Many people who want to quit using substances soon find out that it’s a more complicated process than they bargained for. When you use drugs heavily or for an extended period of time, your central nervous system adjusts to their presence in your body. And when that’s suddenly taken away, you can experience a number of withdrawal symptoms – making it all too tempting to start using again and gain some temporary relief. Not only is this approach unlikely to lead to long-term sobriety, but it can also be dangerous for your health.
Physical dependence occurs when your brain and body become tolerant to a certain type of drug. It is usually linked with benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam and diazepam; and opioids, such as prescription painkillers and heroin. Since detox can carry significant risks, it should not be attempted without professional supervision.
While withdrawal symptoms like mood swings, sleeplessness, fatigue, irritability and intense cravings are common to most types of drugs, each substance also carries specific withdrawal symptoms. Alcohol, benzodiazepines and opioids tend to be the most severe.
Severe dehydration from persistent vomiting and diarrhoea can potentially lead to heart failure from excessive sodium levels in the blood.
While these symptoms may deter some from getting sober, with the right help, they can be managed so that your detox process is as comfortable as possible. With medical attention, tapering programmes, supporting medication and follow-up addiction treatment, it is possible to prevent withdrawal symptoms from becoming too severe or dangerous as well as ensure relapse doesn’t occur.
At The Dawn, we understand that detox can be challenging. That is why we go above and beyond to make sure your experience is as painless as possible. Our centre is staffed by a fully licensed medical team specialising in detox. You’ll be monitored 24/7 by dedicated professionals and receive compassionate, attentive care every step of the way. And, you will stay in relaxing private accommodation to bring you comfort and ease during your time in treatment.
When you arrive at The Dawn, your first step will be to undergo a thorough assessment by our clinical team. This will take into account factors like your existing medical issues, history of substance abuse, age and presence of other medical, mental or behavioural conditions. We will also run blood tests to determine your exact level of chemical dependency.
The first phase of detox entails stabilising your body while it rids itself of toxins. During this stage, you might experience intense cravings, changes in mood and physical symptoms like changes in blood pressure, nausea, shaking, sweating and mild fever. These symptoms can be unpredictable and may come and go over the course of the first few days, which is why it’s important to detox under medical supervision to ensure you’re as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the process.
After you complete detox, it is important to address the fundamental issues that caused your addiction in order to sustain your sobriety and minimise your risk of relapse. The Dawn offers an intensive residential drug addiction treatment programme designed to help you do just that. Our Twin Pillars treatment model combines both rehabilitation and wellness, so you can work on creating significant changes in your life while doing so in a balanced way that encourages your mental and emotional well-being. Our treatment plans include one-on-one counselling, group therapy, fitness therapy, holistic practices and weekly excursions. Your counsellor will oversee your entire treatment process, which includes a relapse prevention plan and aftercare support to help you get and stay sober.
Because detox can be challenging, it is important to do it in a setting that makes your experience as low-stress as possible. Our detox centre is located in the rustic and serene countryside of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, surrounded by rice fields and small traditional villages. The peaceful atmosphere and friendly community at The Dawn provide just the change of scenery you need to get started on your new life in sobriety.
We help you identify your triggers and determine which coping mechanisms work best for you to prevent relapse.
Comfortable and private room in a beautiful riverside facility with full-service amenities at your fingertips.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: