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How to Detox from Drugs

How to Detox from Drugs

Inpatient and Outpatient Rehab Treatment Centers

How to Detox from Drugs

When you ingest alcohol or certain other drugs daily over a period of time your body can become
acclimated to having the substance you’re ingesting in your system. If you completely stop ingesting the
drug you may experience withdrawal symptoms. This is called a detoxification process. It happens
simply by discontinuing use of the substance. Certain substances such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and
opiates can cause moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms. In severe cases, withdrawal from alcohol
and benzos can be life threatening so it is recommended that if you’ve been using these substances
heavily and continuously you should seek medical help before discontinuing use. In the case of heavy,
daily opiate use, withdrawal symptoms can range from mild intestinal distress to severe flu like
symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches and chills. Withdrawal symptoms for opiates
can last an average of 3 – 7 days. While most people get through these symptoms on their own without
serious issue, some people prefer to seek medical attention and go to a detox facility or do outpatient
detox with a physician. Outpatient detox consists of being prescribed medication to minimize or
alleviate symptoms of withdrawal. With all drugs including alcohol you can also minimize withdrawal
symptoms by tapering usage, which means using less and less each day over a period of days or weeks.
However, a physician should be consulted before you begin the taper if you are experiencing any
withdrawal symptoms with these specific drugs. Heavy, continuous usage of other classes of drugs such
as amphetamines, marijuana and psychedelics typically don’t typically lead to withdrawal symptoms
when usage is stopped abruptly. In some cases mild symptoms have been reported such as fatigue when
stopping amphetamine use, or insomnia when stopping use of marijuana.

How to Detox from Drugs

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