Almost all substance addictions will start with detox. This is the process of clearing an individual’s system of drugs or alcohol so they can focus on treatment rather than the withdrawal symptoms that arise from addiction. There are four main stages of detox, as well as a significant need for aftercare. Oceanfront Recovery can guide individuals through each stage so that clients and those that care about them understand what to expect and why rehab aftercare is so essential.
The Four Stages of Detox
In the first 6 to 12 hours after stopping using the substance, the early withdrawal symptoms appear. Some of the symptoms of withdrawal include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety or irritability
Some people will begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms earlier than others. After 12 hours, the symptoms become more intense. This is the second phase of detox, and it involves the worsening of existing withdrawal symptoms and new ones appearing. During Phase 2, a loss of appetite and dehydration may occur, and, in some patients, hallucinations. Phase 2 lasts until 24 hours after stopping drinking or consuming drugs.
Phase 3 begins after the first 24 hours and continues until 48 hours. Many people say that Phase 3 is one of the most challenging stages of detox. For instance, Phase 3 is where delirium tremens occurs, as well as fatalities. With proper care and medical supervision, though, there is no reason for concern. Delirium tremens is a condition that causes seizures, confusion, temporary memory loss, and hallucinations. It can also cause shivers and sweating. Dangerous levels of low blood sugar can be expected, as well as intense mood swings. Existing symptoms from Phase 2 are also present.
After the first 48 hours, symptoms start to ease. However, some symptoms may continue, and patients may experience an emotional reaction to the detox, such as confusion, anger, or anxiety. Phase 4 lasts until the end of the first week.
What Happens After the Stages of Detox?
Once the body has detoxed from a substance such as alcohol, treatment begins to focus on managing cravings and avoiding relapse. Once you feel better, it can be tempting to have another drink, but this will cause a resurgence of the dependency symptoms you or your loved one experienced before. Therefore, aftercare is crucial in avoiding relapse, and a strong support system is essential.
With the body no longer dependant on drugs or alcohol, the focus can turn to the psychological issues that cause or underlie the addiction. This involves therapy, group work, and counseling. Holistic therapies can also be helpful, and many detox programs offer several.
If the patient has been living in a residential treatment center while they detox, a robust aftercare program will be put in place before leaving. This ensures the patient has ample support to avoid relapse and that they can maintain their physical status.
Substance Abuse Treatment at Oceanfront Recovery Center
Oceanfront Recovery Center provides excellent treatment programs for substance abuse, mental health conditions, and dual diagnosis. We are located just two blocks away from the Pacific ocean, and, coupled with our range of holistic therapies, this makes our facility a serene place to begin your road to recovery. The treatment programs we offer include:
- Alcohol addiction treatment center
- Heroin addiction treatment center
- Prescription drug addiction treatment center
- ADHD treatment program
- PTSD treatment program
We have a friendly and approachable staff, stylish furnishings, and the most up-to-date technology. Our intakes team is happy to take your call and guide you through the admissions process. Oceanfront Recovery Center accepts most insurance policies.
At Oceanfront Recovery Center, we understand how difficult it is to discuss substance abuse and the stages of detox with anyone. However, we are willing to listen and ready to help, so don’t hesitate to call us today at 877.279.1777.