What Is Detox?

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Detoxing (or detoxification) is the process of your body removing any substances in your system. This is the safest way to deal with withdrawal symptoms once you cease taking drugs or alcohol.

Each experience with detox will differ depending on the type of drug (cannabis, cocaine, or ice as examples), and how much and how often the drug was used. With medically qualified input and industry guidelines, a variety of medications may be used to assist patients throughout the detox process to keep them comfortable during the process of the substance leaving their body.

Withdrawal symptoms may take days or even months to pass for most drugs. The length it takes for withdrawals to occur depends on several factors, such as:

  • The type of drug you are addicted to
  • The duration your addiction has lasted
  • How severe your addiction is
  • The method of drug abuse (how you ingested the drug)
  • The amount of the drug you take at one time
  • Family history and your genetic makeup
  • If you have any medical conditions or mental health conditions

Detoxing at home can sometimes end in tragedy. If you try to quit your drug addiction without medical supervision, you may experience seizures or extreme dehydration. An inpatient detox programs aim to prevent such complications from occurring.

If you have a severe addiction, inpatient detox programs will be the most beneficial to prevent fatal withdrawals. These inpatient programs include support and monitoring 24 hours a day to assist in tailoring your detox.

The detox program you receive will depend on your individual circumstances, however, the process generally involves these three steps:

  • Evaluation: you will be screened by the medical team for any issues that may be physical or relating to your mental health. Your drug, medical and psychiatric history will also be evaluated so your long-term treatment plan can be created. A blood test will also be undertaken to ensure no medical deficiencies exist that may hinder your recovery process.
  • Stabilisation: you will be stabilised with medical and psychological therapy to prevent any harm coming to you. You may be prescribed addiction treatment medications to assist you through this process
  • Preparing for entry into treatment: you will be informed on what the process involves and what you should expect.

Despite medical detoxing limiting withdrawal symptoms, there are some symptoms that will be unavoidable, such as nervousness, insomnia, discomfort, mood swings, loss of sleep or difficulty concentrating and anxiety.

Detoxing is only the first step in treating addiction and is often not enough for a successful recovery. You should also seek to treat the psychological element of addiction by attending counselling, support groups or inpatient rehab programs to further assist your recovery and understanding of your addiction.

If you’re struggling with detoxing, the Hader Clinic Queensland Private Hospital can provide thorough information so you can make well-informed decisions to help you choose the right detox program for you.

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