woman begins medically-assisted detox program

Is Medically-Assisted Detox Right for You?

In a medically-assisted detox program, medical professionals monitor the patient and administer medication that counteracts some of the more painful withdrawal symptoms. In alcohol and opioid detox programs, the withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that they can become life-threatening. Severe dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting can lead to heart failure when blood sodium…

man begins treatment for opiate withdrawal

What Is the Opiate Withdrawal Timeline?

There are several outside factors besides the opiates themselves that will determine the timeline for opiate withdrawal. Age, sex, body composition, and genetic predispositions for addiction are relevant when discussing how long it will take to complete the withdrawal stage. The timeline will fluctuate between one week and several months, depending on the individual. The…

man meets with doctor for prescription drug addiction treatment

How Long Does it Take for Medication to Leave Your System?

How long the traces of medication stay in the body depends on several factors. Drugs metabolize differently depending on the person using them, the drug itself, and how they administered the dose. A person’s age, sex, body composition, and certain genetic and biological markers contribute to how long the medication remains in detectable amounts in…