Texas Detox Facility for Drugs & Alcohol
Effective drug and alcohol detoxification can be a very important first step in the process of achieving lifelong sobriety.
For many, the uncomfortable and potentially dangerous symptoms of withdrawal can be a roadblock in their recovery. Many people may continue to misuse substances so they don’t have to deal with the effects of withdrawal.
At Ripple Ranch Recovery, the goal of our detox program is to make our clients as comfortable as possible as their body transitions to a life free of harmful substance use.
What is Drug Detox?
The natural process of ridding a person’s body of harmful and addictive substances is known as drug detox. At Ripple Ranch Recovery, our drug and alcohol detox program is conducted in a quiet, comfortable environment that promotes healing.
We practice what is known as medically managed withdrawal, which includes the use of certain medications and other therapies to safely manage some of the harmful symptoms that can come along with quitting drug and alcohol use.
The goal of drug and alcohol detox at Ripple Ranch Recovery is to reduce any potential physical and psychological harm that can result from quitting drugs or alcohol after a period of sustained use.
Detox is often the first step in the journey to achieving a life free of substance use and finding success in recovery. This first step serves to medically stabilize clients, manage and minimize their withdrawal symptoms, prevent the possibly dangerous effects of drug withdrawal, and help them safely transition into one of Ripple Ranch Recovery’s drug and alcohol use treatment programs.
What Is the Standard Timeline for Withdrawal?
As soon as the body senses there is no drug/alcohol present in its system, withdrawal symptoms will begin to show themselves. Withdrawal from different substances will produce different symptoms, and the length of time a person will experience withdrawal depends on how long the drugs have been affecting the brain and body of the person.
Many factors affect the complicated process of withdrawal:
- The type of substance the person is detoxing from
- Length of time client has been addicted to the substance
- The method of delivery (injecting, smoking, swallowing, or snorting)
- The genetic makeup and other biological factors of the person
- Other mental health issues or underlying unmet medical needs
Because withdrawal symptoms vary from person to person, it is very important that treatment be tailored to meet each person’s individual needs.
The Symptoms of Withdrawal
The symptoms of withdrawal occur when someone who has become physically dependent on drugs or alcohol suddenly stops using the substance. The physical and psychological effects of withdrawal can be painful, uncomfortable, and even dangerous in some cases.
Because everyone who struggles with addiction is unique, their experience with withdrawal will be unique as well. Different factors can impact the severity and duration of withdrawal symptoms. Some of these factors include the substance to which they are addicted, how long they’ve been using the substance, their physical and mental health, and even their age can have an impact on the withdrawal symptoms they will experience.
Withdrawal symptoms will vary depending on the substance that is leaving the person’s body. At Ripple Ranch, we specialize in medically assisted detox for the following substances:
Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are serious and can be potentially fatal if detox is attempted without medical supervision. Severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Extreme confusion and paranoia (fear people want to harm you)
- Changes in heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Fever and intense sweating
- Nausea, diarrhea, and other abdominal symptoms
- Heavy sweating and increased body temperature
- Intense audio and visual hallucinations (hearing and seeing things that aren’t there)
- Delirium tremens (DTs) and seizures (in severe cases of alcohol use disorder)
As is the case with most substance addictions, the length of time the detox process lasts depends on how long the person has been addicted to alcohol. Often, detox will extend beyond 48 hours, and if the addiction was severe enough, detox can last several days. A majority of the time, the most extreme symptoms will subside after just five days.
Opioid and Heroin Detox
While the withdrawal symptoms of opiates (including heroin) are not generally viewed as potentially fatal, they can be extremely uncomfortable. The prospect of this intense period of withdrawal can stand in the way of a person seeking treatment for opioid use disorder.
