Every day, countless people make the fatal mistake of missing a paramount step in their recovery. While it’s true that the first step in any recovery journey is to admit that you have a substance abuse problem and that you have no control over your drug consumption, the next step should always be to reach out to a team of addiction experts that can provide you with the guidance that you need when it comes to enrolling in a drug detox program. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call The Source today.  Our treatment specialists are available 24/7 to discuss your options and help you find the perfect solution (800) 204-0418.

At The Source, that is exactly what we do for every person that reaches out to us who is ready to truly overcome their addiction once and for all. Although our addiction treatment center is based in Fort Lauderdale, we have connections with drug detox centers all over the country, including the Austin, TX area, that can provide you with the immediate detox care that you need during this critical stage of your recovery. 

Do you feel uncertain as to whether or not this is a step that you need to take? There are several ways to know if you are a candidate for drug detox. Here are some clear signs that you need to reach out for help: 

You have lost your job or you’ve put it in jeopardy 

The worse your addiction gets, the stronger the possibility of this disease negatively impacting your professional career. You could be a CEO of a company or a person that is working minimum wage and putting your entire professional life in jeopardy because of your drug addiction. 


Friends and family members have distanced themselves from you 

In most cases, friends and family members will be able to instantly tell when there is a shift in your behavior, especially when you are under the influence of a certain substance. Once addiction takes hold, you will likely notice that these important people in your life are backing away from the close relationship that you may have once had with them. 

Your health is beginning to fail 

Drug addiction will have a direct effect on your overall health and well-being. There are times where it could take years of addiction to catching up with you while there are many other drugs that have a more instant effect. However, if you begin to notice that your health is suffering or beginning to fail, it’s critical that you reach out to our team as soon as possible so that we can assist you. 

What to Expect During Drug Detox 

You can break down what you can expect during drug detox in different stages. Keep in mind that drug detox is misleading because it’s probable that your withdrawal symptoms will start off on the mild side. However, as time goes by, your withdrawal symptoms will begin to take hold and impact how well you can care for yourself. Here is a brief overview of what you can expect during the drug detox process: 

The first 72 hours 

Many people are surprised to learn that drug withdrawal symptoms can begin to appear within just a few hours from the last time they took their drug of choice. You will feel the full extent of your withdrawal symptoms within the first 72 hours. During this stretch of time, it’s possible that you may feel one or a combination of withdrawal symptoms which can include but not be limited to shakiness, headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression or stomach issues. It’s always possible that these withdrawal symptoms could take a deadly turn which is the leading reason why you should never attempt to go through the withdrawal process on your own. 

The later stretch of the withdrawal process 

Overall, between the fifth and the seventh day of your time in detox, you will begin to feel much more like yourself. At this point, you will be able to better focus on the steps that you need to take to face your addiction and make the changes that you need to make in your life. 

It’s important to note that it’s possible that you may develop a condition known as post-acute withdrawal symptoms, also known as PAWS. This is when a person experiences withdrawal symptoms months or years into their sobriety. While you will not experience these withdrawal symptoms to the extent that you did during your initial withdrawal, they may impact your sobriety unless you know how to spot these symptoms and manage them. This is something that you will learn during the time that you’re in treatment. 

What Happens After Drug Detox? 

It’s important to remember that just because you go through the detox process doesn’t mean that you are cured or that you have overcome your addiction. Detox is merely one of the first, albeit important, steps in your recovery process that will stay with you for the rest of your life. When you come to The Source, you will need to make the decision as to whether you are going to work through a partial hospitalization program or an outpatient program.  

A partial hospitalization program provides you with a certain level of structure in the sense that you will live in one of our single-family residences during the time that you’re in treatment. You will also participate in a minimum of 25 hours of therapy per week. An outpatient program client, on the other hand, will have more flexibility in their program in the sense that they will be able to come and go from our facility around their recovery schedule and will need to commit to less of an hourly therapeutic treatment plan per week. 

You can rest assured that The Source Treatment Center team will be there with you and for you every step of the way on your recovery journey. Regardless of whether you need to begin your recovery in drug detox or you’re ready to commit to a treatment program, our intake team will work quickly and efficiently to help you determine the best course of action for you. For more information about your detox or treatment, please reach out to us today at (800) 204-0418.

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, call The Source today.  Our treatment specialists are available 24/7 to discuss your options and help you find the perfect solution (800) 204-0418.