Drug detox, or medical detox, helps our clients safely withdraw from drugs and alcohol while facing a reduced risk for complications such as seizures, heart failure, and relapse/overdose.
This drug treatment takes place at our hospital-like setting where you can relax and recover from drug dependence while being closely monitored and supervised by trained nurses and doctors. In most cases, medications are used to relieve withdrawal symptoms and help patients feel more comfortable during recovery.
How Long Does Drug Detox Last?
The drug and alcohol detox timeline can range anywhere between a few days to several months, according to the World Health Organization. The length of drug detox is dependent on factors including the type of substance being used, the severity of dependence, and the person’s current state of health.
Here are average drug detox timelines, by substance:
- Alcohol: 2 to 10 days
- Short-acting opioids (e.g., heroin): 4 to 10 days
- Long-acting opioids (e.g., morphine): 10 to 20 days
- Short-acting benzodiazepines (e.g., alprazolam, temazepam): 2 to 4 weeks
- Long-acting benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam nitrazepam): 2 to 8 weeks
- Stimulants (e.g., cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine): 3 to 5 days
- Inhalants: 2 to 3 days, or up to 2 weeks
- Marijuana: 1 to 2 weeks