What is Drug Detox?
Detox is the process of ridding the body of chemical substances and toxins and is the first step to recovering from addiction. Eliminating all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body is critical for long-term recovery.
The detoxification process can get tough, and withdrawal can be potentially dangerous, even life-threatening. That’s why it is recommended to detox under the supervision of professionals, so that withdrawal symptoms can be safely managed and overall health can be monitored.
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, we provide a safe and comfortable environment for you or your loved one during the drug and alcohol detox process. Our detox treatment team is experienced, qualified, and committed to helping you overcome your addiction. We understand that detoxing from drugs and alcohol is a difficult experience, but we are dedicated to making it as comfortable and effective as possible.
The Drug Detox Process
The detox treatment program begins with a comprehensive evaluation to assess physical and mental health issues, as well as measure the amount of substances in the individual’s system. The individual’s drug history is also evaluated, and a custom detoxification plan is created.
Once a strategy is developed, the detox process begins. During this process, the individual is stabilized with medical and psychological therapy to provide comfort and help them through the acute withdrawal symptoms. The amount of time it takes to complete drug detox can vary greatly, depending on the type of substances used, the amount of substances used, and the duration of use. However, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that the average length of detox is less that eight days.
Following the completion of drug detox or alcohol detox, the patient can then transition into an addiction recovery program. Ridding the body of drugs and alcohol through detox is not enough to overcome addiction and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It is highly recommended to continue the journey to long-term sobriety through either an Intensive Outpatient or Partial Hospitalization program.
Side Effects of Detox
When people repeatedly use drugs and alcohol the body can become dependent on that substance, meaning that they need to continue using it just to function normally. When the user stops taking that substance, that’s when the withdrawal symptoms kick in.
Although medical detox helps reduce withdrawal symptoms, there are some that are unavoidable. Some common side effects of withdrawal include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle weakness
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Attempting to detox alone, especially when addiction and dependency are severe, is not ideal. This can lead to many serious complications, such as:
- Delirium tremens
- Relapse and overdose
Detox from Drugs and Alcohol at Footprints
Recovering from addiction can be a long, trying journey filled with ups and downs. We understand that, and we are here to guide and support you as you work to overcome addiction and restore your life.
At Footprints Beachside Recovery, your recovery and success are our top priority. We will ensure that you are comfortable and safe during the drug detox or alcohol detox process, and will help get you physically and mentally stable as you continue the journey to sobriety. Learn more about our treatment program, and contact us today to get started.