Detox Symptoms

Last Updated: Feb 24th 2020

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Detox Symptoms

Addiction to drugs or alcohol has to end at some point, whether through death or detox. Sadly, these are the only two ways to end a substance abuse issue. The good news is that going through detox is easier today than ever before, thanks to the experience of quality rehab centers. These caring professionals help patients handle detox symptoms with less discomfort, so they can start a new life.

Your Detox Symptoms Will Be Unique to You

Going through alcohol or drug detox is a scary thought for many people who hang onto their addiction to avoid feeling “sick.” At some point though, individuals have to make the decision to get clean. Otherwise, their lives will only continue to spiral into darkness.

Many people going into a drug treatment center want to know how long they’ll be there. This answer isn’t the same for everyone. The disease is just as unique as the person with it. There are many issues that determine the length of detox and rehab.

What is the same for everyone in active addiction is that when they stop using drugs or alcohol, the body goes into physical withdrawal. This is the part that stops most people from beginning rehab, and admittedly, these symptoms that can be very uncomfortable.

How bad these symptoms are and how long they last depend upon a variety of factors, including:

  • How long the person has been using
  • The type of substance the person has been using
  • Level of his or her addiction
  • How he or she abused the drug (i.e. through snorting, smoking, swallowing or injecting)
  • How much of the drug or alcohol the individual used each time
  • His or her family history of substance abuse and genetics
  • How healthy he or she is otherwise

General Symptoms of Detox

Even though each detox is unique, there are some general symptoms of each kind of detox, from alcohol to prescription drugs and even illegal drugs. These include:

Alcohol Detox Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Worry
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Death

Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Death

Personal Care through Detox and Rehab

In Pompano Beach, Florida, 1st Step Behavioral Health helps patients gain sustainable recovery. When you’re ready to start your new life of sobriety, 1st Step Behavioral Health will be there for you each step of the way, from detox and rehab, to sober living into aftercare.

You don’t have to be alone in your journey forward. Call 1st Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126 for more information and insurance verification. Recovery is waiting for you.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.