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At the point where someone has become physically addicted to drugs, their body and brain has become accustomed to regular and hazardous amounts of toxins.
Stopping suddenly without professional help can bring about symptoms of drug withdrawal syndrome. These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and even dangerous.
Without professional detox help, drug withdrawal can cause the following symptoms to occur:
The good news is that a full medical drug detox will minimise, and in most cases completely eradicate, the vast majority of drug withdrawal symptoms. Certainly, your chances of developing more severe drug withdrawal symptoms will be dramatically reduced.
Detoxification is the process by which the body is cleansed of toxins. The word ‘detox’ is one that most of us are familiar with.
There are all kinds of detoxes but they all boil down to the same thing, ridding the body of harmful toxins and chemicals. When it is applied to a drug dependence, certain precautions and protocols need to be adhered to that ensure that the detoxification process is conducted safely.
The goal of a drug detoxification is to become drug free. However, in an individual that suffers from a drug dependence or drug addiction, this goal can be extremely difficult if not impossible to attain without help.
For those that suffer from a drug dependence or drug addiction, clinically the safest and most successful method of detoxification is to undergo a medical drug detox with 24/7 supervision and support. A medical detox controls and minimises drug withdrawal symptoms to a safe and comfortable level. It also provides around the clock professional support, something that is not accessible in the community.
Here at Delamere rehab our drug detoxes are conducted within a specialised detox clinic where you will be monitored and supported around the clock by qualified nursing staff and therapists. We take every precaution to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the entire drug detox process.
This first phase of treatment concentrates on halting the intake of harmful drugs in a controlled manner – a clinical detox being the safest and most effective way to tackle a physical dependence on substances. At Delamere our Detox programmes address the physical aspects of drug addiction and ensure a safe and comfortable withdrawal, in the right environment with the right resource. It’s a process that needn’t be painful or uncomfortable, and which will progress at a pace that suits your physical and emotional needs. It may take several weeks depending on which substances are being used and how long they have been used.
A drug detox is the first step in recovery from any drug addiction and enables rehabilitation treatments and therapy to be of maximum benefit once complete.
A clinical detox is proven to be the safest and most effective way to tackle a physical dependence on substances, whether they be illicit, prescribed or legal.
This is often a question that presents to those that are desperate to stop taking drugs and either do not have the financial means for private drug detox or want to save time and money.
If you do not have a drug dependence, detoxing at home can be safe and not too troublesome. Whether it is successful in the long run very much depends on whether you suffer from drug addiction. Drug addiction is a recognised medical and psychiatric condition that requires very specific bespoke rehabilitation treatment in order to overcome and avoid relapse.
If you do have a physical dependence on drugs, there are a vast number of complications that can arise if you do not conduct a detox safely and correctly. This is why many turn to professional help in order to rid their body of drugs successfully without compromising their wellbeing.
If you are planning on conducting a drug detox at home and have a drug dependence, the ‘cold turkey’ method of detox should be avoided at all costs. This method of withdrawing from drugs carries the most danger
Detoxing from any drug dependence too quickly and without medical assistance is not only the most challenging method but also the most threatening to human life.
Side effects of drug detox (unassisted) include:
In addition to the risks that detoxing at home presents, withdrawal symptoms will also be exacerbated and present in their most severe form.
Often, uncontrolled drug withdrawal can be so unbearable and the drug cravings so intense that the individual returns to using drugs.
If you or a loved one are considering detoxing from drugs at home, please call and speak to us first regarding our drug detox treatment, or seek medical advice at the very least before proceeding.
At Delamere we provide private drug rehab and drug detox treatment within a professional residential setting. Our environment is temptation free and extremely supportive, a far cry from the stresses of daily life.
By undergoing drug detox treatment with us your chances of successfully quitting drugs are vastly increased as oppose to attempting drug detox alone.
The process of detoxification from drugs at Delamere will be far more comfortable than you imagine. Fear of pain and suffering during drug withdrawal is the probably the biggest obstacle to quitting drugs for many.
At Delamere’s private drug rehab facility we will do everything we can medically and therapeutically to ensure your maximum comfort at all times, day and night, 24/7.
All of our patients that undergo drug detox treatment with us are continually supervised and monitored by our team of qualified nurses and professional therapists. This way we can ensure our patients safety and levels of comfort throughout the entire detox process.
The process of drug detox treatment at Delamere includes:
Full medical assessment
Before drug detox treatment can proceed, our doctor will first of all conduct a full medical and mental health assessment. This includes screening for toxins within your body and their levels. Details of any medications you are currently taking will also be recorded. We will ensure that you continue to take necessary prescribed medications and ensure that the detox we prescribe does not interact with any of your medications.
