Drug Detox & Recovery

If you’re suffering from drug addiction, the best way to get back on your feet and on the road to sobriety is to a drug detox. Here, find out how to detox from drugs and how in-patient rehab care supports you through withdrawals.

What is Drug Detoxification?

Drug detox is the process of removing toxins from an individual’s body, these commonly include drugs such as:

Due to these substances being overwhelmingly addictive, recreational use can soon turn into addiction. If addiction is the outcome, detox is required to recover from a drug addiction, no matter the method of recovery.

Ultimately, the goal would be to approach recovery in a way that ensures that you’re withdrawing safely as obtaining abstinence from drugs can be dangerous when not approached with caution.

In a nutshell, the detox process requires you to stop consumption of drugs, overcome withdrawal symptoms and remain sober thereon afterwards. The medical detox process which is provided at residential treatment facilities safely manages any drug withdrawal symptoms experienced when they stop taking drugs or alcohol.

The exact detoxification process can vary between individuals depending on the type of substance they are detoxing from and the length of time they have been using the drug, but detox typically lasts 7-10 days.

What to Expect During at a Drug Detox Clinic Stay

Although a medical drug detox is one of the most difficult stages in rehabilitation, it is the most effective step to tackling drug addiction.

It provides your body the chance to recover and to return to reality so you can enter rehab with a clear mind to work on the psychological work that comes along with rehab.

Depending on the severity of your drug addiction, various detox plans are available, but the most intense form is a residential detox clinic stay.

What does this actually entail?

Residential rehab gives you the opportunity to detox from substance misuse in an environment where you’re surrounded by medical staff and people who are highly knowledgeable in addiction.

You will be provided the suitable prescription medication to ease withdrawal symptoms, while also having the ability to focus on nothing but your recovery. In the environment of drug and alcohol detox centres, you won’t have outside temptations or triggers to use drugs that you may otherwise have in the outside world.

This level of luxury seclusion makes for the best place to beat addiction and withdraw from drugs without the difficulty of triggers.

For some, residential, slow detoxification is suitable, particularly if you want a route that is going to be intense and hit all corners of addiction. For others, a detox at home may be preferred, however, we aim to promote an inpatient, medically assisted detox plan as it typically has a greater chance of long term recovery.

So while you understand what happens on a typical day in the detox clinic, something you may not be as aware of is the withdrawal symptoms of drugs. Since this is what most will experience, granted in varied severities, it is nonetheless important to be aware of.

Detox: Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

Drug withdrawal symptoms are experienced during the initial stage of the drug detox process as the body adjusts to a lack of drugs that it has become dependent on. Both physical and psychological symptoms are experienced during this period. Common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Hot flushes and sweating
  • Diarrhoea
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shivering
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Intense cravings
  • Anxiety or depression

Relapses can occur during the detox period due to the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that are experienced during this phase. This is why the support of medical professionals is so beneficial for recovery.

Prescription medications are provided to help treat uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and you are monitored throughout the process to ensure you are safe and recovering well from substance abuse.

These medications can include:

  • Zopiclone
  • Chlordiazepoxide
  • Diazepam
  • Librium

The exact withdrawal symptoms that you may experience during the drug detox varies depending on the type of drug addiction you have and the severity of it, so you will be monitored to keep you as safe as possible during your time in the detox clinic.

How Long Does A Drug Detox Take?

A drug detox programme lasts for roughly 7-14 days in total depending on the severity of the drug addiction. Detox plans are catered to individuals and their personal addiction recovery, you will be provided and guided through a plan that is designed to your circumstances to ensure you get the most from your recovery programme.

By completing a medically supervised detox plan, you will benefit from expert care as you recover from your drug abuse. You will receive a personalised treatment programme during this detox period.

Within the first few days of detox, you will experience a variety of drug withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts to running the body without the help of drugs or other substances.

The most severe withdrawal symptoms are experienced within the first 5 days of drug detox as this is when your body adjusts to life without any substances. Rest assured that the detox clinic will do everything in their power to help you overcome these symptoms in the most comfortable way you can.

After your medical detox plan has finished, it is recommended that you complete further addiction treatments to achieve long-term recovery, this would be the rehab programme, designed to help you move your headspace to one that is not overrun by cravings or dark thoughts.

The length of time spent within a rehab facility is 28-nights, typically; but this isn’t always necessary. You can also stay for a duration of 5, 7, 10, 21 nights or more.

Overall, the option of 28-nights is recommended which includes therapy treatments, but the length of the detox process varies from person to person. To find out more about how long drugs detox last, call us today on 01908 489 421.

Email Icoon Get In Touch

Asana Lodge is a leading UK-based expert in Private Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Treatment. Find out how we can help by contacting our friendly team today.

Contact Us

Common UK Detox Methods

  • Medically Assisted Detox: Medically assisted detox involves the use of substitute drugs to help patients overcome dependency.
  • Cold Turkey: Cold Turkey detoxification involves abruptly stopping the consumption of an addictive substance without any assistance. Unlike professional drug detox programs, this method is uncontrolled and can pose health risks.
  • Rapid Detox: In this approach, the patient undergoes anaesthesia, and the detox process is expedited, lasting only a couple of hours for substance elimination though this can be dangerous and fatal.
  • At-Home Detox Kits: At-home ‘detox’ kits are primarily designed to cleanse the body and are not recommended for overcoming addiction. Seeking medical advice before using at-home detox methods is strongly advised.

