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Drug Detox

Are you currently living with a drug addiction and want to quit? The most effective way to complete this goal is to undertake a professional detox programme at rehab. Enquire Now
Drug Detox
Alexander Lapa
Updated on 27/07/2023
Medically reviewed by
Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Are you currently living with a drug addiction and struggling to quit? The most effective way to achieve recovery is to attend a professional detox programme at rehab.

Quitting drugs through drug withdrawal is the first step to beating your addiction. The withdrawal period has its own challenges and is mentally and physically demanding, as symptoms can be difficult to manage during this stage.

This first step of withdrawal is vital if you are going to recover from your long-term addiction. While many individuals attempt to go cold turkey from drugs on their own, home detox alone without medical professionals can be extremely dangerous and challenging to complete successfully.

The withdrawal process is crucial to overcome your addiction to harmful substances.

If you want to overcome your drug addiction, commit yourself to a drug detox programme to give yourself the best chance of successful recovery. Through our referral services here at Addiction Advocates, we can help you find the most suitable treatment centre which will reflect your needs, offering advanced medical detox programmes.

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Do I Need Drug Addiction Treatment?

It can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint if you require drug addiction treatment, especially within a drug rehab centre.

You may feel a sense of shame about having a drug addiction, and unfortunately, there is a negative stigma attached to addiction, which delays some people from seeking treatment.

There are however several signs which indicate that you need drug addiction treatment. Signs you require drug addiction treatment include:

  • Craving drugs or alcohol regularly
  • Mood and personality changes
  • Psychological and physical withdrawal symptoms
  • Using drugs at inappropriate times
  • Feeling out of control
  • Developing mental health problems such as anxiety

If you are suffering from drug abuse it can completely change your personality, which can be tough on your loved ones. Negative shifts in mental health are also common among those with drug addiction, such as anxiety, paranoia and depression.

If drug addiction is causing personality changes or health problems, you need to receive drug addiction treatment to recover. Detox programmes at a private rehab centre are the best method to achieve sobriety and gain a better quality of life again.

Our team at Addiction Advocates can find you the best drug rehab to suit your needs and location – contact us today to learn more.

Why Complete A Drug Detox?

To recover from a drug addiction, drug withdrawal is required. Without a structured and proven detoxification programme in place, physical withdrawal can be complicated and pose risks for further substance abuse in the future. Relapse is more likely to occur if home detox is completed on your own.

The longer the period that you have abused drugs, the higher your drug tolerance will be. This means that your body needs a higher dosage of the drug for it to have the same physical effect, which in turn creates the cycle of addiction as your body and mind crave higher amounts of the substance.

During detox in rehab, your drug dependence is tackled by stopping the intake of the drug your body is addicted to. To complete this detoxification as safely as possible, you will be medically assisted throughout the detox process with the guidance of trained professionals at a CQC-registered rehab facility.Addiction Support

Quit your drug abuse through a medical drug detox programme. This process will help you to overcome substance abuse and achieve long term recovery.

Completing a detox will help to prevent the chance of future relapse and cleanses your body from the drug you have become addicted to. Completing your drug detox at a registered rehab facility will give you the best chance of beating drug addiction long term.

Drug Detox with Addiction Advocates

At Addiction Advocates, we can help you find a detox programme which suits your needs and type of drug addiction. Medical detox programmes are the most beneficial form of treatment as you are surrounded by medical support and peers who are experiencing the same.

We offer the following detox programmes:

Don’t delay alcohol or drug addiction treatment – speak to us today to start your recovery journey on 0800 012 6088.

Medical Drug Detox vs Home Detox

While withdrawing from drugs, medical supervision is very important. Withdrawal can be a challenging time, no matter the severity of the drug addiction. It is also important to remember that pre-existing health problems and mental health issues may be present which increases the complexity of detox.

The key aim of drug detox is to kickstart your recovery process and remove traces of addictive substances from your body. At a rehab centre you have 24-hour supervision from a recovery team and your health and safety are prioritised as you work through the detoxification process.

Medically assisted detox in a private alcohol and drug rehab will ensure that you are coping well with withdrawal symptoms and your physical and mental state is monitored at every step. Additionally, prescription drugs for withdrawal symptoms can be used if deemed appropriate to subside the worst of your side effects, helping you to be as comfortable as possible during this difficult process.

This is why detoxification at a rehab facility is more beneficial than a drug detox at home where medical assistance is not available, as unfortunately lots of people do not manage to maintain withdrawal when going through the process alone. These failed detox attempts commonly result in further drug abuse and can decrease the motivation to try the recovery process again.

For the highest success rates and safety measures, consider a detox programme in an inpatient or outpatient setting with a rehab facility. Find out more about our detox programme and admissions process today to kickstart your recovery.

Common Withdrawal Symptoms

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Withdrawal symptoms during detox can vary from person to person. This can depend on the type of addiction such as heroin or opioid, the timescale and addiction history, and any pre-existing physical or mental health problems.

The most experienced withdrawal symptoms within the first 48 hours of a drug detox include:

  • Physical side effects, such as: sweating, nausea, seizures, delirium tremens and flu-like symptoms.
  • Psychological side effects, such as: anxietydepression, paranoia, irritability, insomnia and mood swings.
  • Drug cravings are also very likely to be experienced, both physically and mentally, which makes it difficult to continue with the detox process if alone.

As withdrawal symptoms can be severe, medical supervision is maintained throughout your drug detox to give you the support you will need to continue with treatment. This will ensure that your health isn’t at risk and motivates you to push through the most severe side effects.

