Drug & Alcohol Detoxification

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Alcohol & Drug Detoxification in Boulder, Colorado

NorthStar Transitions offers clinically supervised detox at our Boulder residential treatment center  for substances like:

  • Alcohol (see below for exceptions)
  • Heroin
  • Opiates
  • Methamphetamine

For individualized consultation and assessment, please call admissions at 303-558-6400 or submit an online inquiry HERE.

NorthStar Transitions is not able to provide detox for clients needing medically monitored withdrawal from benzodiazepines or methadone.

More About Alcohol Detoxification

Detox from large quantities of alcohol may require an intensive medically monitored detox. If an individual has been drinking heavily for several days, weeks or months and suddenly quits, they may experience delirium tremens or “DTs” and could experience seizures. Alcohol detox can be fatal so it is crucial to seek the advice of a medical professional when attempting to detox from alcohol. Alcohol detox does not always require medical detox.

Sometimes non-medical detox (also known as social detox) is appropriate for alcohol withdrawals. Social detox may be appropriate when an individual is acutely intoxicated but has not been using alcohol in large amounts over an extended period of time. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include shaking, sweating, anxiety, nausea, insomnia and intense cravings for more alcohol. Alcohol detox will typically last between 2-7 days.

More About Heroin and Opiate Detoxification

Detox from heroin and other opiates, including prescription painkillers, is generally appropriate for a non-medical social detox. Heroin detox symptoms include:

  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Extreme cravings
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia

Detox from prescription pills such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, Dilaudid and Fetanyl  are virtually identical to withdrawal from heroin. Many medications can be prescribed to help ease the symptoms of heroin withdrawal such as Clonidine and Subutex. Heroin detox and/or opiate detox will typically last between 2-7 days.

Detox from Other Substances

Cocaine detox is generally appropriate for social detox. Cocaine detox symptoms include intense cravings for more cocaine, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability and paranoia. Cocaine detox symptoms typically subside within 48 hours.

Meth detox symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, paranoia, irritability and cravings for more meth. Meth addiction is generally appropriate for social detox. Meth detox symptoms typically subside within 48 hours.

Due to the need for 24 hour medical supervision, detox for benzodiazepines (like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium etc.) is generally not appropriate for non-medical detox.

Due to the strict rules and regulations around dispensing methadone, methadone detox is not appropriate for non-medical detox and cannot be performed at NorthStar Transitions.

What to Expect After Detoxification

After detox, many clients experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) long after their initial symptoms subside. Post-acute withdrawal symptoms can last for several weeks after last use of drugs or alcohol. Because clients are highly susceptible to relapse while experiencing PAWS, it is highly recommended that clients remain in residential addiction treatment for at least 2-4 weeks following detox.

Detox admissions are by appointment only. Same day appointments may be available. If you or a loved one are in need of alcohol, heroin, opiate, or another type of detox, NorthStar Transitions may be able to help. Please contact admissions at 303-558-6400 or submit your insurance information HERE for a free insurance benefits check and consultation.