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Ardu Recovery Center is your safe haven on the road to recovery. Our compassionate team offers personalized care to help you break free from addiction, and it all starts with detox.

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“Each year at least 300,000 patients with substance use disorders or acute intoxication obtain inpatient detoxification…” —SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45

Whether you’re looking for alcohol detox help or need drug detox assistance, we’re here to support you to overcome addiction and achieve lasting sobriety.

Learn how we can support you through your healing journey.

What Is Detox?

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Detox, short for detoxification, is like shedding a worn-out coat, where the body peels away its dependency on addictive substances, unwrapping the potential for a healthier, more vibrant existence. 

In terms of addiction, detox is a critical first step in the process of recovery, wherein the body purges itself of drugs and alcohol. Our medical professionals attend to your unique needs and ensure optimal physical and emotional comfort. 

As you progress through detox, you gradually regain your strength, much like a tree recovering from a storm. 

Here are the primary aspects of a detox.

  1. Metabolism: the liver converts substances into water-soluble forms that can be excreted more easily. This process typically involves two phases: 
    1. Phase I consists of oxidation, reduction, or hydrolysis reactions.
    2. Phase II involves conjugation reactions, attaching molecules like glucuronic acid or sulfate to the drug or its metabolites to increase their solubility.
  2. Excretion: once metabolized, the drug and its metabolites are eliminated from the body. The primary routes of excretion are through the kidneys (urine), lungs (exhaled air), and gastrointestinal tract (feces). The rate of elimination varies depending on the drug’s chemical properties and individual factors such as age, genetics, and overall health.
  3. Withdrawal symptoms: as the body clears the drug, withdrawal symptoms may emerge. These symptoms are a result of the body’s attempt to regain homeostasis after adapting to the presence of the drug. Symptoms vary based on the substance and the degree of dependency, and can include anxiety, agitation, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and seizures.
  4. Neurotransmitter systems: drug use can disrupt the balance of neurotransmitter systems in the brain, such as dopamine, serotonin, and glutamate. During detox and subsequent recovery, these systems gradually return to their baseline levels. Patients can experience mood swings, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties as neurotransmitter levels fluctuate.
  5. Medical management: to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and minimize risks during detox, medical professionals may administer medications. For example, opioid detox may involve the use of methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone to manage cravings and prevent relapse. Benzodiazepine detox might involve a gradual tapering of the drug or substitution with a longer-acting benzodiazepine to avoid severe withdrawal complications.
  6. Monitoring: throughout the detox process, medical professionals closely monitor vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, to ensure patient safety and address any complications that may arise.

How Does a Detox Work?

Detox works like an orchestra, harmonizing the body’s efforts to rid itself of toxins accumulated through substance abuse. As the conductor, our detox center ensures a safe and structured environment, working with your body and guiding the detox process.

The opening act of detox is the body’s own cleansing mechanisms kicking into gear. As toxins exit the system, a cacophony of withdrawal symptoms may emerge, ranging from mild discomfort to severe distress. Our medical professionals monitor and address these symptoms, customizing your care.

Depending on your needs and preferences, we can help you manage the detox process with medication and with holistic detox therapies such as IV amino acid therapy, experiential therapy, and yoga.

As the detox unfolds, your body regains its natural rhythm, and you emerge from the experience with a renewed sense of clarity and purpose. The ultimate crescendo: a life liberated from the discord of addiction, ready to embrace the symphony of sobriety.

Detox is an important first step in addiction recovery, but is not a complete treatment in itself and should be followed by ongoing addiction treatment. Our rehab program fosters a life free from the grip of addictive substances, where you can flourish and reach your full potential.

How Can Detox Benefit People Looking to Get Sober?

The uncomfortable and often unbearable effects of drug or alcohol withdrawal are the most common reason for failed attempts at sobriety.

Alleviating the physical and emotional distress of intense withdrawal allows you to focus on the psychological aspects of your addiction. By managing these symptoms with medication—such as Suboxone and Subutex—you can gain momentum in your recovery. 

