When people become addicted to drugs or alcohol, their body starts to form a physical dependence on these substances and begins to crave them when they are running low in their system. This physical dependence is a large reason why quitting the abuse of these substances is so challenging. For most people, the first step to recovery is overcoming this physical dependence with an alcohol or drug detox.
What Happens During Detox?
A drug detox is the process of weaning the body off of the substances that it has become dependent on. It is an important step in the recovery process, but it comes with many challenges. A drug detox takes time and is usually accompanied with negative side effects called withdrawal symptoms. Although some people may try to detox at home, it is safer, easier, and more effective to get a professional medical detoxification like at our Wilkes-Barre drug detox facility.
A medically monitored detox involves undergoing the detox process under the supervision and care of trained medical personnel. At the detox center, staff will monitor a patient’s progress as well as their withdrawal symptoms throughout the detox process to ensure a safe recovery. They can also prescribe medications as necessary to make the detox easier.
Withdrawal Symptoms During the Drug Detox Process
The physical process of detoxification can be uncomfortable, painful, and sometimes even lead to serious health problems. Each person will experience the detox process differently. Typically, the type of substance being abused will be the biggest factor in determining withdrawal symptoms, but other factors are also at play including the amount of a substance being abused, the frequency of abuse, the length of the addiction, and the person’s medical history.
Below are some of the more common withdrawal symptoms associated with some substances of abuse during drug detox.
- Alcohol – Anxiety, sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, convulsions, seizures, tremors and hallucinations
- Cocaine/Crack – Depression, irritability, anxiety, agitation, paranoia, loss of appetite
- Heroin – Vomiting, diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, restless legs, body chills, sweating, insomnia, anxiety, irritability
- Prescription Pills – Irritability, anxiety, sweating, memory problems, heart palpitations, hand tremors, seizures
- Opiates – Sleep disturbance, loss of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, body chills, sweating
- Methamphetamines – Lack of energy, severe depression, hallucinations, anxiety, cravings, obsessions
- Ecstasy/Hallucinogens – Depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, agitation, cravings, obsessions, poor memory
- Marijuana – Anxiety, agitation, loss of appetite, obsession, cravings, insomnia
- Spice/Synthetic Marijuana – Lethargy, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, excessive sweating, cravings, suicidal thoughts/actions, violent behavior
- Bath Salts/Flakka – Fatigue, anxiety, irritability, aggression, violent outbursts, depression, lack of focus
- Suboxone – Insomnia, body aches, restless legs, anxiety, depression, vomiting, diarrhea, cravings, frustration/agitation
Because a medical detox is different depending on the substance, we offer drug detox programs in PA that are substance specific. These detox programs allow our addiction treatment specialists in Wilkes-Barre to help patients with the common symptoms that plague patients undergoing a medical detox of a certain substance while also addressing their individual needs.
Our Detox Center in PA
Before our patients begin their medical detox, the staff at our alcohol and drug detox center in Pennsylvania will first complete a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and drug use. This initial evaluation gives our medical staff a better idea of what the patient’s detox program will look like. Because each person can experience the detox process differently, creating individualized treatment plans is a crucial component to a successful drug detox.
Patients who come to our Northeastern Pennsylvania medical detox center can expect a safe, comfortable, and relaxing environment to begin their journey to sobriety. Our detox center provides 24-hour support and care to monitor the patient’s withdrawal symptoms during the detox process to ensure a high quality of care is rendered at all times. During this phase of treatment, our doctors also use medications to assist the drug detoxification process and provide relief to our patients’ acute physical symptoms. Patients who come to our PA detox center with other medical conditions, that may or may not be related to their addiction, will be treated by our medical team or referred to another medical professional if necessary. Our staff is also there to provide support for the psychological withdrawal symptoms that may develop.
All patients admitted to our drug detox unit remain there until cleared by our doctors and medical team. A patient experiencing more severe withdrawal symptoms will stay in detox longer so their discomfort can be properly managed until it subsides.
After the Drug Detox Program Is Complete
Detox is only the first step on the road to comprehensive recovery. Treatment at our rehab center in Laurel Run will continue after the detoxification phase is complete. While patients may have overcome their physical dependence with detox, a successful treatment plan provides patients with the tools necessary to maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol outside of rehab. Patients will engage in one-on-one therapy, small group programs, relapse prevention education, family addiction education, and an introduction to the 12-step philosophy to help them build a foundation for long-term sobriety.
At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, we work to provide our patients with a life that is happy, fulfilling, and free from addiction. If you’re ready to get on the road to recovery, know that there is help available. Contact our inpatient rehab center in Pennsylvania to get more information and to get started.