When you decide that it’s time to stop abusing drugs or alcohol, you know you’ll face withdrawal. The safest way you can navigate that withdrawal process is in an inpatient detox program. Before you commit to a program, you might wonder about the standard inpatient detox timeline.

What is the Inpatient Detox Timeline?

Unfortunately, there is no one inpatient detox timeline that fits all situations. Some detox facilities offer alcohol detox programs as short as three days. Detox for other drugs can last up to a week or even 10 days. As a general rule, most detox programs run from 5 to 10 days.

First Half

A lot happens in the first few days of detox. The very first thing that happens is an assessment. The assessment tells the staff at the facility important facts that can alter treatment. For example, substance abuse often goes hand in hand with depression or anxiety disorders. If that describes your situation, you need a dual-diagnosis that means additional treatment or medications during detox.

After you enter the detox program, your withdrawal symptoms can appear as quickly as a few hours but generally within 24-48 hours. The withdrawal symptoms can prove mild or severe depending on what drug you used, how much you used, and how long you used. Withdrawal symptoms vary depending on the inpatient detox timeline, but some of the more common symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle aches

During these days, the doctors will often prescribe you medications that help control withdrawal symptoms. If you get a dual diagnosis, you might also receive medications for depression or anxiety.

You may get put on a specific nutrition program at some rehab facilities. Many drugs suppress appetite or prevent your body from absorbing nutrition from food. A nutrition program helps your body get the vitamins and nutrients it needs to begin healing.

Second Half

The second half of the inpatient detox timeline focuses on stabilizing your condition. The doctors may fine-tune dosages for any mental health medications. They will also begin reducing or stopping medications for withdrawal symptoms. With many drugs, the worst or occasionally dangerous withdrawal symptoms taper off after a few days.

At this point, the staff at the detox facility will discuss your next steps with you. You will almost certainly receive a recommendation for a rehab program. The exact type of rehab program will depend on the severity of your substance abuse

Gallus Detox Centers

Gallus Detox Centers provides inpatient detox Arizona trusts for drugs and alcohol. In fact, Gallus serves Scottsdale and surrounding areas with the inpatient detox timeline.

Don’t let your chronic pain or substance abuse determine the rest of your life. Quality addiction detox services can help you begin the process of recovery. Call Gallus today at 866-228-9114 and find out if our detox services are right for you.