Recovery Centers of America Provides a 24/7 Medically-Supervised Detox
At Recovery Centers of America, we understand that a drug and alcohol detox can be daunting. Our team of clinicians and therapists ensure your comfort from the moment you walk in. They help cleanse your mind, body, and soul of any negative substances, so you can focus on getting well.
One of the first steps most people take when entering one of Recovery Centers of America’s treatment facilities is an alcohol and drug detoxification. Detox helps cleanse and stabilize your body and mind from alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids, or any other drug lingering in your system. We make your withdrawal as comfortable as possible to ensure your medical safety. Here at RCA, detox protocols follow standards developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – one of the leading establishments on addiction treatment.
At RCA, our team of physicians, nurses, and other clinicians deliver a customized alcohol and drug detoxification in order to meet your physical and psychological needs. Carefully supervised detoxification can help reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms.
This medically-supervised detox process provides you with a safe, effective start to your sober life.
As the most dangerous physical withdrawal, alcohol detox needs to take place in a medically-supervised and closely monitored environment. Although most drug withdrawals are very uncomfortable, abruptly stopping alcohol consumption can cause heart attacks, strokes, and seizures in patients considered high risk. A lot of people ask us, What does alcohol withdrawal feel like?
In order to be safe and comfortable, it’s essential to entrust a successful treatment program to get you through your alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Without professional medical intervention, alcohol detox could be fatal. Reputable rehabilitation centers get you through your alcohol detox comfortably, so you can begin your journey toward sobriety with a clear head.
Additional complications of alcohol withdrawal can include:
Alcohol Withdrawal Timeline
Timelines for detoxification depend on the person. For example, people who smoke, suffer from liver or kidney disease, and various other health factors can alter the timeline. But generally, most alcohol detoxification timelines look like this:
- 6-12 hours: Mild symptoms begin about 6-12 hours after the last drink. This could include anxiety, nausea, insomnia or abdominal pain.
- 12-24 hours: About 12-24 hours after the last drink, hallucinations, increased body temperature, confusion and unusual heart rate can occur during this time.
- 24-48 hours: While alcohol withdrawal seizures aren’t common, they can happen in as little as 2 hours after a drink but can take up to 24-48 hours to happen.
- 48-72 hours: If DTs (delirium tremens) are going to happen, it will likely occur 48-72 hours after stopping your alcohol intake.
While these symptoms may seem daunting, they can be controlled and managed in a professional, medically-supervised setting.
Opioids Withdrawal & Timeline
Opioids are a group of drugs used for severe pain management and include both opiates (such as morphine, codeine, heroin, and opium) and synthetic opioids (like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and methadone). Chronic use of opioids results in debilitating dependence.
Opioids are similar to other drugs in that the timeline and symptoms of withdrawal vary on a person-by-person basis. Many systems within the body are altered when opioids are taken for a long period of time. Typically, the timeline for withdrawal symptoms comes in two different stages:
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Different drugs remain in your system for different lengths of time, therefore impacting withdrawal symptoms and onset. For example, heroin leaves the system faster – but symptoms start sooner, usually within 12 hours of last use.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms after the first 24 hours are usually very unpleasant, intense, and painful. This is why our addiction treatment centers offer medically-monitored detoxification under the guidance of our clinical staff. Comfort medication is provided to help patients get through withdrawal symptoms, and begin focusing on the next step in their treatment.
Benzodiazepines Withdrawal & Timeline
Usually prescribed for anxiety, benzodiazepines are like alcohol in the way they act on the central nervous system. Because of this, withdrawal from benzodiazepines can be extremely dangerous and need medical detoxification.
Much like alcohol and other drugs, the timeline and symptoms can change depending on the person, especially because benzodiazepines have different half-lives. Generally, symptoms include:
As for the timeline of detox from benzodiazepines, it depends. For example, alprazolam (like Xanax) has an average of an 11-hour half-life, so the system is rid of it quickly. On the other hand, the half-life of clonazepam (Klonopin) can be 30-40 hours, which means it takes longer to get out of your system. Therefore, you’re likely to start experiencing withdrawal symptoms for Xanax within a few hours of taking the last dose. However, it may be a few days before you start feeling symptoms of withdrawal from clonazepam (Klonopin).
A lot of other elements are factored into a benzodiazepine withdrawal timeline, such as how long you’ve been taking the drug, how much, how often, and various other health factors. Because it can take a month or two before physical symptoms completely reside, your best bet is to go through detoxification in a specialized treatment facility.
Stimulants Withdrawal & Timeline
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Usually these symptoms start within 36 hours of stopping the drug, and last for a couple of weeks.
At Recovery Centers of America, we usually offer comfort medications for stimulant drugs, such as cocaine or meth. Often, people addicted to stimulants directly enter our residential program. Regardless of the path you take at Recovery Centers of America, we center all of our treatment around your comfort. You or your loved one can rest assured you’re getting exceptional care and treatment to support a healthy road to recovery.