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What is Drug Detox?

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Drug Detoxification or drug detox is the method of removing a drug’s toxins from the body and is usually the initial step that is taken when treating a drug addiction. The around-the-clock attention offered at a drug rehab centre, and access to appropriate medication through a residential drug withdrawal treatment plan, is usually the best course of action in treating a drug addiction. In some cases of drug addiction, home detox can also prove highly beneficial when it comes to detoxing from drugs.

Alcohol Detoxification and Alcohol withdrawal

What is drug detox treatment?

Drugs and alcohol are brain depressants that suppress the brain’s production of neurotransmitters. When a person stops using these substances the brain produces a surge of adrenaline that causes drug withdrawal symptoms.

Sudden drug addiction withdrawal can be life-threatening. It is for this reason that we strongly advise anyone to undergo a gradual drug withdrawal process, but even this can be an extremely intense, and sometimes painful, experience. That is why such gradual drug detox programmes should always be carried out in a medically supervised environment.

Drug withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person. It is a sliding scale of severity depending on the substance being withdrawn. It can be worse for some than others and occasionally there are no symptoms whatsoever.

How long does it take to withdraw from drugs?

Again, the length of a drug detox can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the type of substance you’re addicted to; the length of time you’ve been addicted; your age; your physical and mental health; and any other medications taken for health reasons.

Effects of withdrawing from drugs

Some of the possible side effects of drug withdrawal can include:

  • Aggression
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Exaggerated emotions
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Insomnia
  • Lethargy
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Panic
  • Poor concentration
  • Seizures
  • Shakes
  • Sleepiness
  • Soreness and stiffness
  • Stomach cramps or upset
  • Sweating
  • Restlessness

Please don’t be alarmed by this list of drug addiction withdrawal symptoms however because you may not experience any of these symptoms. Even if you do, the clinic staff will monitor your condition closely to ensure that your drug addiction detox period is as comfortable as possible. This can sometimes include the prescribing of a substitute medication, to help flush the substance from your body.

Drug detox and drug withdrawal at home

When a person has become physically dependent on drugs, the recovery process starts by addressing their physical needs through a process known as detox, which safely and effectively removes substances under the close supervision of medical professionals.

While admission to a private residential rehab centre often offers the best possible route to recovery, it isn’t always appropriate or applicable to everyone’s situation. A home detox, where a registered clinician oversees structured drug detox programmes at your home, can prove to be far more practical in certain cases.

The benefits of a home detox are many and varied. You can begin immediately, with no waiting lists or risk of delay. Port of Call can normally organise a home drug withdrawal treatment anywhere in the North West within a couple of days. We only work with the best clinicians to ensure you experience a safe and comfortable detox, surrounded by family in the comfort of your own home. It’s a convenient, safe and cost-effective alternative to residential treatment. Plus, we’ll also ensure that your home drug detox is supported by ongoing therapy for as long as you need it.

Advantages of a home drug detoxification treatment:

  • Complete confidentiality & privacy
  • A fast way to become drug-free
  • A more affordable option
  • Extensive support to help you remain alcohol or drug-free

Benefits of drug detox programmes

The hardest part of overcoming drug addiction is withdrawing from them. By attending drug detox centres addicts have trained professionals to help them with this part of the process. By being a part of a drug detox programme addicts have the support they need to help ease the symptoms of drug withdrawals and make it as comfortable as possible. Going through a drug detox programme means you have the support you wouldn’t get if you tried to withdraw from drugs alone. Without aftercare support, the risk of relapse is significantly higher. Whereas, if you decided to go to a drug detox centre, you would receive the support you needed throughout the process plus any aftercare requirements.

The right help, at the right time

Port of Call can secure an appropriate drug addiction detox and rehabilitation treatment programme for you. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to navigate towards the most appropriate course of drug withdrawal treatment and support. Please call our free phone line on 08000029010, or simply send an email to help@portofcall.com. We are ready and willing to help you break free from your drug addiction.

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