What is Going Through Detox Like?
As stated above, detox length and severity will depend on many factors. For people who are detoxing from alcohol, delirium tremens, excessive sweating, vomiting, insomnia, and weight loss are all side effects that may occur during detox. While alcohol can leave the body in a day or two, the psychological and physical symptoms often require more time for alcohol detox. Our alcohol detox program ranges from just a few days to up to two weeks.
Detoxification from drugs also can have a variety of lengths and severity. Some drugs (like opiates and benzodiazepines) are more difficult to detox from than others if the drug was used heavily or over an extensive period of time that can elongate the detox or make the discomfort more acute. Clients undergoing opiate detox, for example, will experience side effects even after the body has been cleansed of the drug. These symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, cramping, insomnia, shaking, restlessness, hallucinations, anxiety, hot flashes, and depression.
Craving is one of the most significant symptoms during drug detox, and it is one of the main reasons why a supervised detoxification is necessary. A medically assisted detoxification can help the body stop physically craving the substance more easily. In turn, the progressive treatment program that follows will help the psychological craving. We offer drug detoxification from street drugs, including heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, and crack cocaine as well as prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Xanax. The length of time for drug detoxification also depends on the person’s condition after the first few days, so the total duration can range from a few days to upwards of two weeks.