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What is a medical detox?

A medically-assisted detox is designed to help individuals who are physically dependent on drugs or alcohol, safely and comfortably withdraw until their body is completely free of all substances. Frequent use of a substance over a prolonged period of time, such as alcohol or heroin, will create a physical dependency. If you are using or drinking heavily for several weeks, months, or years, then stopping suddenly on your own can be very dangerous. It can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems, which are known as withdrawal symptoms. These can range from mild to severe.

Undergoing a medically-assisted detox is the best and safest way of stopping your substance use, and is intended to help manage and alleviate the withdrawal symptoms. It is recommended for individuals to detox in a supervised and comfortable environment, such as a private residential rehab facility. The detox should always be medically supervised by professionals, with a doctor in charge who prescribes the client with detox medication for withdrawal. The doctor will reduce the client’s dose of medication over a period of time, usually around 7 days, until the client has fully detoxed and their body is free from all drugs and alcohol.

Established in 1992, the Providence Projects and the Providence Surgery are highly experienced in all kinds of detox, from alcohol detox, to heroin detox, to benzodiazepines, prescription medication and more. We also recently received ‘Good’ in all areas from the Care Quality Commission.

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What’s the detox process like?

The detox process can be uncomfortable, due to the range of withdrawal symptoms that you may experience. Symptoms tend to hit their worst between 24 and 72 hours of starting the detox, and the average length of detox prescribed is 7 days. In some cases, such as for a benzodiazepine or heroin withdrawal, the detox will last longer. Detoxing is not easy, and that’s why we recommend undergoing a detox within the safety and security of a private rehab facility, with full medical and therapeutic supervision. We know that this offers clients the greatest chance of successfully completing their detox, and beginning their recovery journey.

There are different environments in which a detox usually takes place:

  • A private rehab clinic
  • A general hospital
  • A community-based detox centre
  • A home detox within your own home

Do I need a detox?

If you need a substance like alcohol or heroin to make your body feel normal and to function, then it is likely that you are physically dependent. Dependency means you will need help to get off the substance and remove all toxins from the body. Stopping drinking or using suddenly when you have a serious dependency is incredibly dangerous, especially in the case of alcohol.

It is known as going ‘cold turkey’ and can be life-threatening, and may throw your body into an alcoholic fit or seizure. Detoxification is designed to give individuals who are dependent on drugs or alcohol the medication and support they need as they withdraw from the substance. The medication is designed to alleviate any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. If you think that you or a loved one may require a detox, please give our friendly team of addiction counsellors a call today on 0800 955 0945.

Bradley Hill

Bradley Hill recommends Providence Projects
5 December 2018  

The Providence project was an amazing place and was a turning point in my life. I was a client for six months in 2011, successfully completing the primary and secondary stage. I had nearly no understanding of my illness or how to cope with life in life’s terms until I went there and with the support of all the staff, began to manage my feelings and emotions and gain coping mechanisms to live life clean and sober. Everything about the Provy is designed to give you the best therapeutic care possible, and at the core of this is all the staff, some of the most amazing peo... See more

Detox at a private rehab clinic

Detoxing at a private residential rehab clinic has many advantages over a home detox or attempting to detox within the community. Clients entering into a private rehab facility are best equipped to undergo withdrawal, because they have the right medication, support and guidance from trained counsellors and doctors around them.

Detoxing within a medically supervised environment heightens your chances of success, as you are removed from your substance abuse triggers in your home surroundings. Here at the Providence Projects, our programme enables clients to undergo detoxification in parallel with our therapeutic timetable, so that they get the most out of their time with us. Detox is the first step in your recovery. Once you are completely clean and sober, the range of therapies on offer here will help you to explore and address the underlying psychological factors that motivated your addiction.

Do you or a loved one need help? Do you think you may require a detox but not sure how to go about the process? Our expert team of counsellors are on hand to take your call, and find the best option available to you. Give us a call today on 0800 955 0945 or fill out our quick and easy contact form and someone will call you back.

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