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Your detox plan: Understanding the options

Embarking on a detox plan is often the initial step in breaking free from addiction, whether that be alcohol, drugs or any other substance.

Withdrawing can prove to be uncomfortable, but the positives of a life away from addiction far outweigh potential withdrawal symptoms.

What’s more, there are programmes available to assist you or a loved one through the process with as little emotional or physical trauma as possible.

Drug and alcohol detox are two of the most common forms of treatment, and we have dispelled a few myths regarding the latter in this blog about alcohol detox.

Let’s look at the options available when contemplating a detox plan.

Inpatient treatment
Inpatient treatment involves 24-hour care at a residential detox facility. Timing can vary, although a typical detox process for severe substance abuse begins with between three and seven days of medically managed detoxification. Specific medications may be prescribed to help control any cravings that may occur.

Inpatient detox is recommended for individuals who have been addicted to a substance for a prolonged period of time and therefore require intense care and support.

Outpatient treatment
It is also possible to remain at home and undergo your own detox plan with outpatient treatment. This type of detox involves a registered clinician overseeing a structured programme and is usually agreed upon if the patient in question is found to be at minimal risk of experiencing complications such as heavy withdrawals during the detox.

This method allows you or your loved one to live at home and continue with their daily lives, while still checking in for daily meetings.

Although not suitable for everyone, outpatient treatment provides an attractive alternative for those who don’t feel the need to commit to residential detoxification.

Hospital Setting
Most hospitals contain detox units where medical professionals are trained to closely monitor and support anyone suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

People tend to be admitted to hospital for detox after experiencing a medical emergency, perhaps caused by an addiction.

Possible withdrawal symptoms during detox

  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Aggression
  • Confusion

Please do not be alarmed by the above list. You may not experience any of them, we have listed them purely to make you aware. In any case, you will be monitored closely, and support is always on hand to help you through any discomfort.

As previously mentioned, such potential withdrawal symptoms should not detract from embarking on a detoxification problem. Believe us, the short-term discomfort associated with detox is worth it when you consider the end result.

Which detox plan is right for me

Choosing the correct detox plan for you or your loved one really is dependant on your personal circumstances and level of addiction.

However, where possible, we at Port of Call would recommend an inpatient detoxification programme at one of our many rehab clinics.

When dealing with your future health, financial compromises should be avoided at all costs. Take a read over the costs of private rehab and potential payment options to help you make an informed decision. If you feel that inpatient treatment is your best course of action, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team of dedicated professionals on 08000029010 or at help@portofcall.com.

About the author: Martin Preston

Martin is our Founder and Chief Executive. Martin is himself in long term recovery and started Port of Call to help families navigate treatment options. In 2020 Martin will open Delamere Health Ltd, the UK’s first purpose built addiction treatment clinic.

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