Types Of Drug Detox Programmes

At rehab, there are two different types of drug detox programmes available: inpatient and outpatient treatment. In many cases, an inpatient drug detox will be required to help clients control the withdrawal process, and this form of treatment gets the best results for long-term recovery.

However, outpatient detox programmes are also available and can work for people with lower tolerance levels and smaller budgets.

Inpatient detox programme: Clients will reside within a selected drug rehab centre to complete a drug detox followed by additional treatment options including traditional and holistic therapy. This is the safest and most effective route to detox and ensures that recovery is maintained through the challenging periods of treatment.

Outpatient detox programme: This is where clients return home in between treatment sessions. Outpatient treatment can be very challenging, especially if temptations and triggers are in the home environment. Cravings can also be difficult to control while detoxing independently and increase the likelihood of relapse without addiction help.

Although successful for some, most clients will favour a targeted residential drug detox as it increases your chances of quitting the drug long term.

If you want to find out more about which forms of drug detox will offer the greatest recovery rates for you personally, feel free to reach out to our team here at Addiction Advocates.

Drug Detox Timeline

Depending on the severity of your drug addiction, the length of detox will vary. Short-term detox programmes are available, and generally last between 5-10 days.

Days 1-2

The initial stage of detox is the hardest and where the most withdrawal symptoms will be experienced. As your body adjusts without drugs, you will experience strong cravings, insomnia, sickness, changes in appetite and more.

You will be prescribed prescription drugs by medical professionals during this period to help manage your withdrawal in our detox wing.

Days 3-5

Withdrawal will still be ongoing during this period but will be more manageable than the initial withdrawal stage. You may lose your appetite and still crave your drug, but your mind will be clearer than before.

Day 6+

You will likely move out from the detox wing into your own ensuite as you begin addiction treatments.

Long-term 28-day+ drug rehab programmes are also available and are the most recommended option. These programmes promote all-around recovery, initially focusing on the physical side effects during detoxification, followed by extensive therapy.

This programme aims to teach you about your substance abuse, your triggers, and the psychological element of addiction, and how to face the possible challenges that lie ahead in your long-term recovery.

As all drug addictions vary, which is why drug detox timescales also differ for every individual. Get in touch to find out more details about drug detox in cocaine rehab, prescription drug rehab and more.

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Although a drug detox programme is highly beneficial and proven to be successful in beating addictions, additional addiction treatment options used alongside detox to heal and prevent future relapses are key to long-term recovery.

As drug addiction has huge impacts on the brain and endorphins, long-term psychological support is also vital. At drug rehab, support groups, individual therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and holistic therapies are utilised to treat the mental element of addiction.

To give you the best chance of success post-rehab, coping mechanisms will also be taught to prevent relapses in the outside world after rehab treatment. This approach, combined with a medical detox programme, will offer you the best chance to withdraw from drugs both physically and mentally.

If you want to overcome drug abuse for good, please contact our team here at Addiction Advocates today. We will complete referrals for you and encourage the most effective treatment options through rehab, including a comprehensive drug detox programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction, otherwise known as a substance misuse disorder, is a disease that tampers with the mind, body and behaviour of the sufferer. Someone suffering with a drug addiction will often complain of the inability to think of anything else other than acquiring or consuming the said drug. This inability to think of anything else often comes at the detriment of personal and professional responsibilities, and addicts will often neglect these responsibilities in the pursuit of the said drug.
How Much Does Drug Detox Cost?
The cost of drug detox varies depending on the type of treatment you receive and the rehab centre you choose. Prices typically cost £3000-4000 for detox programmes, but longer 28 day treatment programmes cost £10,000+.
How to Talk to Someone with a Drug Addiction?
Here, we’ll provide you with some tips to talk to a drug addict. Be patient – Talking to someone with a drug addiction is difficult for both parties. It can be more difficult for the addict as it is a problem that they are trying to avoid. Its important to be patient. Provide practical and emotional support – Its important to be both practical in your approach but also empathic too. A good example of this would be to offer to attend a GP appointment with them, this is both practical in a step towards their recovery but also empathic in supporting them. Remain optimistic – Addiction can be a lonely place, and addicts can often feel like there is no hope. It is important for you to remain optimistic and make it clear that a life of sobriety can be achieved. Research – Researching the said drug addiction will equip you better to understand the complexities of addiction. It will also show the addict that you are committed to providing that emotional support which will be invaluable to them. Once you research addiction, you will understand that addiction is not a personality defect, or selfishness. It is a disease that affects the mind, body and behaviour of individuals.
What Methods of Drug Addiction Treatment are Available?
Substitute Prescriptions – These are opiate alternatives and are very common with those suffering from heroin addictions. The most common is Methadone and Buprenorphine. They help to stabilise your condition and prevent the withdrawal symptoms people commonly feel. Counselling – Also known as therapy, this comes in two forms, individual and group. Individual therapy is the most common form of counselling and will involve a drug addict and a counsellor talking about the addiction and getting down to the route cause of it, attempting to manage these issues. Group therapy is normally led by a former addict and will involve other addicts, it is here that the addict will be able to connect with other addicts so as not to feel alone in their journey to sobriety. Intense Rehabilitation – Commonly referred to as rehab, this is a care program that involves an addict attending a rehabilitation clinic which can administer the above treatments and more. They are often (but not always) residential, and in this case the addict would stay at the rehabilitation clinic for a period of time.
Seth Bolton

Seth is an author, addiction recovery expert and fully accredited member of the national counselling society. He has experience working with a wide range of addictions and mental illnesses using a number of evidence-based therapies and programmes such as the SMART models of addiction recovery.

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