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Have substances taken control of your life? Are you looking for a way to gain that control back?

If this is weighing heavily on your mind, you’re not alone. In 2022, 522,000 people received substance use disorder treatment in Ohio. Many substances come with uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, and if you or someone you love is experiencing that, detox is almost always necessary. SUN Behavioral Health Columbus solves unmet needs by offering 24/7 crisis care, which allows you to start your treatment when crises arise. We’ll get you started with drug detox whenever you decide to take that next step.

What We Treat: Substance Use Disorders

A substance use disorder is when someone frequently consumes a substance to the point where it impacts their lives, such as health, relationships, and quality of life. Substance use disorders can also be life-threatening and have a high risk of overdose. Any substance can result in the development of a substance use disorder. Common ones include heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, or benzodiazepines, but they are not limited to those substances. Some signs you might benefit from a detox program:
  • Having cravings
  • Not being able to stop despite an effort
  • Substance use disorder interferes with your relationships or work
  • Developing a tolerance
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms after several hours

Substance Use Disorder Withdrawals

Just like how different substances can have individual timelines for detox, substances can also have varying symptoms. Most people do not experience all of the symptoms possible for a given substance. They also don’t always experience the same combination. For example, if you and a friend both took the same opioids, you might not both have the same combination of withdrawal symptoms. You might have anxiety, insomnia, and muscle cramps, while your friend has insomnia, nausea, and diarrhea. Below is a chart with some of the most common substances and their withdrawal symptoms. 

Substance Withdrawal Symptoms









Hot flushes

Poor memoryIncreased sleeping



Muscle achesIncreased appetite




The above chart is not an extensive list of withdrawal symptoms. Some people may experience other symptoms not listed above. Your medical team will be able to keep you comfortable, no matter your experience. 

How Detox Helps With Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are often very uncomfortable for the people who are experiencing them. However, by attending a detox program, medical professionals will monitor you frequently, prescribe you medications as needed, or provide you with things to do that will make the process of withdrawal more manageable and comfortable.

How We Treat: Drug Detox at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

Engaging in drug detox allows people to clear substances from their bodies while they experience withdrawal symptoms in a safe and secure environment. This service also allows people to start the process of finding recovery from a substance use disorder. The symptoms people experience during withdrawal can be dangerous, so when someone attends a drug detox, they can minimize the dangers. There are 3 components to our SUN Columbus drug detox:

Evaluation: This phase thoroughly assesses your medical and psychological conditions, including a screening for substances. Our SUN Behavioral Health Columbus team will collaborate with you and your healthcare providers as we consider previous treatments or assessments. This evaluation will allow us to design a treatment plan personalized to your unique needs.

Stabilization: This component aims to provide a supportive and nurturing environment where you can achieve stability. This part of your detox may include medication, an introduction to treatment and recovery methods, or a mixture of both. What you will experience during stabilization will depend on your evaluation and what you and your medical team decide is the right plan.

Fostering your entry into treatment: This element prepares you to continue your treatment and recovery journey. Your team will introduce you to the importance of further treatment for a substance use disorder. 

integrating detox into furthering your inpatient treatment

What to Expect From Drug Detox at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

Our substance use disorder treatment often begins with inpatient detox. We offer this service to adults 18 and older. Detox allows you to experience the symptoms of withdrawal in a safe and secure environment. If you experience any complications during your detox, medical professionals will be available to help you. While attending inpatient detox at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus, you can find stability in your life before returning home. The length of stay during detox will typically depend on the substance you are recovering from and your specific needs during detox. 

What Does Opioid Detox Look Like

Opioid withdrawal is often very uncomfortable, and it can come with serious complications that require immediate care from a medical professional. During detox, you may experience feeling sick, muscle spasms, yawning, cravings, and difficulty sleeping. However, at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus, we will help keep you as comfortable and safe as possible. You will also be encouraged to drink water during your detox. Depending on the severity, you will receive medications or supplements that help relieve your symptoms. 

