Getting to Know the Detox Process

It is completely normal to feel anxious and nervous during the detox process. The professional staff at Dignity Healing will provide a safe, comfortable environment to safely and medically withdraw from drugs or alcohol.

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The decision to begin treatment is a significant step, and it is normal to have a lot of questions, whether you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one. Addiction rehab is built upon structure, which is critical to every patient’s success. With this in mind, it is essential to go over what to expect in drug and alcohol detox to feel as comfortable as possible. The main phases of drug or alcohol addiction recovery include:


The detox plan is based upon what substances a person has been using. For example, a person with an opiate/opioid addiction may need medications to withdraw from drugs comfortably. Others who may be detoxing from alcohol or benzos will require medication as both of these substances can cause seizures and, in some cases, death. No matter the substance, a customized plan will be developed for you.

The value of an individualized plan cannot be overstated. This approach, combined with a team of qualified addiction specialists, will put you in the best position to succeed in sobriety. The following are important things to know about the detox process:

1. The first step is your decision to stop using substances and go to treatment.

2. Upon arrival, you will meet your treatment team and be medically cleared for admission.

3. Your overall health will be monitored throughout the process.

4.  Treatment and medications are administered based upon your individual medical needs.

5. Throughout this process, our team will continually ensure that you feel safe and comfortable every step of the way.

6. Once the physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal begin to subside, your team (addiction counselor and doctor) will make a plan to move you into your treatment program.

While detox is the first step of a long journey in recovery, it is the most crucial step.

When paired with an inpatient program with an effective aftercare plan that can include an outpatient program, you are well on your way to a life in recovery.

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Do not attempt to detox at home. There are a lot of potential risks associated with detoxing at home. In fact, detoxing at home can be deadly. Medical supervision is absolutely imperative to avoiding serious complications like severe dehydration or seizures.

Detox Basics

The starting point for many people’s recovery is to stop using substances by going to detox. It is a supervised environment in a residential facility where you will receive 24-hour clinical care. Depending on the facility’s structure, you may attend groups or meet on a one-on-one basis with your therapist. Because the primary purpose in detox is to withdraw from substances, you may not begin groups or individual therapy until you have started in- or out-patient treatment. Each facility is different, and it’s important to ask questions if you are able.

Some of the most important things to remember during drug detox or alcohol detox include:

  • You are in a safe environment
  • Your addiction team is here for you
  • You are beginning a new, healthy life
  • You are not alone

Inpatient drug detox is the best option by far to ensure safety and provide comfort. The inpatient setting gives a patient an excellent start to their recovery journey. We at Dignity Healing know this, and we are dedicated to giving each client a specialized, custom treatment plan to ensure long-term success.

Withdrawal During Detox

Withdrawal during detox is both a physical and emotional process. Within the structured environment of a detox facility, medical professionals and therapists oversee your detox. This process includes reducing the risks associated with stopping drug or alcohol use. Withdrawal can not only be uncomfortable, but it can be life-threatening without proper medical attention.

The following are some of the most notable physical and emotional aspects of withdrawal during detox:

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Body pains and body aches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue / Restlessness
  • Emotional Swings
  • General discomfort (emotionally and physically)

The drug of choice and the severity of the addiction will significantly impact the above withdrawal symptoms. It is impossible to predict exactly how each person’s physical and mental health will be affected. We know from experience and evidence that careful, 24-hour supervision from addiction professionals and a medical team is imperative for your safety and comfort.

Do you have more questions about what to expect during detox? Speak with a Treatment Specialist by calling (844) 978-1524