Our “Treat and Taper” program helps you slowly wean off of the controlled substance in your system. This process can help you avoid experiencing some common adverse effects of withdrawal such as seizures, delirium tremens, and others.

We offer 24/7 trained medical staff that are just as inclined to sit and talk you through a difficult time as they are to treat your symptoms with medication. They are passionate about recovery— many of them have been through recovery themselves—and it shows in the way our clients are treated. 

Our alternative modalities include a float spa, vibroacoustic lounge, oxygen bar, sound baths, and many others. It’s hospital-level care in a spa-like environment.

How Long Should I Detox For?

Your detox process can be as short as three days or it can last for several weeks, depending on the following factors: 

  • Which substances are in your system
  • The length of time over which you used these substances
  • How frequently you used these substances
  • Your overall health
  • Your body’s unique chemistry

For instance, detoxing from alcohol or opioids can last anywhere from 5 to 10 days, while detoxing from benzodiazepines might take a couple months or even more. Your detox journey is as unique as you are, which is why we customize your detox treatment to your specific needs.

What Is a Detox Center?

Recovering from addiction to drugs and alcohol can be a challenging and even dangerous process. Our detox center is a medical facility that helps make detox easier by reducing withdrawal systems. Your detoxification process will be carefully monitored and managed by our medical professionals.

Detox centers can be specialized in drug detox or alcohol detox. Ardu Recovery Center has medical personnel skilled in both. Our specialists have expertise in managing a wide range of withdrawal symptoms and providing holistic and medication-assisted treatment when necessary, ensuring that you receive the support you need to achieve lasting recovery.

Benefits of Detox Centers

Detox centers provide patients with a safe and supportive environment where they can undergo a medically supervised detoxification process and receive individual treatment to manage withdrawal symptoms. Some of the key benefits of drug and alcohol detox centers include:

  • Access to 24/7 medical supervision and care from qualified professionals skilled in managing withdrawal symptoms and providing treatment.
  • A structured and supportive environment that encourages patients to develop healthy habits, build coping skills, and establish a foundation for lasting recovery.
  • Individual therapy plans that address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of addiction, and are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient.
  • A range of counseling and therapy services to support patients in their recovery journey, including individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and family therapy
  • Opportunities to connect with others who are going through similar experiences, including peer support groups and sober living communities.
  • A starting point for a longer-term treatment plan that includes ongoing support and care, helping patients maintain their sobriety and build a fulfilling life free from addiction.

Types of Detox Centers

Detox centers vary in the types of services they offer and the level of care they provide. Some detox centers are attached to a hospital or an addiction treatment facility, while others, such as Ardu, operate independently. Here are some common types of detox centers:

  • Hospital-based detox centers offer medical support and supervision for those with severe addictions and co-occurring disorders.
  • Inpatient detox centers provide round-the-clock care and support for those who require intensive medical and emotional support during the detox process.
  • Outpatient detox centers provide a lower level of care, often with medication-assisted treatment, for individuals with less severe addictions and a stable support system outside of the facility.
  • Holistic detox centers offer alternative therapies such as yoga, meditation, and acupuncture in addition to traditional medical treatment.
  • Luxury detox centers offer a high-end, spa-like environment with premium amenities and personalized care.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), many detox programs don’t provide adequate abuse treatment services, which means that few people receive the right treatment after detox. That’s why we at Ardu have a strong rehabilitation program to complement our medical detox facilities, so that you can know you will have the care you need after detox.

Ardu Recovery Center delivers medical detox services in a luxurious setting. We offer a full range of medical and alternative therapies, ranging from nutritional therapy to counseling to sound baths and sweat lodges. We provide both inpatient and outpatient services for our clients, depending on their needs.

Medical Detox vs Nonmedical Detox

There’s a lot of talk about the pros and cons of medical detox vs nonmedical detox. Both options can be helpful, and they can work well together (which is why we offer both). Let’s look closer at each approach to detoxification.

What is Medical Detox?

Medical detoxification uses medications and trained medical professionals to make the process more comfortable and safe. It’s a supervised process in which healthcare professionals help manage withdrawal symptoms and ensure your safety during withdrawal. Medical detox is often the best route for individuals with severe addictions, a history of withdrawal complications, or co-occurring medical or mental health issues. 

