Treatment and Rehab: Withdrawal and Detox

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Frequently asked questions

What is detox?

Alcohol or drug addiction results in people's bodies becoming used to having these substances in their system. Detox is the process by which all traces of alcohol and drugs are removed from the body, ensuring that a person is physically stable and ready to start therapy.

How Long Does Detox Take?

The symptoms and duration of a detox vary depending on individual characteristics and the sort of drug or drink a person is quitting, as they do with most things. A detox is, by definition, the process of cleansing the body in order to overcome alcoholism or drug addiction.

In essence, there is no definite answer to how long detox will last because there are so many factors to consider, but the normal time range is between 5 and 14 days.

What are the physical symptoms of drug withdrawal?

Physical symptoms of drug withdrawal include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Muscle and bone pain.
  • High temperature and/or chills.
  • Fatigue and exhaustion.
  • Restlessness.
  • Vivid, unpleasant dreams.
  • Flu-like symptoms.

What are some of the long-term effects of drug use on the brain?

Drug abuse can cause an excess of dopamine in the brain, overstimulating the reward and pleasure regions. The ability of the brain to make decisions, remember things, and manage behaviour can all be affected by drug use.  

Which substances have the most severe withdrawal symptoms?

Opiates, heroin, and methamphetamine are among the most powerful substances on the market, and they cause some of the most severe cases of life-threatening drug withdrawal symptoms. During withdrawal, a person's delusions and hallucinations may induce them to harm themselves or others.

Is insomnia normal while detoxing?

Insomnia is a well-known withdrawal symptom that may be associated with Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome. Some people may even become addicted to alcohol because they have pre-existing insomnia.  

What medication is best for opioid withdrawal?

Buprenorphine is the best opioid medication for the management of moderate to severe opioid withdrawal. It alleviates withdrawal symptoms and reduces cravings.

Is detox covered by insurance? 

Many insurance plans provide coverage for drug detox and rehab programs but the coverage will vary depending on certain factors.
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