Drug and alcohol detox: The first step toward recovery

When you’re dealing with alcoholism or addiction to drugs, the first step on the road to recovery is getting the substance out of the body. This is called detoxification (detox). Detox begins the moment a person stops using the addictive substance and ends when physically stable from the process. While physical detox may only last a few days or a week, the emotional and mental aspects of recovery may take much longer.

Mirmont Treatment Center, a drug and alcohol treatment center just outside of Philadelphia, offers an inpatient, medically monitored, drug and alcohol detox program to help patients through the detox process—a process specifically tailored to the individual based on patterns of use. As the recovery journey begins, some people have concerns about pain or suffering during detox. Depending on the substance(s) used, side effects from detox may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Appetite changes
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Sweating

Drug and alcohol detox with fewer withdrawal symptoms

At Mirmont, our drug and alcohol detox treatment is gradual, which helps significantly reduce withdrawal symptoms. Under our careful watch, medication and holistic pain management techniques are used to help control symptoms. We also take a holistic approach to drug and alcohol recovery, applying proven therapies such as acupuncture for detox, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Reiki (energy healing), and healing touch—all designed to help people recovering from drugs or alcohol develop comfort in simply “being with self.”

Detox usually lasts between three and seven days, depending on the type of drug and level of addiction. In some severe cases, detox can last much longer. We stay with our patients throughout the process, offering physical and emotional support to help them get through this critical time.

Once detox is complete and we determine a person is stable from symptoms, we transition the patient to the next level of care. We offer inpatient and outpatient options depending on individual needs. No matter which level of care patients are transitioned to, they’ll receive the very best treatment and we’ll set them up for success on the road to sobriety.

Begin your journey toward healing today. Call us at 1.800.846.4656 to schedule a confidential appointment and ask any questions. Or, use our secure online form to email us a question.