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Knowing What to Expect in Detox Can Lower Your Fear

Knowing What to Expect in Detox Can Lower Your Fear

Addiction can change the body’s physical and psychological makeup over time. Many people will experience a level of dependence on the substance and suffer if they cannot get access to more of the drug. Caffeine even requires detox. Know what to expect in detox so you can lower your fear threshold and face it head on.

What is Detox

After a period of time, people will begin to experience withdrawal when the substance has been taken away. The body craves another dose. When it doesn’t receive the drug. The brain may go into overdrive and experience an extreme reversal of symptoms compared to the drug’s effects. Signs and symptoms often appear shortly after a person abstains and may impact the mind and body for extended periods of time. Detox is the timeframe in which a person avoids a substance to get rid of the toxic buildup.

General Detox Timeframe

Different drugs affect the mind and body in different ways. The general timeframe for most addictive substances is as follows:

  • Xanax, Klonopin, Valium and this class of drugs may see withdrawal symptoms appear as soon as one day or within a week of abstinence. During the first two weeks of detox, a person may experience serious withdrawal. Common symptoms include increased anxiety, insomnia, headaches, tension, nausea, difficulty focusing, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations.
  • Cocaine and other stimulants can enter the body and leave it quickly. The high a person experiences doesn’t last long. After repeated patterns of use, a serious crash may occur and detox can take up to three weeks for most people who use those drugs. This can include cravings, anxiety, depression, hunger, fatigue, paranoia, and a low heartbeat.
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms may require medical attention depending on the severity. It can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks or months at a time. Some withdrawal symptoms can include delirium tremens (DTs), which affects the nervous system. The DTs can cause tremors, confusion, hallucinations, seizures, and other symptoms. Physical withdrawal may ease off after a week or so of detox.
  • Heroin and prescription-strength pain relievers can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days or weeks. The worst symptoms typically arise within two days of abstinence. Symptoms can include cravings, nausea, body aches, and agitation.

Many factors may influence your detox timeline. This includes genetic makeup, general health, timeframe of abuse, ingestion method, and more. There should not be any anxiety or worry so long as you are in a supervised detox setting. While it may be uncomfortable up front, you are less likely to have severe issues with detox when you are being looked after properly. Even with the most challenging withdrawal symptoms, medication and other means of support can be administered which help mitigate symptoms to some degree. Many require ongoing therapy post detox which is why it helps to get the proper support up front. Detox on your own, for this reason, is not recommended.

We provide supervised detox which will help you get through withdrawal to the other side of recovery. We are here to help you with professional staff who support your recovery every step of the way. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 844-339-6964