What Can I Expect in Detox?

Healing and recovery for alcohol and drug abuse begins by ridding your body of harmful toxins built up in your system. Some people need detoxification, while others, whose symptoms aren’t as severe, may not.

It is advisable not to try to detox on your own. Being admitted to an inpatient facility designed for substance abuse withdrawal is best. When making a decision where to detoxify, make sure it is a licensed facility with a full medical staff that can take care of any medical situation that could arise. You also want a detox staff that will care about keeping you as comfortable as possible.

The typical detox for severe substance abuse begins with three to seven days of medically managed detoxification. Depending on the withdrawal symptoms you have or the substance to which you are addicted, specific medications may be prescribed by doctors to help alleviate any discomfort and to help control cravings.

When you begin detoxing from opioids, such as prescription medications or heroin, your withdrawal symptoms can include: muscle pain, agitation and anxiety, stomach pain and cramping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, sweating and cramping. Cocaine withdrawal symptoms may include: agitation, restlessness, general discomfort, fatigue or nightmares. Detoxification from alcohol can present: anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, nightmares, nausea and vomiting, tremors, delirium tremens or seizures.

Commonly used drugs prescribed during detox are: methadone, buprenorphine, suboxone, benzodiazepines, anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and anti-nausea medicine. Each one has a specific purpose to: wean you off drug addiction slowly, decrease drug cravings, reduce the dangers as much as possible when a severe overdose is suspected, treat anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, seizures, treat delirium, delusions, hallucinations, agitation, and decrease nausea and vomiting.

Several factors, including the type of substance you abuse and how long you have been abusing it will determine the length and intensity of your withdrawal. Some substances, like alcohol can produce more significant withdrawal symptoms than others. Alcohol withdrawal, in particular, can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Once you have been detoxed, you can then enter an inpatient or outpatient rehab and begin your journey towards a sober and drug free life. Good for you!

“Accept where you are, accept what you have, accept who you are ~ do what you can with all of that and let it be enough.”—NIkki Rowe

Upon arrival at Infinity Malibu, our experienced physicians and clinical staff assess your health history, chemical condition, and addiction background to develop a medically supervised detox plan customized to you. We will be there for you! Call 888-266-9048 today

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