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What is addiction detox?
The word ‘detox’ means the process of removing toxic and harmful substances from the body.
Being addicted to drugs or alcohol does not just mean that your body is used to these substances, but entirely dependent on them.
The detoxification process aims to clear all traces of alcohol and drugs from your body and is the first step in a long rehabilitation process.
There is a lot of apprehension and reluctance to detox as addicts are fearful of the severity of the withdrawal symptoms.
Types of addiction detox:
Can I detox at home?
Attempting the detoxification process alone at home can be very physically painful and dangerous – even life-threatening.
Withdrawal symptoms are unpredictable and can ve very dangerous, so the most effective form of detox is one that is constantly monitored and supported by medically trained professionals.
Though medication is used during the detoxification period, this is not a substitute for the substance you are detoxing from, nor will it prevent withdrawal symptoms.
The medication is only there to help ease anxiety and depression throughout the process and to aid sleep.
Medically assisted detox is the safest and most comfortable way to begin your road to recovery.
How long does detox last?
The whole process of detox can take anywhere between a week to several months.
It only takes a few days for the substance to leave the body, however, cravings and withdrawal can last much longer.
Detoxification alone does not address the psycho-social or behavioural problems associated with alcohol or drug addiction.
It only enables the patient to be physically stable enough to begin further rehabilitation.
Each case of detox is treated individually depending on which substance and how much has been abused.
The patient’s age, gender, and medical history are also taken into consideration to tailor the process to their specific needs. Read more.
How much does detox cost?
Depending on the individual’s needs, situation, and whether the treatment is private or through the NHS, the price of detox will vary.
A detox is not often offered as a standalone treatment.
Detox is only the beginning of a longer recovery process – it is therefore only offered as an inclusive part of a longer 4-week treatment option.
Home detox is available for a starting price of £1850.
This includes a prescription of short-course medication to aid with the withdrawal symptoms.
Though these can be effective for less acute individuals with other commitments including work and children, they are ineffective for more acute cases.
Although a home detox is much cheaper than residential rehab which begins at £5,500, there is a 65% chance of relapse.
Patients receiving residential rehab treatment are much more likely to remain abstinent.
NHS rehab services
Drop-in services and out-patient day programmes in the NHS are open and free to all.
It can be very difficult to fully recover in your home environment, and the local day programmes only occur during the day time, leaving patients potentially vulnerable at evenings and weekends.
NHS funded residential rehab is available, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find as places are limited.
There is less opportunity for residential rehab services as the NHS continues to struggle financially.
Learn more about NHS rehab options here.
Private rehab services
The biggest drawback of private rehab treatment is the cost.
Depending on your needs, the length and requirements of the treatment, private rehab centres range from £4,000 to £30,000 for 28 days.
Private rehab guarantees the best possible treatment, and patients can often be admitted within 24 hours.
Benefits of private rehab treatment:
- No waiting time
- No distractions or triggers in a residential centre
- 24/7 medical support
- Treatment program tailored to you
What if I have insurance?
Most treatment centres will work with insurance companies to ensure that their services are as accessible and affordable as possible.
Last Updated on March 4, 2021 by Alison