Every substance can lead to the presence of unpleasant symptoms during the withdrawal period when a person stops using or reduces the amount in which they are using. Drug detox symptoms can range from mild, moderate, severe, to very severe depending on the type of drug. If not properly monitored, some withdrawals can result in death.
After continued use (more than 5 days) of any physically addictive substance, it can be dangerous to detox yourself off certain drugs and alcohol. In addition to several severe withdrawal symptoms you may experience, many of these withdrawals can be fatal if not monitored by medical professionals.
The first hurdle you will face is the process of getting rid of the drugs from your body; this is known as drug detox. You have probably heard horror stories of detox or maybe you have seen images on TV or the big screen of people suffering terribly while detoxing from drugs. We are not going to lie to you and tell you that the process is easy, but we will tell you that it is unlikely to be as bad as you are imagining.
Many people mistake detox for rehabilitation, but these are not the same thing. Detox is just the first step on the road to recovery, and while the aim of detox is to get you clean, it will not help you to stay clean; that is where rehabilitation comes in.
Whether or not you will require a medically supervised drug detox will depend on the type of drugs you have been abusing, the length of time you have been addicted, and the severity of your addiction. Nevertheless, you will need to be clean before you can begin rehabilitation. We offer comprehensive assessments for patients that allow us to determine whether they require a medical detox before starting recovery.
Detox is the process of getting rid of the drugs from your system. If you are physically dependent on drugs, you are likely to experience some withdrawal symptoms as your body reacts to no longer getting the supply it is used to. As it tries to restore the balance and get back to normal, it is common for certain symptoms to occur.
Drug detox is never easy, but it does not have to be excruciating either. You will almost certainly find it uncomfortable, and you will probably feel worse before you feel better. All our Addicted Minds partners offer medical detoxes where your safety and comfort are paramount. We know exactly what to expect from drug detox and we know how to make your experience more comfortable and less painful.
Everyone experiences detox differently, so we cannot predict the exact withdrawal symptoms you will experience. You may be lucky enough to have one or two mild symptoms, but then again, you could be one of the few people that experience severe symptoms. The type of symptoms you experience will depend on a number of factors, including how long you have been addicted, the kind of drugs you were taking, and your body’s response to detox.