You need expert help from medical professionals to break free from drug abuse and drug addiction.

Detoxification (detox) is a crucial first step in ending the vicious cycle of drug abuse and drug addiction. During this critical process, you need all the help you can get to cope with the mental and physical effects of withdrawal from drugs or prescription medications. This is especially true since withdrawal from certain substances can produce potentially life-threatening changes in your normal body function.

At FootPrints Behavioral Health Center, we provide the expertise and medical supervision you need to make it through drug detox and set yourself up for a substance-free future. Whether you require medication-based assistance, group counseling or private counseling, we help you and your family establish a program specifically tailored to your current situation. In all circumstances, our goal is to help you recover and return to the best things in life.


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What Are the Symptoms of Drug Withdrawal?

Withdrawal occurs when a drug-using individual stops taking the substance responsible for producing chemical dependence inside the brain. The specific symptoms that appear during withdrawal depend on the drug or medication in question. They also depend on the length and intensity of drug use.

For example, if you’re withdrawing from the effects of an Opioid medication like OxyContin or an Opioid drug like Heroin, your symptoms may include:

  • Sleeplessness
  • Unusually High Sweat Production
  • An Anxious or Agitated Mental State
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pupil Dilation
  • Confusion
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle Pain & Stiffness
  • Hypertension
  • Stomach/Abdominal Cramps

If you’re withdrawing from the stimulant drug cocaine, your symptoms may include:

  • Nightmares
  • Heightened Appetite
  • A Lack of Energy
  • Potentially Severe Cravings for Further Cocaine Use

If you’re withdrawing from the stimulant methamphetamine, your symptoms may include:

  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Trembling and Shaking Muscles
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Chills and Fever
  • Heightened Appetite
  • Extreme Sweating
  • Depression
  • Strong Cravings for Additional Meth Use and
  • A Psychotic Mental State

If you’re withdrawing from a benzodiazepine tranquilizer, your symptoms may include:

  • Altered Sensory Perception
  • Unusual Sensitivity to Sounds or Light
  • Auditory or Visual Hallucinations
  • A Delirious or Confused Mental State
  • A Psychotic Mental State
  • Lingering Sleeplessness
  • Lingering Depression or Anxiety
  • Impaired Mental Function

If you’re withdrawing from another type of tranquilizer called a barbiturate, your symptoms may include:

  • Seizures
  • Weak,Trembling or Convulsing Muscles
  • A Delirious Mental State
  • Dangerously Elevated Body Temperature
  • Hallucinations
  • Disturbed Sleeping Patterns
  • An Anxious or Agitated Mental State

What Are the Objectives of Drug Detox?

Drug detox has three main objectives. First, the process should help you halt your drug consumption in a safe manner that doesn’t endanger your health. The process should also help you deal successfully with your withdrawal symptoms and avoid relapsing back into active substance use. In addition, drug detox should prepare you for the next stage of the recovery process: enrollment in residential treatment center or other suitable substance treatment environment.

Depending on your circumstances, the detox process may also include additional goals. For example, if you have overlapping problems with a mental health condition such as an anxiety disorder or major depression, you may need to take medications designed to address the symptoms associated with that condition. Without this medication-based support, you may have a much harder time coping with the symptoms directly related to drug detoxification.


Detoxing from drug can be hard but with the right support, it’s possible…we see it happen daily.

– Nicholas Russi, Co-Founder


Beginning the Detox Process

Drug detox often presents serious challenges during its initial stages. That’s because your body will begin to purge its remaining supply of the abused substance, and you will subsequently feel the first symptoms of withdrawal. In some cases, early withdrawal may be accompanied by additional significant obstacles, including problems such as psychosis (hallucinations and/or delusional thinking) not related to drug use, violence directed toward oneself or others, and previously undetected or untreated physical illness.

Before the detoxification process can safely proceed, doctors and mental health professionals must properly deal with the presence of any of these problems. For example, program enrollees with untreated physical illnesses must receive appropriate treatment for those illnesses. People affected by suicidal thoughts, or who actively engage in suicidal behaviors, must be kept under 24/7 observation to ensure their safety. People affected by psychosis may need medications to keep delusional thought processes or hallucinations under control.

Later Stages of Detox

In a matter of days or weeks, your withdrawal symptoms will reach their peak. After that point, they will subside in intensity as your brain adjusts to the absence of drugs and gradually restores its normal chemical balance. As your brain chemistry normalizes, you will begin to develop the mental and physical stability that’s needed to enter a recovery program and develop the skills needed to establish a long-term substance-free lifestyle.



The Hazards of At-Home Detox

Some people attempt to go through drug detox at home without the benefit of medical supervision. In fact, whole industries are dedicated to producing drug detox “kits” designed for use in a non-supervised setting. However, for two major reasons, professionals in the field do not recommend that you try to go through detoxification on your own.

First, you can seriously endanger your health by relying on an at-home drug detox instead of the advice and supervision of a trained expert. This is true, in part, because no one alone can effectively deal with all of the possible symptoms of drug withdrawal. If you experience life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as convulsions or heartbeat irregularities in a medically unsupervised environment, you can easily die before receiving help. Because of certain changes that withdrawal produces in your reaction to drugs, you can also experience severe complications or even die if you relapse back into active use while attempting to self-detox. In addition, you may have unique detox risks related to the effects of a co-occurring mental health condition.

