Medical Detox Programs within Manitoba

Each medical detox will be a different length of time, but an individual and family could expect set lengths of time for certain drugs. Most medical detox programs that help people with illicit street drugs such as cocaine, crystal meth, and GHB will only take three to five days. Medical detox centers who treat severe alcohol addictions, and prescription-drug addictions can take one week to upwards of a month depending upon the severity of the addiction and other health problems, which may exist. Opiate detox programs can last two to three weeks, and this is because an opiate addict must be slowly weaned down off of the drugs they are taking, and other drugs are administered to alleviate withdrawal symptoms. The detox process is an important first step throughout the entire rehabilitation process because it helps a patient become physically and mentally ready for any type of counseling, therapy, or treatment. Families can also take this time to receive the proper counseling and therapy as most families are directly affected by a person's drug and alcohol abuse.