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Addiction Detox UK

Addiction detox is often the first step towards your recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction detox is a form of addiction treatment. Addiction detox allows you to stop using alcohol or drugs in a medically controlled manner. Before addiction detox takes place, you must undergo an initial evaluation with a psychiatrist.

Following this assessment, your detox programme will begin. You can choose to undergo a detox on either an outpatient or an inpatient basis. Both options will be discussed below. Generally speaking, inpatient detox is superior to outpatient detox because more intense medical attention is offered when you opt for a residential detox.

What is addiction detox?

Detox is short for detoxification. Detox is when you eliminate all traces of illicit substances from your system. A medically assisted detox is where you manage withdrawal symptoms with medications. Whilst detox is an important part of addiction treatment, usually merely undergoing detox is not sufficient in securing long term recovery. To achieve long term recovery, a detox programme must be accompanied by therapy and counselling sessions. These sessions allow you to fully rehabilitate.

A detox becomes necessary when you become physically dependant on certain drugs. This includes alcohol, benzodiazepines and all forms of opiates. When you become physically addicted to certain drugs, your body will experience physical withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to abruptly stop using these drugs. This act of quitting will cause you to experience a range of withdrawal symptoms. If not treated, these withdrawal symptoms could prove deadly. For this reason, an addiction detox seeks to treat or prevent these withdrawal symptoms so you may stop using drugs or alcohol safely.

In summary, a detox programme aims to: (1) treat withdrawal symptoms, (2) prevent serious medical complications from arising from the detox process and (3) help to fully rehabilitate you by offering therapy and counselling sessions.

Is addiction detox safe?

A detox has the potential to be extremely dangerous to your physical health. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people die each year when they attempt to undergo a detox without medical assistance. To reduce these health risks associated with an addiction detox, it is important to seek out medical assistance both before and during your detox programme. By far the best way to receive this assistance is by attending a residential addiction detox clinic.

When you attend an addiction detox clinic through an ADT Healthcare approved clinic, your physical health will be monitored closely throughout the detox process. Withdrawal symptoms will be monitored and appropriate medications designed to treat these symptoms will be prescribed by a consultant psychiatrist.

What specific drugs require a detox?

The word ‘detox’ is bandied about fairly liberally and it is often used in situations where it is technically incorrect to do so. For instance, it’s incorrect to apply the term ‘detox’ to a cocaine or cannabis withdrawal. Whilst the body does undergo a detox when these drugs are withdrawn, a ‘medical’ detox process is not required because these drugs are not physically addictive.

When you undergo detox for a drug that’s physically addictive, a medical detox procedure is required because you could suffer from a potentially life-threatening convulsion/seizure during withdrawal.

Examples of physically addictive drugs that require medical detox include:

  • Alcohol
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates – both illicit and prescription opiates

Sedative-hypnotics such as zolpidem and zopiclone arguably also require a medically supervised detox procedure due to the risks involved when the withdrawal is attempted.

Addiction detox for alcohol

When you undergo an alcohol detox, you will typically be given a benzodiazepine known as Librium. Librium is a slow acting benzodiazepine with low abuse potential. Librium helps to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms by helping GABA-A, the brain’s main down regulator neurotransmitter, to stabilise gradually over the course of 7-10 days. Your dose of Librium will be gradually tapered down during this 7-10 day period.

Typical withdrawal symptoms experienced during alcohol detox include anxiety, hallucinations, tremors, seizures/convulsions, sweating, shivering, anxiety, and nausea.

Alcohol withdrawal is a medical emergency. This is particularly the case when a severe condition known as delirium tremens arises during the acute stage of alcohol withdrawal. This is because delirium tremens may result in death. Benzodiazepines such as Librium help those going through an alcohol withdrawal to avoid developing delirium tremens.

The addiction detox process

When you attend an addiction detox clinic, you will begin your treatment by undergoing an initial assessment. During this assessment, a psychiatrist and an addiction worker will collate all relevant information about you and your addiction. This information will form the bedrock of your addiction detox plan.

The psychiatrist will specifically determine the existence of any dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is mental issues that typically fuel your addiction to drugs and alcohol. The psychiatrist will also assess your physical health. He or she will determine whether you have suffered from a seizure/convulsion in the past. This helps the psychiatrist to assess the risk of withdrawal severity and the degree of medical supervision you will require during your addiction detox plan.

