What Is a Detox?

Detox or the process of detoxification is when you begin to rid the body of substances like drugs or alcohol that the client has become addicted to. It is a key tool in addiction recovery!

This is often the first step in the process of addiction recovery and is vital to helping an addict make changes to their lives in a positive way. It is a medical process, sometimes referred to as ‘medically-managed withdrawal’ that aids clients in safely managing their withdrawal symptoms. Its aim is to help clients find mental and physical stability once substances have left their system.

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General Side Effects of Detoxing/Detoxification

Every substance addiction is different, and each has its own side effects, but there are some general side effects that clients may experience during their detox, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Shaking in the hands
  • Changes in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and Vomiting

It is vital to undergo the process of detox under medical supervision. Doing it at home can lead to serious medical conditions like seizures, severe dehydration, comas or even death!

For any detox – do not go cold turkey! Seek the right medical support.

How Long Does a Detox Take?

The entire process of detoxing your body has no set timeframe. Dependent upon a number of different factors, detoxification can take one week, it can take two or it can take more. The factors taken into account include:

  • The type of substance
  • The duration of the addiction
  • The method of use during addiction
  • Amount of the substance taken
  • Clients’ family history
  • Any underlying medical conditions

Usually, any symptoms of the detox will manifest within the first 6-24 hours and can be at the most intense severity between 24 and 72 hours after last substance use. These factors are why it is vital to seek medical help.

New Leaf Recovery Offer Detox Treatments!

At New Leaf, we offer a bespoke detoxification programme to every client, dependent on their needs. We aim to start the process on admission to ensure every client gets the most out of their recovery journey.

All detox programmes are then followed by our rehabilitation programmes to guide every client through their needs, their addiction issues and to help them through every stage of recovery.

Contact New Leaf Recovery Project today to find out more about our rehabilitation and detoxification programmes.