Drug Detox at Home vs Medically Assisted Detox

Having the right mindset and wanting to move away from a life of addiction to drugs is a great first step, but implementing the action is something that may require further guidance and assistance to ensure it is done safely and effectively.

Going ‘cold turkey’ is not the recommended method of detox for drugs, in fact this is one of the most dangerous. This is due to the fact that a sudden drop in tolerance or complete abstinence with no weaning is incredibly dangerous from the body physically, and psychologically.

Although some people can complete a successful recovery from outpatient detox at home, it is recommended that you seek professional treatment within an inpatient setting for the most long lasting results.

This is due to an array of things, but one big one is funding. Since private facilities have more comprehensive and up-to-date treatment centres, you will have access to detox medications, support groups and top specialist help.

On top of this, the aforementioned dangerous withdrawal symptoms can be well managed, with no access to drugs or alcohol during your time detoxing from drugs.

Overcoming a substance use disorder is extremely challenging and can even be dangerous, which is why it is important that you are careful and safe during your recovery and drug detox.

What Happens After Detox Treatment?

Once you have completed the drug detox process, most of those who are suffering from addiction continue onto drug rehab.

This rehab process includes a basis of:

  • Free Initial Assessment and Guidance
  • Detox under Medical Supervision (if required)
  • Personal Counselling and Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Support
  • Free Aftercare for 1 Year

Relapse prevention sessions are to prepare you fully post-detox from drugs; these sessions are in place to provide you or your loved one security and stability for any potential future triggers.

Here at Asana Lodge, we acknowledge that relapses are a constant threat, which is why we treat relapse prevention with the same importance as recovery.

We understand that temptation can be difficult to avoid once placed back into your old environment and the last thing we want is to see you searching once again for ways how to detox from drugs.

As well as recovering within a place like Asana Lodge and finding sobriety through your bespoke recovery programme, you will also be able to benefit from our 1 year aftercare that comes with each of our residential stays.

Upon completing residential rehab treatment, you will receive weekly Zoom meetings with our therapist and follow-up calls to maintain your motivation. We are passionate about each and every person recovering and maintaining a drug-free future, so if you require any form of support, please contact our team for assistance as soon as possible.

To discuss substance abuse treatment with the team at Asana Lodge, get in touch today by calling us on 01908 489 421.

Start Your Drug Detox at Asana Lodge

At Asana Lodge, we understand how daunting visiting a rehab centre to work through your drug addiction or mental health issue can be. We provide a high standard of service to ensure each client feels comfortable and welcomed during and after detox.

Working through addiction can be challenging, especially in residential programmes as completing a full clinical detox and addiction treatment can be hard work, but, nothing worth having comes easy so don’t be afraid of the challenge, think of the outcome.

Our team of medical professionals ensures service is high while treating you with their expert knowledge. We understand that the way you are treated will have a significant impact on your recovery chances after completing treatment, so we offer a compassionate approach throughout your rehab and detox programme.

If you want further details regarding our clinical detox treatments at Asana Lodge, call us today on 01908 489 421. Following a reliable treatment recommendation, we can get to know your drug addiction and history better.

We will also inform you of the benefits you could experience by completing a residential detox plan. From here, arrangements can be made to begin your journey at Asana Lodge by investing in a medically supervised, industry-leading detox plan.

Free Transport To & From Rehab

Best reasons to travel for alcohol and drug rehab:

  • Travelling provides an escape from a potentially toxic environment or people
  • Helps you get away from triggering situations
  • Sobriety can give you a fresh reset in life
  • You may find a new supportive community
➜ Call Us Now 01908 489 421

Step 1

Call and speak with a care advocate or a member of our nursing team

Step 2

Schedule a pick up time

Step 3

Same day discreet pick ups


John Gillen - Author - Last Updated: 24 April 2019

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of Nad+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. his passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases.

The journey continues, in recent times john has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with Nad+ scientists and the very best of the medical profession in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Clinics own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists, Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with Nad+ therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist)

Dr Alexander Lapa (Psychiatrist) - Clinical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 01/08/2023 3:22 pm

MBBS, PG Dip Clin Ed, OA Dip CBT, OA Dip Psychology, SCOPE Certified

Dr Lapa graduated in Medicine in 2000 and since this time has accrued much experience working in the widest range of psychiatric settings with differing illness presentations and backgrounds in inpatient, community and secure settings. This has been aligned to continuation of professional development at postgraduate level in clinical research which has been very closely related to the everyday clinical practice conducted by this practitioner as a NHS and Private Psychiatrist.
He is fully indemnified by the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and MIAB Expert Insurance for Psychiatric and Private Medical practice. He is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice.

Dr Lapa is approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act (1983)

Member of Independent Doctors Federation (IDF), British Association for Psychopharmacology (BMA) and The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO)

Dr Lapa’s extensive experience has also concentrated on the following areas of clinical practice:
– Assessment, Diagnosis and Pharmacological Treatment for Adults with ADHD.
– Drug and Alcohol Dependency and maintaining abstinence and continued recovery
– Intravenous and Intramuscular Vitamin and Mineral Infusion Therapy
– Dietary and Weight Management and thorough care from assessment to treatment to end goals and maintenance
– Aesthetic Practice and Procedures