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How to Detox From Drugs and Alcohol

Overcoming Alcohol & Substance Abuse

A life of addiction to drugs or alcohol is a serious hindrance to living a full and happy life. Addiction can happen to anyone, in any environment and from any socio-economic status. Many successful individuals with great homes and jobs hide a secret addiction, and many substances hold the potential to become abused — alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, heroin and so many more. When our body becomes dependent on these substances, trying to quit leads to severe withdrawal symptoms. That’s why finding a detox facility, like Diamond House Detox, is a crucial first step to sobriety.

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A Guide on What To Expect When Detoxing From Drugs and Alcohol

Many individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol avoid giving these substances up — not just because they’re dependent, but because they’re afraid of the withdrawal symptoms associated with detoxing. They may have tried before, but given up as soon as these side effects started to arise. That’s why a professional, medically supervised detoxification program is so crucial. It ensures these substances are cleaned out of your system in a safe environment.

No matter what substance you are addicted to, our team at Diamond House Detox has the experience and medical background to ensure your detox is as safe and comfortable as possible. We provide 24-hour-a-day monitoring so that if any issues arise, you have a qualified team on hand to help.

Depending on what substance you are addicted to and other individual factors, each detox experience is slightly different.

Here is an overview of what to expect:

During your stay at Diamond House Detox, an evaluation of your condition will be performed by either a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Not only does this help us determine your level of addiction, but it’s also useful in determining if you have a co-occurring disorder. We specialize in dual diagnosis treatments, which is when a patient has both an addiction and an underlying mental health disorder.

Once we understand all these factors, we can create a treatment plan that fits you. We also ensure it addresses all areas of concern, whether it be a single addiction, addictions to multiple substances or the additional treatment of psychiatric symptoms.

No two patients are the same. This is why an individualized plan is so essential to the care of our guests. We begin the detox process understanding as many factors about your condition as possible so that you can get the best care.

The first step of detoxification is walking you through the withdrawal process until all substances work their way out of your system. In some cases, we may provide medication to ease these side effects. No matter what, though, our compassionate staff is on hand 24-hours a day to monitor your progress and offer support. Depending on what substances you use and your level of addiction, the withdrawal process could last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. But during that time, we will make you as comfortable as possible.

Each guest is provided with their own private room, giving them a respite when needed. In addition, we encourage some patients to attend our therapy sessions so that we can help them identify problem areas that need to be addressed during the recovery process.

Detox is just the first step to successful rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. To ensure our guests remain strong in their sobriety, we encourage them to seek out further rehab, counseling or some other form of post-detox treatment. These types of programs are designed to identify the stressors that led to addiction and also to teach you the skills to cope with issues when they arise.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Programs

At Diamond House Detox, we offer in-depth, comprehensive evaluation, individual and group therapy sessions and follow-up care. You can visit our two locations for full detox treatment: Elk Grove house and Sacramento house. Our detox can be anywhere from five to fourteen days, depending on your individual need. Our drug and alcohol detoxification program at Elk Grove prepares you for follow-up treatment at Sacramento for approximately one to four weeks. We offer treatment options for:

  • Alcohol detoxification: Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol abuse can be challenging if not life-threatening. Severe alcohol withdrawal reactions include extreme confusion, severe alcohol cravings, fever, hallucinations and seizures. Our treatment goals aim to address these symptoms, prevent current or future health issues and address abstinence. How long it may take you to detox from alcohol depends on the length of your addiction. Often, treatment extends beyond 48 hours — if your condition is severe, detox treatment can go as long as several days. Although extreme symptoms subside after just five days, some clients still experience some symptoms seven to ten days after their last drink.
  • Opiate detoxification: Clients detoxing from opiates usually go through two phases of withdrawal. The first set of symptoms include excessive tearing, cramping, paranoia, anxiety, body aches, sweating, yawning and insomnia. Later withdrawal symptoms include rapid pulse, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, goosebumps, rapid pulse and increased blood pressure. Symptoms from short-acting opiates such as heroin usually begin showing within 12 hours of last use. Longer-acting drugs like methadone result in withdrawal symptoms starting just 30 minutes after previous exposure.
  • Benzodiazepine detoxification: Seizures are one of the most dangerous symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal and could be deadly without proper supervision. Other symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, headaches, sensory distortions, heart palpitations, psychosis, tremors, hallucinations, nausea and dry retching. Recovering from benzodiazepine addiction is a process, so we offer emotional as well as medical support. Without medical supervision, attempting to detox from benzodiazepine can be life-threatening.
  • Stimulant detoxification: This process is usually not life-threatening. Symptoms vary from person to person and are based on factors such as tolerance and metabolism. When detoxing from stimulants, withdrawal symptoms appear within a couple of hours to a couple of days after last use. More severe psychological symptoms can last up to a few weeks or months after quitting.
  • Marijuana detoxification: Marijuana withdrawal is not typically life-threatening. Symptoms usually begin 24 hours after last use and can last up to two weeks. Symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include fear, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, poor appetite, poor sleep and more.
  • Heroin detoxification: Heroin is an opiate. Therefore, symptoms and recovery times are identical to those of opiate detoxification.

Why Is Drug and Alcohol Detox Important?

Drug and alcohol detox is the first step on your journey to stopping addiction. However, some withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous or even fatal. At Diamond House Detox, our medical professionals oversee the progress of our clients at all times. While we offer private rooms and time for meditation and relaxation, our health practitioners consistently monitor clients to ensure safety during the detoxification process. Detoxing from drugs and alcohol at home may pose several health risks due to the severity of symptoms.

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Never Attempt to Detox Alone

Whether you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol, it’s dangerous to attempt to detox on your own. Not only is there a higher chance of relapsing back into substance use, but there are also health risks associated with detoxing without medical supervision. Some withdrawal symptoms are so severe that they can damage your health or even cause death if not addressed immediately.

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If you’re ready to kick your addiction to drugs or alcohol, then it’s time to contact the team at Diamond House Detox. Our luxurious facilities located in Northern California ensure your detox is done in the safety and seclusion of our luxurious surroundings.

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