Drug & Alcohol Detox Programme

We provide medical interventions & supervision to help you withdrawal safely from substances including alcohol.
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What Is a Detox Programme?

A medically-assisted detox is designed to help individuals withdraw safely and comfortable from drugs (drug detox) or alcohol (alcohol detox), 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 detoxing on your own can be very dangerous. It can lead to a range of physical and mental health problems such as seizures which can range from mild to severe.

Undergoing a medically-assisted detox is the best and safest way to tackle physical dependence, and is intended to help manage and alleviate withdrawal symptoms, but it does not treat psychological dependence (‘addiction’).

How Long Does a Detox Programme Last?

This will depend on the substance you are dependent on, the quantity, your weight/height and many other factors including medications you are taking. Typically a medically-supervised detox lasts around 7 days, until our in-house GP is confident you are safe to continue with the rehabilitation phase.

The Providence Projects and the Providence Surgery are highly experienced in all kinds of detox programmes including alcohol, opiates (including heroin), and benzodiazepines. Our services received ‘Good’ in all areas from the Care Quality Commission.

Withdrawal symptoms can vary in duration and intensity, but most individuals find the first 3 days to be the most challenging. In some cases, withdrawal symptoms can persist for some time after detox (post-acute withdrawal syndrome).

During the detox programme, severe withdrawal symptoms will be managed with medication, and you will receive 24/7 support until our team are happy with your progress. Although we cannot alleviate all withdrawal symptoms, we will make the process as comfortable as possible for you or a loved one.

Do I Need a Medically-Supervised Detox?

Detox is a natural phase of removing substances from the body, so everyone who comes for treatment experiences a detox in some form. The difference here, however, is that some individuals may require medical intervention to prevent severe withdrawal syndrome.

If you book an assessment with the Providence Projects, our counsellors will offer a free assessment that will identify if a medically-supervised detox is necessary. For substances such as cannabis or cocaine, a detox programme is not typically required and you will therefore engage with the rehabilitation programme from day 1.

Speak to our trained addiction counsellors today, we are here to support you in making the best choice for you and your loved ones. Please do not attempt a detox at home until you have spoken with a professional. 0800 955 0945.


The type of medication you will receive during detox will depend on the substance you are withdrawing from.

  • Alcohol: Treated with Benzodiazepines such as Chlordiazepoxide
  • Benzodiazepines: Treated with Benzodiazepines through a tapering programme (tapering is a slow reduction in dosage over a period of time)
  • Opiates including Heroin: Treated with Subutex (buprenorphine).

Our team will support you before, during and after the detox phase, so if you have any concerns or feel worried about the process, please reach out to us at any time.

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The Guidelines

NICE guidelines strongly advise against rapid detox for a range of reasons, and we are keen to stick to the well-educated and confirmed guidelines for this type of difficult detoxification. Providence Projects do not test new routines and we will not treat you with untested therapies. The tempered approach is altogether successful. while rapid detoxification is potentially dangerous and life-threatening.

You might prefer to go on to long-term opioid maintenance prescriptions which will, on most cases, be a methadone script. Most local authorities will use this as their first line of treatment which is not something we recommend at the Providence Projects.

Methadone is a highly addictive drug on its own. Due to the way in which it is released, many methadone users want to reduce or stop but find that it is too difficult and the withdrawals are too much to manage. Those who support methadone use claim that on the right levels of methadone, users can function effectively and live a normal and happy life. In our experience this is a very rare occurrence.

The only way to overcome addiction and dependence is through a long-term recovery programme that encourages abstinence. By replacing one substance with another, you are neither treating addiction or dependence.

Here at the Providence Projects, we treat both physical and psychological dependence by offering a fully comprehensive rehabilitation programme that treats our clients holistically.

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