I’m pretty scared. I need to detox from drugs. I have to for my family. Can someone tell me what drug detox is like?
Answered: 2018-01-13 07:41:30
Detox from drugs the first time for me was hell. I was in so much pain, and I was so sick. But the good news is it didn’t last more than a week. But the second time, I got help. I went into rehab for my detox, and it was probably the best choice I could have made, my detox was easier with the help of professionals.
Detox, depending on what kind of drug is either hard or it can be the hardest thing you’ve ever done. From just having craving to pukeing your guts out to headaches. It can be pretty nasty. But it is worth it. Your family is worth it
It depends on the drug. Detoxing from Alcohol without medical supervision can kill people. Detoxing from heroin or other opiates/opioids can be extremely painful and , while it probably won't lead to death, it's still best to have medical supervision. Drugs like cocaine and meth, on the other hand, don't really need that much medical intervention; the withdrawals can be a hell of an emotional roller coaster, but they won't lead to someone dying.
When a person goes to detox for alcohol or opiates, they will usually be given medications to help the withdrawal process; Valium is commonly used for alcohol, and Suboxone or Subutex is used for opiates (In some cases people may be given Methadone instead of Suboxone, but most doctors and treatment centers are shifting away from Methadone). Doctors may also prescribe other medications to help with things like muscle aches or insomnia, and they may also include some vitamins in the medication regimen to help a person's body recover from (a very likely) lack of proper nourishment during their drug use.
Cocaine and meth may warrant similar medication regimens, but those will only include medications to help with any muscle aches, and probably the vitamins.
All of this is assuming that you intend to go somewhere for help with detox. Trying to kick cold-turkey is possible, but it so much more difficult than letting yourself be helped. There are treatment centers across the country that offer detox services.