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How Long Does Detox Last?

Getting clean from drugs and alcohol is a physical and mental process. If you have been using drugs and alcohol regularly for some time, your brain and body have adapted to these substances. Because each one of these substances has a different effect on your body, detox can get tricky. You’ve probably heard people talk about detox but might wonder how long does detox last. While some drugs don’t cause physical withdrawal symptoms, other substances, such as alcohol, can cause severe withdrawal symptoms.  If you’re ready to begin your recovery journey, Aspire Treatment is here to help you. After you safely detox at a professional facility, we’re able to treat your addiction with our outpatient programs. 

What Is Detox?

Detox is the process of clearing the body of the substances that you have been using. Detox is not treatment so much as preparing you for treatment.  During detox, clinicians evaluate your health, stabilize your symptoms, and prepare you to begin treatment.  Detox gets you physically sober so that you can start the work of learning how to live sober. Think about the last time you cut yourself. Before you placed a bandage, you likely stopped the bleeding and cleaned the area first. In the world of recovery, putting down the drugs is akin to stopping the bleeding. Detox is cleaning the area. Treatment places the bandage and helps you heal. 

Why You Should Detox at a Rehab Facility

Detoxing on your own from drugs or alcohol without medical supervision can be dangerous. Over time your body has become physically dependent on the substances you have used. When you remove them, it will rebel. The symptoms that you experience during detox depend on the substances that you have been using. In most cases, the symptoms you experience in detox will be the opposite of the drug’s effects. As you might guess, you will have changes in mood as your brain pathways adjust to life without drugs. These mood changes can be minor or can be more severe. Detoxing at a rehab facility enables you to receive support as you detox. Detoxing on your own can be brutal and may lead to your picking pack up to feel better. 

Interestingly enough, alcohol is the most dangerous drug from which to detox. Detox from alcohol can start anytime in the first 24 hours since your last drink. The severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms depends on how much you drink regularly, how often you drink regularly, your overall health, and if you’ve gone through alcohol withdrawal in the past. By detoxing at a rehab facility, you add a layer of safety to your withdrawal. Withdrawing from alcohol can lead to delirium tremens, seizures, and even death. Clinicians can monitor your vital signs and overall health during detox. Additionally, physicians can prescribe medications that can help your body to get through the detox more safely. 

How Long Does Detox Last?

Because you are likely eager to begin doing the work in treatment, you’re probably asking how long does detox last? The short answer is it depends. It depends on your overall health, how long you have been using, and what you have been using. Most drugs will leave the body within seven days, but the cravings may persist for months. Most withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable and will peak 48-72 hours after you last used. Certain drugs, such as Xanax and alcohol, can cause severe withdrawal symptoms that require additional time to detox. While it would be wonderful if everyone’s detox was the same, we know that’s not the case.

Get Help at Aspire Treatment Solutions

Located in Atlanta, Aspire Treatment has various programs to help you break the hold of addiction and create new, positive recovery connections. Our multifaceted programs range from partial hospitalization to outpatient counseling. We will assist you in building tools for today and the future.  We’re here to help you build a foundation for long-term recovery with a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.  

We know that each person’s recovery journey is unique, and we’re committed to helping you forge a recovery path that works for you. Most peoples recovery journeys start with detox. When you’re finished detoxing at a professional facility, we’ll be here. Connect with us today to see how we can best support your success in recovery!