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The First Step to Recovery

Achieving long-term sobriety starts with developing a comprehensive treatment plan that maps out the recovery process. Usually, this process begins with a medical drug and alcohol detox for women. Detox helps those who have stopped using drugs and alcohol cope with withdrawal, ensuring their safety through medical supervision. It is a catalyst for recovery and the precursor to a long-term treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction.

Destination Hope does not provide alcohol or drug detox programs onsite but recommends trusted centers so you can begin your recovery journey.

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Helping You Safely Detoxify from Drugs & Alcohol

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Alcohol Detox

Alcohol withdrawal can begin as quickly as 6 hours after a woman has her last drink, but for some, the side effects of withdrawal do not appear for up to a day. Alcohol detox can be broken down into three stages.

  • Stage 1 – This period can begin as quickly as 6 to 8 hours after the individual’s last drink. Anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and abdominal pain are some of the side effects. During acute withdrawal, seizures and tremors are possible. As the first few days progress, the patient may experience increased heart rate and blood pressure, profuse sweating, a higher body temperature, and gastrointestinal problems.
  • Stage 2 – As the physical symptoms diminish, the patient may experience more behavioral changes. Anxiety and changes in mood and sleep patterns can arise.
  • Stage 3- The final stage of alcohol detox can result in elevated anxiety and uneasiness. It may be referred to as delirium tremens, which occurs in up to 5% of individuals going through alcohol detox. The third stage is the most severe and can also result in fever, severe confusion, and agitation.

Alcohol detox should be completed under medical supervision, as withdrawal can lead to serious medical episodes. There is no specific timeline for alcohol detox and each case is unique. Factors such as length of time drinking, amount consumed during use, family history of addiction, medical history, stress, and more, can affect the detox process.

Drug Detox

The initial period of drug detox can be intense for many patients, which is why medical supervision should be available to provide effective support and care. The side effects of drug detox can vary depending on the substances being abused. Some common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Muscle aches
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Insomnia
  • Cravings

The length of addiction, drugs abused, dosage of drugs abused, and the existence of mental or physical disorders can all affect the process and length of the drug detox.

Medicated detox for women involves the usage of certain medications to ease the discomfort of the detox process. With a medically-supervised detox for women, the patient can be properly monitored to ensure they get the care needed during the arduous detoxification process.

Drug detox is not a complete treatment for addiction, it is the first step to starting anew and achieving recovery.

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Helping You Find a Detox Center

Destination Hope requires clients to be free of drugs and alcohol (fully detoxed) before entering our recovery program. We do not provide detox services onsite, but have a handful of trusted medical detox centers to whom we can direct you and your loved one. A detox program offers medical supervision, which helps the woman remove the alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs or other substances from their body in the safest way possible. Our partner medical detox facilities offer a great degree of comfort and safety, and ensure that the withdrawal process is as comfortable as it can be for women.

Once your loved one has completed a detox program, we’ll work with you and your loved one develop a longer-term treatment program that is perfectly tailored to their needs.

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