Drug detox clinic in Southampton, Hampshire

Repeatedly taking or administering drugs, whether these are illegal substances (cocaine, heroin), or legal prescription drugs, can lead to a whole host of negative outcomes, as well as causing the individual to become both physically and psychologically dependent on the drug.

When an individual has developed a drug addiction, their body becomes used to having this substance in their system, which means that when the individual suddenly stops taking the drug or significantly reduces their consumption, this can result in unpleasant and sometimes distressing drug withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the extent and severity of an individual’s drug addiction, attempting to go through the drug detox process alone is rarely successful, and can even be dangerous.

That’s why we offer a comprehensive medically assisted drug withdrawal detoxification (detox) at Manor Clinic as an important first step in your drug addiction recovery journey.

How does drug detox work at Manor Clinic?

The purpose of the drug detox programme at Manor Clinic in Southampton is to remove all traces of drugs from your body in a systematic and controlled manner. Under the care of our experienced professionals, you will be supported to manage your withdrawal symptoms and achieve physical stability in preparation to enter the next stage of your treatment journey.

Everyone has a unique experience of the drug detox process, which is why we ensure that each programme is tailored to each patient’s needs. Ultimately, we understand that drug addictions can make people extremely physically unwell, which means that they will struggle to address the psychological issues that are underpinning their addictive behaviours. Therefore, detox aims to tackle the physical symptoms of addiction and allow individuals to reach a stage where they are physically stable, so that they can commence with intensive psychological therapy with the best possible chances of success.

Our drug detoxification programme takes place in a safe and closely monitored environment. Our expert detox team are available around the clock to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible throughout this process.

Following a successful drug detox programme, our recommendation is that you transition to the next phase of drug addiction treatment, which takes place as part of our comprehensive residential Addiction Treatment Programme.

For more information on the addiction treatment process more generally, you can visit our approach to addiction treatment page.

What are the side effects of drug detox?

When your body has become accustomed to having a certain substance in its system, the sudden absence of this substance can result in withdrawal symptoms. Drug withdrawal symptoms can vary from person-to-person and also depend on a whole host of other factors. However, the following are some of the most common withdrawal symptoms.

Psychological symptoms of drug withdrawal may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability and agitation
  • Mood swings
  • Vivid dreams
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Intense cravings for the drug

Physical symptoms of drug withdrawal may include:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Exhaustion
  • High temperature and/or chills
  • Unpleasant, vivid dreams
  • Irregular or rapid heart rate
  • Sweating excessively
  • Tics, tremors and twitches (‘the shakes’)
  • Shaking and shivering
  • Reduced appetite

The most severe drug addiction withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Visual and/or auditory hallucinations
  • Seizures

At Manor Clinic, we recognise that withdrawing and detoxing from drugs such as cocaine and heroin can be a daunting prospect. However, when you enter treatment with us, you can be assured that our team will do everything they can to minimise your symptoms and ensure that the detox process is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Research has shown that compassionate care is just as important as medication in the drug detox process. This is why we are committed to providing you with a high quality experience, where all of your needs are taken care of and you are looked after 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This page was reviewed by Sarina Wheatman (FDAP) in October 2021.

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