What is detox?
Detoxification or detox is the process that removes a drug’s toxins from the body and is usually the first step towards treating a drug addiction. The around the clock attention, and access to appropriate medication, of a residential treatment plan is often the best course of action. For certain drug addictions home detox can also prove highly beneficial.
What are the effects of detox?
Drugs and alcohol are brain depressants that suppress the brain’s production of neurotransmitters. When a person stops using these substances the brain produces a surge of adrenaline that causes drug withdrawal symptoms.
Sudden withdrawal can be life-threatening. The recommended gradual withdrawal process can be an extremely intense, and sometimes painful, experience. That is why such gradual detox programmes should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment.
Withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. It is a sliding scale of severity depending on the substance being withdrawn. It can be worse for some than others and occasionally there are no symptoms whatsoever.
Please don’t be alarmed by this list. You may not experience any of these symptoms. Even if you do the clinic staff will monitor your condition closely to ensure that your detox period is as comfortable an experience as possible. This can often include the prescribing of a substitute medication, to help flush the substance from your body.
How long does detox take?
Once again, the length of a detox can vary depending on a number of factors such as the type of substance you’re addicted to; the length of time you’ve been addicted; your age; your physical and mental health; and any other medications taken for health reasons.
The right help, at the right time
Port of Call can secure an appropriate detox and rehabilitation treatment programme for you quickly and discreetly. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to navigate towards the most appropriate course of treatment and support. Please call our free phone line on 0800 002 9010, we are ready and willing to help you through your addiction.