We are often asked, “How long will it take me to detox?” The answer can very depending on the individual, the substance(s) involved, and the severity of the substance or chemical dependency and abuse. Generally, the detox period is anywhere from three to 10 days, but can be longer in the case of certain substances. However long it takes, the goal is to free the individual’s system of addictive substances, medically stabilize and then transition the client into the treatment phase.
First, a phone screening of the individual is completed with a trained addiction counselor. The phone screening is important because sometimes the person’s circumstances require immediate attention. A phone call can be done at any time from almost anywhere-we are here 24/7 to take your call.
After The Screening Process
After the screening process and once the decision is made to bring the client into detox, the medical team will complete an exam to determine and predict what might be needed during the detox process. This can include blood work, review of the client’s medical history and other tests to check their physical and mental health. The team will also provide for any needed detox support, which may include the use of medication to manage and ease withdrawal symptoms.
When Is Assisted Detox A Necessity?
When an individual stops using their body (and mind) will go through a withdrawal process – a period when the body reacts to the removal of the substance/s that it has become accustomed or adapted to… simply put, it has become dependent on the substance. Withdrawal symptoms can last for days or weeks, depending on the substance involved, and can be dangerous or even life-threatening.
In general, when a person has become dependent (needs to use in order to feel “normal”), chances are pretty good that detoxification is needed. Assisted detox is a process where a trained team oversees a person’s detox in a licensed facility, administers appropriate medication and provides 24-hour monitoring of the individual.
Detoxification is always advised if an individual’s safety may be in question during the detox period. This can be determined by doing a thorough medical history and examination. Detox is also recommended if the symptoms of withdrawal are so severe that a person is driven to keep using to alleviate the pain or severity of withdrawal symptoms.