Detoxification, or Detox, is the removal of addictive substances from your system. This is a necessary first step on the road to recovery. Before starting a detox program, you will go through an intake process consisting of a thorough medical assessment. It is important to be fully transparent about your substance use, so that your care team can have the right information to best treat you.
Many people continue to use substances to avoid withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms differ depending on the substance and severity of use, but may include: tremors, digestive issues, nausea, fever, increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, and more.
Medically-assisted detox can help make the process a lot more comfortable and manageable. In addition, for many substances—depending on the level of addiction—detox can be dangerous and is best done under medical supervision.
At a detox center, you’ll have access to 24/7 nursing staff. You may be given medication to help ease symptoms of withdrawal or curb cravings. Medical professionals will check in with you regularly to make sure you are comfortable and safe. You will feel supported as you take this important step.
Typically, mental health professionals will also be available to help you manage your emotions. You may be accustomed to using substances to deal with difficult feelings. Your body and mind have come to rely on the substance, so coming off of it can be challenging psychologically as well as physically.
You will need—and be better able—to deal with larger underlying issues once substances are out of your system; detox is just the beginning of your journey.
The length of your stay will often depend on a number of factors, including the substance you used, the duration of time you used, and the severity of your use. A longer stay gives you more time to heal both mentally and physically. It is usually recommended to go straight from detox to an inpatient or outpatient treatment program, where you can get further support as you learn to live sober.
Many people with Substance Use Disorders have co-occurring mental health disorders. At Amatus Recovery Centers, our approach to detox stands out because our staff specializes in treating co-occurring mental health disorders.
If you are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is hope. At our centers across the country, our staff will help free you from substances and build the coping skills to thrive in long-term recovery. Call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.