Nearly all addiction to drug and all alcohol require a detox program before the start of the rehabilitation program. This process of detoxification removes all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body in some cases. In other cases, maintenance medication may be given to counteract the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, such as alcohol, opiates,  prescription drugs and methamphetamine

The severity of the detox will vary from person to person, depending on the substance, how long they took the drug and at what dosage levels. Most people these days come to detox on a variety of drugs.  For instance, people addicted to alcohol only, are very rare. When a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly, the body becomes accustomed to having certain levels of the substance in it. Once the substance is removed, the body can go into a type of shock, causing withdrawal symptoms to occur. Withdrawal symptoms can occur immediately, but most usually occur within 24 hours after the last dose.

  • Diarrhoea
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Troubled breathing
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and pain
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attack
  • Extreme depression
  • Issues with concentration
  • Decreased appetite
  • Severe fatigue
  • Agitation
  • Runny nose
  • Inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Cramping

The type of treatment, including any medicinal assistance, received during detox will depend on the specific type of addiction being treated. All detox programs in Melbourne will fully assess clients prior to admission, will continually monitor clients during detox and problems during withdrawals will be very rare.  

List of Detox Units and Hospitals can be found under “How to Find Help”