What Does Alcohol Detox Look Like

During alcohol withdrawal, you may experience symptoms such as anxiety, dehydration, diarrhea, and fluctuations in body temperature. Like with opioid detox, you will be encouraged to drink water, and you may be given supplements or medications depending on the severity of your symptoms.

Other Substances That Might Require Detox

Other substances might require detox, which include benzodiazepines. Symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal might consist of anxiety, restlessness, and agitation. You will receive monitoring for symptoms or complications and be provided with stabilization, reassurance, and appropriate medications to ease potential symptoms. 

Stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, rarely have complications or a need for an official detox due to symptoms only lasting a few days. However, some people might experience symptoms such as depression, which can benefit from psychiatric treatment.

Integrating Detox Into Furthering Your Inpatient Treatment

Following detox, many people might need additional support or might feel unsafe returning home to their daily responsibilities. Inpatient treatment can provide extra stability following detox while starting the process of treating you for a substance use disorder. Inpatient can also prevent someone from returning to using a substance. Returning to use can put you at a higher risk of experiencing an overdose due to your body no longer tolerating the substance. During inpatient treatment, you will begin formal therapy for your substance use disorder and any co-occurring mental health conditions you might have. Generally, people will stay at our facility in inpatient treatment for 7-14 days before they move on to an outpatient program. Topics discussed during treatment:
  • Recreational therapy
  • Coping skills
  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Stress
  • Time management
  • Return to use prevention
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

The Average Timeline for Substance Use Disorder Detox

Once you have stopped substance use, your body will naturally clear them from your system, which is known as detox. How long this process takes depends on various factors, one of the most significant being the substance's half-life. A half-life is the time it takes your body to remove half of the substance’s dose. This time can vary depending on the type. 

During detox, the symptoms you experience are your body’s way of responding to not having the substance in your body anymore. This period is known as withdrawal, and the onset, duration, and peak intensity of symptoms vary, just like the half-life of that substance. Below are a few of the most common timelines:

  • Opioids, such as heroin: symptoms start 8 to 24 hours after the last dose, have a peak intensity of around 24 to 48 hours, and last 7 to 14 days
  • Benzodiazepines: symptoms start 1 to 2 days after the last dose, peak intensity is around 1 to 7 days, and last 2 to 4 weeks 
  • Cocaine: symptoms start within the first few hours, peak intensity is around 24 to 72 hours, and last 1 to 2 weeks
  • Alcohol: symptoms start 6 to 24 hours, peak intensity is around 36 to 72 hours, and last 2 to 10 days

This timeline may also depend on factors such as your body’s metabolism, duration, and dosage. Having an honest conversation with your medical team will allow them to tailor a more precise and personalized detox and withdrawal timeline for you. However, be aware that changes may occur as you progress through withdrawal, and your timeline may change. 

What Are the Dangers of Detoxing at Home?

Several complications can arise during withdrawal, and having medical staff available to provide you with support and medical treatment can lower the chances of those complications worsening. 

For example, alcohol withdrawal can lead to seizures, which require immediate medical attention. While not everyone who undergoes alcohol detox will experience a seizure, it is still better to seek monitoring. 

Opioid withdrawal can come with intense cravings that a medical professional can adequately manage. If someone who has been withdrawing from opioids decides to consume opioids again, they have a higher risk of experiencing an overdose. Staying under the monitoring of a professional can help you control these cravings. 

When you decide to detox at home, you have a higher risk of returning to use than you do when you are detoxing in a facility. If you return to use after not consuming the substance for a while and take the same amount you would before you started, you run the risk of overdosing. An overdose may occur because your body is no longer used to consuming that amount anymore. 


Start Your Journey to Recovery Today at SUN Behavioral Health Columbus

Embarking on the journey to leave substances behind may feel overwhelming or daunting. If you have had a long history with substances, you may feel uncertain about your identity. However, that initial step can lead to newfound freedom and stability. Recovery is a journey with many ups and downs, but drug detox can help provide you with that initial support that leads to your inner strength.


Treat Yourself to Recovery!

The capable team at SUN Columbus has been serving our community for years. Reach out to begin your journey to recovery.


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