Drug and Alcohol Detox

Detox from drugs and alcohol can be dangerous. A medically assisted detox can reduce withdrawal symptoms and ensure safety.

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Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Newport Institute – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Deer Hollow Recovery & Wellness

Salt Lake City, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-485-7079

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

1-866-647-1447

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

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866-275-3956

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

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844-291-5968

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

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844-408-1433

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

The Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

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844-885-1218

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

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844-589-1547

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

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844-797-7507

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Carus Recovery

Van Nuys, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-616-9024

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

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866-970-0918

Steps Recovery Center

Payson, UT

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877-696-0054

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

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855-729-4891

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

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844-285-2916

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

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855-937-0191

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

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855-801-1534

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

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877-257-1203

Southwest Wellness Group

Phoenix, AZ

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855-518-1067

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

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888-341-1174

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

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866-831-4706

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Colorado Medicated Assisted Recovery

Thornton, CO

Intensive Outpatient

877-757-0618

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

Newport Institute – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

Annie’s House – A Steps Recovery Center

Draper, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

866-922-0448

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Treasure Valley Recovery

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Steps Recovery Center – St. George

St. George, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-919-0017

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

Covington Behavioral Health Hospital

Covington, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-454-4120

What Is Detoxification?

Detoxification, or detox, is the process of letting the body remove the drugs in it. The purpose of detox is to safely manage withdrawal symptoms when someone stops taking drugs or alcohol.

Everyone has a different experience with detox. The type of drug and how long it was used affect what detox will be like.

Medications used in detox help keep former users comfortable while the drugs leave their body.

It can take days or months to get through withdrawal symptoms for most drugs. The length of withdrawal depends on a number of factors, including:

  • Type of substance the user is addicted to
  • Duration an addiction has lasted
  • The severity of the addiction
  • Method of abuse (snorting, smoking, injecting, or swallowing)
  • The amount of a substance the user takes at one time
  • Family history
  • Genetic makeup
  • Medical condition
  • Underlying mental health conditions

Speak with someone who can help you find a medically assisted detox.

Can I Detox at Home?

Choosing to detox at home can be deadly. Quitting “cold turkey” or without medical supervision can lead to serious issues such as seizures and severe dehydration.

There are inpatient and outpatient detox programs that help prevent dangerous complications. People with severe addictions should seek inpatient detox because withdrawal can be fatal. Inpatient detox includes 24-hour support and monitoring.

The Process of Detoxification

Everyone’s detox needs are different. The drug detox process helps addicted people get personalized treatment. In most cases, the process involves three steps:

  • Evaluation

    The medical team screens incoming patients for physical and mental health issues. Doctors use blood tests to measure the amount of drugs in the patient’s system. This helps determine the level of medications needed.

    There is also a comprehensive review of drug, medical and psychiatric histories. This information sets up the basis for the patient’s long-term treatment plan.

  • Stabilization

    The next step is to stabilize the patient with medical and psychological therapy. The goal of stabilization is to prevent any form of harm to the patient. Doctors can prescribe addiction treatment medications to prevent complications and reduce withdrawal symptoms.

  • Preparing Entry into Treatment

    The final step of detox is preparation for a treatment program. Doctors familiarize their patients with the treatment process and what to expect. Inpatient rehab offers the best chances of success after detox.

     

Side Effects of Detox

The process of drug detox can be painful and dangerous. This is why medical detox is so important. Detox with medical supervision allows patients to detox in a safe and comfortable environment. The extent of supervision is different in inpatient and outpatient rehab.

A medically supervised detox prevents dangerous complications of drug and alcohol withdrawal.

Although medical detox limits the symptoms of withdrawal, some are unavoidable. Some of the most common side effects may include:

  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Body discomfort
  • Mood swings
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty concentrating

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Drug Detox During Pregnancy

A pregnant woman has a strong motive to quit drugs for her baby’s sake. Drinking alcohol or using drugs while pregnant can harm not only the mother, but also the unborn child as these substances cross the placenta to the baby. Detox, especially if done cold turkey, can cause stress on the unborn child such as preterm labor or severe fetal distress.

Detox with medical supervision is an absolute must for pregnant women, as withdrawal symptoms may be especially harmful to the fetus. The goal of detox for pregnant women is to prevent relapse and manage pain.

Detox specialists can keep babies safe and healthy by treating pregnant women in detox.

Doctors often prescribe medications to stabilize pregnant women in detox. Alcohol and opiate detox usually pose the most risks to unborn children.

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Detox by Drug Type

Detox is more difficult for some people depending on the drugs they used. Depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms may be more physical or more mental.

Cocaine withdrawal, for instance, is psychological. Detox involves managing initial cravings and anxiety. But alcohol withdrawal includes physical symptoms that can cause seizures or death in some cases.

Detox often includes medications that mimic the effects of drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Medications may also target co-occurring disorders or general discomfort.

Drugs that are most dangerous to detox from, and often require medication, include alcohol and benzodiazepines. The drugs that are considered the most uncomfortable to detox from are opioids, especially heroin.

Rapid and Ultra-rapid Detox and Risks

Rapid detox is a method of removing substances from a user’s system faster than regular detox. Advocates of rapid detox say it’s a faster way to get the drugs out of the body while avoiding painful withdrawal symptoms.

Rapid detox can be dangerous as well as expensive.

In rapid detox, the addicted person is sedated with anesthesia and given medications that replace the drugs in the body. This method was originally developed for people addicted to opiate drugs like heroin and painkillers. The risks of rapid detox often outweigh the benefits.

Rapid detox can cause

  • Heart attack
  • Paranoia
  • High body temperature
  • Infection
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Aspiration
  • Choking
  • Death

“Ultra-rapid detox” programs can take as little as a few hours. Approximately 1 in 500 people die from ultra rapid detox, according to the Coleman Institute.

Traditional rapid detox programs take about two to three days to complete and carry less danger, but are still more expensive than a typical detox. It can cost up to $10,000 and isn’t generally covered by insurance.

Most people who complete rapid or ultra-rapid detox report continuation of withdrawal symptoms, albeit at a lower severity. Patients who choose rapid or ultra-rapid detox are much less likely to continue on in treatment, such as attending inpatient or outpatient rehab. Because of this, they are less likely to work on relapse prevention, possible co-occurring mental health conditions, and life planning and therefore more likely to experience relapse.

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Life After Detox

Detox is just the first part of addiction treatment. Detox on its own is usually insufficient for a successful recovery. Addicted people need to treat the psychological part of their addiction. They can accomplish this with counseling, support groups or an inpatient rehab program. An addiction provider will help you transition into your new treatment plan.

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