substances. Detox only begins to touch on the mental and emotional issues that could be fueling drug abuse.
Inpatient drug rehab provides a safe place to focus on getting better. Treatment plans may include:
- Individual therapy using cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy or other evidence-based therapies
- Group therapy to connect with people going through similar experiences
- Family therapy to improve communication
- Dual diagnosis treatment to address co-occurring disorders
- Sober activities to learn to have fun without drugs or alcohol
- Coping skills training
- 12-step programs
- Alternative therapies
- Relapse prevention
- Aftercare planning so you can stay sober after leaving drug and alcohol rehab
Take the First Step to a Better Life
You aren’t expected to have a clear plan for how to get from where you are now to where you want to be. You may not feel ready to give up drugs and alcohol. You may not know what’s next for you after drug detox. That’s why we’re here – to guide you along the road to recovery, one step at a time. Call us today. We can help.
To learn more about Drug and Alcohol Detox, call 844-876-5568