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What is Detoxification?
The first step for many addicts on a journey to recovery is detox. Our detox center in michigan provides this safe and effective process. This vital step provides the body an opportunity to cleanse itself of any substances that may remain. It is an essential first step as it is difficult to fully immerse yourself in the drug or alcohol treatment process while still remaining under the influence of substances. While choosing to quit without support, also called quitting “cold turkey,” is indeed more straightforward, it is essential to remember that detoxing alone can be dangerous and often leads to relapse. This is especially true when detoxing from specific substances such as opioids and alcohol. The severity of the symptoms experienced during detox will range and vary from person to person. A wide range of factors influences the detox process, including the duration of your addiction, the type of substance or substances used, the level of use, and whether or not you have been through addiction treatment before and experienced relapse.
Detox begins when someone struggling with addiction decides to stop using or drinking. During detox, your body must learn to function and sustain normal body processes without the influence of substances. While using or drinking, your body and brain become accustomed to turning to substances for specific results, emotions, or feelings. When substance levels get too low, cravings occur, causing the addict to drink or use again to satisfy a perceived need. Eventually, this process results in dependence on drugs or alcohol to function and complete day-to-day tasks. During detox, these cravings are not satisfied (regardless of intensity), resulting in detox and withdrawal symptoms.
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Withdrawal Symptoms &
How someone experiences addiction is unique to the individual. Similarly, how an addict in recovery experiences withdrawal symptoms is also unique to the person and the characteristics of their addiction. Factors such as the type of substance, duration of their addiction, and how often they used (or drank) all influence the withdrawal process. Various symptoms are commonly associated with withdrawal that most, if not all, people will experience during detox. These typically include appetite changes, altered mood or behavior, fatigue, restlessness and irritability, muscle and joint aches and pains, changes in sleeping patterns, and respiratory issues such as congestion or runny nose. Other common symptoms may include more severe symptoms such as sweating, shakiness, nausea, and vomiting. In some cases, more severe symptoms, including hallucinations, seizures, and delirium tremens (DTs). The occurrence and severity of any withdrawal symptoms depend on the individual and their unique addiction.
The timeline for detox varies depending on the substance you are detoxing from. The onset and duration of symptoms for alcohol are different than that of heroin or cocaine.
The First Twenty-Four Hours
The withdrawal symptoms of opiate, alcohol and heroin withdrawal often occur within a matter of hours after your last dose. These symptoms usually present as mild and intensify over two to three days. In some cases, depending on the severity of the addiction, severe symptoms can last up to a week. With other substances, withdrawal symptoms may take longer than 24 hours to occur due to the time the drug itself remains in your system. During the first twelve hours of the detox process, a person may start sweating, become increasingly irritable and experience nausea and vomiting. You may also experience elevated blood pressure and accelerated heart rate.
Twenty-Four to Forty-Eight Hours
After the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours, withdrawal-related symptoms will often begin to worsen and intensify. For those who are detoxing from opioid drugs or alcohol, severe and potentially life-threatening symptoms may also occur. It is during this stage that medically assisted detox is essential to treatment success as well as health and safety.
Day Three and Beyond
Throughout the first five days in detox, many symptoms will persist in varying levels of severity. Typically, after the fifth day, many of the physical withdrawal symptoms tend to subside. However, some such as muscle pain and discomfort, and headaches may continue for several days or weeks. Also, many of the psychological and emotional symptoms often continue for some time.
Preparing for Detoxification
What to Expect When Entering a Drug & Alcohol Detox Center in Michigan
When you arrive at our Michigan Drug & Alcohol Detox Center, we will begin the process by ensuring we know all we can about your unique addiction treatment needs. The first step in the detox process is usually a comprehensive intake assessment. This includes questions and discussions about your history with substances and your medical and mental health history. It is essential for the treatment staff to have a clear understanding of these details so they can create a detox and addiction treatment plan that addresses not only your addiction but any underlying medical or mental health conditions as well.
Once detox begins, our highly trained treatment team will provide medical and psychological monitoring throughout all stages of withdrawal. This includes monitoring your vital signs and your overall emotional well-being to ensure you can safely and successfully detox from drugs or alcohol. Once detox is complete, you will transition to a comprehensive addiction treatment program to further your journey to sobriety.
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Our Detox Center in Michigan
Regardless of your substance of choice, no one should try to detox from drugs or alcohol alone. Those who detox in a medically supervised setting are provided with ongoing support and care essential to successful detox and recovery. At Liberty House, our highly trained team of treatment providers and counselors are available to guide patients through detox while helping them manage the emotional changes that come with detox. Detox is only the first step on your recovery journey, but it is vital to your commitment to sobriety. If you or a loved one are ready to take the next step, contact us at Liberty House to learn more about how you can Begin Healing Today at the Liberty House’s Michigan Detox Center.