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Have substances taken control of your life? Are you searching for a way to regain control?

If this is weighing heavily on your mind, you’re not alone. In 2022, 33,000 people received substance use disorder treatment in Delaware. Withdrawal symptoms from various substances can be uncomfortable, and many times, detox is the required first step to help make this process easier and safer. 

SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs through our 24/7 crisis care. Through this service, we will initiate your drug detox whenever you are ready to take that first step in your recovery. 

What We Treat: Substance Use Disorders

A substance use disorder is when someone frequently consumes a substance to the point where it impacts their lives, such as health, relationships, and quality of life. Substance use disorders can also be life-threatening and have a high risk of overdose. Any substance can result in the development of a substance use disorder. Common ones include heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, or benzodiazepines, but they are not limited to those substances. Some signs you might benefit from a detox program:
  • Having cravings
  • Not being able to stop despite an effort
  • It interferes with your relationships or work
  • Developing a tolerance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after several hours

Substance Use Disorder Withdrawals

When someone undergoes a drug detox, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Different substances can have varying signs of withdrawal. Most people do not experience all of the symptoms possible for a given substance. They also don’t always share the same combination. For example, if you and a friend both took the same opioids, you might not both have the same variety of withdrawal symptoms. You might have anxiety, insomnia, and muscle cramps, while your friend has insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea. Below is a chart with some of the most common substances and their withdrawal symptoms.


Substance Withdrawal Symptoms
Hot flushes
Poor memory
Muscle aches
Increased sleeping
Increased appetite

The above chart is not an extensive list of withdrawal symptoms. Some people may experience other symptoms not listed above. Your medical team will be able to keep you comfortable, no matter your experience.

How Detox Helps With Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are often very uncomfortable for the people who are experiencing them. However, by attending a detox program, medical professionals will monitor you frequently, prescribe you medications as needed, or provide you with things to do that will make the process of withdrawal more manageable and comfortable. 

How We Treat: Drug Detox at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Engaging in drug detox allows people to clear substances from their bodies. At the same time, they experience withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure environment. This service also allows people to start the process of finding recovery from a substance use disorder. The symptoms people experience during withdrawal can be dangerous, so when someone attends a drug detox, they can minimize the dangers. There are 3 components to our SUN Delaware drug detox:

Evaluation: This phase thoroughly assesses your medical and psychological conditions, including a screening for substances. Our SUN Behavioral Health Delaware team will collaborate with you and your healthcare providers as we consider previous treatments or assessments. This evaluation will allow us to design a treatment plan personalized to your unique needs.

Stabilization: This component aims to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where you can achieve stability. This part of your detox may include medication, an introduction to treatment and recovery methods, or a mixture of both. What you will experience during stabilization will depend on your evaluation and what you and your medical team decide is the right plan.

Fostering your entry into treatment: This element prepares you to continue your treatment and recovery journey. Your team will introduce you to the importance of further treatment for a substance use disorder. 

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What to Expect From Drug Detox at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Our substance use disorder treatment often begins with inpatient detox. We offer this service to adults 18 and older. If you experience any complications during your detox, medical professionals will be available to help you. While attending inpatient detox at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, you can find stability in your life before returning home. The length of stay during detox will typically depend on the substance you are recovering from and your specific needs during detox. 

What Does Opioid Detox Look Like?

Detox is the first step in recovering from opioid use disorder, including heroin or fentanyl. Opioid withdrawal is often very uncomfortable, and it can come with serious complications that require immediate care from a medical professional. During detox, you may experience feeling sick, muscle spasms, yawning, cravings, and difficulty sleeping. However, at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware, we will help keep you as comfortable and safe as possible. You will also be encouraged to drink water during your detox. Depending on the severity, you will receive medications or supplements that help relieve your symptoms. 


What Does Alcohol Detox Look Like?

As you begin alcohol use disorder treatment, you may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, dehydration, and fluctuations in body temperature. Like with opioid detox, you will be encouraged to drink water, and you may be prescribed supplements or medications, depending on your symptoms. 

Other Substances That Might Require Detox

Other substances might require detox, which include benzodiazepines. Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal might consist of anxiety, restlessness, and agitation. You will receive monitoring for symptoms or complications and be provided with stabilization, reassurance, and appropriate medications to ease potential symptoms. 

Stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, rarely have complications or a need for an official detox due to symptoms only lasting a few days. However, some people might experience symptoms such as depression, which can benefit from psychiatric treatment.

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Integrating Detox Into Furthering Your Inpatient Treatment

Many individuals may need extra support or feel apprehensive about returning to their daily lives after detox. Inpatient drug rehab can allow you to find that necessary stability as you begin the process of receiving treatment for a substance use disorder. Participating in inpatient treatment following detox can prevent a return to use, which lowers the risk of an overdose. Generally, people will stay at our facility in inpatient treatment for 7-14 days before they move on to an outpatient program. Like with detox, this timeline may adjust depending on your progress. Topics discussed during treatment:
  • Recreational therapy
  • Coping skills
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Stress
  • Time management
  • Return to use prevention
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

The Average Timeline for Substance Use Disorder Detox

Once you have stopped substance use, your body will naturally clear them from your system, which is known as detox. How long this process takes depends on various factors, one of the most significant being the substance's half-life. A half-life is the time it takes your body to remove half of the substance’s dose. This time can vary depending on the type. During detox, the symptoms you experience are your body’s way of responding to not having the substance in your body anymore. This period is known as withdrawal, and the onset, duration, and peak intensity of symptoms vary, just like the half-life of that substance. Below are a few of the most common timelines:
  • Opioids, such as heroin: symptoms start 8 to 24 hours after the last dose, have a peak intensity of around 24 to 48 hours, and last 7 to 14 days
  • Benzodiazepines: symptoms start 1 to 2 days after the last dose, peak intensity is around 1 to 7 days, and last 2 to 4 weeks
  • Cocaine: symptoms start within the first few hours, peak intensity is around 24 to 72 hours, and last 1 to 2 weeks
  • Alcohol: symptoms start 6 to 24 hours after the last drink, peak intensity is around 36 to 72 hours, and last 2 to 10 days
This timeline may also depend on factors such as your body’s metabolism, duration, and dosage. Having an honest conversation with your medical team will allow them to tailor a more precise and personalized detox and withdrawal timeline for you. However, be aware that changes may occur as you progress through withdrawal, and your timeline may change.

What Are the Dangers of Detoxing at Home?

Several complications can arise during withdrawal, and having medical staff available to provide you with support and medical treatment can lower the chances of those complications worsening. 

For example, immediate medical attention is necessary if seizures occur during alcohol withdrawal. While not everyone who undergoes alcohol detox will experience a seizure, it is still better to seek monitoring. 

Opioid withdrawal can come with intense cravings that a medical professional can adequately manage. Consuming opioids again after you have undergone withdrawal can put you at a higher risk of experiencing an overdose. Staying under the monitoring of a professional can help you control these cravings. 

When you decide to detox at home, you have a higher risk of returning to use than you do when you are detoxing in a facility. If you return to use after not consuming the substance for a while and take the same amount you would before you started, you run the risk of overdosing. An overdose may occur because your body is no longer used to consuming that amount anymore.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware

Beginning the process of overcoming substance use may seem intimidating and overwhelming. If you’ve had a long-term relationship with substances, you might find yourself questioning your identity. However, taking the first step through drug detox can pave the way to newfound freedom and stability. While recovery is filled with highs and lows, starting your journey at SUN Behavioral Health Delaware can offer you the foundational support that will help you uncover your inner strength. 


FAQs About Drug Detox

What is involved in detoxification?

During the detoxification step of substance use disorder recovery, you will encounter 3 elements: evaluation, stabilization, and fostering your entry into treatment. 

How can I avoid withdrawal symptoms?

Withdrawal symptoms are a necessary and expected component of beginning your recovery journey. While uncomfortable, they are a part of your body’s way of removing the substance from your system. However, by participating in a drug detox program, you can maintain safety and a sense of comfort throughout the process. 

Drug Detox in Georgetown

SUN Behavioral Health Delaware solves unmet needs in Georgetown, DE. Our 24/7 crisis care can help you start treatment when a crisis arises. For more information, call us at 302-604-5600.


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