Drug detoxification, commonly referred to as “detox,” is typically the first step toward recovery from drug addiction and is usually followed by a comprehensive addiction treatment program.
The main goal of detox, the process by which the body rids itself of substances, is to address the physical aspects of addiction in a safe way. Once detoxification is complete, individuals can begin to focus on recovery by learning about addiction and the many factors and problems that may have contributed to it.
At New Bridge Foundation®, we understand that the thought of going through detox is often a deterrent to seeking addiction treatment. With over fifty years of experience, our addiction experts understand those fears and have developed evidence-based programs to help you overcome addiction. Take the first step toward a new life today by calling 866.772.8491 to learn more about our drug detox program in Northern California.
What Happens During Drug Detox?
Our detox program begins with a complete medical assessment to gather information about the details of your addiction and medical history. Honesty is a very important and critical factor in this process as it enables us to create a personalized detox plan that will ensure a client’s safety and success.
During detox, clients receive 24-hour a day care from a team of medical and clinical professionals. Most detoxifications are completed in three to ten days. However, several factors can affect the duration, such as:
- General physical and mental health
- Type of substance(s)
- Duration of addiction
- Severity of addiction
- Method of abuse (injecting, snorting, swallowing, etc.)
- The severity of withdrawal symptoms
Often people attempt to detox at home either by going “cold turkey” or using over-the-counter detox kits. While this might work for some milder addictions, the overall success rate is low, and with more severe levels of addiction, it can be dangerous and even life-threatening. If you feel you need to detox, it is always best to seek help from professionals like the team at New Bridge Foundation®.
Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal
During addiction, the body goes through physical changes to adapt to the presence of the addictive substance, and eventually, the body becomes dependent upon that substance. Then, when the substance use stops the body needs to adapt to this as well. This period is called “withdrawal.”
As with all other aspects of substance use disorders, the symptoms and severity of withdrawal are unique. Additionally, the type of substance, duration of use, and severity of the addiction can influence the process. Furthermore, a person who detoxes more than once may experience different symptoms each time. Withdrawal symptoms can be both physical and psychological.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
Physical symptoms of withdrawal may include:
- Increased heart rate and blood pressure
- Headaches and exhaustion
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Shaking and shivering
- Fever, chills, and sweating
- Abdominal cramps, muscle aches, and/or bone pain
- Vivid or unpleasant dreams
These symptoms are often overwhelming, leading many people to relapse. Fortunately, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) can make these symptoms less intense, safe, and comfortable.
Psychological Symptoms of Withdrawal
Psychological symptoms of withdrawal may include:
- Intense cravings
- Irritability and agitation
- Extreme mood swings
Although rare, the most severe withdrawal symptoms can include hallucinations, delirium, and seizures.
Find Drug Detox in Northern California
Substance use and addiction are a serious condition that, if left untreated, can have devastating and life-threatening outcomes. No need to wait any longer, especially if you are in the San Francisco Bay area. Medication-Assisted Treatment is a viable and available option to help you start the journey of long-term sobriety.
If you or a loved one suffer from a substance use disorder, finding a safe and effective detox program is often the first step on the path to recovery. Gaining freedom from the physical dependence on drugs and alcohol lays the foundation for confronting the underlying issues of substance abuse and addiction.