understanding detox

What is Detox? For some, detoxing is the first step on the journey to Recovery.

Addiction is a disease with many symptoms that may affect each individual person in a unique way.

Addictive drugs and alcohol make changes to the way the brain processes emotions and regulates mood. Once a dependence on a substance has formed, withdrawal symptoms will start when the substance use is ceased.

The removal of this substance is the beginning of the detox.

The length of time it takes your body to detox from drug abuse or alcohol addiction varies depending on the drug you have become addicted to, and on your individual addiction history.

In almost all cases, an inpatient option for detox from drug addiction provides the safest way of withdrawing. Medical detox is the optimal choice in helping to make withdrawal as smooth as possible for most addictive drugs and for keeping you safe. It can be unsafe to detox in an unsupervised environment. We advise that you seek medical advice before attempting to detox at home.

Experiencing detox in a treatment centre or private rehab such as South Pacific Private can also help with issues surrounding emotional dependence, as the detox environment is a supportive, drug-free environment where clinical support is available 24/7.

Physical withdrawal symptoms may include:

Excessive sweating Flu symptoms Agitation / irritability
Sleep disturbances Mood swings Joint pains
Confusion Shakiness – tremors Fever
Increased craving for the substance(s) Insomnia
Appetite disturbances Seizures or blackouts

Detox can also be part of our full rehab program for individuals who wish to stop drinking and/or work on substance addiction. 

Find out more about the rehab and treatment programs we offer here or read testimonials from former clients here.

We are here to help.

South Pacific Private offers free confidential assessments. Please call us 24/7 (including weekends) on 1800 063 332 to find out more about our programs and treatment.

South Pacific Private is here to help when you or someone you love experiences difficulties with addictions, trauma or with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

LARA: Our Multidisciplinary Team work collaboratively to ensure our clients have holistic care and the best outcomes... We want clients to be able to integrate what they learn here in treatment into their daily lives.


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