How Long Does Withdrawal Last?

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Published Jul 1, 2021
how long does withdrawal last

The first step towards recovery is going through the detox process, during which time the body goes through its natural healing process. Successful withdrawal occurs when withdrawal symptoms are managed effectively and efficiently. However, the detox process is only the first step towards recovery. Recovery is a lifelong process, and an individual must take regular steps to ensure they remain on track and avoid relapse. 

What Can I Expect From a Medical Detox?

When individuals have been using a substance for an extended amount of time and have become dependent upon it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using it. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and even life-threatening. Thus, it is safest to go through the detox process in a medical facility under 24/7 supervised care in case of an emergency. This isn’t only the safest method of detox, but it is the most effective. It also allows the patient to remain as comfortable as possible by managing their withdrawal symptoms as fast as possible. 

The details of a medical detox vary from facility to facility. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we know that each patient’s needs and situation are unique. Thus, we like to begin with an individualized treatment plan specifically for them. Throughout the patient’s stay in our facility, adjustments will be made to the treatment plan if necessary. 

The patient will then be treated through IV Therapy. During this time, they will receive medication intravenously as well as orally and in additional ways. Because the medication doesn’t have to be broken down by the gut, it goes to work right away at managing symptoms. The patient may also be deficient in specific nutrients due to their substance use, making this is a useful way to transmit vitamins they may need. 

Throughout the detox process, our staff will work with the patient to provide them with a detailed recovery plan that will describe the next steps they need to take to maintain a successful withdrawal. We also ensure that every patient has every tool and resource necessary to enjoy a long-lasting recovery. 

What Steps Do I Need to Take After Undergoing Detox?

Once the detox process is complete, the individual has built the foundation for their recovery. However, this doesn’t mean that the individual won’t still need to put in the work to ensure they remain substance-free. There are some basic things one should do to ensure they don’t relapse. This could be avoiding triggers to use by surrounding themselves with new people who support them and will not pressure them in any way. It could also mean avoiding locations or situations where the individual would typically use in the past, such as parties or bars. 

In addition to taking these steps, the individual may also seek continued treatment through a rehabilitation program. This may be done either through inpatient or outpatient care. During this time, they will be able to receive counseling and better understand why they chose to use in the first place. They’ll also be able to speak with other individuals who can relate to them and their past substance use battle. However, some people do not require the intense treatment offered by treatment programs. They may instead benefit from therapy, counseling, or self-managed recovery, including sober coaches. 

An individual may also benefit from couples or family therapy, during which time they will have the opportunity to repair any relationships that were strained due to their substance misuse. Undergoing this type of therapy to repair relationships can help individuals build the support systems that are necessary for recovery.  

Long-Term Steps for Successful Recovery

In the months and years following detox and treatment, a recovering individual should still remain vigilant about avoiding triggers and urges to use. They may choose to attend Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings on a regular basis or have weekly check-in’s with a therapist who can help keep them accountable and on track. There are also various virtual resources and support groups available such as Life Ring, Reddit Recovery, Self-Management and Recovery Training, and Sober Recovery. 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, also offers a wide variety of online resources, including a 24/7 hotline. In the case that an individual may be tempted to relapse, they can call the hotline and receive the help and guidance that they need. The service is entirely free of charge, and the individual can be at peace of mind knowing that everything will be kept confidential. 

A successful withdrawal begins when an individual’s withdrawal symptoms are treated effectively and efficiently during the detox process. It is safest to do this in a specialized medical detox facility with 24/7 supervision. The detox process is not a cure for addiction but rather the first step on the road to recovery. After the detox process is complete, an individual will need to seek continued treatment through a rehabilitation center. This may be done as either inpatient or outpatient treatment. In order to maintain a successful, lifelong recovery, an individual will need to continuously put in effort in the years that follow detox. At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we have helped thousands of patients live happier and healthier lives. If you have made the decision to seek treatment for a substance misuse problem, we are here to help. We offer the dignified, non-judgmental care that you deserve. Call (866) 296-5242 today to learn more about the services we offer.