Detoxification or detox is the first step to becoming sober and is a critical path in recovery. Detox is not a form of treatment itself, but is an important phase in a client’s treatment plan. It is a period when all forms of drug or alcohol consumption stops, and the body rids itself of these substances.


During this time, an individual could experience mild to severe physical and psychological effects. For some  “users” detox can be a serious and dangerous period, which is why it is important that experienced medical professionals administer detoxification in a safe and well-equipped environment


Symptoms during detox could include some or all of the following:

  • Insomnia or problems with sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and suicidal tendencies
  • Insomnia or sleep problems
  • Shakiness
  • Erratic Blood pressure
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Delirium Tremens (DTs), a life-threatening problem where you feel confused and on edge



We are often asked, “how long will it take me to detox?” the answer can vary depending on the individual, the substance/s involved, and the severity of the substance or chemical dependency and abuse.

First, a phone screening or "pre-screening" of the individual is completed. The phone screening is important because sometimes the circumstances require immediate attention. A phone call can be done from almost anywhere.


When is Medical Detox a Necessity?

When an individual stops using, their body (and mind) will go through a withdrawal process—a period when the body reacts to the removal of the substance/s that it has become accustomed or adapted to…simply put it has become dependent on the substance.  Withdrawal symptoms can last for days and can be dangerous and sometimes fatal.

In general, when a person has become dependent (a perceived need to use in order to feel “normal), chances are pretty good that medical detoxification is needed. Medical detox is a process where a medical team oversees a person’s detox using medication and 24-hour monitoring of the individual in a detox facility.

Keep in mind; medical detoxification is advised if an individual’s safety may be in question during the detox period. This can be determined by doing a thorough medical history and exam. Medical detox is also recommended if the symptoms of withdrawal are so severe that a person is driven to keep using to alleviate the pain or severity of withdrawal symptoms. 




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After the screening process

After the screening process and once the decision is made to bring the individual or client into detox, the medical  detox team will complete an exam to determine and predict what might be needed during the detox process. This  can include blood work, review of your medical history and other tests to check the client's physical and mental health. Your team will also consider detox support, which may include the use of medication to manage and ease withdrawal symptoms. The detox period can be anywhere from three to 10 days. However long it takes, the goal is to free the individual’s system of any substance, stabilize, and transition the client into the treatment phase.

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Detox at Asana Recovery

Asana Recovery’s detoxification services provide individuals the full-spectrum of care. With a staff of experienced medical professionals, Asana Recovery creates the safe environment needed to complete a successful detox. Asana Recovery Detox includes:

  • Safe and secure environment
  • Consulting physicians during detox
  • Testing and continuous screening 
  •  24-Hour supervision with experienced staff
  • Evidence-based withdrawal symptom care and management
  • Prescription and non-prescription assisted detox
  • Alternative and non-traditional detox therapies