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Types of Detox?

For alcohol and drug addictions, a detox can be a necessary part of the recovery process and is the first step in helping people with a physical addiction. This is because a detox will address the withdrawal symptoms that arise when an individual initially stops using drugs and/or alcohol.

If a woman drinks approximately 70 units per week and a man drinks approximately 100 units of alcohol per week, it is likely they are physically dependent as well as psychologically dependent on alcohol. If this is the case, Trathen et al (2008) in Guidelines for the Best Practice Treatment of Substance Misuse states that immediate and unmedicated cessation of alcohol intake can result in an individual shaking, sweating, vomiting and feeling generally unwell. These withdrawal symptoms have the potential to progress into seizures, fits, hallucinations and other signs of delirium tremens. Sudden, uncontrolled alcohol withdrawal is potentially life threatening and has been known to cause brain damage. Therefore, any physically dependent individual who wishes to stop drinking alcohol is recommended to undergo a detox. Typically this will involve the prescription of detox medication, such as Chlordiazepoxide (Librium). This allows individuals to stop drinking immediately as it reduces the risk of experiencing the more severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

A detox can also be fundamental to the long-term recovery of a drug dependent individual. For instance, heroin withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant. They include a depressed mood, agitation, vomiting, diarrhoea, cold sweats and muscle ache. Although these are not typically fatal, they may play an important part in stopping people from quitting their heroin use. The same can be applied to other drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine, whose withdrawal symptoms are predominantly psychological. Nonetheless, the resultant agitation and anxiety can be very difficult to manage. Therefore, a medicated detox is beneficial for drug dependent individuals. It means that medication can be given to help make the initial period of withdrawal as comfortable as possible. In turn, this increases an individual’s chances of maintaining abstinence during this time.

Why professionally detox?

It is important that people who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol receive a professionally supervised detox. If accessed on an in-patient basis, it means that the detox medication can be given in a controlled and monitored manner. It also means that individuals have access to medical and experienced support throughout. Where necessary, it also enables medication to be gradually reduced, allowing individuals to be drug free upon completion. Admission on an in-patient basis also means that it will be much more difficult for individuals to access any drugs or alcohol.

Moreover, if a treatment is accessed as part of a residential programme, individuals will usually have access to intensive psychological support as well. This is a necessary part of the recovery process because there is a psychological dependence underlying every addiction. This needs to be addressed in order for an individual to learn relapse prevention, coping strategies and the life skills necessary for long-terms abstinence.

Where to detox

There are a number of different treatments available. It is important that the treatment is tailored to the individual – addiction is different for each person; there is no “one-size-fits-all solution”. Triage Healthcare has an in-depth knowledge of the full range of treatment services and programme options throughout the UK and abroad, and will advise you independently of any particular centre.

It is possible to access private overseas services. This option can be particularly appealing to those individuals who have already accessed help in the UK with limited success. By travelling overseas to access treatment, the person is completely removed from their problematic surroundings. Overseas treatment can also represent better value for money in some cases.

Whilst it would clearly be preferable to receive treatment without paying for it, it is important to remember that there is an imbalance between availability of addiction treatment in the NHS and the demand in the community. Rather than residential rehab, support will typically be community-based and thus less intensive. However, it is certainly better than receiving no help at all.

In some cases, an alcohol detox may be accessed at home. Professionally, this will involve the prescription of medication to be taken by at home. Home treatment requires the individual to have someone there to monitor them throughout, and a nurse will visit the individual on a daily basis to deliver the medication and make general health checks. Generally residential treatment is recommended primarily to allow more access to medical, psychological and therapeutic support.

How long could treatment at a detox center take?

Medicated alcohol withdrawal takes a minimum of one week, and for a drug detox this increases to two weeks. However, treatment is best accessed as part of a full, psychological treatment programme. This brings the recommended minimum duration to four weeks for alcohol dependence, and six weeks for drug dependence.

How much does a private detox cost?

Triage Healthcare recognises that there is a deficit in the provision of affordable private treatment for addictions in the UK. High quality free advice and information is provided to all, as well as best-value private treatment to individuals with a limited budget. If you arrange treatment through triage Healthcare you will never pay more and in some cases you will pay less for residential treatment than by booking direct with a treatment centre.

Where to find Detox Centers in the UK         

Triage Healthcare provides immediate access to a wide range of rehab programmes and treatment services across the UK and abroad. All of our workers and residential treatment centers are registered with the appropriate professional bodies.

We understand that there may be concerns regarding treatment, particularly in terms of cost, location and success. That is why we are here. Our aim at is to provide you with reliable advice regarding all areas of the programs. Our advice is all completely free and confidential. We can advise you on centres running individually tailored programmes. We can help all concerned decide on a comprehensive program that is affordable to your budget. You can telephone to speak with us straight away in confidence or email us with the guarantee of a timely response.

Call 0845 869 4345 for immediate help for yourself, a friend or a family member.