What are detox symptoms?
Detox symptoms generally refer to unpleasant physical or psychological reactions associated with withdrawing from alcohol, a particular drug or a combination of drugs. These detox symptoms normally occur when a substance is not present, although the body continues to physically crave the substance.
A detox programme involves medication being taken to reduce the risk of dangerous withdrawal, and to alleviate as many of these withdrawal symptoms as possible. This helps the individual to feel more comfortable.
For an alcohol dependence, typical withdrawal symptoms include shaking, sweating, vomiting, delirium tremens (the DTs), or in some cases, hallucinations and seizures. For substances such as heroin, detoxing symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhoea, vomiting, cold sweats with goose bumps ("cold turkey"), and involuntary leg movements. Typical detoxing symptoms for cocaine include anxiety, irritability, sleepiness, and sometimes agitation or extreme suspicion.
When should someone go to a detox program?
For anyone with an addiction the first steps towards abstinence can involve withdrawing from alcohol or drugs. Anyone who experiences withdrawal symptoms can benefit from a detox programme. It offers the safest and most comfortable way to stop using alcohol or drugs, with the support of understanding and experienced staff.
If you suspect that you or your loved one has an alcohol or drug dependence, call us. The sooner it can be addressed, the quicker it can be successfully treated.
Why a professional detox program?
Sudden withdrawal from certain substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, can potentially be life-threatening, and for other substances very unpleasant. It is therefore important to access a professional detox program where you or your loved one has access to appropriate medical assessments, medication and ongoing support from specialized, experienced staff. All of this contributes to the completion of a safe and professional detox.
Where to detox
Private residential rehab centres offer the most immediate access to detox programmes. They are considered safer for medical reasons as they provide ongoing supervision should any complications arise. Rehab centres also offer psychological treatment programmes to address all aspects of the dependence.
It is also possible to access private treatment overseas. The initial detox programme would be organised in the UK, followed by psychological, educational and social therapy overseas.
Free detox programmes can also sometimes be accessed on NHS services.
How long could treatment on a detox program take?
Detox for alcohol typically takes between 7 and 10 days, and drugs such as heroin may require longer. The benefits of detoxification will be maximised by completing a full psychological treatment program in addition to the initial detox programme (National Treatment Outcome Research Study, 1996).
How much does a private detox program cost?
The cost of detox can vary depending on the duration, clinic and amount of aftercare accessed. Triage Healthcare can offer guidance towards the best treatment options based on your individual circumstances, budget and needs. Our advisors are ethically bound to give you advice according to the latest evidence of what works, and not according to a profit motive. Our advice is all completely free and confidential.
Where to find Detox Programmes in the UK
Triage Healthcare works alongside a number of specialist treatment centres for immediate access to detox, and also offers home detoxification for alcohol detox where required.
We understand that there may be concerns regarding treatment, particularly in terms of cost, location and success. That is why we are here. By choosing to call us today you will be provided with the personal care and support of our qualified alcohol and addiction advisors whose aim is to provide you with confidential and reliable advice regarding all areas of addiction. Call 0845 370 0102 for free, confidential advice.
NTORS The National Treatment Outcome Research Study: Summary of the project, the clients, and preliminary findings: First Bulletin. (1996). Gossop, M., Marsden, J., Stewart, D., Edwards, C., Lehmann, P., Wilson, A., & Segar, G. Department of Health: London.