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Alcohol And Drug Detox

Learn About Detox


One may be exposed to danger if toxins from alcohol and addictive substances are removed from the body. A medically observed detoxification can decrease withdrawal side effects and guarantee protection.

This means helping the body to get rid of harmful substances in it. Treatment of symptoms occurring from cessation of use of the addictive substances is the objective of detoxification.

Detox process may be short or long and could be violent or manageable depending on the severity of the addiction. Type of drug and the duration of use also determine the outcome of addition withdrawal program.


Medicines used in detoxification assist former users to feel relaxed whilst the opiates are being removed from their body.


The duration of full recovery range from days to months of withdrawal signs treatment. The length of experience is dependent on the type of substance abuse and the length of time of the abuse.

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Feasibility Of Home Detoxification

It can be fatal to attempt detoxification unsupervised. Life-threatening complications like convulsions and pronounced body water deficiency can result from abrupt withdrawal "cold turkey" or detox done at home.

No matter the possible side effects, rehab centres will help you manage them successfully. Because of the potential danger in detoxing at home, heavy addicts should seek medical assistance before doing it. This is to ensure that immediate medical attention and monitoring is available when needed.


Drug Detoxing Whilst Pregnant

The health of the foetus is a good consideration for an expectant mother to stop using addictive substances. The foetus can be adversely affected by being born prematurely or afflicted critically when detoxification is too sudden. It is important that pregnant women receive medical supervision during detox. Detox serves to avoid relapse and manage pain of withdrawal signs in pregnant women. Detoxification professionals can keep the children protected and in good condition by looking after the pregnant women during detox process. Medications are introduced to pregnant women to help them achieve a stable state. The severe addiction to alcohol and opioids are both highly risky to the unborn child.


The Detoxification Method

Each person requires an individualized approach for detoxification. The drug detoxification procedure assists addicts to receive a personalized treatment.

Three stages are commonly required:

  • Evaluation
  • The condition of the addict as well as the soundness of their mentality will first be tested if any addict expresses their desire to live in the rehab centre for treatment.
  • Blood test by doctors to verify the quantity of drug in the patient's system.
  • The data from these steps become the basis for the amount medications to administer to the patient.
  • Adequate information is then taken involving substance use, past mental illnesses and hospitalizations.
  • Exclusive management arrangement for the individual is based on these histories.
  • Balancing
  • Stabilizing the individual with medicinal and mental treatment is the following stage.
  • Avoidance of complication to the individual is the aim of this stage.
  • Resident physicians use prescription drugs to treat symptoms and prevent complications from underlying issues during withdrawal.
  • Preparing Entry Into Treatment
  • Last detox preparation step defines suitable treatment program for the patient.
  • This is where the physicians educate the patient with the treatment information and the process itself.
  • Inpatient is an ideal intervention for successful withdrawal from drugs.
  • When patient is hospitalized, this last stage is paramount to ensure patient adherence.

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Detoxification And The Side Effects

Quitting drug dependency could result in painful and dangerous outcome. This is the reason why medical detoxification is very essential. Removing the toxin will be done in a place where complications and other challenges are under control if it is done with the assistance of doctors. The duration of supervision is distinct in inpatient and outpatient rehab.

In a supervised detox, the patient is able to cope with the withdrawal fairly with the easy access to assistance and medical care in cases of violent and unnerving episodes.

Attention is paid to withdrawal steps in medical detox save inevitable. Some of the most typical symptoms are:

  • Uneasiness and worrying
  • Fatigue
  • Sickness
  • Weakened muscles
  • Mood changes

Detoxification By Type Of Drug

The manageability of detox and withdrawal varies on the kind and degree of addiction of the patient. The balance of withdrawal signs is tipped towards the physical or mental influence.

For example, Cocaine withdrawal is mental. During detox, urges to use and restlessness of the patient is being managed. On the other hand, withdrawal from alcohol use is more punishing on the physiological side that it leads to seizures or even fatality.

These side effects require the use of medications in order to treat and lessen the intensity of the symptoms during the withdrawal. Comorbidities and body ache are also treated. Hard drugs requiring special medication to detox include but not limited to:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Benzodiazepines

Fast And Super Fast Detoxification And Dangers

Rapid detox is the process of flushing the drug or toxins from the patient's system faster than the normal process. Proponents and supporters of rapid detoxification push this process with the primary advantage of skipping the dreadful withdrawal symptoms.

The risks, however for this procedure are greater as well as the cost.

The addict will first be given a prescription drug that will serve as a replacement for the addicted drug after he has been induced to sleep , that's part of the rapid detox program. Dependence on opiate like heroin and painkillers is the reason for advancement of this practice. Balance of scale is tipped towards risks than rewards.

In "Ultra-rapid detox" treatment, the duration is slashed down to hours. Coleman Institute report reveals high risk of 1 in 500 people die from ultra-rapid detox.

Still high-priced than the usual detox, traditional rapid detox programs can take about two to three days to be completed and is less dangerous than the "ultra-rapid detox". It can cost up to £10,000 and the insurance doesn't normally cover it.


Life After Detoxification

The initial component for dependency management is detoxification. If the addition will be completely overcome, more is required than the removal of toxins only. The mental effect of the dependence on drug should also be attended to. Most rehab centres employ counselling, support systems, and group session. Starting the detox program will be easy if an expert is on hand to lend a hand.

To find a centre where you can be adequately managed, contact us immediately on 0800 246 1509.