Your body ridding itself of toxins from substance abuse


Our bodies are creatures of habit. And once they get accustomed to regular use of a particular substance, the feel-good center of the brain eventually requires an increased dosage to achieve the same high. That boost then leaves the body and brain more dependent than ever. While it’s probably not surprising that stopping is a major shock to the system, your body can also fail to feel “normal” when it doesn’t get its regular hit. This is called withdrawal.

Instead of feeling energetic, productive, and calm, it’s common to feel sick, unmotivated, and anxious when dealing with withdrawal symptoms. Since the chemical makeup of your body has changed, it needs to recalibrate and readjust how it functions. This is where detox comes into play.

What is Detox?

Detox is defined as a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body. Eliminating the toxins that have built up over time from substance use is an important process that must be done carefully. And contrary to the common misconception, detox is not safe to do on your own. This isn’t a time for mind over matter or going cold turkey. It can’t be overstated enough how important it is to have professional monitoring and support through the process. Especially for young adults.

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More on Detox

In order to safely — and safety is key — relieve medical withdrawal symptoms and provide therapeutic support, it’s crucial to have the support and expertise of both a medical team and clinical team.

Withdrawal symptoms generally began to taper off after a week or two. In some cases, however, people may experience withdrawal symptoms for a little longer. This is called post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), also known as protracted withdrawal. It is different from alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS), which is characterized by severe, even life-threatening, withdrawal symptoms. AWS can cause hallucinations, severe tremors, seizures, and unconsciousness, requiring the need for immediate medical treatment.

Aside from dealing with the physical side effects, detox also provides an opportunity to address strategies for relapse prevention and how to manage substance cravings. It’ll explore the underlying cause of addiction, which is really the key, and how to address triggers when they arise, so you can look to the future with hope.

Detox symptoms may vary from person to person and case to case, but the most common include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Insomnia, or conversely, drowsiness
  • Muscle aches and cramping
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating

Is Detox Right for You?

A few key indicators may include:

  • Length of your substance use
  • Amount of your usage
  • Relapse history
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Onslaught of fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Inability to concentrate or focus

Journey through Detox With Confidence

At Claudia Black Young Adult Center, we understand that young adults have different needs as they address the underlying issues that lead to drug and alcohol abuse. Being scared, resistant to treatment, or even feeling it’s unnecessary are very common responses.

Our team of experts is here to support every person who comes through our doors with groundbreaking inpatient treatment, personalized attention, and peer support. If you or someone you know between the ages of 18 and 26 is struggling, reach out today to learn more about how we can help.


Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.

If you are interested in treatment for yourself or a loved one, call or fill out our convenient Admissions form!




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