Controlled Medical Detoxification at Houghton House

The purpose of medical detox from drugs or alcohol is to carefully manage the life-threatening withdrawal results and symptoms when a patient stops taking drugs or alcohol. Medical detoxification, or medical detox, is the process of helping the body remove poisons from it, in a safe medically controlled environment.

Medical Detox from Drugs and Alcohol

How bad can Medical Detox be?

All patients can have a different experience with detox. It depends mainly on:
1) the type of drug or alcohol
2) amount of abuse
3) how long they were used

These three points will all affect how easy or bad detox will be like.

Certain medications used in detox can help keep patients comfortable while the drugs leave their body.
These medications mimic the properties of addictive drugs and alcohol, which relieves withdrawal symptoms and cravings


What are the Options of a Home Detox

We don’t recommend it, depending on the substance that you are using detox at home can be deadly. Alcohol and benzodiazepine are considered the worst substances to attempt to stop and attempt to detox.

A perfect example of slow addiction and dependence on benzodiazepine and the very difficult task of detoxing the drug without initial medical assistance is the renowned clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson who came close to dying and took almost two years to recover from the (over)prescribed drug.
(He is still not totally mentally or physically recovered at this time of writing. We wish him well)

Drugs are not all equal, some drugs are much more addictive and can cause the withdrawal process, symptoms and cravings to me many times more difficult than anticipated, this makes it very hard to stop taking these drugs or substances. The hardest drugs to quit are (not in any order):

  1. Alcohol
  2. Benzodiazepines
  3. Heroin and prescription painkillers
  4. Cocaine
  5. Methamphetamine – Crystal Meth
  6. Nicotine


Houghton House Treatment Centres professional staff and doctors are experienced at the process of Detox, our inpatient and outpatient detox programs help prevent dangerous complications. Patients with severe addictions should seek our inpatient detox because withdrawal can be fatal. Our Inpatient detox includes 24-hour support and monitoring.
Stopping “cold turkey” or without medical supervision can lead to grim issues, seizures, severe dehydration and often death.

How long does a medicaly supervised Detox take

It can take days, in the worst cases months to get through withdrawal symptoms for many drugs. The length of withdrawal depends on a number of influences, including:

  • Type of substance the patient is addicted to
  • The length of time (months, years)  an addiction has lasted
  • How badly the addiction affects the person
  • Manner of abuse (swallowing, smoking, injecting, or snorting)
  • The quantity of a substance the patient has taken over time
  • What the family history of addiction is 
  • The genetic makeup of the patient
  • Are there any medical conditions to be considered
  • What the underlying mental health conditions are there co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders present in the patient


Talk to one of our expert staff who can discuss a medically assisted detox.
>>See more information on Alcohol withdrawal and detox at this link <<


Process of Detoxification at Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres

Process of Detoxification at Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres

Our drug detox process helps addicted people get personalized treatment.


In most cases. Everyone’s detox needs are different and the process generally involves these three steps:

Evaluation by a Qualified Rehab Professional and Doctor


The medical team screens incoming patients for co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders, physical and mental health issues. If required blood testing may be used to measure the quantity of drugs in the patient’s system, to determine the level of medications needed.
Our team works with a comprehensive review of medical, psychiatric and drug histories. This information is used to set up the outline of the patient’s long-term treatment plan and recovery.



Stabilization with medical and psychological therapy

Our goals of stabilising the patient is to preclude any form of physical or mental harm to the patient in recovery. Our medical staff may prescribe medications as part of an inpatient or outpatient rehab program to prevent complications, stabilise the patient and reduce withdrawal symptoms.


Preparing Entry into the Treatment Programme

The final part of the medical detox is the groundwork for a treatment program. Our medical staff and counsellors will explain to the patient what treatment process is decided on and what to expect.

Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres inpatient rehab offers the best chances of a successful medical detox and recovery.


Common side effects of Medical Detox


Depending on the level of addiction and dependence, the drug detox is often a painful and dangerous process.
A good safe medical detox at Houghton House Treatment Centres gives you the best and safest chance to recover. Our medically supervised detox allows patients to detox in a safe and comfortable environment. The extent of supervision is different depending on the substance and circumstance and can be done in our inpatient and outpatient rehab facility.
Our medically supervised detox prevents dangerous complications of drug and alcohol withdrawal.
Although a well-performed medical detox in our facility limits the symptoms of withdrawal, some are unavoidable.

Some of the most common side effects may include:

• Body aches
• Poor sleep
• Nervousness
• Anxiety
• Insomnia
• Nausea and cramps
• Mood swings
• Concentration Problems


Medical Detox from Drugs or Alcohol during Pregnancy

Drinking alcohol and abuse of drugs while pregnant can hurt not only the mother but particularly the unborn child, substances can cross the placenta to the baby causing the baby to be as affected and addicted as the mother. Detox, especially if done without supervision or cold turkey, causes untold stress on the unborn child and can cause pre-term labour and severe fetal damage and distress.
A medically supervised detoxification in a decent environment like Houghton House Treatment Centres is the best option generally but particularly for pregnant women, withdrawal symptoms, cramps, seizures and dehydration can be very extreme and harmful to the fetus. The goal of detox for pregnant women is to prevent relapse and manage pain.



Different Detoxification depending on Drug Type

Detox can be more difficult for patients subject to the type of drug they are using. Depending on the drug, withdrawal symptoms may be more physical or more mental.
Cocaine Detox involves managing initial cravings and anxiety as withdrawal, which is particularly psychological.
Alcohol withdrawal includes serious physical symptoms that can cause seizures, delirium tremens or death in some cases.


Detox often includes medications that mimic the effects of drugs to reduce withdrawal symptoms. Medications may also target co-occurring disorders or general discomfort.
Drugs that are most dangerous to detox from, and often require medication, include alcohol and benzodiazepines. The drugs that are considered the most uncomfortable to detox from are opioids, especially heroin.

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