What Happens During Medically Supervised Detox?

It’s usually necessary to detox from drugs and/or alcohol in a medically-supervised detoxification environment. Ongoing substance abuse can make your body physically dependant upon the substance. During detox, your body processes the substance out of your body and withdrawal symptoms (mentioned below) occur. When you’re in the throes of addiction, the idea of detox can seem terrifying, impossible, or both. Understanding what happens during the detox process can help ease you into the idea of treatment. While the detoxification process varies depending on the substance, the amount of time you were using the substance, and other medical issues, there are some key aspects of detoxification that are universally applicable. Taking the first step and acknowledging that you have a problem and there is a need for detoxification is crucial. Once you have acknowledged your need for detox, it can be helpful to think about the process and what detoxification facility might be best for you.

First, a medical team will perform a comprehensive examination while addressing any medical histories and physical and mental concerns. At this time, drug testing and mental health evaluations may also be performed. Depending on the treatment facility, you may be given medications to assist you in the detox process. These are administered under close supervision by medical professionals. The time frame for detoxification varies and can take anywhere from four or five days to three weeks, depending on the situation. You may experience physical and mental distress and pain including nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, sweating, or insomnia. Again, the detox symptoms and severity will vary depending on the substance you were using and length of use. Though detox can be mentally and physically painful, recovery begins on the other side and it’s worth it. Your treatment center team will recommend counseling, 12-step meetings, life skills training, and other traditional and/or holistic interventions. These therapies help ease your transition back into society and provide valuable skills, confidence, and support.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, there is a way out. At the other end of the detoxification process lies hope and recovery. At The Beach House, we elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located on the sand in Malibu, California, we provide expert clinical care and a holistic approach to the recovery process. We ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. Start your recovery journey today. You deserve happiness. Call or text: 310-862-6845.

Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.