Detox: Just How Painful Is It?

Detox: Just How Painful Is It?

One of the most commonly feared aspects of addiction recovery is detoxification, which is a process in which the body gets rid of the toxic buildup that was acquired throughout active addiction. The reality is that detoxification can be painful and uncomfortable, but much of it depends on the person’s history with substances, the severity of their addiction, their genetics, and much more. If medical detox is provided at a reputable treatment center, this will ensure that you’re surrounded by trained healthcare professionals whose main goal is to help you through the process.

Withdrawal symptoms often experienced during the detox phase vary, but may include:

Physical Symptoms:

·       Chills

·       Runny nose

·       Headaches

·       Cramping

·       Sweating or tremors

·       Nausea and vomiting

·       Seizures

·       And more

Mental/Emotional Symptoms:

·    Anxiety

·    Agitation

·    Depression

·    Sleep disturbances

·    Aggressiveness

·    Suicidal ideation

·    And more

There are several medications that have been used to help treat symptoms experienced during detox as well as for recovery maintenance; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) explains that naltrexone blocks the sedative and euphoric effects of opioids, while buprenorphine and methadone are medications that help suppress cravings, which are also quite prevalent – especially when detoxing.

This period of uncomfortability is only temporary, however, and the outcome means that a person can take a step further in their journey to recovery. In 2016, a thesis titled, “Turning Points: The Lived Experience of Addiction Recovery” sought to explore the personal reflections of those in recovery. One participant of the study recalled the sense of clarity that detoxification provided him. He stated, “As you get cleaner, the fog goes away, and you realize that… what keeps me going is wanting to live some type of normal life…working, paying taxes, taking care of your kids… instead of everyday chaos and not caring about anything…that keeps me going.”

Don’t let the fear of withdrawal hold you back from healing. If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.


Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.