How To Detox Your Body from Drugs
If you have developed a dependence on drugs or an addiction to drugs, the prospect of stopping can be very daunting. With certain drugs, a physical dependence can occur if you have been taking them frequently and for an extended period of time.
Other drugs can cause psychological dependence, and this can make them even harder to stop. You may well worry about how you will cope without drugs and how you will manage the withdrawal symptoms – These concerns, while very common, can lead you to delay seeking life-saving drug addiction treatment and help.
Perhaps you are always thinking to yourself “Today is the day I stop taking drugs”, only to find yourself using them an hour later and promising yourself you will try again tomorrow.
We at Detox Plus understand the physical and mental battle a person suffers when they try to stop a drug they are addicted to. We can help you to manage drug withdrawal symptoms with the assistance of a medical drug detox, and by undergoing a bespoke addiction treatment programme, you will have the recovery tools that will enable you to stay drug-free.
What Is A Drug Detox?
A drug detox is a process by which the body becomes free of drugs. There are various ways of achieving this, but depending on the drug you are addicted to it may or may not be safe for you to quit drugs on your own. Even if it is safe to stop drugs on your own without help, you may find it mentally and physically too much to bear.
Many individuals who are drug dependent set themselves up for failure by not seeking appropriate help and treatment before attempting detox. This can lead you to end up feeling hopeless and taking more drugs than ever before.
The good news is that a drug detox is not something you have to do alone. There is professional help available to ensure that you succeed in coming off drugs and making the process as painless and as comfortable as possible.
Which Drugs Require A Drug Detox?
If you are addicted to a drug, you may be wondering if it is safe to stop without professional help. There are certain drugs, that once physically dependent, it is not safe to stop alone.
Some drugs cause a psychological dependence these are also not safe to stop without help. The following drugs benefit from the clinical safety of a medical drug detox where there is a dependence present :
Common Illegal drugs that cause dependence
- Valium analogues
- Fake prescription pills
- Crack cocaine
- Crystal Meth
Common prescription pills that cause dependence
- Benzodiazepines: Diazepam, Lorazepam, Nitrazepam, Clonazepam etc
- Sleeping pills: Zopiclone, Zolpidem
- Opiate painkillers: Morphine, Methadone, Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Hydrocodone, Subutex, Dihydrocodeine, Tramadol etc
- Psychiatric drugs
- Anti-anxiety medications
Common legal drugs that cause dependence
- Many over the counter medicines if abused
Types of Drug Detox Available
If you want help to stop taking drugs but don’t know how you may be considering a drug detox to help you. There are various methods of detoxing from drugs, and it is worth seeking advice from a professional as to which drug detox is best for you and will likely work in the long term.
It is worth remembering that some drugs should never be stopped suddenly where there is a dependence, this can cause dangerous withdrawal symptoms that if not treated medically can become life-threatening very quickly.
Detox Plus is here to help and advise you in any way that we can. Following a telephone assessment of your drug taking and history, we can recommend a detox plan that is safe, and that will work for you as an individual.
Please call and speak to one of our expert drug treatment advisors
Full Medical Drug Detox – What is a medical drug detox?
A full medical drug detox is a detox whereby approved medication is administered to minimise or stop drug withdrawal symptoms. The medication replaces the drug or drugs completely following a comprehensive medical assessment by a qualified doctor or psychiatrist experienced in prescribing drug detoxes.
The patient is then continually monitored by qualified nurses and/or a doctor within a residential detox clinic, or rehab setting while the medication is gradually reduced and stopped. Withdrawal symptoms are reviewed regularly, and medication is adjusted where there is a need. Clinically this is proven to be the safest way to detox from drugs.
Medically Assisted Drug Detox – What is a medically assisted drug detox?
A medically assisted drug detox is similar to a full drug detox in that an approved medication is used to replace the drug and is prescribed by a doctor. The main difference being is that an assisted drug detox is not fully controlled and continually monitored.
Quasi-residential drug rehabs often offer medically assisted detoxification with lower levels of support than a fully residential rehab or detox clinic. Medically assisted drug detoxes are often successful if the individual is motivated to stop the drugs they are addicted to. Providing the patient completely adheres to the detox regime; this type of detox is safe.
Quitting Drugs Cold Turkey – What is cold turkey?
Quitting drugs cold turkey where there is a drug dependence is extremely dangerous. Cold turkey is the name given when an individual abruptly stops taking drugs and tries to endure the withdrawal symptoms unassisted by medication or support. Needless to say, this is usually very dangerous and often unsuccessful.
Gradual Drug Withdrawal Detox – What is a gradual drug withdrawal detox?
