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How Soon After I Stop Using Do I Need to go to Detox?

You should go to detox as soon as possible after you decide to stop using. In fact, you haven’t actually stopped using until you have been through withdrawal. If you haven’t been through withdrawal, you haven’t quit; you’re just between uses. If you have been through withdrawal, meaning the withdrawal symptoms of your drug have come and gone, a process that should last about a week, then there is no point in going to detox. You are ready to do into treatment and you should do so immediately.

When you definitely decide to stop, you should go into detox right away–meaning, within hours. Different drugs act at different rates. The more fast-acting the drug, the sooner you will begin to feel withdrawal symptoms. Heroin, for example, is pretty fast-acting and withdrawal symptoms can start six to 12 hours after your last dose. Symptoms usually peak in two or three days. Alcohol withdrawal also begins after about six hours, but it may be two or three days before the DTs start. DTs happen in about five percent of cases and are among the most dangerous withdrawal symptom of any drug. Although prolonged, heavy drinking makes DTs more likely, it’s hard to predict whether they will hit and it’s better to be in a safe environment if they do.

More importantly, going to to detox improves your chances of staying in recovery. You can’t relapse while you are in a detox facility. Getting through that initial withdrawal is difficult and addicts who are trying to get clean often relapse just to make the symptoms stop. That isn’t an option in a facility. You will also get medication to reduce the severity of the symptoms. If you just say you’ve stopped using, that pronouncement might be severely tested once symptoms start.

Even if you don’t go to detox right away, you can still go if symptoms become too strong. They’ll still let you in. If you start to experience severe withdrawal, which might mean high fever, hallucinations, severe confusion, stomach pains, or seizures, you should seek emergency medical care immediately and remain in medical care until withdrawal ends.

It’s best to avoid that if possible. Going into detox right away after you decide to quit will allow you to be admitted, stabilized, and settled by the time withdrawal starts. That will make sure withdrawal is as comfortable as possible and give you the best chance to finish detox.

Human dignity has value. When a loved one chooses detox, they should be comfortable and treated with respect. Struggling with addiction is not something punished. Recovery should be supported with empathy and acceptance. Gardens Detox stands out, changing the way the industry approaches detox. Call us today for information on our programs:  (844) 325-9168