The first steps of recovering from drug and alcohol addiction usually feel like the hardest. Once you admit they have a problem, you may not enter rehab right away. After all, it can be scary facing detox and withdrawal. While detox isn’t a pleasant experience, it’s necessary. The good news is that it’s the shortest part of rehab. Once you complete it, you’ve set the stage for the rest of your recovery.
What Are Detox and Withdrawal Like?
Of course, not everyone has the same experience in detox. How intense your withdrawal symptoms are will depend on a number of factors, such as:
- Your genetic makeup
- The types of substances you’ve abused
- The amount of drugs you’ve used
- How long you used
- Any underlying conditions
As you may expect, the more severe the addiction, the more intense detox and withdrawal symptoms typically are.
To detox, you must stop using all addictive substances. Since your body has built up a tolerance to drugs and alcohol, it will react to their absence. You might experience chills, anxiety, nausea, fatigue, and irritability. You may even have seizures or hallucinations.
This is why it’s important to detox in a qualified facility, where medical professionals can constantly monitor your health and safety. Some centers provide medications that ease your discomfort.
How Long Does Withdrawal Last?
Despite the discomfort and pain you might feel going through detox, the worst of your symptoms will come in the first two to three days. After about a week, you’ll feel much better physically, although you may have some lingering psychological effects. It’s not unusual to feel mild effects for weeks and months after detox and withdrawal, especially if you have a long-term alcohol addiction.
You may also experience cravings for a while afterward. This is usually more of a mental reaction because certain sounds, smells, or places can remind you of using. It can be something as simple as hearing the clink of ice cubes in a glass. Or, it could be seeing old acquaintances who you partied with.
Rehab treatment will show you ways to manage cravings and your unique triggers.
Unique, Personalized Care
Are you or a loved one ready to begin a life of sobriety? The Hills Treatment Center is here to help. We’re a luxury addiction treatment center in the Hollywood Hills. We provide one-to-one staffing to ensure you get the personalized treatment you deserve.
The addiction treatment programs we offer include:
- Detox programs
- Inpatient rehab program
- Outpatient drug rehab program
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Sober living recovery program
Whether it’s alcohol, heroin, or prescription pills, we specialize in an array of addictions.
You can begin recovery from addiction in our secluded, relaxing center. We’re here to help you break free of substance dependency and rediscover a healthy, happy you. Reach out to us today at 866-323-4665.