At our Utah medical detox center, you get around-the-clock monitoring and medical support. You also have access to a variety of holistic and nonmedical detox modalities.

What is Nonmedical Detox?

Nonmedical detox relies on natural methods, support, and self-care to help people through withdrawal. Methods such as acupuncture, yoga, nutritional therapy, and counseling can assist you in your detoxification process.

According to SAMHSA, nonmedical detox can be affordable and helpful for some people, like those who are young and healthy with no history of withdrawal problems. However, it’s crucial to have trained supervisors and emergency help available. That’s why we have a full medical detox facility available for you—even if you opt for a nonmedical route.

Detox vs Rehab

Detox and rehab are both crucial steps of recovery, but they serve different purposes. Detox is the process of removing alcohol or drugs from the body, typically with the help of medication to curb the symptoms of withdrawal.

Rehab, on the other hand, is a long-term process that involves therapy to look at underlying problems that lead to addiction and help recovering addicts build a healthy, happy life. In addition to detox services, Ardu also offers a wide range of rehab services for drug and alcohol addiction.

What Are the Differences Between Detox and Rehab?

Detox is different from rehab in that there is a full-time medical staff there to evaluate and treat any bad withdrawal symptoms as soon as they happen. Medication-assisted treatment eases the negative physical and emotional symptoms common to detoxing patients.

Detox and rehab are two distinct stages in the journey towards recovery, serving different purposes like the roots and branches of a tree. In detox, the focus is on the body, but in rehab, the focus is on the person’s growth and emotional well-being. In essence, detox is the groundwork that prepares an individual for the healing and self-discovery that occur during rehab.


  • Addresses the physical dependence on substances
  • Involves the elimination of toxins from the body
  • Managed by medical professionals to alleviate withdrawal symptoms
  • Typically lasts from a few days to several weeks
  • Focuses on the physical and biochemical aspects of addiction


  • Addresses the physical dependence on substances
  • Involves the elimination of toxins from the body
  • Managed by medical professionals to alleviate withdrawal symptoms
  • Typically lasts from a few days to several weeks

Combining Detox and Rehab

In a well-structured recovery plan, detox and rehab work together like the sun and rain, nurturing the individual’s journey towards sobriety. The detox process gives the person a solid base, and rehab helps them grow and become more resilient. Together, both allow you to thrive.

The first and most important step in all addiction treatment plans is detox, but long-term drug and alcohol rehabilitation is just as crucial. That’s why detox centers work best when combined with rehab facilities.

Ardu Recovery Center’s detox center is combined with our residential treatment facility to ensure a simple treatment journey with a relapse prevention mindset. Once the patient is done with their detox, the switch to alcohol rehab or drug addiction treatment is smooth and seamless.

Detox for Pregnant Women

When pregnant women are struggling with substance abuse, they need specialized care from medical professionals. A detox program for a pregnant woman must take into account the unique physical changes that happen during pregnancy as well as the possible risks to both the mother and the growing baby.

Here are some substance-specific issues to be aware of for pregnant women looking into the detox process. These recommendations are taken from the SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 45.

  1. Alcohol: detoxification from alcohol during pregnancy should be medically supervised due to the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms and potential harm to the fetus. The use of medications, such as benzodiazepines, may be required to manage withdrawal symptoms; however, the risks and benefits must be carefully weighed.
  2. Opioids: pregnant women should not undergo detoxification from opioids due to the risks of miscarriage, preterm labor, and fetal distress. Instead, they should be placed on a stable methadone maintenance program, with doses individually determined and potentially increased as the pregnancy progresses.
  3. Benzodiazepines: detoxification from benzodiazepines should involve a slow taper to avoid fetal withdrawal or other adverse consequences. The safest time for detoxification is likely during the second trimester.
  4. Stimulants: detoxification from stimulants, such as cocaine, involves the same principles for pregnant and nonpregnant women. As there is no specific pharmacotherapy for tapering stimulant use, any medications for managing withdrawal complications should be discussed with the patient.
  5. Solvents: pregnant women with a history of solvent abuse should have their fetal development carefully evaluated and monitored, as exposure can lead to a range of symptoms similar to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  6. Nicotine: pregnant women should be educated about the risks of smoking during pregnancy and ideally prevented from smoking. If behavioral interventions fail, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) may be used after discussing the potential risks and benefits with the patient.
  7. Marijuana, anabolic steroids, and club drugs: detoxification from these drugs follows the same principles for pregnant and nonpregnant women. Anabolic steroid use during pregnancy is rare but can be catastrophic; a detailed ultrasound examination is recommended if use is detected. Some club drugs, such as ecstasy, may increase the risk of congenital malformations in neonates.

