Drug withdrawal and detox

When you think of drug detox, you may imagine celebrities checking into an exclusive retreat after incriminating photos appear in the press. In fact, drug detox is an essential first step in the recovery process for those struggling with drug addiction and can be a truly life-changing experience. Drug detox provides a safe and medically supervised environment to manage the physical symptoms of drug withdrawal and help you overcome your dependence on drugs.

While drug withdrawal symptoms can be a scary prospect, with the right support from a professional drug detox clinic like Banbury Lodge, detox can provide the stable foundations needed for a successful recovery.

Drug detox

What is drug detox?

When you use drugs regularly, your brain becomes accustomed to their presence, and the brain’s chemistry changes. This change can lead to physical dependence where you need drugs to feel “normal”, and experience drug withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.

Drug detox, also known as detoxification, is the process of removing drugs from your body and allowing it to heal and recover. Drug detox is typically the first step in the recovery process and will help you manage drug withdrawal symptoms to keep you comfortable and safe and prevent drug relapse.

The benefits of drug detox are numerous and include:

  • Managing the physical symptoms of drug withdrawal
  • Reducing the risk of complications during drug withdrawal
  • Providing a safe and supportive environment for recovery
  • Improving overall health and well-being
  • Setting the stage for long-term recovery

What is medical drug detox?

Medical drug detox is an inpatient detoxification process that involves monitoring and managing drugs withdrawal symptoms in a controlled environment like Banbury Lodge. It is recommended for individuals who have been using drugs for an extended period and are likely to experience severe drug withdrawal symptoms. At Banbury Lodge, medical drug detox is provided by our experienced team of healthcare professionals who work together to ensure that the drug detox process is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Common symptoms of drug withdrawal

The symptoms and duration of withdrawal from drugs vary depending on factors including the substance being used, the duration of use and the individual’s overall health. However, common symptoms of drug withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

Generally, the first symptoms of withdrawal can occur within a few hours to a few days after the last use of the drug. Symptoms usually peak within a few days and then gradually subside over a period of one to two weeks but for some people, drug withdrawal can last months and require ongoing care and support).

The severity of drug withdrawal symptoms can also range from mild to severe, and in some cases, drug withdrawal can even be life-threatening. This is why it is so important to complete detox at a professional drug detox clinic like Banbury Lodge.

Drug detox at Banbury Lodge

At Banbury Lodge, we provide inpatient drug detox with individually tailored programmes to meet your specific needs. Inpatient drug detox will allow you to focus solely on your recovery and enable us to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible while you are withdrawing from drugs.

Upon admission to Banbury Lodge, you will be given a full medical assessment so we can get an exact picture of your overall health, the extent of your dependency and whether you are at risk of severe drug withdrawal symptoms and will require medical drug detox.

Alongside drug detox, you will also undergo drug rehab to help you manage the emotional and psychological aspects of dependency and develop coping strategies and skills to support long-term recovery.

At Banbury Lodge, we provide inpatient drug detox for a number of substances, including:

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Cocaine Detox

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that can cause intense withdrawal symptoms but drug detox will help you manage these symptoms until all the cocaine has left your system.

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Crack Detox

Crack cocaine is a potent form of cocaine with potentially severe withdrawal symptoms so professional drug detox is needed to recover safely.

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Ecstasy Detox

Ecstasy (Also known as MDMA) can be a very addictive substance but drug detox can help you overcome withdrawal and make positive changes in your life.

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Hallucinogens can significantly affect your person’s psychological state and alter your perception of reality. Drug detox is crucial to overcome dependency.

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Heroin Detox

Heroin is a powerful opioid drug that is highly addictive and can destroy your life. Drug detox will help you break your dependence and make major steps towards recovery.

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Meth Detox

Methamphetamine is a potent and highly addictive stimulant drug that can cause severe withdrawal symptoms which often require a medical drug detox to manage.

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Why choose inpatient drug detox?

