Drug Detox 101: What To Expect

If you want to get sober and don’t know where to start, detoxification is the first step. When you become dependent on a substance, you may find it difficult to stop using and may develop withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop. The side effects of withdrawal can be dangerous, especially if you’ve been addicted to a substance for a long time. This is where detoxification comes in.

Treating addiction requires taking a unique approach for every patient as there is no ‘one size fits all’ kind of treatment. The course of treatment heavily depends on what substance you’re addicted to, the symptoms you have, and how the drugs or alcohol have affected your physical and mental health.

What is Drug Detox?

Detoxification or drug detox is the process of gradually and gently easing clients off the addictive substance. While undergoing alcohol or drug detox can be mentally and physically uncomfortable, it’s a critical part of becoming sober. It’s also imperative you don’t do this alone. Stopping on your own can lead to severe health complications and can even be fatal. While detoxing, your body will experience withdrawal symptoms. At STAR Recovery Center we do everything we can to make this experience as comfortable as possible for you. 

The length of detox is dependent on various factors such as the health condition of the person detoxing, age, duration of substance abuse, and the type of substance the individual is addicted to. The body absorbs substances at different rates and the amount of time the substance remains in the system varies. This will dictate the length of the withdrawal and detox process. Detox can last anywhere from 3-10 days. 

How Drug Detox Can Help

Regardless of whether you’ve been addicted for one week or ten years, your body must undergo a detox process. STAR Recovery Center works with the client to put together a treatment plan specific to them based on their substance abuse history. Within 24 hours of arrival at our facility, every client meets with a physician and receives their Patient Plan. All medication to aid in the detox process is prescribed by a physician

Once your body is substance-free you’ll be ready to start the next phase of treatment. At STAR Recovery Center we offer residential inpatient treatment. Specialized counseling, mental health treatment, nutritional guidance, and round the clock medical existence are offered during this time. This gives the client the opportunity to discover the root of their substance abuse. It also allows them to gain knowledge and insight into how the substances have hurt them, their lives, and loved ones. The client begins to learn tools on how to remain sober and prevent relapse. 

What Should I Expect When Going to Detox?

The thought of detoxing may seem overwhelming, especially when you are not sure of what to expect. However, supervised medical detox is necessary and the safest option. Trying to detox on your own can be detrimental to your health. 

There are face-to-face physical checks with each patient every 15 minutes during your first 24 hours of stay at STAR Recovery Center. We take your health and well being very seriously. Staff is also available 24 hours a day during your entire detox. We closely monitor your progress and are able to determine if the initial course of treatment prescribed by a physician is working. Withdrawal symptoms vary from client to client which is why we keep a close eye on everyone. 

Let Us Help You!

STAR Recovery Center is here for you. If your life has become unmanageable with addiction, help is waiting for you. You don’t have to do this alone. We specialize in detox which is an integral part of getting sober.  Reach out to us for more information regarding our programs. We want to help you or your loved one.