At our Hilton Head drug detox rehab, we are focused on helping people step away from using drugs. We know that detoxification is an important part of that journey, which is why we work hard to provide you with a quality detoxification program with medical providers who are here to support you the entire time.
Why Is Detoxification Important?
Detoxification is important, because it’s the only way to get the drugs you’ve used completely out of your system. Working with a medical team to detox is equally vital, because some medications and drugs need to be tapered to prevent you from suffering from withdrawal or serious side effects. In some cases, your medical team will give you medications to take to help alleviate the symptoms of withdrawal, so you have the best chance of detoxing successfully and without pain or unnecessary symptoms.
Breaking your dependency on drugs or alcohol is a major part of your recovery, but it is difficult. The body is used to having these drugs present, so when they’re taken away, the body reacts negatively. Detoxification usually takes anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but you will have support throughout the process.
What Should You Expect During Detox?
Patients at our Hilton Head drug detox rehab should be prepared for at least some minor withdrawal symptoms during detox. Your medical team will do its best to limit the severity of the symptoms.
Withdrawal symptoms usually start within 24 hours of your last dose of drugs. Some of the symptoms you may experience include:
- Night sweats
- Problems with sleep, such as insomnia
- Poor concentration
- Cold or hot flashes
- Muscle cramps
- Trouble with digestion
There is no guarantee that you’ll have any withdrawal symptoms, but these are fairly common among those who do have withdrawal symptoms.
How Long Does Detox Take?
Detoxification can take different lengths of time depending on the drug you used, how often it was used and the dosage that was used. Most detox programs are 3, 5, or 7 days long, but some patients go through longer programs due to the extent of their addiction. Detoxification alone is not the final step, so many detox programs work quickly to eliminate the drug from your body and to start you on your path to recovery through the rehabilitation program.
Be aware that no two people will go through the exact same detoxification process. What works for someone else may not be what works best for you. Your medical team will look at the drugs you currently use and develop a plan for detox that helps you get free of drugs while managing withdrawal.