What to Expect from Drug & Alcohol Detox
What should you expect from the detoxification process? The answer to this questions depends heavily on what type of substance/substances you were using and for how long. In most cases, detox lasts for between three days and two weeks. Before admission to our Camden County detox center, you will undergo a detailed assessment which will help our medical team determine which treatment methods are going to be the most effective for your unique case.
Stimulant drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin can be highly addictive, and can lead to a wide range of serious personal consequences in a short period of time. When it comes to the symptoms of stimulant withdrawal, the psychological symptoms are often more severe and uncomfortable than the physical symptoms.
The most common symptoms of stimulant withdrawal include:
- Extreme fatigue.
- Intense anxiety and panic attacks.
- Depressed mood, which can lead to suicidal ideation.
- Drug cravings.
- Increased appetite, which can lead to temporary weight gain.
- Hallucinations, delusions and psychosis.
Psychological symptoms are the main reason why stimulant withdrawal requires medical detox. While all of the other withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable and can be sufficiently treated in a medical detox facility, psychosis can be life-threatening if not overseen around the clock by a team of medical professionals. Medications will be administered when appropriate, and clients will undergo intensive individual therapy sessions.
Benzodiazepines are most commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate or severe anxiety-related disorders. They are also sometimes used for the treatment of insomnia or other sleep-related disorders, for the treatment of seizures and convulsions and finally, for the treatment of symptoms associated with alcohol withdrawal. Benzodiazepine withdrawal is not just highly uncomfortable, it can be extremely dangerous when not carefully overseen and treated by a team of experienced medical professionals.
The most common symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal include:
- Severe anxiety and restlessness.
- Irritability and agitation.
- Insomnia and other sleep-related disorders.
- Hand tremors.
- Muscle spasms.
- General aches and pains.
- Stomach issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
- Intense headaches.
- Profuse sweating/night sweats.
- Disillusionment and feelings of unreality.
- Depression and suicidal ideation.
- Grand mal seizures.
We utilize medication assisted treatment when necessary, ensuring that clients who have been suffering at the hands of a benzodiazepine addiction are never at risk of danger or discomfort. When our medical team finds tapering necessary, we slowly reduce the amount of benzodiazepines in a client’s system until they are physically stabilized.