drug addiction, pennsylvania

Detox for drug and alcohol addiction is not the magic bullet to end addiction to drugs or alcohol. It is an important and at times the necessary first step, but not the ultimate cure. The reason is that there are often psychological/emotional issues underlying one's addiction that go well beyond the physical aspect of it. The damage done to your health, relationships, finances, career, and various facets of your life will not be resolved by detox alone. Although there are centers and facilities meant solely for drug detox, most likely you would want to consider a comprehensive drug treatment program that provides ongoing counseling and/or medication during and after your detoxification process. Detoxification alone, with no follow-up treatment, will more than likely result in relapse, which can take you back to the initial stages of recovery once again.

What is Drug Detox?

Detoxification is the process of getting the body rid of the harmful chemicals that the body, over the course of many years of substance abuse, has gotten used to. This process involves administering drugs that allow the body to cope with the sudden loss of the chemicals that it has come to depend on. The administered drugs are gradually lowered and finally stopped within a certain period of time. The body is going to get used to a new reality of functioning in the absence of the addictive chemicals and toxins. An addict that has been dependent on addictive substances for quite some time, so his/her body's vital organs (the heart, lungs, liver, etc.) have developed a dependency on those chemicals and will react when forced to function without them. The amount of time the withdrawal symptoms last vary depending on the age, sex, and health condition of the user, as well as the type of drugs or the combination of drugs, the frequency and the duration of use of those drugs.

Detoxification at a medical facility under 24-hour supervision and medical monitoring by qualified medical professionals is the most effective approach to detox. Self medication and do-it-yourself detox will run the risk of medical complications resulting from withdrawal; this is almost impossible to manage without the appropriate medical qualifications and setting.

Drug Detox Symptoms

The following include some of the emotional and physical symptoms of withdrawal:

Psychological Symptoms:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Emotional Instability
  • Emotional Fatigue

Physical Symptoms:

  • Nausea /Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Hand Tremors
  • Involuntary Movement of the Eyelids
  • Loss of Appetite

Severe Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Blackouts
  • Convulsions
  • Seizures
  • Rapid Heart Rate
  • Severe Agitation
  • Delirium Tremens

Different drugs can also bring about different withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol, opiates, and benzodiazepines can cause seizures and/or hallucinations during the detox period. Heroin and other opiates can cause muscle and bone pain. Detoxing from stimulant drugs can cause depression and suicidal tendencies.

Whatever type of drug or combination of drugs you have used, it is always necessary to seek psychotherapeutic treatment after detox to address the psychological, emotional, and particular reasons that led to addiction, as well as to develop skills that will allow you to cope with stress and emotional struggles without turning to alcohol or drugs.

Detoxing Safely at A Center for Addiction Recovery

At A Center for Addiction Recovery, detox for drug and alcohol addiction is safely performed and closely monitored by in-house medical professionals. You'll receive personalized and private medical detox treatment, in addition to counseling therapy, to help you overcome common detox withdrawal symptoms. Our residential drug rehab program is the ideal and recommended treatment program to follow for a successful detoxification process. As a comprehensive addiction treatment facility, we offer drug rehab programs that cover all levels of treatment services that an addict needs to complete a successful recovery program.

Our addiction treatment center was founded on the belief that addicts who have already gone through our treatment plans, and are still in the process of recovery, make the best counselors for those beginning the process of addiction treatment. Since our addiction treatment facility was established in 1995, we have become nationally renowned for comprehensive affordable treatment, led by highly experienced care providers.

For more information on our drug and alcohol detox, drug and alcohol rehab programs, or for a confidential consultation you can contact us:
TOLL FREE AT: 888-474-4184 

or E-MAIL us your questions


Clinical Excellence and Compassionate Care in a Healing Environment

Leading Addiction Treatment Center

We accept most major insurances and also offer other payment options. We will negotiate directly with your insurance company, with accurate diagnosis of your condition, that ensures you receive the maximum benefits you are entitled to.

Get in Touch with Our Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center

Yes     No

* Enter the characters you see below