Can You Die During Detox?

Posted: January 23, 2015 by in Hope Substance Abuse Rehabilitation


If you’re an addict and you’re thinking about whether you can die during drug detox, the short yet legit answer is yes. However, deaths from detox and withdrawal are uncommon considering the number of addicts that experience detox and the way that many will detox and withdraw from substances at various times in their life. Still, the possibilities for life threatening complications during detox are frighteningly true for a small amount of people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Understanding the risk is critical to overcoming the “fear” obstruction to treatment considering that even high-risk individuals can get specialized medical detox treatment to lessen or wipe out the potential dangers.

Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

It is the condition that is in charge of the upsetting and possibly risky side effects connected with detox and withdrawal. This condition is neurological in nature and is hard to clarify in non-experimental/medical terms. In layman ‘s terms, nerve cells in the brain get to be either sharpened or desensitized be drug use, bringing on changes in  the central nervous system. When drug and alcohol abuse is abruptly stopped once reliance has set in, these changes are essentially upturned, causing a host of signs and symptoms that vary from patient to patient.

The duration and seriousness of indications related with AWS rely on upon many variables, yet exceptional consideration must be given to various substances that can be especially perilous:


At the point when detoxing and going through acute withdrawal, alcoholics can encounter life-threatening side effects for example, seizures, extreme lethargies, delirium tremens, and in uncommon cases, death.


Barbiturates are a class of drugs that are no more endorsed as an aftereffect of the difficulty in managing dosage. These sorts of drugs are still accessible in the city street and can result in the huge intricacies upon cessation and withdrawal, including a large number of the same issues as that of alcohol withdrawal; seizures, unconsciousness and the worst is death.


While opiates are not the most part known as conceivably deadly class of drugs to detox from, sudden discontinuance after addiction has set in can result in risky complications; most prominently respiratory depression, which sometimes can be extreme. Moreover, opiates-based drugs used to treat opiate addiction, for example Naltrexone, Methadone, and Suboxone-can result in lethal complications during the starting phases of detox from the target drug, and later complications can result when withdrawing from the actual treatment drug.

Rapid Detox

It is a generally new strategy that works by facilitating opiate withdrawal while the patient is under sedation. This technique allows the most of the repulsive and conceivably risky symptoms of withdrawal to happen while the patient is unconscious and being medically checked.

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