When you make the decision to stop drinking or using drugs you may need medical detox to stop safely. Depending on the drug you are addicted to it can be extremely dangerous and even life threatening to try and stop on your own. Acute detox is usually done in a hospital or residential facility where the staff are trained to monitor and treat your symptoms.

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Things you may be wondering about detox

How will I get there?

  • Often people come from an emergency room after being checked by a doctor; the emergency room staff will arrange for your transportation
  • DO NOT drive yourself if you have been using drugs or alcohol; get a ride with a family member, friend or cab

What can I expect?

  • Detoxing can be uncomfortable, but your doctors will do everything they can to make you as comfortable as possible
  • It is safest if you are completely honest about what substances you have been using, as well as how much and how often, so that your doctor and nurses can give you the right medication to make your detox as comfortable as possible
  • You may need additional support once you leave the hospital; your treatment team will help you identify your options

How long does it take to detox?

  • The time needed to detox can be different for each person and may depend on the substance used and medical issues you may have
  • On average, the stay is three to five days; you may not be fully detoxed or comfortable, but you will be safe to return home or to go to a residential treatment facility

What happens after I detox?

  • An acute hospital stay for detox is just the first step in your treatment; most of the work to learn how to live your life sober is done in other settings, such as at a residential treatment facility or a support group
  • Your treatment team will help you plan the next steps