If you are considering a new path in recovery and addressing the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction, you may have some questions or concerns which need to be addressed. Recovery from drugs or alcohol is not just a resolution but a life-changing way of living. As you embrace the change you desire, you should be prepared for the changes your body will experience.

What is Detox

Detoxification, or “detox” is considered the period of time in which the human body rids itself of the toxins produced by alcohol or drug use and the neurotransmitters in the brain begin to readjust to normal levels.

Detox typically takes four to seven days and should be done in a hospital or rehabilitation facility, where medications can be used in a controlled setting to treat withdrawal symptoms. The length of detox will depend upon the type, length of use, and amount of drugs or alcohol being used.

Before arriving for detoxification services

Prior to and during detox a doctor should evaluate and treat related physical and psychological problems. During this time, patients are likely to experience severe alcohol or drug withdrawal symptoms which should be monitored by a doctor. Symptoms can include increased hand tremor, insomnia, nausea or vomiting, transient visual, tactile, or auditory hallucinations or illusions, psychomotor agitation, anxiety, and grand mal seizures.

Symptoms after the initial detox

The most common among these are handshakes, chills, diarrhea, nausea, insomnia, and of course severe cravings. Typically these symptoms can be reduced or controlled with medications. Additionally, vitamins and diet should also be considered to replace the vitamins and nutrients which are usually depleted by alcohol or drug use. Fresh vegetables, water, and rest are highly recommended for the first two weeks of detox. Also, limiting stressful interactions either professionally or personally is crucial during a time of detox and alcohol withdrawal.

Benefits after detoxification

There are the positive aspects of detoxing to consider also. Studies have found an increase of energy and boost in self-esteem to be the most common byproducts of detoxing from drugs and alcohol. The periods of discomfort and craving are relatively short when compared to the newly sober and clean life that lies ahead of you.