Length of Withdrawal Symptoms
Depending on the drug that was used, the time it takes to get through withdrawal symptoms can vary greatly. Some of the factors that affect this length include:
- The substance the person was addicted to
- How long the addiction lasted (before getting help)
- The severity of the substance/alcohol addiction
- The method used for abuse (snorting, smoking, swallowing, or injecting the substance)
- The amount of substance taken at one time
- Family history
- Medical conditions
- Genetic makeup
- Underlying mental health conditions that aid in addiction
These factors can ultimately have an effect on how long the withdrawal symptoms last. It is recommended to do a medically assisted detox, regardless of circumstance. If you are concerned that a loved one may be abusing substances or alcohol, get help fast from trusted professionals.
The Detox Process
There are three steps to detox a person successfully, these are to ensure safety and effectiveness. It is worth noting that since everyone’s needs are different, detox processes will be personalized depending on the severity and drug that was abused.
At Behavioral Health Centers, we offer the full detox treatment, personalized for you or a loved one. Our Florida based facility has everything needed to get you right on the track with these three general detox steps.
The first step towards proper detoxification involves medical screening for the patient. This evaluation is to spot any physical and mental issues present. After, blood tests are used to see how much of a certain drug is in the person’s system.
These blood tests help our staff determine the correct level of medication needed for your particular case. The patient’s drug, medical, and psychiatric history is also looked at to create a long-term treatment plan after substance abuse detox.
Next up is stabilizing the person with medical or psychological therapy. The primary purpose of this is to prevent any form of harm to the person. This stabilization process can also include the help of addiction treatment medications to deter complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms.
Preparing for Treatment
The final step of detox involves preparation for the treatment program. Our qualified staff helps you get a feel for the treatment program and what to expect. Inpatient rehabs are often the best choice after successfully completing the detox process.
Since detox is only the first step towards recovery, it is important to have options readily available after a successful detox. At Behavioral Health Centers, we’re here to make the process easy and comfortable.
Detox Side Effects
While drug detox is necessary for a full recovery, the process can be painful and dangerous. This is why a medical detox by qualified professionals is so important. Detox with medical supervision allows for a safe and comfortable environment during the process.
Detox does an excellent job of limiting the severe symptoms of withdrawal, but unfortunately, some are unavoidable.
Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms of detox include:
- Anxiety (or nervousness)
- Mood swings
- Trouble concentrating
- Body discomfort
- Trouble sleeping
While these symptoms can be troublesome, our staff will be by your side to help you. Both our inpatient and outpatient rehab allows for supervision and guidance through the process.
Should You Detox at Home?
Detoxing at home might seem like a convenient option, but this could lead to some dangerous consequences. Quitting without proper medical supervision (or ‘cold turkey’) can lead to severe issues like seizures and intense dehydration, and isn’t always effective.
It is recommended to follow an inpatient or outpatient detox program that can help stop these potentially fatal complications. If you have a severe addiction, it is important to seek inpatient detox to avoid these dangerous situations. Our Florida detox program offers 24-hours support.
Detox for Certain Drug Types
The detox process is hugely affected by the specific drug that is used. Some drugs might cause withdrawal symptoms that are more physical or more mental than others. The most commonly abused substances in the U.S. include the following:
- Opiates (painkillers or morphine)
- Stimulants (specifically amphetamines or methamphetamines)
Many of these drugs create dependency within the user, to the point where the person can’t function without the substance in their body. They can destroy lives and can eventually lead to fatal scenarios if left untreated.
Each of these drugs can have different symptoms and can create uncomfortable effects through the substance abuse detox process. For example, cocaine creates a psychological presence of cravings and anxiety. Detox attempts to stop these cravings. Contrary to alcohol, which creates physical effects that can sometimes lead to seizures or death.
Drugs, in particular, are the most dangerous to detox from – requiring medication for extra aid. The most uncomfortable drugs to detox from are opioids, specifically heroin.
Detox During Pregnancy
In the case of pregnancy, it is essential to stop drinking alcohol or using drugs for the health of the unborn baby. Not only does addiction cause problems for the mother, but it can cause serious effects later on if left untreated.
Substance abuse detox without medical supervision in these cases can end up causing preterm labor or severe fetal distress. Detox with qualified staff is absolutely essential for pregnant women to prevent potential harm to the fetus because of withdrawal symptoms. The primary goal is to prevent relapse down the road and manage the pain effectively.
Detox Inpatient Program
In many detox cases, it is recommended to enroll in a residential (or inpatient) detox program. This is one of the more effective ways in dealing with relapse down the line. Having around-the-clock assistance from medical support is a plus during the detox program.
This program also offers many options catered to specific drug types. Since different drugs require different treatments, the evaluation phase mentioned above, allows for specific personalized options.
Behavioral Health Centers provides a full inpatient detox program for you or a loved one. We understand the importance of trust and support during these tough moments you may be going through. We’ll stand by you every step of the way until you fully recover (all the way from detox)
What Comes After Detox
In a way, detox is only the first step towards fully recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. While it is a necessary step, detox alone will not be enough for a successful recovery. There are many different options for treatment after detox.
Typically, the next part of recovery is to combat the psychological aspect of addiction. Your tailored addiction treatment plan makes this possible with the help of our counselors and passionate staff.
This form of treatment allows for an individual to live on-site at our treatment facility. Residential treatment is considered the most in-depth form of behavioral health treatment, as the individual is surrounded by 24/7 care. Someone that is enrolled in this program will attend therapy and treatment daily while adhering to a strict program schedule.
Residential treatment has the highest rate of long term recovery due to the strict nature of the program. Most individuals that choose this form of treatment often have an established history of addiction or co-occurring mental health issues. However, this is not always the case.
There are several types of outpatient treatments including a partial hospitalization program, intensive outpatient program, and basic outpatient. All three types allow for the person to reside at home while attending treatment.
A person who attends an outpatient program will receive treatment during the day or around other responsibilities (like school or work) and then return home afterward. This form of treatment is often preferential as an individual can sleep in their own beds in the evening. However, if someone does not have a good support system at home, this form of treatment is not advised.
Outpatient treatment can be very beneficial to the right candidate. It allows someone to get the treatment they need without the full-time disruption that residential treatment causes.
Get on The Road to Recovery Today
Overcoming an addiction from substances or alcohol can be a very hard journey, and it’s important to have a trusted facility and staff by your side while you do it. Behavioral Health Centers is here to offer all our resources so you can live a happier and healthier life.
Our detox program is one of the best treatment options in Florida, and we can’t wait to get started. It doesn’t matter how you got here; what matters is what comes next. With 24-hour monitoring and trained medical professionals, we’ll try to make your detox as comfortable and efficient as possible.
If you or a loved one is suffering from substance abuse or alcohol abuse, don’t wait, get help today. To learn more about what treatment options are available, you can contact us today!