Clients who are detoxing from opiates typically go through two phases of withdrawal. The first phase of opioid withdrawal can begin to occur within 12 hours of last opioid use. These symptoms may include:
- Excessive sweating and tearing
- Muscle cramping and body aches
- Paranoia and anxiety
- Excessive yawning
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
After the first 24 hours, the more intense symptoms of opioid withdrawal can begin to show themselves. These symptoms include:
- Diarrhea and extreme abdominal discomfort
- Goosebumps and body chills
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dilated pupils and possibly blurred vision
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Although these symptoms can be very unpleasant and painful, they typically begin to improve after about 72 hours of medical supervision. Within a week, there will typically be a significant decrease in the acute symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
The effects of cocaine withdrawal are not generally as physically severe as the effects of withdrawal from other substances. That being said, some of the psychological effects can be very intense and difficult to overcome on your own.
The majority of cocaine withdrawal symptoms are psychological and include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Slowed thinking or activity
- Aggression and hostility
- Anxiety and depression
- Intrusive suicidal thoughts
- Vivid dreams and nightmares
- Intense drug cravings
While physical symptoms such as chills and body aches are fairly common when a person is experiencing cocaine withdrawal, they typically pass quickly. Our skilled detox specialists at Ripple Ranch Recovery will be with you every step of the way to help you cope with the severe psychological symptoms you may experience.
What to Expect from Medically Supervised Detox at Ripple Ranch
In addition to detox services, we offer a comprehensive assessment that can get to the root cause of substance use. Together, the detox and ensuing treatment plan will typically last 30 to 90 days. Our detox and treatment programs offer the following:
- 24-hour-a-day supervision from compassionate medical professionals
- Medical management of withdrawal symptoms in a comfortable environment with semi-private rooms
- Standardized psychological and psychiatric assessments
- Help with understanding the underlying issues driving your substance use disorder
- A unique treatment plan created to meet your specific needs
- Assistance in identifying and achieving your goals in recovery
Detox doesn’t treat the underlying psychological or trauma issues surrounding addiction; detoxing only removes the physical addiction to drugs or alcohol. So it's important to connect with a detox center that can provide ongoing support once you’ve been medically stabilized.
Medication-assisted Treatment (MAT)
During detox at Ripple Ranch, we will use certain medications to make sure you remain comfortable while under our care. We use medications that can relieve the symptoms of withdrawal along with behavioral therapy and holistic treatments. These have proved to be most effective in the handling of alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) during detox helps to stabilize the brain’s chemistry and body functions without side effects. It shuts off the euphoric or ”high” effects of opioids and alcohol and eases the body carefully away from cravings. The brain is able to relax and focus on recovery rather than the extremely uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal.
What Medications Are Used In MAT?
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Buprenorphine (Probuphine/Suboxone)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Lorazepam (Ativan)
- Vitamin supplements and electrolytes
Ripple Ranch offers personalized, effective, and innovative solutions for anyone struggling with substance use disorder.
Call us today at 830-302-3591 if you or a loved one is ready to reclaim control of their life.
What happens when you detox?
Detoxification (or detox) is the process of removing harmful, addictive substances from your body. When a person is physically dependent on a substance, their body has forgotten how to function properly without the substance. When that substance is suddenly removed from the body, it leads to all of the negative symptoms of withdrawal.
What does detox feel like?
The symptoms of detox will vary depending on the type of substance that is being removed from the body. These symptoms can vary from mild to life-threatening. For substances like opioid drugs (heroin, Vicodin, and other prescription painkillers), the withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable but aren’t generally seen as life-threatening. For other substances, such as alcohol, withdrawal can be extremely dangerous and detox should only be attempted under close medical supervision.
How do you neutralize drugs in your body?
The only way to neutralize or remove drugs from the body is to allow them to naturally pass through your system. With time, the liver, kidneys, and other organs will filter toxins out of the body. This takes time and, depending on the drug being removed, can be extremely dangerous. You should never attempt to detox from drugs on your own. Detox should only be attempted under close medical supervision.
What are the symptoms of detox?
A person going through detox can expect to experience any number of withdrawal symptoms, depending on the substance they are detoxing from. These symptoms can range in severity from mild to potentially fatal and may consist of elevated body temperature, sweating, irregular heartbeat, anxiety, insomnia, and potentially fatal seizures.