Medically assisted Drug and Alcohol Detox

Detoxification or detox is the first step on the road to recovery.

Our experienced team of psychiatrists, doctors and nurses works together to oversee every individual detoxification and personalise treatment to make detox as safe and as comfortable as it can be. With 24/7 round-the-clock care, our compassionate staff of medical experts support and encourage you through this difficult time.

Throughout the detox process, you are closely monitored and cared for at Kirkurd House, our specialist detox unit. Until you are medically stable, our staff meet regularly to discuss your ongoing condition and update your treatment plan according to your progress in treatment. We are committed to providing the best possible outcomes and care for our patients as they undergo detox. 

It is dangerous for people with a serious dependency to give up drink or drugs without medical supervision. This is known as going ‘cold turkey’ and withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Every detox bed has a medical call button so you can alert the nurse immediately if you need attention. Castle Craig also has a specialist doctor on-site, at all times in case of an emergency.

Detox from AlcoholMedically assisted Drug and Alcohol Detox

How long does it take to detox from alcohol?

Detox from alcohol can last anywhere between 3-7 days, depending on the following:

  • How much alcohol the person has been drinking,
  • The length of time they have been drinking for,
  • Their overall health – physically and cognitively,
  • What the withdrawal symptoms are like.

We ensure that alcohol detox is a gradual, safe and comfortable process. We conduct blood and urine analysis to ensure overall health and we prescribe vitamin replacements as most people who have been drinking heavily are low in essential vitamins and minerals. We monitor for possible complications closely and we are adept at quickly identifying and responding to any severe withdrawal symptoms.

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Cravings

Any symptoms are monitored closely by our specialist medical team. Our nurses have many years of experience in treating alcohol detox.

Detox from Drugs

How long does it take to detox from drugs?

Detox from drugs depends on the type and amount of drugs taken and can last from one week to six weeks or longer. Benzodiazepine withdrawal can take a particularly long time. We also provide detoxification from heroin and methadone. Drug detox is delivered at a gradual, safe and comfortable rate.

Drug withdrawal symptoms depend on the drug but can include:

  • Craving
  • Restlessness
  • Cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Increased heart rate
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

Round the Clock Monitoring

We know that supportive and compassionate care from our nursing and therapy team is a vital component of a smooth and successful detox. To ensure the best possible outcomes and safest detoxification we closely monitor each person. We have a specialist detox medical centre in the Kirkurd House so nurses are close to patients.

Post Detox?

Once a patient is stabilised on their detox regime, they can attend all the activities that other patients attend at our detox centre. They will attend morning meditation, lectures, group therapy.

Although detoxification is the first step on the journey to a life free of substance abuse, 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, to examine the addiction and behaviours and to introduce coping skills. This is when recovery truly begins.

Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 10, 2021