During your health assessment a detailed history of your drug taking, any past detoxes and mental health illnesses will be confidentially recorded. Treatment may be prescribed for any other conditions that present or are identified during the assessment. Once the assessment is complete you will then be prescribed a bespoke drug detox to be delivered within our onsite detox clinic where you will convalesce.
Stabilization and drug cleanse
This is the main part of our drug detox treatment where we apply your bespoke drug detox. The drug or drugs that you need detoxing from will be replaced by an approved pharmaceutical medication that minimises withdrawal symptoms. All medications will be issued at regular intervals by our nursing team who will continue to check on your physical and mental health.
Regular blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature will be taken and recorded to ensure you are keeping physically well.
Nutritionally all of your needs will be met by our professionally trained chef. Nutritional deficiencies will be restored through food intake and nutritional supplements, restoring your body to optimum health. Active addiction and detoxification is hard on the body so supplements and good nutrition are extremely important.
Your drug detox medication will be reduced over a number of days until the detox is complete. Once complete you will be free from the drugs you came to us for help with and free from the detox medication. You will feel and look much, much better than you did before.
During your stabilization period we will also deliver light therapy and relaxation techniques to help you prepare for the next phase of your treatment – drug rehabilitation.
Begin drug rehabilitation
Once the fog of intoxication has lifted and drug withdrawal symptoms have subsided you can then enter the drug rehabilitation phase.
During the detoxification process our counsellors and therapists will have observed you and instigated some light therapy to help identify the areas that you need to work on.
A full bespoke drug rehabilitation programme will be formed with your assigned personal counsellor. Together you will be able to identify key areas, behaviours and issues that require professional treatment. Goals and timeframes will also be agreed to help keep you motivated and moving forward. These goals will always be achievable with our professional input. As you go through your drug rehabilitation programme you will be continually monitored and reviewed, your treatment programme can be changed at any time where there is a need identified.
Please be assured that at Delamere we set you up for success, not failure. Any tasks or goals that we set will be accompanied by the necessary professional treatment and support to enable you to succeed.
How long drug detox treatment takes depends on a number of factors personal to you. Prescription drug detoxification tends to take longer than a Class A drug detoxification or alcohol. The reason for this is that pharmaceutical drugs are far more complex in their make up and so additional caution is required during detox. Opiates, benzodiazepines, gabapentinoids and sleeping medications are amongst the most lengthily detoxes to undertake.
A drug detox will also dependent on the severity of your dependence and the duration of your dependence. We also have to take into account your physical and mental wellbeing and the presence of any other drugs in your system.
For a free and confidential assessment of your individual detox needs please call and speak with one of our Delamere experts who will be able to advise further on how long your detox from drugs will take
At Delamere we employ some of the most skilled, respected and experienced practitioners in the UK in order that you feel safe and comfortable at all times.
Our purpose-built detox retreat is complete with its own state of the art clinical detox facility that provides 24 hour medical care, afforded by qualified nursing staff and our specialist detox doctor.
This in itself is just one of the many elements that sets Delamere apart from other drug detox facilities that rely on support workers or part time nursing staff to deliver and monitor their detoxes.
With Delamere you will also have the option to engage in some light therapeutic work and if you feel up to it make use of the activities we have to offer.
Fundamentally, our drug detox treatment is about rest, recuperation and physical healing; it’s about helping you to settle into Delamere and start to feel physically and mentally stronger in preparation for rehabilitation.
As mentioned at the beginning, residential drug rehab is proven to be the most effective way to tackle addiction. The majority of programmes last for 28 days and are designed to treat the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Treatment at a private clinic like Delamere can be accessed immediately and will cost around £3,000 per week including accommodation, detox, counselling, therapies and aftercare.
Paying privately for your drug rehabilitation programme has a number of benefits :
Residential rehab programmes typically run for between 4 – 6 weeks, but shorter or longer stays can be arranged. For those who are unable to commit to a 28 day programme, Delamere can provide 2 week or 3 weeks stays. Likewise, longer stays lasting 3 – 6 months are also available. If you’re unsure how long you might need, contact our team for a free and confidential assessment.
This very much depends on what you are struggling with. An alcohol detox, for instance, will generally take between 5-7 days. A detox from prescription drugs might take longer depending on the type and amount of substances the individual is being detoxed from. If you’d like more information about detox and what to expect, our advisors are on hand or you can read about the process here.
Essentially, a detox addresses the physical aspects of a dependency, while rehab tackles the psychological aspects of the problem – the reasons why the addiction started in the first place and what you can do to remain abstinent moving forward.
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