Medically managed withdrawal, commonly known as “detoxification” or “detox”, treats any withdrawal syndrome associated with the abrupt or gradual cessation of the drug or drugs that the person has been taking. Detox is the first step on the road to recovery.

Our primary objective at Castle Craig is to achieve detox and abstinence from alcohol and drugs as rapidly, comfortably and safely as possible. Withdrawal can be very dangerous if not managed properly. If necessary, we prescribe medicines to manage the symptoms of withdrawal. The doses will be reduced over time until the patient has fully detoxed.

Personalised Drug and Alcohol Detox Programmes at Castle Craig

Castle Craig’s experienced team works together to oversee detoxification programmes to personalise the treatment to make detox safe and as comfortable as it can be. With 24/7 round-the-clock care, our compassionate staff of medical experts provide support and encouragement through this difficult time.

Throughout the detox process, patients are closely monitored and cared for by our team of psychiatrists, doctors, nurses, and therapists. Until a patient is medically stable, our staff meets regularly to discuss the patient’s ongoing condition and update their treatment plan according to their progress in treatment. Castle Craig also has a specialist doctor on site, at all times in case of an emergency.

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.

Detox from Alcohol

Detox from alcohol usually lasts from 3-14 days, depending on the person and the extent of alcohol abuse. Alcohol detox is delivered at a gradual, safe and comfortable rate. Vitamin replacements are routinely prescribed and possible complications monitored for, quickly identified and treated.

Mild alcohol withdrawal symptoms from alcohol include:

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

Serious alcohol withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Delirium tremens
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Heart failure

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
  • Diahorrea
  • Vomiting

Detoxification is more supportive when there is a shared room environment and in general patients share a bedroom during detoxification although there is provision for single and single en-suite accommodation.  After detox patients move to a bedroom which is either single or shared.

What Do Patients Do During Detox at Castle Craig?

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 and specific activities. They will also be assigned tasks to do which support the rest of the community like tidying up, or fetching logs for the fire. People on detox are normally quite capable of all these activities and it helps them focus and become an active member of the treatment community.

Athough 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. This is when recovery truly begins.