When a person drinks heavily every day, it’s often necessary for them to go through a medically supervised detox or stabilization program.

On average, these programs last five to seven days. After stabilization is complete, addicts can move onto the next stage of the recovery process – counseling.

Medically Supervised Detox: A Must for Safe, Effective Withdrawal

There is a common misconception that withdrawal from harsh drugs like heroin or opioids is far more dangerous than ‘drying out’ or withdrawing from alcohol. However, this is not true. Depending on the quantity, frequency and type of alcohol ingested, an abrupt withdrawal can be fatal.

Delirium tremens (DTs) is a severe form of alcohol withdrawal that involves sudden and intense changes in the nervous system. DTs typically occur within 48 to 96 hours from your last drink but can happen as many as 10 days later. If you suffer seizures during delirium tremens, your risk for injury or death is even greater.

While alcohol is a dangerous drug to detox from on your own, it’s not the only one. Withdrawal from heroin and opioid painkillers, also called ‘dope sick’, can cause miserable side effects like vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, severe muscle aches and intense cravings. Also, these drugs can cause respiratory distress that can stop breathing.

Stabilization Programs For Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Stabilization is the first step in the drug or alcohol addiction recovery process. You cannot move onto the next stage until you are clean and sober. Choosing a medically supervised stabilization program allows you to get the personalized, one-on-one care you need to detox safely and effectively. With this supportive assistance, the withdrawal process is made more tolerable, and your chances for success are higher.

Since Condor Life Services is not an inpatient facility, we simply provide this information to support your journey. Condor Life Services does retain on staff a qualified medical doctor who consults and advises on client cases. We also have a team of Chief Clinicians who oversee our Clinicians to ensure all client addiction counseling services meet the diverse needs of people in recovery.

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