No one sets out to become addicted to drugs or dependent on any substance, but sometimes circumstances out of your control have allowed you to become dependent on substances. A pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes is known as substance abuse. These substances can vary from prescription drugs, to illicit drugs, to marijuana and alcohol.
Many people believe that they can quit using drugs on their own. However, over time, they find that willpower is not enough to keep them from using drugs. It can also be very dangerous and sometimes life-threating to quit using drugs on your own. There are many uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms that happen during drug withdrawal.
When you find yourself dependent upon drugs and cannot stop using on your own, the first step to treatment is to enroll in a medically assisted drug detox program. Our staff at Huntington Beach Detox consists of highly experienced medical professionals – including doctors, physiatrists, nurses and therapists. We develop individualized detox programs to help you on your path to recovery.
What is Drug Detox?
Drug Detox is a process in which your body rids itself of the harmful chemicals and toxins that have built up overtime. Certain drugs, like opiates, alcohol, and benzodiazepines, cause a physical dependence. It is always recommended to enroll in a drug detox program before starting an inpatient treatment program.
A person dependent on drugs often experiences fear around detoxication and treatment. The person may fear the loss of the drug itself, but also the possibility of undesirable physical, emotional, and mental effects during the detoxification process.
This is why a drug detox at Huntington Beach Detox is recommended. Our team of medical professionals will supervise your detox process and give you medications to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. This is often known as a medically-assisted detox.
At Huntington Beach Detox in Orange County, you will recover in comfort and be provided with additional services such as individual and group therapy, clinical assessments, a private chef, nutrition education, as well as emotional wellness through a variety of activities and amenities.
How Long Is A Drug Detox?
The amount of time a drug detox will take is dependent upon what substance or substances the person is taking and also their individual medical history and chemical make-up. There is no set timeframe for detox.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA) reports that the average length of detox is fewer than eight days. However, some substances take longer to detox from – especially methadone or a benzodiazepine, like Xanax, valium, or Klonopin.
If you are detoxing from a drug that may not require a medical detox, the amount of time for the substance to leave your body could be a few days. Some drugs only cause a physical dependence. But, most drugs cause a mental and emotional dependence. This is why a drug detox is only the first step in the recovery process as the emotional and mental dependence will need to be addressed as well.
The factors that dictate the amount of time a detox will take include:
The drug of abuse
The rate, duration, and dose of use
The presence of other substances and/or poly-substance abuse
The detox setting
The medical history of the person who is in need of detox
The individual’s heath condition
What Drugs Require a Medically-Assisted Detox?
As mentioned above, there are some drugs that cause physical dependence and can impose a higher threat for people during withdrawal. For those suffering from alcohol addiction, the second most abused substance in America, it is always recommended to go through detox at an medically-assisted detox program.
Other drugs like Heroin, Opiates, Opioids, and prescription drugs such as Xanax, Oxycontin, and Suboxone also require a medical detox. It is always recommended to speak with a medical specialist or intake specialist at an inpatient drug detox before trying to detox at home or cold turkey. Some symptoms of withdrawal can be life threating.
The highly qualified staff at Huntington Beach Detox in Orange County is ready to help you answer any questions related to drug detox. Please call our admissions team at (855) 790-7418 and find out how we can help you today.