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. Unfortunately, not having the time to go to detox is one of the reasons that people give for not getting help. Many report that they cannot take the time to be away from their family or their jobs. However, most of these people are unaware of the fact that detoxification is not like rehab treatment and the time it takes to detoxify can be the difference between them getting better and losing everything.
Do You Need Detox?
Whether or not you need detox will depend on the type of drugs you have been abusing because not all drugs require detox. For example there is no detox for methamphetamine and cocaine abuse because they are water soluble drugs and once they are out of your system; there is no need for detox because there is no physical dependency. Of course that does not mean that you should consider entering a rehab program to help you deal with cravings and other psychological symptoms.
As you go through the detoxification process, it is likely that you will experience withdrawal symptoms. Sadly, this is another reason why many people do not detox: because they are afraid of the withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms will depend on the type of drugs abused, but it is not uncommon to have the following symptoms: • Anxiety and irritability • Insomnia • Flu like symptoms • Hot and cold flashes • Body aches • Abdominal pain Withdrawal symptoms may start within a few hours after the last time drugs were used. The good news is that there are a few methods for detox that will prevent you from being uncomfortable throughout the withdrawal process and allow you to complete detox.
How Long is Detox?
Typically, an average length for detox is a few days to a couple weeks. Again, it really depends on the type of drugs abused and how long the abuse has been occurring. For example, the detoxification process from benzos including Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and Valium and opiates may last anywhere from five to ten days. If you need to detox from Suboxone, Subutex or Methadone you may need to stay the same, a little longer for Methadone detox. 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 program to help you continue your success in sobriety is important.
No Two Detoxes 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. While the use of Methadone, Suboxone and Subutex are still methods for nonresidential detox, there are a number of individuals that seek detox assistance from those medications because they did not stop taking them after their withdrawal symptoms subsided. In fact, research released from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that some individuals have been taking Methadone and Suboxone for more than 20 years. 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 alcohol and drugs 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.