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Drug detox at Priory Group

If you are struggling with a drug addiction, an important first step in your addiction treatment journey may be for you to undergo a medically assisted withdrawal detoxification or ‘detox’ programme, before you commence with comprehensive addiction therapy. Detox is the process by which toxic substances are systematically broken down or passed out of the body as part of a comprehensive, medically assisted programme. Essentially, the goal of detox at Priory is to:

  • Remove all traces of harmful and addictive substances from the body 
  • Reduce any physical withdrawal symptoms that you may experience when you no longer have drugs in your system, by using appropriately controlled medication

Our rigorous detox programmes have been designed to ensure that this process is safe, thorough, and managed as smoothly and comfortably as possible for each patient, in our highly supportive and clinical environments. Priory’s medically assisted detox programmes are underpinned by the principle that each and every one of our patients experiences the detox process in a unique way. Therefore, we ensure that our detox programmes are personalised in order to result in the most positive outcomes for each individual who seeks addiction treatment and detox with us. Following detox, we strongly recommend that our patients commence with a residential Addiction Treatment Programme in order to get their addiction fully under control.

There is a wealth of evidence that suggests that compassionate and supportive care is just as important as medication in the drug detox process, which is why our team are dedicated to providing exceptional support to our detox clients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Ultimately, the aim of detox is to tackle the physical symptoms of your substance addiction, and once you are physically stable, empower you to address the underlying causes and triggers for your addictive behaviours as part of a comprehensive therapy programme.

Free comprehensive medical assessment with a detox specialist

During your free initial addictions assessment, your specialist will be able to determine whether going through a medically assisted withdrawal detox process is an appropriate or necessary step for you. If this is the case, the next step in your detox journey will be for you to receive a comprehensive medical assessment with one of our addiction and detox experts. The purpose of this is to gather important information on the nature of your drug addiction, as well as your broader medical history, in order to allow our detox specialists to develop an individual, evidence-based detox plan, tailored according to your unique needs and concerns. The structure and length of your detox plan will be guided by the following factors:

  • The level of your drug usage (the amount that you consume, and the frequency of your and drug consumption)
  • The seriousness of your withdrawal symptoms
  • Your overall physical functioning and medical history

What happens during detox?

Detox at Priory takes place on an inpatient basis, which means that you will stay at one of our Priory hospitals for the duration of this programme. The detox process itself usually lasts for between 7 to 10 days, but you will be able to start attending intensive addiction therapy groups as soon as you are physically able to do so, even if this is after only a few days on the programme.

With round-the-clock care, support and specialist medication management, we ensure that our patients are closely observed, safe and comfortable at all times. Having on-site medical and nursing staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, means that we are able to address any issues or concerns that our detox patients may have, and provide medical care in a swift and timely manner. Whilst there is no medication that prevents all withdrawal symptoms, our team are able to use appropriately controlled medication to help you to cope with the detox process, easing anxiety and depression, enabling you to achieve sufficient sleep, and counteracting as many other problems as possible.

During the detox process, you will stay in a modern, well-equipped en-suite bedroom, which has been specifically designed to be welcoming and comfortable, in order to support you in your relaxation and recovery. In addition, in order to ensure that the detox process is as pleasant and restful as possible, we are dedicated to providing our patients with a range of entertainment facilities, such as books and televisions, to help you to pass the time and serve as a welcome distraction from your withdrawal symptoms.

What are the side effects of detox?

When your body has become accustomed to having  drugs in its system, the sudden removal of the substance in question can cause a series of unpleasant, uncomfortable and sometimes distressing withdrawal symptoms. The type and severity of the withdrawal symptoms that you experience during detox depend upon a whole host of factors including:

  • The type of substance that you are addicted to
  • How long your body has been dependent on the substance
  • How much of the substance you have been consuming
  • Your general physical and mental health

Drug withdrawal symptoms can be categorised into emotional and physical symptoms.

Emotional withdrawal symptoms include:

Physical withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Exhaustion
  • High temperature and/or chills
  • Unpleasant, vivid dreams
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking and shivering

The most severe withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

Detox and withdrawal may seem to be an overwhelming and daunting prospect. However, at Priory, our specialist detox teams are dedicated to minimising the impact of your withdrawal symptoms, and offer you the expert service that you require for a successful and long-lasting recovery.

For more information on the addiction treatment process, you can visit our approach to addiction treatment page.

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For details of how Priory can provide you with assistance regarding addiction treatment, please call 0800 840 3219 or click here to submit an enquiry form. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here

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