A gradual drug withdrawal detox is where the patient tries to reduce the drugs they are taking over some time in order to lessen the severity of the withdrawal symptoms. This should only be attempted with the assistance of a doctor who can plan and prescribe a drug withdrawal regime. It is a detox method often used in the community for prescription drug addiction.
The success of the detox depends on how motivated the patient is and the levels of support that they have to help them through the withdrawal period. Attempting to gradually withdraw from a drug alone can often backfire if you attempt to do it too quickly or are unable to control the amount of drugs you take.
What is pharmaceutical drug detox?
Pharmaceutical drug detox is any detox that involves a pharmaceutical medication to ease or counteract drug withdrawal symptoms. This can be conducted in the community or within a drug rehab. Certain medications are medically approved by the Department of Health to be used for the purpose of drug or alcohol detoxes.
For example – Diazepam and Chlordiazepoxide are medications approved to be used in alcohol detoxification. Subutex and Methadone are drugs approved to be used in heroin detoxification.
Ideally, a pharmaceutical detox should be conducted within a professional detox clinic to ensure that the detox is completed safely and correctly.
What is a home drug detox?
A home drug detox is a detox administered by a doctor or nurse prescriber while you stay in the comfort of your own home.
This may sound appealing, but home drug detoxes do have their drawbacks. For a start, you will have to arrange for someone to stay with you for the duration of the home detox as it is unsafe to carry out alone. Also, there will be the temptation to use alcohol or drugs as you will not be in the protected environment of drug rehab or drug detox clinic.
A home drug detox only works for highly motivated individuals who have a very good support network they can rely on 24/7
Detox Plus recommends full medical detoxification and medically assisted drug detox within the safety of one of our CQC registered detox clinics as the safest method of detoxing of stopping drugs.
Do I Need A Drug Detox?
Whether or not you need a drug detox that involves medication should only really be determined by a medical practitioner. However, there are some definite signs and symptoms that indicate you have a drug dependence or drug addiction and would benefit from a medical drug detox.
Physical signs and symptoms you need a drug detox
Taking any less of the drug than your body has become accustomed to will result in any of the following physical signs and symptoms of drug withdrawal:
- Intense drug cravings
- Restless limbs
- Aches and pains in muscles
- Muscle cramps
- Increase in blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate/palpitations
- Increase in body temperature
- Extreme fatigue
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle rigidity
Psychological signs and symptoms
- Hallucinations – auditory or visual
- Delirium Tremens – rapid onset of severe confusion that usually occurs through rapid withdrawal from alcohol or benzodiazepines
- Panic attacks
- Thoughts of self-harm
- Intrusive thoughts
- Suicidal ideation
- Inability to concentrate
- Memory loss
Drug withdrawal symptoms can vary tremendously in severity. Developing any of the above symptoms to a severe level requires immediate medical attention.
* Withdrawal symptoms highlighted in red require urgent medical attention as are potentially life-threatening.
Drug withdrawal symptoms also vary depending on the drug you are trying to stop:
The easiest way to tell if you are drug dependent is if taking more drugs relieves your symptoms. If this is the case, then it is highly likely you have a drug dependence.
What Happens In a Drug Detox Clinic?
Detox Plus specialises in drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation. We only work with reputable CQC registered and regulated detox clinics in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Depending on the type of detox clinic you choose will affect the levels support you receive while detoxing. Fully residential clinics offer the highest levels of support available and are therefore considered the safest option.
Drug Detox Admission
On arriving at a clinic, you can expect to be welcomed by staff who will show you around the facility, answer any questions you may have and also help you to settle in.
Fully residential clinics are inpatient and all-inclusive. All your meals, therapy, accommodation and medication are included in the one price and take place in the same facility.
As you never leave the facility, unless accompanied by staff, the temptation to drink or drug is removed. Fully residential drug detox clinics also tend to accept fewer patients at any one time, so there is a higher patient to counsellor ratio and a very high success rate of completing the detox and addiction treatment programme.
Drug Detox Assessment
Once you are settled into the clinic or rehab, you will then be assessed by the clinic’s doctor or psychiatrist who will discuss with you your medical detox regime. The doctor or psychiatrist will take into account other medications you may be on, your overall physical and mental health and any previous detoxes you have completed before.
Drug Detox Support
Most individuals arrive at clinics intoxicated; your medical detox will be started once it is safe to administer the medication. You will then be carefully monitored throughout the duration of your detox. Your physical activity will be limited during this time to ensure your safety. You will also receive support and encouragement and light therapy from counsellors and therapists while you detox.
Drug Detox Programme
Therapeutic treatment programmes are of maximum benefit once the body and mind are cleared from all drugs. Once your detox is complete, it is strongly recommended that you undertake a full drug rehab programme to treat the psychological aspect of drug addiction.