At Banbury Lodge, we provide all our clients with comprehensive inpatient drug detox programmes because we believe it has numerous benefits compared to outpatient detox. These include:

Medical supervision
Inpatient drug detox provides 24/7 access to medical care and support. This is especially important for people who are experiencing severe drug withdrawal symptoms or who have underlying medical conditions that need to be monitored.
A controlled environment
Inpatient drug detox centres like Banbury Lodge also provide a controlled, immersive recovery environment where you will be free from your normal distractions and triggers. This can be especially important during the early stages of drug withdrawal when you will be most vulnerable to relapse.
Emotional support
You will also have access to a team of professionals, including therapists and counsellors, who can provide emotional support and help them work through the underlying issues that may have contributed to their addiction.
Bespoke drug detox programmes
Inpatient drug detox offers bespoke programmes designed to address your own unique needs and help you achieve and maintain sobriety.
Time to focus on recovery
Inpatient drug detox provides individuals with the time and space they need to focus solely on their recovery without the distractions of work, family, and other obligations. This can be especially important for people who have tried outpatient detox in the past but have been unsuccessful due to the distractions of daily life.

Common fears about drug detox

Undergoing drug detox can be a frightening thought and this fear can prevent people from seeking the help they need. To help shine some light on what to expect from drug detox, here are some common fears and the truth behind them:

Painful drug withdrawal symptoms

Some people are afraid that withdrawal from drugs may be too painful for them to cope with. However, while some drug withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, the medical professionals at a drug detox clinic like Banbury Lodge can help manage them so you have as little discomfort as possible.

Being judged in drug detox

Another common fear is being judged by the staff or other clients at drug detox. At Banbury Lodge, we offer a safe and non-judgmental environment where you can feel supported throughout the entire drug detox process. Our team of medical professionals and therapists are highly trained and experienced in drug detox treatment and understand that our clients require compassion and understanding.

Relapsing or failing

Many people also worry that they will not succeed in drug detox and they will relapse as soon as they leave the clinic. While relapse is a possibility, our team will work with you to create an aftercare plan to ensure that you have the support they need to stay sober.

How to help a loved one during drug detox

When a loved one is going through drug detox, it can be a challenging and emotional time for both them and their family and friends. Here are some tips for supporting your loved one during this process:

Educate yourself about the drug detox process

The more you know about dependency and the drug detox process, the better equipped you will be to support your loved one. You can research the process online, speak to our admissions team with your loved one and attend family support therapy and conjoint sessions while they are at Banbury Lodge.

Be available to listen and offer support

Your loved one may need someone to talk to during their drug detox so try to be available to listen and provide your support. Avoid being judgmental or critical and let your loved one know that you are there for them and that you care about their well-being.

Offer to help with practical tasks

During inpatient drug detox, your loved one may need assistance with practical tasks, such as childcare or housework. Helping with these tasks can take some of the pressure off your loved one and enable them to focus on their recovery.

Celebrate their successes and milestones in recovery

Detoxing from drugs is a challenging journey and it’s essential to celebrate your loved one’s successes and milestones along the way. Encourage them to acknowledge their progress, whether it’s being clean for a certain amount of time or completing a step in their recovery plan because this will help them stay motivated and positive.

How to get started with drug detox

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug dependency then Banbury Lodge can help. Get in touch with us today and we can explain more about how our individualised drug detox programmes can provide the ideal foundations for successful recovery. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to answer any questions you have and provide all the support you need.

Frequently asked questions

Can drug withdrawal be fatal?
Yes, withdrawing from drugs can be fatal in some cases, particularly if you attempt drug detox without medical supervision. Professional inpatient detox clinics provide round-the-clock monitoring and support from healthcare professionals who can help manage symptoms and ensure that you are safe during the drug withdrawal process.
Will I receive medication during medical drug detox?
The use of medication during medical drug detox should always be determined on a case-by-case basis. In some cases, medications may be used to manage severe drug withdrawal symptoms or to reduce the risk of complications during the drug detox process. Your medical team will assess your individual needs and make a decision about any medication required in your case.
Can I detox from drugs at home?
Drug detox can be a very tough process so it is not recommended to go “cold turkey” at home as it can lead to many complications including severe withdrawal symptoms, dehydration, an increased risk of accidents and other dangerous behaviour. Home drug detox can also increase the risk of relapse which can be incredibly dangerous as your tolerance levels will have dropped during withdrawal. This can greatly increase the chances of overdose which can be potentially fatal.
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