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For most drug or alcohol users, the process of detoxification can be a difficult one.
Evidence shows that withdrawal symptoms can be intense and there is always a chance of relapse during the process if things get to be too much. That’s why inpatient drug detox is such an important option for those individuals who want to cleanse their system while in the care of a medical professional.

What is inpatient drug detox?
Inpatient drug detox is the process of riding one’s body of harmful toxins found in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription painkillers and other opiates. The program requires the individual to check into a residential facility, where they will stay under a doctor’s care for the length of the detox process.

What happens during inpatient drug detox?
While going through drug detoxification, the individual may experience a series of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawali begins around 24-72 hours after the last dose of the drug has been taken. The symptoms experienced are rarely life-threatening, but can cause physical and psychological stress on the individual.
Common withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Sleeplessness
  • Depressioni
  • Sweats or shakes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills

How long does drug or alcohol detox take?
The length of drug detox is based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The style of the program in question
  • The chemical makeup of the individual
  • The type of drug the individual was involved with (certain drugs taken longer than others to leave their system)
  • The length and intensity of the individual’s drug or alcohol use

The final factor in the length of treatment is the specific needs of the individual. The professionals at inpatient drug detox facilities will work closely with the individual to taper the program so that it works best for them.

What are the advantages of inpatient drug detox?
For many individuals, quitting drugs cold turkey is just not possible without some assistance. Many people try to quit on their own, but find the withdrawal symptoms too uncomfortable, and end up relapsing into drug use. The biggest advantage of inpatient drug detox is the constant care the individual receives. Medical professionals help provide comfort during the detox, and counselors on site can provide support for the mental hurdles that an individual needs to clear during this time.

Why is drug detox so important?
Drug rehab will not be successful if the individual still has the drug in his or her system. And the only way to remove the drug from the system is through detox. Therefore, detox is the jumping off point for any drug treatment program. Until it is complete, there is no reason to ever move forward into the remainder of the process. Completion of detox also provides a psychological lift for the individual. Breaking the cycle of drug addiction is a long, grueling process, and starting off with a “victory” is an important boost to the spirit.

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