Detox is unpleasant. There’s simply no other way to describe it. The body having become chemically dependent upon drugs and alcohol goes through a series of symptoms which can have uncomfortable effects. Detox has some general symptoms along with symptoms specific to the drug of choice, how recently the drug was used, and how severe the addiction was. In addition, each person’s unique genetic makeup has an effect on detox. How quickly detox begins also depends on the drug. Most people who have become chemically dependent will start to feel the symptoms of withdrawal anywhere between 12-24 hours after their last drink or drug. In severe addiction cases, the symptoms can occur with an hour or two.
Detox typically lasts from a week to three weeks. Ongoing, symptoms of detox and early withdrawal can resurge due to PAWS, post acute withdrawal syndrome. Cravings, urges, irritability, difficulty sleeping, and challenging emotions can continue to rear up throughout the first 18 months of sobriety.
Thankfully, there are many ways to make detox a more comfortable experience. Residential detox programs like the one at Lakehouse Recovery Center offer the comforts of home with attentive round the clock staff preparing nutritious and organic meals, providing vitamins, minerals, and natural supplements, managing pain, and providing medically assisted treatments.
Opioid Detox (heroin, prescription painkillers, synthetic opioids)
- Starts within 12 hours
- Commonly includes flu-like symptoms, vomiting, diarrhea, and severe cravings
- Restless legs, runny nose, producing black colored mucus, stomach cramps, and muscle cramps are common
Stimulant Detox (synthetic drugs, amphetamines, methamphetamines)
- Difficulty sleeping, depression, feeling fuzzy or hazy in the mind
- Lethargy, exhaustion, fatigue, and experiencing the chills are common
- Irritability, restlessness, insomnia, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety
- Jitters, shaking, tremors, sweating, depression, anxiety, hallucinations, nightmares, insomnia, cravings, insomnia, restlessness, irritability
- Seizures are common with alcohol detox
- Can last the longest amount of time compared to marijuana, can take months
- Panic attacks, anxiety, shakiness and feeling disconnected from reality
- Dry vomiting, muscle pain, insomnia, migraines
Residential detox programs ensure that a loved one is looked after and kept safe in a comfortable and loving environment while receiving the utmost quality of care possible. Making a smooth transition into residential inpatient, there is no room for relapse, just continuous recovery. Call Lakehouse Recovery Center today for more information on our residential detox and treatment programs as well as our unique 12 month aftercare program at (877) 762-3707.