Medical Detox Explained

Deciding to end your substance abuse is a noble, courageous decision. However, many people make the mistake of trying to quit cold turkey. They underestimate the subsequent harsh withdrawal symptoms, often relapsing and ending up back where they started. When attempting to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, medical detox at Serenity House Detox Houston should be the first step on your path to recovery.

Doctor explaining medical detox to 2 women

The Dangers of Quitting Cold Turkey

Especially in the case of long-term substance abuse, you or your loved one’s body has become accustomed to consistent consumption. Without the substance present, the body essentially goes into a state of shock, which is what causes withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms and their severity can vary depending upon:

  • Substance consumed
  • Length of use
  • Average dosage

Unfortunately, many individuals who make the correct decision to quit make the wrong decision to start recovery with self-detox. While drug detox “kits” are available in certain stores and on the Internet, these are often ineffective, quick-fix solutions. Also, without medical supervision, there’s no accountability, meaning there’s nothing stopping individuals from relapsing when withdrawal symptoms become too uncomfortable.

What to Expect During Medical Detox

Choosing a medical detox program at Serenity House Detox Houston is the safest way to begin your journey to sustainable sobriety. Medical professionals monitor your health, nutrition and mental stability as they safely cleanse your body of dangerous toxins. When needed, they can administer medications to mitigate discomfort.

Typically, there are three main stages of medical drug detox.

First Stage of Medical Detox

Within the first few hours after ceasing consumption, you’ll begin to feel withdrawal symptoms. Again, the severity depends on many factors, but some symptoms may include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

Second Stage of Medical Detox

For many individuals, the first 24–96 hours of medical detox are the most difficult. Along with more intense forms of the previous physical symptoms, psychological symptoms may begin to manifest. In fact, a small percentage of people begin experiencing delirium tremens (DT), which could lead to extreme physical and psychological effects, including:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Dehydration

Third Stage of Medical Detox

After about four days, withdrawal symptoms begin to subside. Depending upon your addiction history, some symptoms may persist over the course of the next few weeks or months, but the worst is over. Medical professionals will continue to monitor your overall stability 24/7 as you prepare for a substance-free future.

A Safe, Comfortable Medical Detox

For individuals struggling with addiction, it’s time to seek a new beginning. Serenity House Detox Houston provides 24/7 supervision and safe, compassionate care to help individuals take the first steps toward a sober life. We can even connect you or a loved one to a reputable rehab facility to continue the addiction recovery process.

Don’t let addiction continue to control your life. Call Serenity House Detox Houston today at 866-516-8356.