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April 11, 2019

What is Detoxification?

Drugs and alcohol warp the way your body regulates itself. When you decide to break free from the self-destructive cycle of addiction, you may begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms within hours or 1-2 days. These are part of your body’s struggle to begin regulating itself without the influence of drugs. This process, called detoxification (or detox), can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that it is both temporary and necessary to regain control of your life.

Before you begin any detox process, you should consult a medical doctor to determine which kind is right for you: medical or sub-acute.

What is Medical Detox?

Certain drugs may have stronger withdrawal symptoms than others. Some of the symptoms could lead to serious complications without medical supervision and intervention. When speaking with your doctor, they will consider the following factors (and potentially others) before making a treatment recommendation:

  • Age
  • Physical health
  • Body type
  • Drug(s) abused
  • Length and severity of addiction
  • Potential behavioral issues

If you are at risk for more serious discomfort and withdrawal symptoms, medical detox provides you with around-the-clock medical supervision. You may also be given medication in order to reduce pain or treat severe symptoms. This process can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks.

What is Sub-Acute Detox?

In less severe cases, you might be able to use a sub-acute detox facility like the one at Cycles of Change. Sub-acute detox still provides you with supervision and a controlled environment, but you are typically allowed more freedom. You can move about the facilities, take walks outside, participate in group and individual therapy and generally have more interaction with the world. As with medical detox, your timetable can range from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Generally speaking, while detoxing from heroin, you may experience flu-like symptoms for 1-2 days. Cocaine withdrawals can include depression and restlessness lasting 7-10 days. Alcohol detox may take 3 days to several weeks and can cause the following symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Some individuals withdrawing from alcohol may experience delirium tremens (DTs) which is a more severe reaction including convulsions and hallucinations.

Sub-Acute Detox in Palmdale, CA

At Cycles of Change, our team in Palmdale includes:

  • Licensed clinicians
  • Family therapists
  • Medical staff
  • Other industry professionals dedicated to helping you succeed

We will meet with you and discuss your personalized treatment plan. The initial evaluation will help determine any substances currently in your system, co-occurring disorders and behavioral issues. Then, our detox team will explain what you can expect during treatment and recovery. Once that process is complete, you will move into a residential rehabilitation program that fits your needs. Throughout it all, our team will be with you to provide the support and encouragement you need to complete your journey to a renewed life.

If you’ve tried to detox on your own and failed, you are not alone. The good news is that research shows those who commit to a rehabilitation program can succeed. They do it every day! We care about you and want to see you succeed. Take that first step, and contact us today. Fill out a form, or give us a call at 9494847451.


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