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What Do I Need To Know About Detox?

Detoxing off drugs and alcohol isn’t fun and the fear of going through it keeps countless numbers of people from getting the help they need. Medical detox is a lot different than any detox attempts you’ve made on your own, not to mention, much safer. Death is a risk factor in the withdrawal of certain substances, particularly with alcohol and benzodiazepines. If you want to get sober, do it right, and get medical treatment. You will be more comfortable and will have a better chance of making it through without returning to drugs or alcohol. Below are a few points on detox that you should know:

  1. Detox Before Rehab – Detoxing from all substances is the first step toward recovery. Removing the toxins from your brain and body is a critical component in readying you for treatment and counseling.
  2. Rehab After Detox – It is highly recommended for patients to transition into treatment after the detox process is complete. Without treatment, the likelihood a person will return to drugs or alcohol greatly increases.
  3. It Is Under the Care of a Doctor – Withdrawal can be dangerous and each person’s situation is different. In some cases, medication will be given that will ease withdrawal symptoms and provide the patient with a more comfortable experience.
  4. It Can Be Uncomfortable – If you’ve ever run out of drugs or alcohol, you understand this. Not only is the body craving the drug of choice, but your mind is too. This can result in physical sickness and behavioral issues. Fortunately, medical detox mitigates these symptoms.
  5. The Timeline Varies – Drugs and alcohol all have different time frames for how long it takes the chemicals to leave the body. It can be a couple of days to a few weeks; the patient’s using history also factors into the duration of detox.
  6. Relapse Will Be Worse – Some people die when they return to using after getting clean and sober. Addiction is a progressive disease, and no one knows what the outcome will be if they go back out.
  7. Privacy Is Taken Seriously – Your privacy is paramount. Your stay is protected and will not be disclosed to anyone without your consent. This even means that friends and family members will not know where you are or what is going on unless you want them to know.




If you are struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call the Serenity Recovery Center. Detox may sound frightening, but rest assured, we will do everything in our power to keep you safe and as comfortable as possible. You can do this, and we will help you through it. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at (844-339-6964). Recovery is possible. Call now.