Drug Detox: Do I Need It?

Overcoming a drug addiction is a three-stage process that begins with a drug detox. Banbury Lodge offers a supervised detox programme ensures your comfort and safety at all times. Let us help you address the physical side of your illness with an excellent programme at our state-of-the-art facility.

What is a Drug Detox?

A drug detox is a process of getting rid of any toxins or chemicals that have accumulated in your body after years of substance abuse. It is the process that will deal with the physical issues relating to your illness and it begins when you quit taking drugs.

Detoxification is a natural process that is taken care of by your own body. In saying that though, it can be a complicated process and as such, supervision is always necessary. As dangerous as it is to abuse mood-altering chemicals, it can be just as dangerous to stop suddenly without advice from a trained professional.

During a drug detox, you are likely to experience a range of withdrawal symptoms, which occur as your body attempts to heal itself and get back to a semblance of normality.

How Will I Feel During a Drug Detox?

It is natural to be apprehensive about quitting drugs, particularly if you have been relying on them for a long time. You will be aware that you are likely to experience a range of withdrawal symptoms that will make you feel unwell; you may also have heard that drug detox is a painful experience. It is this belief that often prevents drug addicts from reaching out for help, even when they desperately want to quit.

What we can tell you is that you are almost certainly going to feel unwell as your body eliminates the chemicals and toxins from your body. It will be a similar feeling to having the flu as you suffer from aches and pains, fatigue and even a high fever.

These unpleasant feelings will pass though. For most people, a detox programme takes around one to two weeks and during this time, most of the symptoms will come and go. By the end of ten to fourteen days, you may have a few lingering symptoms, but most will have subsided.

What Symptoms Will I Get?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict exactly how your detox will go or the type of symptoms that you will experience. The symptoms that you get and how severe these are will usually depend on several factors. These can include your age, the type of substance you were abusing, how severe your addiction was, and how long you have been abusing drugs. If you abuse more than one substance, or if you have any underlying mental or physical health problems, your detox could be more severe.

Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • headaches
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • stomach cramps
  • fever
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps
  • cravings
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • insomnia
  • hallucinations
  • seizures

Withdrawal will symptoms range from mild to severe in intensity, and while some individuals will only ever experience a couple of symptoms that are moderate at most, others will experience a range of symptoms.

Where Should I Detox?

You have a choice of where you want to be when you quit your drugs. If you would prefer to be in the comfort of your own home with familiar surroundings and people around you that you know and love, you can do this. However, detoxing from drugs is complicated and you will need to be fully prepared beforehand.

You have to make sure that you have a number of individuals willing to take shifts supervising the process at all times. Whoever agrees to supervise will need to know how to react in the event of an emergency and must to be prepared to take on this responsibility.

Nevertheless, just because you can detox at home does not mean that you should. There are certain situations that make a home detox unwise. The alternative is a dedicated detox facility where fully trained and experienced staff can ensure you are kept comfortable and secure at all times.

A dedicated facility is the best choice for those who:

  • have experienced withdrawal symptoms such as intense tremors, agitation, or hallucinations when in need of a fix
  • have underlying health problems such as lung problems, heart disease, hepatitis C, or diabetes
  • have suffered from depression or have had suicidal thoughts in the past
  • who have become aggressive or violent in the past while under the influence of drugs or when trying to detox
  • who have previously had convulsions or seizures
  • who have been abusing any type of opiates
  • who have been abusing sedatives such as barbiturates or benzodiazepine?

How Will I Be Treated During my Drug Detox?

If you choose a drug detox in a dedicated facility, you will be at virtually no risk. Experienced staff will be able to make sure you are comfortable at all times and will be in a position to prevent some symptoms from occurring and easing any discomfort caused by those that do occur.

Medical professionals can often prescribe medication to help you through the detox process, but this will depend on your needs and circumstances. For some people, medication is not appropriate, while for others, it can be prescribed to ease the symptoms and make the detox process easier to bear.

As well as appropriate medication, you may be given supplements that will help prevent some of the worst symptoms from occurring.

Making it Through a Drug Detox

It is very likely that you are going to experience a strong desire to quit your detox, particularly if you experience a number of withdrawal symptoms. It is often during a detox that many addicts give up and return to the substance that they know will make them feel better.

You need to remember that it is normal to feel this way but should also bear in mind that these feelings will not last. You have to take things a day at a time and remember that the suffering you are going through will end. When it does, you will be much closer to permanent sobriety.

You should also know that detoxing with Banbury Lodge means having access to caring and compassionate staff who will do everything to make your detox easier and more comfortable. You will not be left alone to suffer as you experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

As well as staff to talk to, you can talk with other patients who may have already completed their detox. Being able to discuss what you are going through with others who have already made it through can be hugely beneficial. It helps to know that there is an end to the process and that you are not alone.

We will help you to relax with various techniques, such as meditation. Relaxation is key to making the process easier. If reading a book, watching a movie, or listening to music is what you normally do to relax, then you should do this during your detox. If you stop resisting the process, you will feel much better.

Why Choose Banbury Lodge?

Detoxing with Banbury Lodge means detoxing in a calm, quiet and therapeutic environment. We will ensure that noise and activity levels are kept to a minimum. You will also have the benefit of being in an environment where there are no distractions or triggers to upset you or tempt you.

Our detox staff members have been fully trained and have the experience to ensure that you get through this process with minimum discomfort. They will provide care and support around-the-clock, making sure you are completely comfortable at all times.

If you would like more information on our drug detox programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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