The goal of detoxification is to relieve the body of drugs and/or alcohol for the healing process to begin. As much as possible, we will strive to alleviate the adverse symptoms of detoxification such as anxiety, insomnia and many others depending on how the individual reacts to the detox program. When a patient arrives at our inpatient facility, clinical professionals obtain a thorough history with the goal of designing a protocol based on the individual’s specific needs.
For people who are detoxing from alcohol, a variety of symptoms may occur depending on the severity of a person’s abuse. Delirium tremors, excessive sweating, vomiting, insomnia, and weight loss are all side effects that may occur during alcohol 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 two weeks.
Drug detoxification also varies, especially if the drug was used heavily or over an extensive period of time. Patients undergoing opiate detox, for example, will experience side effects even after the body has been cleansed of the drug. The symptoms involved with a drug detox have a wide range depending on the type of drug used. 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 the reason why detoxification is necessary. Drug detox allows the body to stop physically craving the substance, and in turn the progressive treatment program can 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 about two weeks.
Many patients realize that breaking the cycle of addiction requires permanent removal from drugs and alcohol. Even with this realization, alcohol or drug detox is a difficult process both physically and emotionally. For this reason, it should be supervised by medical professionals. Patients’ emotions during detox are intensified by the difficulty of dealing with the physical effects noted above. Plus, throughout the process, they are forced to handle both physical and emotional stress without the influence of drugs or alcohol—this could be overwhelming. Our staff is there to comfort and guide your loved one each step of the way.
Withdrawal from an addictive substance can be very painful and, in some cases, life threatening. When a person takes drug or consumes alcohol regularly, the body becomes accustomed to having certain levels of the substance in it. Once the substance is removed, the body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the substance used, withdrawal symptoms can even start to appear within a couple hours, to 24 hours after the last drug dose. This is why inpatient detox is so helpful to deal with this challenge.
JILOA Treatment & Recovery Centers, Inc. inpatient detox staff can monitor you to make sure that the withdrawal process is handled accurately and safely. In addition, you will be given medication to manage the symptoms of the withdrawal. Often, when people try to quit using an addictive substance at home, they end up relapsing just to relieve the discomfort. In an inpatient detox setting, medical professionals are able to manage these uncomfortable symptoms. You will also be given other kinds of therapy to help with withdrawal. Aside from medication, you will be given treatments like massage, acupuncture, and healthy nutritious food.
Withdrawal symptoms may vary, depending on the drug used. Some typical withdrawal symptoms, however, may include problems with:
- Extreme depression.
- Decreased appetite
- Severe fatigue
- Runny nose
- Inability to sleep
- Trembling or shaking
- Rapid heart rate
- Troubled breathing
- Muscle tension and pain
- Heart attack.