During the detox program, your body metabolizes the drugs and alcohol remaining in your system. During this time, your body begins to experience withdrawal symptoms, and they can be extremely uncomfortable. If you can’t tolerate them, you may feel compelled to take a drink or ingest drugs before the detox process ends.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms that you may experience include the following:
- An unstable heart rate or blood pressure
The Detox Process
When you first enter a detox center, the medical personnel will evaluate your situation. They will be able to diagnose any physical or mental illnesses that you have. They will take blood tests to determine how much of the drug is in your system. Then, they can determine how much medication you need to ease your withdrawal symptoms. All the information they take from you will allow them to develop your treatment plan.
The Stabilization Process
The purpose of the stabilization process is to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the withdrawal process. It also reduces the possibility of complications.
The Treatment Process
After the first two steps are complete, you will be ready to enter into your long-term treatment program. Your physician will explain what the treatment process will entail and what you will be able to expect from it.
The 3-day detox program might be the most popular option, but it isn’t for everyone. The best candidate is someone with a light to moderate addiction to drugs or alcohol. This program will also work well for you if you are physically fit and aren’t experiencing any physical illnesses or mental illnesses that are causing complications.
The first thing you will need to do is go through the drug or alcohol detox process. This will remove all traces of the drugs or alcohol from your system as described above. Since it will be a medical detox, physicians and nurses will be with you at all times as they monitor your progress. They will administer medications that will help you tolerate the withdrawal process without extreme discomfort.
In some cases, you will be able to attend counseling sessions while you are in detox. Counseling is a part of the long-term treatment of drug or alcohol addiction, so it will be left for after the detox program is over.
You are a candidate for the 5-day detox program if you have had a substance use disorder for an extensive period of time and the abuse can be considered to be heavy. This program also works well if you aren’t experiencing any co-occurring mental health disorders.
The first thing you will be asked to do is enter the detox program as was described above. It will be extremely important that you remain in this program until it ends because some of the withdrawal symptoms may persist throughout the week. You must be at the detox center so that your symptoms can be treated as they appear. If you leave the detox center prematurely, you may not be able to resist these symptoms, and you may return to your drug of choice.
After the detox process is over, you will be able to make a decision concerning where you want to go. You may go home, or you may go into a treatment program. You may also go into a sober living facility.
This longer detox program is for you if you are addicted to both alcohol and drugs because this requires a longer stay in a rehab center. The side effects of withdrawal can be dangerous with this type of addiction, so the 7-day detox program is most suited for your needs.
As with the other programs, the staff will take your history of drug and/or alcohol use so that they can determine the help you will need for your addiction. You may also need to take a physical examination. Throughout this time, you will be monitored because it can be dangerous to leave you on your own before you withdraw completely from drugs or alcohol.
If you are ready to get your life back on track, call us today at 833-497-3812. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day. If you are a parent and would like to inquire about help for your adult child, contact us, and we will help you get your child the help that he or she needs.