How Painful is Detox?


Detoxification is the natural cleaning process the body uses to rid itself of toxins it retained from drug use. At-home detoxification is much more dangerous, painful and even deadly than detoxification completed at a treatment center for many reasons. The pain you feel during detox is dependent on the type of drugs you’ve used, how long you’ve used them, the method you’ve consumed them, the amount taken each time, your family history and genetic makeup, as well as your medical history and other mental health factors. For example, a person who has injected heroin intravenously and for several years may experience detox several days longer than someone who has swallowed heroin in smaller doses and for a shorter amount of time.

Typical symptoms experienced during withdrawal include anxiety, fatigue, sweating, vomiting, depression, seizures, irritability, heart palpitations, hypertension, aggression, hallucinations, and more. At-home detox is much more dangerous because a person is not adequately able to monitor their blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs that could warrant immediate medical attention. If you’re concerned about the pain you will feel during detox, note that being in a treatment center will provide you with the best chance of reduced pain.

A treatment center will often provide you with the following:

  • A comfortable home-like environment for you to relax and focus solely on your health
  • A relaxing private or shared room
  • Medication as needed for pain
  • Natural supplements to help boost your recovery while preventing risk for addiction
  • IVs to hydrate and replenish essential vitamins and minerals needed in the body
  • Nutritious food to help your body through the process

There are several diverse types of medications that may be used in detox, including: benzodiazepines, antidepressants, opioid agonists, non-opioid agonists, opioid antagonists, partial agonists and antagonists. All these options may seem confusing, but your treatment center will be able to explain these to you in detail as well as administer the one that is most appropriate for your circumstance.

Seeking detoxification at a reputable treatment center doesn’t mean that you will not experience any pain. Unfortunately, the body does have to get rid of these toxins to move forward. However, a treatment center can provide you with additional tools that you may otherwise not have at home. Seek help from a treatment center today.

Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. If you’re seeking a treatment center that focuses primarily on mental health, call our parent property, New Vista Behavioral Health, at 855-398-7959. If you’re seeking treatment for either substance abuse or dual diagnosis, call us at 888-743-0490. There are many people that can help you develop the tools you need to succeed.