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. They often relapse and end up back where they started. When attempting to overcome drug or alcohol addiction, a medical detox program 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 drug consumption. Without the substance present, the body essentially goes into a state of shock. This causes withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms and their severity vary depending on:

  • 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. Drug detox “kits” are available in some stores and on the Internet. These quick-fix kits are often ineffective solutions. Also, without medical supervision, there’s no accountability. That means there’s nothing stopping individuals from relapsing when withdrawal symptoms become too uncomfortable.

What to Expect During a Medical Detox Program

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. They also safely cleanse your body of dangerous toxins. When needed, the medical staff will 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 begin. 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. However, know that the worst is over. Medical professionals will continue to monitor your overall stability 24/7 as you prepare for a substance-free future.

Detox and More at Serenity House Detox in Houston

Not only does Serenity House offer detox for virtually all of the addictive drugs out there.  We know that addiction is a disease that requires various addiction detox programs to be put into remission.  To that end, we offer many different types of treatments and therapies to add to the effectiveness and comfort of your detox experience.  Some of them include:

A Safe, Comfortable Medical Detox

The clinical room where a medical detox program beginsFor 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.