What to Expect During Detox
The detox process is different for everyone and every situation. As your body cleanses, the early stages of withdrawal take place. The length of this process can increase depending on the length, amount, frequency, and severity of substance use. For addictions to multiple substances, withdrawal may be more intense or lasts longer in duration.
Withdrawal times are approximate and vary from person to person, but here are some general guidelines:
Withdrawal symptoms often appear as depression and restlessness that lasts approximately 7-10 days.
Withdrawal can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks and can include nausea, tremors, and even seizures.
Heroin and other opiates
Symptoms of withdrawal are usually flu-like symptoms that last 5-7 days.
Prescription medications such as Vicodin, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone
These opiate medications are typically prescribed for pain management. Symptoms of withdrawal from pain medications usually feel like intense flu symptoms and seem to peak at about 3-4 days and last about 7-8 days.
Benziodiazepines like Xanax, Librium, and Valium
Withdrawal symptoms—lasting weeks or even months—appear as increased anxiety and can be accompanied by seizures.
Patients report experiencing fatigue, debilitating depression, and lack of appetite when withdrawal kicks in. The entire withdrawal period can take months, but we can ease you through the initial phase and give you the tools to deal with the secondary stages of depression.
Due to potentially life-threatening complications like seizures, medical supervision is critical for your health and safety. We can walk you through the detox process and help you manage your symptoms. We strive to make this period in your recovery comfortable, safe, and as simple as possible so that you can move to the next stage – healing.