Alcohol and drug abuse affects the lives of millions of people in the U.S. and although there are countless opportunities to get help for their substance abuse; there are many reasons why people will not seek the help they need. Not having the time to go to detox is the number one reason most people give for not getting help. It is a common misconception that people confuse the length of time needed to detox with the time spent in rehab. Detox and rehab are different programs and people are unaware of the fact that the short time it takes to detoxify can be the difference between them getting better and losing everything.
What You Can Expect
The purpose of detoxification is to eliminate the toxins from your body that are there because of your drug and alcohol abuse or addiction. As you go through the process, it is likely that you will experience withdrawal symptoms. Sadly, this is the second most given reason why many people do not get help: because they are afraid of the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms will depend on the type of substance abuse, but it is not uncommon to have the following symptoms:
- Anxiety and irritability
- Flu like symptoms
- Hot and cold flashes
- Body aches
- Abdominal pain
Withdrawal may start within a few hours after the last time that drugs or alcohol were used. The good news is that there are methods for detox that will prevent you from being uncomfortable throughout and allow you to complete the process.
Length of Stay
Typically, detox may last from a few days to a couple weeks. The determining factor in the length of stay is the type of substance abuse and how much is in your system. For example, the detoxification process from Benzos including Xanax, Klonipin, Ativan and Valium, as well as from most Opiates may last anywhere from five to ten days. If you need to detox from Suboxone, Subutex or Methadone you may need to stay a little longer It is important to know that if you are taking extended release opiates, an opiate patch or taking Suboxone, Subutex or Methadone; you will need to stop using the drugs at least 48 hours before going to detox. Although the physical withdrawal symptoms may pass within a week, it is not uncommon for psychological symptoms to last longer which is why entering a rehab program to help you continue your success in sobriety is important. There are a number of out-patient rehab programs and support groups that can help you after you successfully and safely complete a detox program. If being away is a concern, an out-patient approach may be your best option.
No Two Are the Same
There are many different types of detox. Some allow you to self report to a doctor’s office or clinic and receive medication to take at home and others are residential programs that allow you to receive medication to help you through the process. By far the most recommended method for medical detox is IV therapy medical detox because it allows the medication to be adjusted and keeps the patient comfortable throughout the process. If you or someone you know are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction and are in need of detox, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Gallus Detox Centers specializes in IV therapy medical detox, a safer and more effective method for detox from substance abuse and will provide you with a customized plan to meet your individual needs. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our treatment program is right for you.