How Long Does It Take for a Drug Detox to Work?
The timeline for the detoxification process varies based on a number of factors, including the substance, the intensity or severity of the addiction, and your medical history. Typically, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Most clients need ample time to get past their withdrawal symptoms before they can concentrate on therapy.
At Profound, our medically monitored alcohol and drug detox program offers 24/7 care in an upscale environment to ensure you go through withdrawal safely and comfortably. A doctor or nurse practitioner is available to offer relief medication should you experience any discomfort.
Alcohol & Drug Detox Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person stops using a substance their body has become dependent on. Physical and psychological symptoms are common but impossible to predict. This uncertainty is one reason to consider a residential detox program. Side effects and symptoms from drug detox can range in level of severity, so medical support is valuable during this time.
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms, for example, can range from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful, depending on the individual’s level of alcohol addiction, general health, and other factors. People considered heavy drinkers — those consuming more than seven drinks per week — typically experience the most severe symptoms.
At the Profound Treatment detox in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, we help clients with a 24-hour medically monitored detox process. We provide medication to keep clients comfortable and monitor their progress closely.
Drug Detox Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms each person experiences while going through drug detox in Woodland Hills vary but typically include the following:
- Nausea and other flu-like symptoms
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle aches and general pain
- Irritability and angry outbursts
- Digestive upsets
Most physical symptoms arise during the acute withdrawal stage, which can last up to three weeks, depending on the drugs and the person’s general health.
Alcohol Detox Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms typically begin within a few hours after your last drink. Symptoms may include:
- Nausea, sweating, and other flu-like symptoms
- Shaking, tremors
- Night sweats
- Increased heart rate
The most severe symptom of alcohol withdrawal is called delirium tremens, or “DTs.” Delirium tremens is a medical emergency that can result in death. The possibility of experiencing delirium tremens is one reason that detoxing from alcohol is extremely important and why you should consider reaching out to our treatment facility.
What Does an Alcohol or Drug Detox Feel Like?
Detoxing from drugs or alcohol is, at best, uncomfortable. For some people, it can be extremely painful, with both physical and psychological symptoms, including extreme cravings.
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