What Is Drug Detox?
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Necessary to give the body a clean and fresh start, drug detoxification is a necessary process when you are looking at a comprehensive treatment for substance use disorder, and more specifically – physical drug dependence. Breaking the cycle of drug dependence is hard and even more challenging if you do it alone as the withdrawal symptoms can take a toll when trying to quit. While detox can be a uncomfortable process, the risks of continuing to live with substance dependence far outweigh the discomforts.

With The Provy’s holistic treatment for addictions, starting with a tailored drug detox at our private detox facilities in Bournemouth, you will be safe and as comfortable as possible during these testing times. We have trained medical personnel available for our clients who need this kind of attention.

The entire process may take 7 - 14 days. And the timeline depends on factors such as drug and addiction history, substance abused, overall health history and more.

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Drug Detoxification at The Provy

If you want to know how the process of detoxification happens, here are the general steps we will take when you come to us for a substance detox treatment:

Free Assessment
We will assess your medical situation and check your history to make sure we provide the necessary care during your detox.
Admission
Once assessed, we will take your status and assign you a treatment team to help during your withdrawals and the more difficult staged of your detox.
Detoxification
The actual detox process will typically last between 7 and 14 days, but different health concerns may require slower or longer detox times. We believe in absolute transparency, so you will be immediately informed about the incoming processes.
Therapy and Relapse Prevention
Once out of our detox facilities, you will enter your rehab phase where we will help you find better mechanisms and strategies to fend off cravings.
Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms largely depend on the addictive substance in question and the extent of misuse. The commonly reported drug withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and frequent vomiting
  • Irregular breathing
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Restlessness and tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Stomach upsets
  • Anxiety
  • Chills
  • Seizures
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fever and sweating
  • Hallucinations
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Facts and Guides on Withdrawal Symptoms

Explore the details of withdrawal symptoms linked to substances in our detoxification programme through our straightforward articles on the topic of healthcare. Gain a practical understanding of the recovery process through our concise resources designed to help you achieve well-being. Click on the below links to access the essential information for a healthier path forward.

>>> Amphetamine detox & withdrawal symptoms

While you will generally not need a substitute medication, you will be observed by our caring medical staff, and any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms will be managed. The objective of completing your detox programme is to safely eliminate all traces of amphetamines and toxins from your body and manage your withdrawal symptoms until your body can function without the substance.

>>> Benzodiazepine detox & withdrawal symptoms

The Providence Projects do not provide any rapid detox for benzodiazepines and the addiction is generally treated with benzodiazepines through a tapering programme (tapering is a slow reduction in dosage over a period of time). Benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous without the care of medical professionals, so it’s important that you speak to our team first to decide on the best course of action.

>>> Cannabis detox & withdrawal symptoms

Cannabis addiction is often underestimated. Many long term users find it impossible to stop due to the withdrawal symptoms they experience but at The Providence Projects we understand just how badly the cravings, anxiety and insomnia can affect someone trying to stop. Our doctors will work with you to draw up a personalised regime.

>>> Cocaine detox & withdrawal symptoms

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms do not generally need medication but you would still be assessed by a Doctor to ensure a safe detox period. During detox, you may experience fatigue, low moods and an increase in appetite.

>>> Crack Cocaine detox & withdrawal symptoms

Our detox interventions include both medication-assisted and non-medicated crack detox. Not all will require medication-assisted crack detox. We determine this by using findings from our assessments. For medication-assisted detox, we rely on approved medications while our non-medicated options work with evidence-based techniques.

>>> Ketamine detox & withdrawal symptoms

Ketamine addiction can be a difficult to break. Not all, but many who become dependent on ketamine find that the addiction is actually perpetuated due to the painful symptoms. If you are someone that uses ketamine to cope with pain, pain management options will be explored. Others fortunately do not suffer these symptoms and may require less or no medication subject to the assessment with the Doctor.

>>> Methamphetamine detox & withdrawal symptoms

Medication may help with the more severe withdrawal symptoms related to methamphetamine abstinence that we may observe during the detox process.

>>> Opiate detox & withdrawal symptoms

Heroin or opioid withdrawal symptoms are generally treated with buprenorphine although there are other options available if this is not suitable. On average, heroin detox will last 12-15 days.

How We Can Help

Our highly qualified addiction treatment specialists are equipped to manage withdrawal symptoms for all drugs. Regardless of how dependent you are, our approach to detoxification is safe, comfortable and highly customised to your specific needs. Detox is offered as part of drug rehab treatment at The Providence Projects.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I be safe during the drug detox phase?

You will be assessed before and upon arrival at the Providence Projects. Our in-house GP will provide a medical examination to ensure client safety during the early stages of treatment.

Can I detox from substances at home?

We do not recommend detoxing from drugs at home without first speaking to a medical professional. While some substances result in minor withdrawal symptoms, others can result in severe physical withdrawal that can be dangerous if left unmanaged.

How long does drug detox take?

There’s no exact number of days because the length of detox depends on a couple of factors: the type of substance(s) abused, how long you’ve been abusing them and whether you have underlying health issues.

Will I be supervised?

If you require a medically-assisted detox, our medical team will provide 24/7 supervision to ensure you or a loved one are safe and comfortable.

Not everyone requires a medically-supervised detox programme, it will depend on the substance(s) you are struggling with. Some drugs do not require a medical detox.

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