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What Are Common Experiences of Detox?

When you first arrive at a detox center, they will typically do some blood tests and ask you some questions. You will probably receive I.V. fluids that will correct vitamin deficiencies and rehydrate you. After that, experiences differ. Your experience will depend on what drug or drugs you are addicted to, how long you have been using, your overall health, and how you respond to medication and other treatments.

There are some common experiences. Many people feel anxious and irritable, especially when detoxing from alcohol and opioids. These symptoms are often treated with medication. Insomnia is common as well. Not only is your brain chemistry in total disarray, but you are also in an unfamiliar place. Other symptoms common to many kinds of withdrawal include nausea, vomiting, and headaches. Most of these symptoms can also be treated by medication. Sometimes complementary therapies such as massage and acupuncture help with these symptoms too.

If you are detoxing from alcohol, you might experience, in addition to the above symptoms, sweating, confusion, disorientation, seizures, heart palpitations, and hallucinations. Although withdrawal can start in a few hours of not drinking, the worst symptoms may not hit for two or three days. Symptoms should taper rapidly after five to seven days.

Opioid withdrawal is a little different. Opioids affect your perception of pain, and withdrawal symptoms are likely to include muscle and bone pain and restlessness. More symptoms include frequent yawning, runny nose, and watery eyes. You may also experience abdominal cramps and diarrhea, dilated pupils, blurred vision, high blood pressure, and rapid heart rate.

How long these symptoms persist depends on the specific drug. Heroin is relatively fast acting and symptoms should decline after a few days. Some prescription painkillers may take closer to a week. Opioid detox often uses a taper, gradually reducing doses over the course of several days. Other times, different drugs are substituted, such as methadone for heroin, and then the new drug is tapered.

How long you remain in detox depends on the drug and how heavily you were using. It typically lasts a week or two. After that, you should begin treatment for the addiction.

Detox is the first step in the journey to recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. The Gardens Wellness Center is redefining the way we approach detox and treat those who are detoxing. Our comfortable environment, encouraging program, and engaging amenities set us apart from other detox centers. Call us today for information:  (844) 325-9168