Following the completion of the initial assessment, the aim of addiction detox is to allow you to stabilise whilst you rid your system of toxins relating to your drug of choice. Whilst the ‘acute’ detox process is conducted, you will be given medications that help to ease or even eliminate withdrawal symptoms. You will also be given highly nutritious meals to help give you strength and to treat possible malnutrition that’s all too common for people undergoing an addiction detox.

Whilst you undergo the acute detox process, your physical and psychological needs will be continuously reassessed. During this period, you will also be introduced to therapy techniques that will help you fully rehabilitate. You will begin to understand your mental triggers of addiction. Knowledge of these triggers allows you to remain in recovery for the long term. Your family members may be invited into the addiction detox clinic during this time to assist in your recovery.

How much does addiction detox cost?

ADT Healthcare offers addiction detox services across the United Kingdom. Our aim is to offer detox services that suit your precise needs and circumstances, but for a price, you are able to afford. Many people seeking addiction detox services will choose to fund treatment costs themselves.

Self-funding allows you to access addiction detox services immediately. For a basic alcohol detox, you should expect to pay around £1995 for an inpatient placement. For an opiate detox, you should expect to pay around £2995 for a basic detox without full rehabilitation support. A full rehab programme costs in the region of £4995 up to around £9995.

Addiction detox funding through a private medical insurance policy

It is also possible to pay for addiction detox using a private medical insurance policy. Many of these policies will cover you for depression, but not addiction. If you also suffer from depression, it’s important to highlight this when making your claim.

To make a claim on your medical insurance policy, you will need to apply for pre-authorisation. You must download the claim form from your insurer’s website. Complete this form and then send a copy of the completed form to ADT Healthcare for processing. We shall have a physician sign this form following an initial telephone assessment. You will then return this form to your insurer for approval. If funding is agreed, you will usually be free to begin your addiction detox treatment immediately.

What’s the difference between addiction detox and rehab?

It’s vital to realise that an addiction detox is not the same as going through a rehab programme. Once your addiction detox programme is complete, it’s vitally important for you to enter a recovery programme. This programme will help you live your life free from drugs or alcohol.

Undergoing a detox without rehab

If you choose to undergo a detox without a full rehabilitation programme, your detox programme will run for around 7-10 days. We never advise our clients to undergo a detox without a rehabilitation programme. Why? Because addiction is a mental disorder, so it follows that addiction treatment should incorporate mental treatment in the form of therapy and counselling sessions. For these sessions to have any effect, you must remain in an addiction detox clinic for around 28 days in total.

What’s the difference between an inpatient and addiction detox?

Above we indicated there exist two types of addiction detox. These types include an outpatient and inpatient detox.

Outpatient detox is rarely recommended by medical professionals. This is when you undergo a detox from your own home. Whilst a home detox is medically approved, you do not receive ample medical supervision, meaning a home detox is a relatively risky procedure to carry out. A home detox may only be recommended when your addiction to drugs or alcohol is not deemed severe. When you undergo a home detox, it’s vital to demand you receive regular visits from a health care professional. If you purchase a ‘home detox pack’ online, ensure health care supervision is included in the deal.

In contrast, an inpatient detox means you will receive 24/7 medical attention. You will literally reside within the addiction detox clinic whilst you undergo the detox process. This is why inpatient addiction detox is often termed ‘residential’ care. The vast majority of people undergoing an addiction detox programme will choose to undertake treatment at an inpatient facility.

How long does detox last for?

It’s vital for an addiction detox programme to last for as long as your withdrawal symptoms persist. If your addiction detox programme terminates for your withdrawal symptoms have begun to fade away, you rob yourself of essential medical supervision that could just save your life if these symptoms begin to advance.

A typical alcohol detox requires around 7-10 days to complete. An opiate detox requires around 14-21 days to complete. A benzodiazepine detox will require around 21-28 days to complete due to the need to slowly taper your dosage down during this period. Following the completion of the initial psychiatric assessment, before your addiction detox takes place, the psychiatrist will give you a better idea of how long your addiction detox will require in terms of the number of days and weeks required.

Finding help near you

To locate addiction detox services near you, contact ADT Healthcare today on 0800 088 66 86. We assist people seeking addiction detox services across the Country, and we promise to assist you in locating a detox clinic within a short distance from your home. You can contact us today through this website by clicking here.

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