Detoxification Programme at Life Works

What happens during detox at Life Works in Surrey?

The purpose of Life Works’ detox programme is to systematically remove all traces of harmful substances from the body and assist clients in managing the withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced when they stop consuming drugs or alcohol. Our rigorous detox programme has been designed to ensure that the process is safe, efficient, thorough, and managed as seamlessly as possible for each client, in a supportive environment.

The Life Works medically assisted detox programme is driven by the principle that each and every one of our clients experiences the detox process differently. As such, we ensure that each detox programme is bespoke, in order to foster the best possible outcomes for each individual. Ultimately, the goal of detox is to tackle the physical side of an addiction, and by doing so, equip people to address the underlying mental health issues that caused the addiction to develop in the first place.

How long does the detox programme last?

The duration of each alcohol or drug detox varies, according to the particular needs of the individual. Our detox programmes are designed to ensure that the process is safe, medically efficient and managed as smoothly as possible for each client.

Where required, a short alcohol detox may be possible, so long as it can be achieved without causing undue medical or psychological concern to the individual.

Find out more about alcohol and drug addiction detox at Life Works:


Medical assessment

Following your free initial addictions assessment, the first step in your Life Works detox journey is to undergo a comprehensive medical assessment with one of our addictions experts. The purpose of this is to gather relevant information on your medical history as well as the nature of your drug/alcohol addiction, and use this to develop a personalised detox plan. The structure and length of your detox plan will be guided by the following factors:

  • Your level of alcohol/drug usage (amount and frequency)
  • The seriousness of your withdrawal symptoms
  • An in-depth evaluation of your overall physical functioning

Detox accommodation and facilities

Throughout the detox process, our clients stay in modern, single accommodation bedrooms, which come complete with private en-suite bathrooms. Our rooms are welcoming and comfortable, ensuring that they are well-suited to supporting relaxation and recovery.

In order to ensure that the detox process is as pleasant and restful as possible, we provide our clients with a range of entertainment facilities, including books and a television, to help them to pass the time and serve as a welcome distraction from their withdrawal symptoms.

In addition, our detox rooms are located close to Life Works’ nursing station so that our specialist team can address any issues or concerns that our detox clients may have, in a swift and timely manner.

Nutrition and mealtimes during detox

During the Life Works’ detox programme, we ensure that our clients receive excellent nutrition, which plays a hugely important role in the recovery process. Our expert dietitian and exceptional in-house chef plan and prepare a wide variety of healthy, nutritious and delicious meals for our clients.

During detox, clients are given the option to eat their meals in the privacy of their own rooms to begin with, before being encouraged to join the wider Life Works recovery community, when they are deemed as being ready for this by the specialist detox team. In this way, not only do our clients benefit both physically and mentally from consuming healthy and nourishing food, but also have the opportunity to build a support network and form friendships with other Life Works clients who may be on a similar journey to them.

What are the side effects of detox?

When the human body becomes accustomed to having a certain substance in the system, the sudden absence of this substance can cause uncomfortable and sometimes distressing withdrawal symptoms. The type and severity of the withdrawal symptoms that you experience, depend upon what type of substance you are addicted to, how much of the substance you have been consuming, how long your body has been dependent on the substance, and your general mental and physical health.

Drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms can include:

Emotional withdrawal symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Intense cravings for the substance

Physical withdrawal symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Exhaustion
  • High temperature and/or chills
  • Unpleasant, vivid dreams
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Shaking and shivering

The most severe withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations

This may sound a daunting prospect, however at Life Works, our expert detox team are dedicated to minimising the impact of withdrawal and ensuring that this process is as smooth and comfortable as possible for our clients. Whilst there is no medication that prevents all withdrawal symptoms, we use appropriately controlled medication to help our clients to cope with the detox process, enabling sufficient sleep, easing anxiety and depression, and counteracting as many other problems as possible.

There is also a wealth of research evidence indicating that supportive and compassionate care is just as important in drug and alcohol detox as medication, which is why our team are dedicated to providing world class support to our detox clients, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact us

Life Works provides first rate support and guidance in the treatment addiction and associated difficulties. If you are looking for more information about a detox programme but do not know where to turn, please call 01483 745 066 or click here to complete a short enquiry form.


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