The other problem with at-home drug detox is one can easily relapse and put him/her self in real danger. People enrolled in medically supervised detox programs have easy access to onsite resources that help them cope successfully with each step of the detoxification process. This includes coping with periods of intense drug craving that can lead to the onset of a relapse. Without the assistance provided by trained professionals, you simply have a much smaller chance of detoxing successfully and continuing on to enrollment in a substance treatment program.

Forms of Medically Supervised Detox

The appropriate form of medically supervised drug detox depends on several important factors. These factors include the specific substance responsible for triggering your problems with dependence or addiction, the amount of time for which you have used that substance, how much of the substance you regularly consume before entering a detox program and the extent to which you also use other drugs or alcohol. Some people can simply stop their drug use and make it through detoxification without relying on any type of medication to ease the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms. Others do best with an approach that relies on the temporary use of medications to reduce the potency of drug cravings and make withdrawal symptoms more tolerable. A third approach to drug detox calls for the longer-term use of medications designed to help control cravings and withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to powerful opioid drugs.

All three forms of drug detox have one key factor in common: They must take place in a properly supervised setting in order to produce positive outcomes and avoid the potential for emergency situations. In addition to providing constant medical oversight from doctors and a well-trained support staff, this type of setting provides the psychological assistance required to cope with drug cravings and avoid a relapse back into active substance use. Some programs administer care on an outpatient basis. However, many patients receive care while enrolled in an inpatient, residential program.

Our Drug Detox Program

At FootPrints BHC, we conduct drug detoxification in a residential setting. During detox, you will live in an inpatient facility staffed by doctors and highly qualified support personnel. While enrolled in the program, you will receive 24-hour oversight as your withdrawal symptoms lessen in severity and stabilize over time. After your symptoms subside, you may choose to return to your everyday routine. However, participants commonly advance from detoxification to substance treatment as they take the next step in the overall recovery process.

The residential setting also allows us to support you with detox. During this form of detoxification, our specially trained doctors and staff help you cope with any highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms that might otherwise encourage you to return quickly to active substance use. They also help you avoid serious complications associated with medically dangerous withdrawal symptoms such as seizures, heartbeat irregularities, psychosis and delirium.

The precise nature of your detox program will vary according to the specifics of your situation. After conducting a thorough medical assessment, we’ll use input from you and your family to devise a plan that fits your symptom profile and previous pattern of substance use. We’ll do everything we can to make sure that this plan addresses any issues that could stop you from experiencing a positive outcome. To make direct contact with one of our detox counselors, call us at (866) 623-1526.

How Long Does Detox Take?

Some people attempt to go through drug detox at home without the benefit of medical supervision. In fact, whole industries are dedicated to producing drug detox “kits” designed for use in a non-supervised setting. However, for two major reasons, professionals in the field do not recommend that you try to go through detoxification on your own.

There is no set time frame for drug detoxification. The amount of time spent in the program depends on the amount of time required to complete the withdrawal process and develop the physical and mental balance needed to continue the recovery process. Some people find it difficult to achieve these goals when they first go through detox and end up relapsing back into substance use. However, this is not uncommon, and with help you can restart the process and achieve long-term success even after experiencing repeated relapses.

Getting the Support You Need

Drug detoxification inevitably creates some very real mental and physical challenges. We know how important it is to have plenty of support while facing these challenges over the course of the withdrawal process. That’s why, in addition to the professional treatment provided by our staff, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to interact with your friends and family while enrolled in our program.

Transitioning Into Active Recovery

Once you complete drug detoxification, you’re ready to enter the active phase of your recovery from drug abuse. Typically, the recovery process starts with a substance treatment program that helps you understand your motivations for substance use, develop new motivations that support a sober lifestyle and learn how to cope with any ongoing urges to return to substance use. We offer a range of options to help you achieve your objectives, including residential treatment, day treatment and an intensive outpatient program.

In each of these settings, we offer program options that include group therapy, personalized one-on-one therapy and family therapy. We also conduct classes that help you understand how dependence and drug addiction affect your brain and body, show you specific techniques that help prevent relapses and teach you important skills that increase your ability to function substance-free in everyday life. For more information on our available treatment options, you can go here (hyperlink) or contact us at (866) 623-1526.

Making Drug Detox Affordable

A number of factors will help determine the overall expense of participating in our drug detox program, including the seriousness of your initial condition and the length of your program enrollment. We know that not everyone who needs help has the financial resources to easily meet the required cost. That’s why, in every case, we’re committed to helping you make detox affordable.

Most major insurance companies have plans that directly cover the expense of going through drug detox. However, your plan may only partially cover this expense. In some cases, you may have to bear the entire cost of detox without the help of an insurance company. Whatever your circumstances, if you require assistance handling the portion of your expense not covered by an insurance plan, we can help you set up a reasonable financing plan that meets your needs without exceeding your resources.

You Can Succeed

You can make it through drug detoxification. All you need is the proper support and help from qualified professionals who know how to assist you through each step of the process. At FootPrints BHC, we do everything we can to help secure your ultimate success.

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