Withdrawal is your only way out of drug addiction. The most comfortable way to go through withdrawal is at a licensed and accredited detox facility. But what does detox for drugs look like? Although it varies from program to program, there are similarities throughout the process.

The primary goal of any detox program is physical healing from drug dependence. The first goal is stabilization. Stabilization ensures you are healthy for what you are about to experience as part of withdrawal. The next step is detox, itself. Detox is the withdrawal process, during which you feel physical and mental effects of ending drug use.

What Detox for Drugs Looks Like

Detox for drugs does not have to be depressing like this woman sitting at window.
Early detox is the most intense time for most people going through drug withdrawal. Detox for drugs is different for every person. How you experience withdrawal relates to many factors unique to you. Things such as your typical drug dose, duration of your addiction and whether you suffer any co-occurring disorders, or physical health issues all matter during withdrawal.

Most people going through detox for drugs experience a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Fever, sweating, and chills
  • Excessive yawning, tearing and runny nose
  • Anxiety, depression, irritability, and agitation
  • Muscle aching and stomach cramping
  • Sleep problems and nightmares
  • Drug cravings

Depending on the drug you use, your detox symptoms will vary. The intensity of your symptoms will also be unique to you, so your detox for drugs differs from others’ experiences.

The above symptoms are not deadly on their own. Life-threatening problems of detox for drugs usually occur indirectly, such as through suicidal thoughts, severe depression and drug cravings leading to relapse. Relapse is one of the most dangerous elements of detox. Relapsing and overdose are deadly for tens of thousands of people each year.

Why Inpatient Detox Is Important

As you can see from the short list of possible symptoms above, detox is not a pleasant experience. There are many ill effects of drug withdrawal. Without proper education, training, and experience, you or your loved ones are unable to keep you comfortable, safe and secure throughout withdrawal. You may even suffer life endangerment if you detox at home.

The best option for drug detox is an accredited and licensed inpatient detox center. This type of detox program helps you avoid relapse and ensures your best health from the beginning to the end of the withdrawal process. If you suffer extreme detox effects or possibly life-threatening physical or mental problems, an accredited medical detox provides immediate medical care to keep you safe and healthy.

Inpatient detox means you sleep at the facility, usually for a week to ten days. Some detox processes are shorter, others are longer. It just depends on your individual needs and condition.

The entire time you are in detox you are kept comfortable, hydrated and well-nourished. These are important elements of good health in withdrawal. Your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and other vital signs are also checked to ensure you remain well. If you need some medication for the worst symptoms, professionals in a medical detox provide those for you without risk of secondary addiction.

Serenity House Detox in Florida for Your Drug Detox

In Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, Serenity House Detox provides accredited medical detox programs on an inpatient basis. From the beginning of detox to your first days in sobriety, you are well-fed, comforted, supported and taken care of by licensed and certified addiction professionals.

Programs at Serenity House Detox include:

Comfort, safety, and security mean more than you expect when going through withdrawal. At Serenity House Detox you do not have to worry about any of these things. We will take care of you. Call Serenity House Detox at 866-294-5306 for more information about how we do it.