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What is a detox program?

Detoxification is the process whereby someone is helped to become substance free. A detox program aims to minimise the danger and where possible alleviate unpleasantness by carefully managing withdrawal symptoms.

For dependence to substances such as alcohol, withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant and potentially life-threatening if not managed in a safe and controlled manner.  For addictions to other substances, although not usually dangerous, the symptoms can be so severe the individual requires additional support and medication to help them withdraw. This is why a detox program can be fundamental to recovery.

When should someone go to a detox program?

A detox program should be accessed when withdrawal symptoms are experienced in the absence of a substance being taken.

Sudden withdrawal from certain substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines, can be life-threatening. For other substances sudden withdrawal may not be life-threatening, but can be extremely unpleasant. A detox may be required to reduce withdrawal and make you feel as comfortable as possible.

Other signs which may suggest someone needs a detox programme include noticing someone’s physical health and appearance deteriorating, noticeable changes to their normal behaviour and mood e.g. unreliability, keeping strange hours, and being secretive and issues surrounding their finances, employment and personal relationships.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one require a detox programme then call us on 0800 246 5293.

Why a professional detox program?

When considering treatment it is important to access a professional detox programme. A residential program is preferable for medical reasons. Residential detox allows supervision at all times with qualified staff on hand to deal with complications if they occur. When accessing residential treatment you should ensure that the clinic is properly regulated.

Where to detox

Residential clinics can provide the most immediate access to detox programmes. The best outcome of success will be when medicated detox is accessed as part of a recommended full addiction programme that offers psychological treatment as well. Triage Healthcare can arrange immediate access to detox programmes.

In some cases a home treatment may be considered if an assessment indicates it is appropriate. Triage Healthcare offers private home detox programmes, with clinical quality managed by Medical Director, Dr Bruce Trathen MBBS MRCPsych, and delivered by qualified and professional nursing and medical staff.

The NHS can also offer treatment.  There can be long waiting lists involved; we can offer advice on alternative treatment options as well as offer support and encouragement.

How long could treatment on a detox program take?

The length of programme will depend on the severity of the dependence, the situation, and the substance. Detox programs for alcohol will take between 7 and 10 days and for drugs approximately 14 days.

How much does a private detox program cost?

The cost of private detox programs can vary depending on the duration, clinic and amount of aftercare accessed. 

Triage Healthcare recognises that there is a deficit in the provision of affordable private treatment for addictions in the UK.  In order to find out the treatment that represents the best chance of success for all concerned, call one of our experienced advisors on 0800 246 5293. Our advice is all completely free and confidential.

Where to find Detox Programmes in the UK

Triage Healthcare provides immediate access to treatment at a wide range of specialist addiction treatment centres. We work only with clinics in the UK that are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our helpline is open 7 days a week (call 0800 246 5293), and has a 24 hour messaging service which will be responded to by one of our trained advisors as soon as possible should you call out of hours.


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