Home » Detox Programs » Drug Detox

Drug Detox

What is a Drug Detox?

A drug detox facility is a specialized place for people to safely deal with the symptoms of drug withdrawal. They are staffed by medical professionals who will monitor your physical and mental well-being throughout the duration of your stay. Our Nashville drug detox facility is committed to helping you or your loved one safely withdrawal from drugs before continuing on the path to recovery. We will take note of your withdrawal symptoms, administer medications, and offer encouragement in order to make these symptoms less severe and last for a shorter period of time. This allows your detox process to be safe, effective, and as comfortable as possible.

Opiate Detox

The opiate addiction epidemic is prevalent in all parts of the nation. Opiate overdoses are currently the leading cause of accidental deaths throughout the United States. Withdrawal symptoms from opiate addiction aren’t generally fatal, however, they can be very uncomfortable if not treated properly. Some of the symptoms you might experience include the following:

  • Low energy
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes
  • Hot and cold sweats
  • Goosebumps
  • Yawning
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

You can rest assured that our medical detox team enlists the highest quality of care, allowing you to withdraw from opiates safely and smoothly.

Benzodiazepine Detox

Detoxing from benzodiazepines can be emotionally and physically painful. It can also be fatal if a person stops using cold turkey. If you have a history of taking these types of drugs for a longer period of time or in higher doses, you may experience more severe symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Panic attacks
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Hallucinations
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Irritability

The treatment for benzodiazepine withdrawal is quite similar to that of alcohol withdrawal. Our medical staff will closely monitor your vital signs and administer the proper medications, ordered by our Medical Director, to provide you with a secure and comfortable detox experience.

Drug Addiction in the U.S.

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that 20.4 million Americans over the age of 12 are battling a drug or alcohol addiction. That’s equal to over 7 percent of all people over 12 in the U.S. today. Addiction costs our healthcare system, economy, communities, and families more than any other neurological disease each year. This makes it one of the most devastating and concerning issues in our society today. Drug use and addiction are prevalent, yet they still remain one of the most poorly understood conditions. This keeps millions of people from seeking help for their addictions each year.

What Causes Drug Addiction?

Addiction is considered a neurological disease because of the way that it affects your brain. Taking drugs or drinking alcohol affects your brain’s ‘reward circuit,’ making it release a flood of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals are responsible for making you feel relaxed and happy. They are usually released in small amounts when you participate in positive activities. This flood of chemicals makes you feel euphoric, which is commonly referred to as a ‘high.’ The more you abuse drugs or alcohol, the more your brain learns to rely on these substances in order to release these chemicals. 

Those who continue to abuse substances in order to get high cause their brains to forget how to release dopamine and serotonin naturally. Their brain will eventually get used to the number of substances they are taking. This process is referred to as tolerance. This means they will end up having to consume more in order to get the same pleasurable effects. These two issues are what end up leading a person to become addicted to drugs or alcohol. A person who is addicted is more likely to experience withdrawal symptoms if they stop drinking or doing drugs.

What are the Signs of Drug Withdrawal?

Drug withdrawal symptoms occur when someone who is addicted misses a dose or tries to quit. The signs of drug withdrawal are different for each substance, and can be both physical and mental. Most drug withdrawal symptoms will start appearing within a few hours to one day of the last time a person used. It can take as much as two or three days in some cases. The symptoms will continue to get worse before peaking and then tapering off. Here are some of the most common signs of drug withdrawal:

Amphetamine Withdrawal Symptoms

Chills, restlessness, excessive sleepiness, dehydration, hallucinations, slowed speech, depression, agitation, slow heart rate, insomnia, and body aches

Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Anxiety, insomnia, depression, fatigue, irritability, agitation, mood swings, tremors, dehydration, hallucinations, and seizures

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Symptoms 

Anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, tremors, insomnia, headache, nausea, high blood pressure, irregular heart rate, hallucinations, and seizures

Heroin/Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Agitation, runny nose, sweating, goosebumps, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, yawning, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and dilated pupils

Marijuana Withdrawal Symptoms

Anxiety, agitation, depression, mood swings, sweating, stomach pains, and tremors

The signs of drug withdrawal are not always life-threatening, but they are extremely unpleasant and difficult to deal with without proper treatment. Those with the most severe or long-term addictions are more likely to experience dangerous drug withdrawal symptoms. This is especially true for long-term alcohol or benzodiazepine abusers. These people may experience hallucinations, severe confusion, and seizures. If seizures are not controlled with proper medication, they can lead to brain damage, coma, and even death.

How Long Does Drug Withdrawal Last?

There is no one answer to the question of how long the signs of drug withdrawal will last. It depends on many different factors, including what substances they have been abusing, how long they have been using, how severe their addiction is, and what kind of treatment they receive. Those who try to work through withdrawal on their own will have prolonged signs of drug withdrawal. Individuals that go to a drug detox facility typically have shorter periods of withdrawal.

Types of Drug Detox Facilities

Detox facilities offer different drug detox programs to suit the needs of all potential clients. The most common option are inpatient detox programs. These programs require you to stay at the detox facility for your entire treatment. This means twenty-four-hour access to medical care. It also keeps you from having access to drugs or alcohol. This means that your treatment is far more likely to be successful as you will not be able to give in to outside temptations. Both detox and addiction treatment are vital in helping you to successfully overcome an addiction.

Brentwood Springs Detox in Nashville is proud to offer medically supervised detox programs. There are many different protocols used (including medications) to help you safely detox depending on the type of substances you have abused. The traditional medical Nashville detox treatment programs are supplemented with physical and mental health treatments, along with a proper diet.

Drug Detox in Nashville, TN

Detoxing from drugs is unpleasant. It can also be potentially dangerous. Going through drug withdrawal alone not only greatly reduces the chances that you will be successful, but also leaves you at risk of not being able to get medical help if you need it. 

Brentwood Springs Detox in Nashville is staffed by a team of highly-trained addiction specialists who monitor you 24 hours a day. Their supervision combined with the help of medications can get you through the detoxification process smoothly. Contact us at (615) 560 7545 or fill out our contact form below to get started today.