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What to Expect in Drug Detox
Demystifying Drug Detox Treatment

The detoxification process for drugs is somewhat complex, largely because of the multi-layered attributes of substances and their widely variable effects on people taking them. Detox in simple terms is a process that eliminates drug or alcoholic substances from the body and their influence on the mind.

What is involved in drug detox?

Detox is the first step in drug addiction treatment and one that many people with addiction issues find overwhelming. Much of the fear of detox originates from how it is represented by the media as an extremely painful and unpleasant experience. Although it is fair to say withdrawal symptoms can be very distressing, when attending a detox program in a specialist facility, there is always medical staff on hand to make those symptoms less uncomfortable.

What are the symptoms of drug withdrawal?

Everybody is different and there are no two patients alike in drug rehabilitation. For that reason it is difficult to say what the exact experience of drug withdrawal will be like for each individual going through it. The severity of symptoms can vary and depend very much on what drugs have been used and for how long. There are also co-occurring conditions that may need to be taken into consideration which can potentially complicate detox and so it is always recommended to seek professional help after a full and thorough assessment of your physical and mental health.

Withdrawal symptoms from drugs include the following:

  • Increased pain sensitivity
  • Irritability and emotional instability
  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Restlessness or insomnia
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Bouts of sweats and intermittent chills
  • Flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of or increased appetite

Uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms usually peak within 48-72 hours of abstinence when in detox although in some cases, it can take weeks to be completely free of the influence of drugs in the body and mind. No matter what drugs have been taken and for what period of time, detoxing from them is something that requires medical supervision. Because it is impossible to predict how each individual will respond to detox, there needs to be someone qualified on hand to manage the more difficult symptoms as they present themselves.

Choose CASA Recovery for Specialist Drug Addiction Rehab in Orange County

Making the decision to detox from drugs is a major step towards rehabilitation from addiction illness. CASA Recovery specializes in comprehensive drug addiction rehabilitation in Southern California and we offer a wide range of treatments and therapies for a highly effective level of care. Detoxing from drugs can be a daunting prospect which is why it’s important to place your trust in the hands of capable professionals, which we can assist in directing you to. Contact us in confidence today at CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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