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Medical Treatment in Detox

The aim of detox is to rid the body of alcohol and drugs as safely, quickly and comfortably as possible. If necessary we prescribe medicines to manage the withdrawal symptoms. The doses are closely monitored and will be reduced over time until the patient has fully detoxed. Alcohol and drug withdrawal can be very dangerous if the process is not managed properly and this is why we have medical staff on duty 24/7 to supervise our detoxing patients.Doctors and nurses are on call 24 hours a day.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Suddenly stopping alcohol and drug consumption without medical supervision is also known as going ‘cold turkey’ and is very dangerous as the physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms can be severe:


This depends on the drug but can include: craving, insomnia, vomitting, restlessness, cramps, muscle and bone pain, anger, depression, increased heart rate, and diahorrea.


Mild symptoms include intense craving, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, trembling, sweating. Severe symptoms include hallucinations, delirium tremens, convulsions, seizures and heart failure.

Detox from Drugs at Smarmore

Detox from drugs depends on the type and amount of drugs taken and can last from one week to six weeks or longer. We ensure we deliver detox at a comfortable and safe rate. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can take a particularly long time.

Detox from Alcohol at Smarmore

Detox from alcohol usually lasts from 3-14 days, depending on the person and the extent of alcohol consumption. Clinicians may decide to prescribe reducing regimens or vitamin replacements. Possible complications are monitored, quickly identified and treated.

Medical Care During Detox

Patients can feel anxious during detox and have trouble sleeping. Our specialist medical team, led by our doctors monitor detox patients round-the-clock. Doctors and nurses are on call 24 hours a day, easing discomfort, striving to promote patient dignity, providing support and encouragement.

Starting Psychotherapy Alongside Detox

The medication prescribed during detox may ease the cravings somewhat but will not stop them completely. This is why it is important to introduce patients to the therapy programme as soon as possible. This is when recovery truly begins.

Some patients arrive already detoxed and start the full daily schedule immediately after their medical assessment.

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Last updated & clinically assessed 16 April, 2020