A drug/ alcohol detox process is widely considered to be the first step to getting help for drug addiction.
In addition to experiencing cravings, it is also a caring effort to assist with the physical, emotional, and mental struggles that come from no longer having alcohol or drugs in the system. This can manifest itself in minor ways, such as uneasiness, sweats, aches, and pains. It can also be much more intensive with illness reactions and serious mental health concerns. Medical detoxification provides monitoring and treatments to address withdrawal. Effective medications are used to assist with craving, tapering off, and stabilizing the patient.
Perhaps the most common question here is “how long does detox take?” The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including the type of drug, age, length of abuse, and how long it takes to stabilize withdrawal symptoms. Stimulant withdrawal is typically one that does not require a lengthy detox. Opiate detox and withdrawal can take up to a week. Cases of benzodiazepine withdrawal have been known to last for several weeks. It is important to always seek the care of professionals when you choose to end substance abuse. Quitting “cold turkey” at home is NOT recommended as withdrawal can bring a number of severe health risks.