Drug and alcohol addiction is becoming an increasing problem in the UK. According to the 2015/16 Crime Surveys for England and Wales (CSEWs), around 1.1 million people are considered frequent drug users, meaning they have taken drugs more than once a month over the past 12 months. Fortunately, detoxification (detox) programmes and clinics are available to provide these addicts with the help they need to begin the recovery process and finally put an end to their misuse of drugs and alcohol.
WHAT IS DETOX?
Detox is simply the term used to refer to the process of removing alcohol, drugs, and any potential toxins they have left behind from the body. Western Counselling alcohol detoxification make it is possible to detox in the home, but their inpatient programmes are strongly recommended because they can provide the medical support needed to manage troublesome withdrawal symptoms, as well as the round the clock supervision that is often necessary to prevent an addict from quickly relapsing.
Detoxing is considered the crucial first step when someone is looking to overcome an addiction once and for all. In the UK, detoxing, whether from drugs, alcohol, or both, is carried out in accordance to the clinical guidelines provided by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Most clinics provide detox for alcohol and all types of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamines, opiates, heroin, methadone, and even anabolic steroids. In addition to using pharmacological interventions to manage the symptoms of withdrawal, they offer emotional support for the addict and his or her family. Although the specific withdrawal symptoms a person experiences varies depending on what they have been misusing, they frequently include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Feelings of anxiety, jitteriness, anger, depression, or confusion
- Uncontrollable shakes or trembling
- Extreme fatigue, accompanied by excess sleeping, or insomnia
- Aches and pains throughout the body
How long it takes for someone to detox varies from one person to another, depending on what substance or substances they have been using, as well as how much they have been ingesting and how long they have been using. Typically, it takes around 5-7 days to complete detox and put an end to any withdrawal symptoms a person has experienced. Unfortunately, they may continue to have cravings for their substance(s) of choice for days, weeks, or even months to come.
After completing detox, an addict can move on to the next step in conquering their addiction, which often involves battling any cravings and learning the skills they need to maintain their sobriety. While some patients choose to continue in an inpatient setting for an extended period of time after detox, where they can get the constant support they need to remain sober, this may not be an option for everyone. In this case, private counselling sessions may be beneficial, as well as participating in self-help groups that follow the 12 steps method, such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Dual Recovery Anonymous.
Other options for residents of the UK include Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) or participating in SMART Recovery Training (Self-Management and Recovery Training).