During the detoxification phase of recovery, the addictive substance physically leaves the body. Symptoms of withdrawal can range widely from mild to very serious. And, the duration of this phase can vary from a couple of days to a week or more. In some circumstances, symptoms can last as long as 12 weeks. This extended period of detoxification is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), and it is caused by chronic overexposure to a substance.
Who’s At Risk For PAWS?
Individuals who enter recovery after a long history of drug or alcohol abuse are most likely to develop PAWS. It’s commonly marked by mood swings and memory lapses, as well as prolonged symptoms of withdrawal. In some individuals who have abused drugs or alcohol for years, withdrawal can be a dangerous process that requires medical supervision in a controlled and safe environment like our personalized detox program at Serenity at Summit.
Because withdrawal is so complex and unpredictable, it’s not something to attempt alone. Simply quitting is rarely an option, particularly for those who have a long history of using drugs or alcohol. Those who attempt to go “cold turkey” at home are often overwhelmed by their symptoms and quickly return to the substance they are abusing.
Individualized, Holistic Detox
At Summit Behavioral Health, we offer individualized, holistic addiction detoxification at Serenity at Summit. Treatment is provided by a highly skilled and experienced medical, clinical, and holistic team that is available around the clock to guide each individual through this earliest stage of recovery.
Our detox program also offers many holistic treatment options to help ease symptoms and begin healing the body, mind, and soul. These include:
- Nutritional Assessments
- Creative Arts Therapies
Many forms of group therapy are also encouraged during this time including 12-step, stress management, relationship building, and relapse prevention.
Individuals who require inpatient detoxification, whether for typical symptoms or for an extended case of post-acute withdrawal syndrome, require professional care in a peaceful and comforting environment.
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