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Who is Drug Detox For?

Drug detox may be required before starting a rehab programme, but what is drug detox, and who are they suitable for? You can read more about drug detoxes below and get in touch with any questions you have. 

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Getting help with drug addiction can be a daunting first step in your recovery journey, and sometimes, a medically-assisted detox is necessary when your body is physically dependent on those drugs and chemicals. Physically addictive drugs include:

  • Heroin (whether smoked or injected)
  • Opiates such as codeine, morphine or opium (made directly from the opium poppy)
  • Synthetic opioids such as tramadol, fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone.
  • Benzodiazepines – there are many types, but the most commonly prescribed in the UK is diazepam (Valium)
  • Some new psychoactive substances (NPS): for example, certain synthetic cannabinoids can produce strong physical withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweats and stomach cramps.
  • Alcohol

If you’re taking any of these substances regularly, including in any combination, it is essential that you seek the help of a professional. Do not try to detox yourself without medical assistance, as this can be incredibly dangerous for your physical and mental health. Get in touch with us to find out about how and where to detox in a safe and comfortable way.

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What is Drug Detox?

Drug detox is a controlled and medically-assisted process to remove drugs from your system safely. If you need a drug detox, you’ll do this before starting your therapeutic rehab programme. 

It is important that a professional plans and monitors your detox, before and during your treatment. This is to make sure that the detox medications are administered correctly, that you have the right dose of medications, and that you are feeling comfortable throughout.

Who is Drug Detox For?

Drug detoxes are for people who have a physical dependence on drugs, whose brain and body has adapted to  those drugs. They will experience physical withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking drugs suddenly. 

People who need a medically-managed detox come from all walks of life, including people with families, jobs, relationships and high incomes.
Sometimes, the person will function relatively normally. People around them may not notice many signs of their addiction. This is fairly unusual when the addiction is advanced, but it can happen when people are using small amounts of substances, to top up throughout the day. If you think you may need a drug detox, get in touch with us, and we will talk you through the options.

What are the Side Effects Drug Detox?

Drug detoxes can be complex. Without assistance, there are serious or even life-threatening risks. This is why a professional must prescribe and oversee your detox protocol, and you should not try to detox on your own.

Detoxing without medical help is dangerous, and the withdrawal symptoms can be fatal or result in relapse. Please ensure you seek the correct help for a detox programme, for any combination of physically addictive drugs and/or alcohol.

How to find drug rehab near me?

If you are looking for drug rehab, we can help at Help Me Stop. We offer drug rehab programmes across London and online. Our treatment programmes are non-residential, with varying degrees of flexibility. If you’re working or have family commitments, there are programmes designed for you.. We’re the most affordable intensive treatment for addiction in the UK. 

Non-residential rehab means that you visit us for a day or a session at a time. You don’t stay overnight with us. This means that it is not only more accessible but more affordable than the residential rehab options that have traditionally been the only available option. 

We offer drug addiction help in our London locations as well as in our Online Rehab. Our treatment approach is integrative psychotherapy, which includes a range of therapeutic approaches such as the 12 step approach to addiction treatment, person-centred therapy, CBT, group and one-to-one counselling, recovery workshops and more.  We equip you with the strategies and tools to take rehab into the real world. 

Another benefit of non-residential rehab is that you don’t need to take time away from family commitments or even work, as there are session times to work around your life, and you can integrate your recovery right away. 

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We set up Help Me Stop because we knew there was a gap for accessible addiction rehab programmes. With most of our staff in recovery themselves, we knew from experience that rehab could be costly and disruptive to a daily routine. For many, private rehab was completely inaccessible in the past. With Help Me Stop, ordinary working people, parents and carers, and people on low budgets can access treatment.

If you want to find out more about drug rehab, you can click here and read about what we offer and where our centres are located. If you want to learn more about our Online Rehab, you can click here.

You can also get in touch for a confidential conversation by calling us on +44 (0) 208 191 9191 or emailing us at We are here to help you recover from addiction. If you choose our service, we will be here for you every step of the way.