Benefits of Inpatient Drug Detox and Residential Drug Detox
Benefits of inpatient drug detox and residential drug detox clinics include:
- 24/7 support and care from a team of addiction professionals including doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychologists, therapists and support workers.
- A safe and secure environment that is conducive to healing and recovery from drug addiction
- A full medical detox to minimise drug withdrawal symptoms and ensure your safety on stopping drugs
- A bespoke drug addiction treatment programme tailored specifically to your treatment needs as an individual
- The opportunity to address and change behavioural patterns that previously supported your drug addiction
- Undergo evidence-based drug treatments and receive an aftercare package
- You will leave drug free!
Drug Detox Q&A
Will A Drug Detox Enable Me To Regain Control Over My Drug Taking?
All a drug detox accomplishes is the safe removal of drugs from your system. Drug addiction is an illness that hijacks the brain; taking any alcohol or drugs will trigger a craving for more and the same cycle of compulsively seeking and taking drugs will repeat itself. This is not only medically proven, but it is our experience also.
To stay drug-free, it is necessary to rehabilitate the brain through a comprehensive drug treatment programme. This will also teach you strategies and disciplines that will help you to avoid relapse.
Will Drug Detox Be Painful?
Depending on the type of drug detox you choose, withdrawal symptoms can vary from very mild to severe and life-threatening. Medical drug detoxes are the safest and most comfortable way of stopping drugs. The clinics we work with do all they can to ensure your detox is as painless as possible.
How Long Does Drug Detox Last?
The duration of a drug detox depends on several factors, including – How long you have been taking the drugs and been drug dependent, your general health, your mental health, the type of drug you are stopping and the dosage.
The important thing is that you stop the drugs in the safest way possible for your physical and mental wellbeing. Please call us directly to discuss your specific drug detox
How Much Does A Drug Detox Cost?
Drug detox costs vary depending on the duration of the drug detox and the particular detox clinic. Detox Plus work with affordable clinics, luxury clinics and everything in between. Please call us to discuss your individual treatment needs and budget.
What Happens After Drug Detox?
After you have completed your drug detox, ideally you will stay in a rehab facility and undergo an intensive and comprehensive bespoke drug treatment programme. This is necessary in order to prevent relapse and stay free from drugs permanently.
On leaving the drug detox clinic, you will be offered aftercare and provided with a discharge plan containing information on local sources of support and tips on staying drug-free.
How Long Does It Take To Feel Normal After A Drug Detox?
Depending on the drug you have stopped it may take you a while after completing the drug detox to feel like your old self before you started taking drugs. Some individuals bounce back very quickly; others may feel the effects of their drug-taking for longer. It is a very individual thing, but support is available to help you through this.
Opiates detox and benzodiazepines detox tend to take longer than other drugs before you start to feel well again. Medical drug detox can help to reduce the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.
How Long Will it Take Before I Can Pass a Drug Test?
Different drugs leave our systems at different rates. Everybody’s metabolism is individual to them, so there are only guidelines available for each drug. There are also different methods of drug testing; some tests can detect a drug in your system from longer than others.
If you have any questions relating to drug detox that is not answered on this page or want more information on our drug detox clinics and treatment programmes, please call us direct. We are waiting for your call so we can assist you.
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What percentage of young adults (aged 16 to 24) had taken a drug in the last year?
Around 1 in 5 (19.8%) adults aged 16 to 24 had taken a drug in the last year. This proportion was more than double that of the wider age group of 16-59 and equates to around 1.2 million people. You can read more here: Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2017/18 Crime Survey for England and Wales Around 1 in 5 (19.8%) adults aged 16 to 24 had taken a drug in the last year. This proportion was more than double that of the wider age group of 16-59 and equates to around 1.2 million people. You can read more here: Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2017/18 Crime Survey for England and Wales
Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug because? (choose one)
Fentanyl is a legally prescribed medication designed for the treatment of chronic and severe pain, often prescribed for post-surgery pain relief. It is a synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more powerful and potent. It is used as a bulking agent by illegal drug dealers to increase their volume of product. Many drug users are unaware that this opioid has been added to their street drug of choice, making it extremely easy to overdose on Fentanyl. You can read more here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2017/09/18/fentanyl-whats-being-done-to-mitigate-future-problems/
What is a symptom of alcohol poisoning?
Alcohol poisoning occurs when someone drinks a toxic amount of alcohol, usually over a short period of time, and often occurs when binge drinking. Being poisoned by alcohol can damage your health or even put your life in danger. The signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning include confusion, being in a stupor, vomiting, severely slurred speech, loss of coordination, passing out and being unconscious, irregular or slow breathing and hypothermia (pale blue-tinged skin caused by low body temperature) In the most severe of cases, alcohol poisoning can lead to coma, brain damage and death. If you suspect someone is experiencing an alcohol overdose, get medical help immediately! Read more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/alcohol-poisoning/
Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as ‘fake weed’ with names like Spice and Mamba are extremely dangerous because?
Synthetic cannabinoids are a type of new psychoactive substance, developed to have similar effects to the psychoactive substances found within cannabis. Sold under a number of street names including Spice and Mamba, synthetic cannabinoids have skunk marijuana like qualities but are extremely more potent. There is increasing health concern about the impact of these new substances on the physical and mental health of users. It is much more likely to cause distortions in reality, hallucinations and delirium. Other known side effects of the drug include breathing difficulties, stupor, dehydration, vomiting, severe rashes and loss of control over parts of the body. The long term effects are as yet unknown due to the recent introduction of these substances. The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force on May 2016 and applies across the UK and bans the sale, supply, and import of psychoactive substances (previously known as “legal highs”) in the UK.
Having an alcohol or drug addiction and another mental health issue at the same time (for instance anxiety or depression) is classified as a co-occurring condition. All co-occurring conditions should be treated, but it is best to?
Research suggests that mental health illnesses can make it more difficult to treat drug or alcohol addiction, and drug or alcohol addiction can make it more difficult to treat other mental health illnesses. The high rate of co-occurrence and the interaction between addiction and other mental health illnesses makes it important to identify and evaluate both conditions and treat them together. You can read more about co-occurring conditions from the UK Government here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/625809/Co-occurring_mental_health_and_alcohol_drug_use_conditions.pdf
The brain is especially susceptible to damage from alcohol while it is still in the development stage. Until about what age does the brain continue to develop?
Well into your 20’s: around 25. Medical and scientific research has shown that the human brain does not finish developing until around the age of 25. Alcohol and drug use can alter this development, affecting the brains structure and function causing cognitive and learning problems later in life. This risk is enhanced when people begin drinking when young and to excess. Read more here: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=3051
The top illegal drug substances that are currently being used among students are Cannabis, Ecstasy and Study Drugs. What fraction of students report that they intentionally use Study Drugs?
6% Study drugs are taken to improve concentration, energy levels, physical stamina and motivation. These drugs are increasing in popularity among students looking to boost physical and mental performance who are facing pressure to fulfil all of their academic responsibilities. According to the latest NUS Drug Survey six per cent of respondents who have used drugs said that they use ‘study drugs’ at least once a month and one in five of this same group have taken them at some point. Overall one in ten of all students responding to the NUS survey have ever taken study drugs. Read more here: Taking the hit: student drug use and how institutions respond.
Electronic vaping devices like e-cigarettes can help stop teenagers and young adults from smoking real cigarettes.
True Regular vaping with e-cigarette use among adults has levelled over recent years, and remains largely confined to smokers and ex-smokers. As an aid to quitting smoking being the main motivation for an adult who vape. Professor John Newton, Health Improvement Director at Public Health England, said: “In contrast to recent media reports in the US, we are not seeing a surge in e-cigarette use among young people in Britain. While more young people are experimenting with e-cigarettes, the crucial point is that regular use remains low and is very low indeed among those who have never smoked.” Read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/regular-e-cigarette-use-remains-low-among-young-people-in-britain
Cannabinoids are the chemical ingredients in Cannabis and Marijuana. What is the name of the main ingredient that makes you high?
THC. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis. It is the chemical responsible for most of the psychological effects of marijuana. THC impacts on the brain and body and affects coordination, the perception of time, pleasure, memory, concentration and thinking. Read more here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/cannabis-the-facts/
Often viewed as a ‘party drug’, ECSTASY (also known as Eckies, MDMA, Mandy, Pills and Sweeties) is extremely popular on campus and most common at raves and concerts. Why can it be a dangerous drug
All of the above. Ecstasy and MDMA type drugs are known to produce a boost of energy and a euphoric high. However, they are also highly addictive and can cause hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety and other mental health problems. Using Ecstasy has been linked to liver, kidney and brain damage. Other side effects can be very severe and include dehydration, increased heart rate and increased body temperature. Users often feel ‘down’ or tired and low for a few days after taking ecstasy. A danger also exists in not knowing what is actually in the pill or powder or how your body will react to it. While only a small number of deaths have been reported due to Ecstasy, the popularity of the drug is high among students. Ecstasy is the second most commonly used drug by students, having been taken by two thirds (67 per cent) of NUS respondents who have used drugs. Read more here: Taking the hit: student drug use and how institutions respond.
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