Article provided by: Channel Islands Rehab
Detox treatment is essential for complete recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. At Channel Islands Rehab, we offer the best medical detox in a fully-equipped treatment setting in the presence of a licensed physician and highly experienced RNs.
How long does it take for your body to detox?
On average, it takes 5 to 7 days to detox from drugs and alcohol. However, detox can take several days to weeks in case of addiction to substances such as alcohol, opioids, heroin, cocaine, and meth.
While detox helps reduce the severity of the withdrawal symptoms, detox can produce certain side effects, which are easily manageable through medications and therapy. It is highly important to follow up on detox with psychotherapies, counseling, and support group sessions, to attain treatment goals. Detox also reduces cravings and prepares an individual’s mind and body for other rehab treatments and therapies.
The time frame for detox from barbiturates and sleeping pills
Barbiturates or Amytal is a sedative-hypnotic, which is an important ingredient in sleeping pills. Doctors prescribe this type of drugs to treat sleep disorders or as an anesthetic during surgeries. While these drugs act as anticonvulsants when administered in small doses, with long term usage, it can severely compromise the functioning of the central nervous system. Detox treatment from barbiturates can produce symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, shaking, and blood circulation issues in the first 24-48 hours.
Based on the patient’s severity and duration of addiction, the symptoms can get adverse within 3 to 5 days of detox. In rare cases, recovering addicts suffer from withdrawal symptoms after a week or more after detox. Our physician prescribes medications to overcome insomnia, and our therapists start engaging patients in a series of psychotherapies and counseling sessions to prepare them for a drug-free life.
Drugs used in alcohol detox
During the detox process, we take special efforts to ensure that the patient’s system is in balance at all times. We also administer certain medications to avoid physiological upsets and adverse health complications in detox patients. After a thorough analysis of the patient’s physical health status, psychiatric condition, and drug history, our doctor may prescribe benzodiazepines like Librium, valium, Ativan, etc., to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. We closely monitor our patients for symptoms and prescribe necessary medications to prevent and treat seizures, tremors, hallucinations, insomnia, etc.
We also use anti-depressants and anticonvulsant drugs to stabilize the recovering addict’s physical and mental health. Sometimes benzodiazepines become yet another drug that recovering addicts abuse. We’ll take comprehensive measures to make sure that our patients use only the medically recommended drug dosages and closely monitor all our recovering addicts in a safe and secure treatment facility. This helps prevent patients from engaging in self-harming behaviors and allow us to protect them from adverse withdrawal symptoms and medical emergencies.
Call the Channel Islands Rehab today for more information on our detox treatment. We begin residential treatment with detox and follow it up with a variety of psychotherapies, one-on-one counseling sessions, and support group sessions to help individuals attain recovery.