Drug and Alcohol Detox

Getting help is a sign of strength, not weakness.

While detox is a crucial starting point in the recovery journey for individuals struggling with substance use disorders (formerly called substance abuse), it’s important to clarify that: Detox is the foundation upon which successful recovery can be built.

Detox cleans the slate: It removes the physical dependence on drugs or alcohol and manages withdrawal symptoms, allowing individuals to function physically and mentally without the influence of the substance. But recovery requires building a new structure: This involves ongoing therapy, addressing the underlying causes of addiction, developing healthy coping mechanisms, and creating a strong support network.

Therefore, while detox is a vital and often necessary step, it’s crucial to emphasize that it’s just the beginning. Sustained recovery requires comprehensive treatment, lasting support, and individual dedication.

The Importance of a Professional Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug and alcohol detox is incredibly important for individuals seeking recovery from addiction for several crucial reasons:

Safety First – Professional Detox: Withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable and sometimes life-threatening. Detoxing in a medically supervised setting ensures that any complications are promptly addressed, minimizing risks. Detox helps remove drugs and alcohol from the body, allowing individuals to regain physical stability and function normally.

Detox Starts with Self-Care: Psychological and emotional well-being: Withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and distressing, causing anxiety, depression, and other emotional turmoil. Detox provides support and care to manage these challenges and help individuals cope with the emotional rollercoaster of withdrawal. Detox allows individuals to start experiencing their emotions again, which is crucial for addressing the underlying issues that contribute to addiction.

Foundation for Lasting Recovery: By removing the immediate physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, detox creates a clear ground for individuals to engage in longer-term therapy and support programs. Detox helps stabilize both the body and mind, making individuals more receptive to therapeutic interventions and effectively building the foundation for lasting recovery.

Achieve Long-term Sobriety and Success: Studies show that individuals who undergo detox before entering treatment programs have a higher chance of achieving long-term recovery compared to those who try to quit cold turkey. Detox prepares individuals for the challenges of ongoing recovery by equipping them with tools and strategies to manage cravings and prevent relapse.

Break the Cycle of Addiction: Detox interrupts the physical and psychological cycle of addiction, allowing individuals to experience a sense of normalcy and regain control over their lives. This break provides an opportunity to develop new coping mechanisms and healthy habits, ultimately leading to a life free from dependence.

First Step To Lasting Recovery: While detox is a critical step, it’s not a cure for addiction. Ongoing therapy, support groups, and lifestyle changes are essential for sustained recovery. Seeking professional help at Aviary Recovery for detox is crucial to ensure safety and maximize the chances of success.

Drug and Alcohol Detox FAQ

What is detoxification?

Drug and alcohol detoxification, often shortened to “detox,” is the process of safely removing drugs and alcohol from the body while managing the withdrawal symptoms that can occur when someone stops using them. It’s an essential first step for individuals seeking recovery from addiction. 

Why is a medically-supervised detox important?

Importance of Professional Detox:

  • Safety: Withdrawal symptoms can be unpredictable and severe, potentially leading to life-threatening complications. Medical supervision in a detox facility ensures safety and prompt intervention if needed.
  • Comfort: Withdrawal can be physically and emotionally uncomfortable. Medications and therapies provided during detox can alleviate these symptoms and make the process more manageable.
  • Increased success: By addressing the immediate physical and psychological challenges of withdrawal, detox sets individuals up for better success in subsequent addiction treatment programs.
What is the purpose of a drug and alcohol detox

Purpose of detox:

  • Physical stabilization: Detox removes all traces of drugs or alcohol from the body, allowing it to return to its normal functioning.
  • Withdrawal management: It aims to manage the often uncomfortable and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms that occur when someone stops using drugs or alcohol. These symptoms can range from mild (trembling, fatigue) to severe (seizures, delirium tremens).
  • Preparation for further treatment: Once safely detoxified, individuals can focus on the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction recovery through therapy, rehabilitation programs, and support groups.
  • Holistic Approach: Many detox programs offer a holistic approach that addresses not only the physical aspects of addiction but also the psychological and emotional factors that contribute to it. Learn More about Aviary’s Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery
Can I detox at home?

One Common question is: “Can I detox at home?”

Withdrawal can cause emotional and physical discomfort, which is why people with substance use disorders who try to quit on their own are often unsuccessful. However, supervised detoxification can help you begin your path to sobriety as comfortably and quickly as possible.

Think of it as a way to “kick start” your recovery!

What can I expect during the detox process?

Understanding the Detoxification Process

Upon entering the facility, each client undergoes a physical exam and health history conducted by a physician. The Aviary Recovery Center’s medical and therapeutic teams then work with each client to develop a plan that addresses individual risk factors for withdrawal in a caring and compassionate manner.

Withdrawal can involve both emotional and physical symptoms as the body adjusts to decreasing levels of drugs or alcohol in the bloodstream. Symptoms vary depending on the type of substance and the length of use, but emotional symptoms may include anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Physical symptoms associated with withdrawal can include nausea, diarrhea, sweating, racing heart, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.

How is detox at Aviary different than detox at home?

24/7 Monitoring – Medically Assisted Detox

Fortunately, our commitment to your healing journey means you don’t have to go through any of this alone. When the detox process begins, individual therapists will be standing by to offer support. Trained nurses are available 24/7 to safeguard your physical and mental well-being. You’ll learn techniques for decreasing anxiety levels and coping with discomfort so you’re prepared for the entirety of the process. Pharmacological interventions may also be used if necessary.

How long does the detox process take?

How long detoxification takes depends upon several factors, but most clients can expect to spend five to seven days in detox.

This is followed by residential treatment, family wellness, and/or intensive outpatient programs.

The Aviary Recovery Center’s full continuum of care is designed to gradually lead you through each step of the process, offering the support and guidance you need to enjoy a life free from the burdens of addiction.