The first step in recovery from drug addiction is detox. Detoxification is the process of allowing your body to remove the drug toxins and begin healing. A drug detox program provides a safe and comfortable environment where you can successfully complete the stages of detox.
The purpose of professional detox is to give you the tools and resources you need to manage withdrawal symptoms during the detox period. Since your road to addiction is unique, your detox will also be unique. You will also have access to an individualized drug addiction treatment program that meets your needs. If you need addiction treatment, contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat today at 855.730.8825.
What is Drug Withdrawal?
Drug withdrawal occurs when your body has to adjust to the sudden absence of the substance you were using. The adjustment can be jarring, leading to a variety of mild to severe withdrawal symptoms. You may experience a variety of psychological and health issues that cause physical pain and discomfort.
Although everyone is different, most withdrawal periods last between seven and 14 days. Afterward, you should start to feel better with a greater sense of clarity. The only withdrawal symptoms that may linger is your craving for the drug. Cravings can last for several weeks, depending on the severity of your addiction and your overall health at the time of detox.
Drug Withdrawal Timeline
Drug withdrawal symptoms typically occur in three main stages of detox, progressively getting worse, then tapering off. These stages include:
Stage 1: Mild Withdrawal Symptoms
Mild withdrawal symptoms start to develop between six to 12 hours after your last dosage. The symptoms are minor irritations and may include changes in your mood or behavior. They may feel like a mild hangover. Therefore, you should be aware of your symptoms and prepare for the remainder of your detox. Mild withdrawal symptoms may include:
Stage 2: Moderate Withdrawal Symptoms
Some of the early drug withdrawal symptoms may taper off quickly. However, they are likely to be replaced by moderate symptoms, which may be slightly more uncomfortable. Moderate symptoms may last for three to five days. The symptoms include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- High blood pressure
Stage 3: Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
The most severe withdrawal symptoms may occur between five to seven days after your last dosage. One of the reasons why this is one of the most dangerous stages of detox is that your symptoms can occur without warning. This stage can lead to medical emergencies that require treatment from a licensed medical staff. Severe withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Heart attack
- Organ or system failure
- Severe hallucinations or confusion
- Extreme pain or discomfort
Treatment for Drug Detox
Although detox can be a complicated process, addiction treatment centers provide various treatment services to help you manage the withdrawal symptoms. You may have access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) such as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone, which reduces your withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
A detox center also offers 24/7 supervision, a team of medical specialists, emergency care, and comfortable facilities. When you are detoxing from drugs, you do not have to feel alone. You have the support and care you need to get through the worst stages of detox. Professional detox is a far safer and more effective solution for detox than attempting to withdraw from drugs on your own.
Learn More at Sunflower Wellness Retreat
If you are ready to start your recovery from drug addiction, our team can help. Our addiction treatment programs can help you get through the stages of detox and prepare you for rehab. We offer treatment options, including:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Cocaine addiction treatment
- Benzo addiction treatment
- Opioid addiction treatment
Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat at 855.730.8825 today to find out more about your treatment options.