Medical Treatment in Detox

Our goal 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.

Withdrawal Symptoms

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:


Mild symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, nausea, trembling, sweating, craving. Serious symptoms include delirium tremens, hallucinations, seizures, convulsions and heart failure.


This depends on the drug but can include: craving, restlessness, cramps, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, anger, depression, increased heart rate, diahorrea and vomiting.

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.

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.

Care During Detox

Patients can feel anxious during detox and have trouble sleeping. Our specialist medical team, led by our Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director monitor detox patients round-the-clock. Doctors and nurses are on call 24 hours a day, striving to promote patient dignity, providing support, encouragement and easing discomfort.

Starting Therapy

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.

Some patients arrive already detoxed and start the full daily schedule immediately after their medical assessment.