Private Drugs and Alcohol Detoxes
For many people struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, the fear of being in agonising pain and discomfort during the process of alcohol or drug detox is one thing that stops them from seeking the help they desperately need. Whilst it is true that detoxification is not the most pleasant experience, it is a crucial step when ending the active cycle of addiction and at Western Counselling we are renowned for having a gentle and caring response to your detox needs. For psychological treatment to be the most beneficial, you must complete detoxification first.
Click here now and apply for our drug and alcohol treatment service. During your stay, the doctor and staff team will do their best to make the detox process as comfortable as possible. Depending on the information you provide to the clinic’s staff, a detox plan will be created for you. In most situations, a substitute medication is ordered, allowing any drugs or alcohol to get out of your system. For prescription drug dependence substitution may not be available and in these cases, the doctor will write up a reduction plan designed to safely wean you off drugs. The process of detoxification is usually between 7 and 21days however it may take longer dependent on duration of use.
How Long Does it Take to Detox from Drugs or Alcohol?
How long it takes a person to detoxify depends on a number of factors including:
- Your age and overall health
- How long you have been addicted to drug(s) or alcohol
- What substance(s) you are addicted to
- Your mental state
- Any medications you may need to continue taking for health reasons
For example, opiates, benzodiazepines, and certain other medications must be withdrawn from your system more slowly to avoid health risks or potential complications. After the rehab centre’s doctor has written the detox regime, a qualified staff member will be responsible for administering your private alcohol and/or drug detox. You will be monitored closely throughout, for your safety and to see if there are any signs that the doctor may need to review your detoxification protocol. Throughout your detox, you will be encouraged to eat a healthy diet, refrain from physical activities, and take routine rest periods. To ensure that you are following the detox plan and not taking anything that you did not receive prior approval to take, you will undergo routine urine tests performed by the clinic’s staff. Western Counselling provides alcohol and drug detox programmes with a leading success rate of 93%. So, if you, a family member or somebody else you know are in need of an alcohol, opiate or prescription drug detox click here and complete our simple online assessment form. We will respond to you within 24 hours and provide the help and support you need to get life back on track.
What to Expect During a Private Alcohol or Drug Detox
It’s often beneficial to have an idea of what to anticipate while detoxing. It is important to understand that withdrawal symptoms differ from one person to another, so it is almost impossible to give an exact answer. While some individuals may not have any withdrawal symptoms, others may do so in varying degrees of severity. This makes it very difficult to tell you exactly what to expect. However, there is a chance you may experience any of the following:
Drug and Alcohol Detox Symptoms
- Anxiety Exaggerated emotions
- Memory loss
- Inability to concentrate
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle cramps
- Stiffness and/ or soreness
- Runny or blocked nose
- Blurred vision
Before you get alarmed, please understand that you will not experience all of these symptoms. In fact, you may not experience any symptoms. However, if you do experience any symptoms, they will be closely monitored by the rehab facility staff. The safest way to detox is by following a medically assisted detox plan in a rehab facility like ours at Western Counselling. While you are detoxing, there is one important thing to remember. Any uncomfortable symptoms you feel will end. If you are taking part in a full rehabilitation programme, you will be provided with the tools and skills you need to avoid a relapse in the future. This will keep you from ever having to go through this process again. If you are still worried about or fearful of the detox process, think of it this way. Detox is only a temporary process. Yes, you may feel somewhat uncomfortable for a short period of time, but it will come to an end. However, this short period of time is the crucial first step to living a life that is free from addiction. It is a step toward a brand new, happier way of life…not only for you, but for everyone who loves you.
If you would like to discuss needs for yourself, family member or friend visit our private drug and alcohol detox page and complete our brief online form. Alternatively, call our office and one of our team will be happy to answer your questions.
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- How long will the detoxification last?
The period of medication can vary dependant on substance use, duration of use, quantity of use.
The average period for an opiate detox is 14-21days.
The average period for an alcohol detox is 11days.
However, the period after medication is completed is also part of the withdrawal process and is a period of observation, care and general review of wellbeing as anxiety and cravings can be very strong.
- What is the minimum period of detoxification?
Two weeks is the minimum duration of stay at Western Counselling.
- What medications are used for detox?
All detoxs are negotiated between our patient and the doctor and take into account substance, duration and period of use, physical wellbeing etc.
Alcohol: chlordiazepoxide and pabrinex.
Opiate: Methadone (physeptone tablets) or buprenorphine dependent on personal choice.
Premethezine is used to aid sleep during the detox period.
Benzodiazepines: We reduce using whatever has been previously used, this is a longer period of withdrawal with detoxification lasting far in excess of the period of medication.
- What is your success rate for detox?
In 2016 84 people were admitted for detoxification – 93% completed their medicated withdrawal programmes.
- Can I be admitted for detoxification only?
Yes, however we will ask that you arrange an ongoing programme of rehabilitation in/outpatient to support your ongoing recovery, this can be with WesternCounselling or with another provider.
Next steps – get help now and visit our online form for drug and alcohol recovery. You can apply for yourself or if you are a family member or professional. Approximate form completion time is five minutes.