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What Happens in Detox?

What Happens in Detox?

When a person looks to get off opioids, such as heroin, Oxycodone, Suboxone, and Methadone, the idea of going through detox and dealing with the symptoms of withdrawal can be a huge barrier. This is even worse if a person has gone through addiction withdrawal in the past. The idea of confronting physical dependence is daunting without knowing what to expect. Learn more the detox process for addiction recovery.

Checking In

Checking into rehab can be intimidating. The first step is to complete an intake assessment, talk to an intake manager and discuss logistical issues related to recovery. Filling out paperwork is a pain but it is necessary to keep things moving. If people are honest in filling out paperwork, the best detox benefits will be available. Being addicted to more than one substance or suffering from mental health issues is important to note when checking in. without knowledge of the scope and type of drugs used, detox staff cannot help provide the most optimal level of care.

Facing Pain

One of the biggest barriers to treatment is worry about pain in detox and recovery. Detox will include many things, including:

  • Clinicians making assessments as needed for safety of the people who are in the facility. For people in recovery, this can include prescribing counter-indicative prescriptions to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. This varies depending on the symptoms and type of detox the person is going through.
  • Clinicians who work in the program will help people wean off drugs and assist in the detox process, even when it is scary. This may be met with resistance but completely getting off all drugs will help get a more clear picture of the situation post-detox.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment requires people with work a therapist and psychiatrist to get a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol in place. For people with addiction and mental health disorders, withdrawal symptoms will be based on both of these and must be treated together.
  • Post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) can last six to 12 months after last drug dosage. This is true for people suffering from alcoholism as well. The residual effects of detox may last a long time. It takes patience and support to deal with the constant ups and downs, including impaired memory, clumsiness, occasional vertigo, headaches, irritability, mood swings, depression, and other issues.

Facing emotions head-on, communicating needs, expressing desires, and voicing issues are skills acquired in detox. Physical and emotional symptoms are treated in combination and will be the best pathway forward from detox. Part of the emotional work involves unearthing feelings that have been pushed under the rug. Progress comes from getting through a few difficult days to face many, many better days ahead sober and clean.

Healing doesn’t happen alone. That’s why Serenity will partner with you in helping you progress from detox to healing in recovery. Our medical staff will help you no matter how long you have been addicted or your journey to get to recovery. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401