Start Your Recovery Journey with Ardu Recovery Center

Ardu Recovery Center is a state of the art treatment center located near the beautiful Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

With a modern and pristine facility, clients have a variety of luxurious amenities to enjoy during their stay including a float spa, oxygen bar, vibroacoustic lounge, and full gym and sauna.

And thanks to our 24/7 medical staff and hospital-level care, clients come to Ardu with the peace of mind of knowing their detox and recovery will be handled with extraordinary care offered by an extraordinary staff.

Specialized Detox Services We Offer

Ardu Recovery Center specializes in drug and alcohol addiction treatments, including holistic and medically supervised detox. As a medical detox center, we offer the following specialized detox services:


“The recovery staff and nurses are truly what creates the family here.” – former client

“This program is on its way to greatness.” – former client

“I love you, Ardu.” – former client

“My mind hasn’t been this clear in 21 years.” – former client

“This was the best treatment I’ve ever had.” – former client

FAQs on Alcohol and Drug Detox

Are there any side effects of detox?

Common withdrawal symptoms, like feeling sick, throwing up, and having diarrhea, can cause severe dehydration. When detoxing from alcohol, seizures, hallucinations, and delirium tremens can quickly turn deadly without appropriate medical attention. During the detox phase, depression and suicidal thoughts and feelings are not uncommon.

That’s why it’s important to undergo the detox process with the right medical supervision in a professional and compassionate setting..

What substances require detox?

People can need detoxification from a wide range of legal and illegal substances, including but not limited to the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Opioids (e.g., heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone)
  • Benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, alprazolam, lorazepam)
  • Barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital, secobarbital, butalbital)
  • Cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamines (e.g., Adderall, Vyvanse)
  • Prescription stimulants (e.g., Ritalin, Concerta)
  • Synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., Spice, K2)
  • Inhalants (e.g., volatile solvents, gases, aerosols)
  • GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate)

Some substances, such as opioids, alcohol, and benzodiazepines, can be dangerous to detox from without the use of medication-assisted treatment.

The often mild symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea associated with opiate withdrawal can turn to severe dehydration, making medically assisted treatment a safer, more comfortable option. That’s why opiate detox should be a crucial part of every opiate addiction treatment program.

Is detox painful?

Detoxing from substances can be emotionally and physically painful. The brain is initially unable to reproduce the endorphins needed to ease that pain, as it’s become accustomed to drugs and alcohol artificially providing them.

By choosing Ardu’s detox programs, unpleasant emotional and physical symptoms can be managed by highly qualified medical personnel, supplemented with medication when appropriate.

When is detox needed?

Detox is appropriate if you experience physical withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using drugs or alcohol; if drugs or alcohol are affecting your job, relationships, or emotional state; or if you’ve been unsuccessful in your prior attempts at detox and recovery.

Does Ardu offer a painkiller addiction treatment program?

Yes, Ardu offers a treatment program specifically for prescription drugs addiction, including painkiller addiction. If you or a loved one are in need of these services, look into our prescription drug addiction treatment program.

What types of addiction treatment therapies can I expect at Ardu?

At Ardu, we offer a wide range of individual therapy and group therapy options. Some of the types of addiction therapy programs we offer include:

Can I get treatment for mental health disorders at Ardu?

Yes, you can get treatment for mental health disorders at Ardu. We offer comprehensive mental health treatment for those struggling with mental illness, as well as a dual diagnosis. Our treatment plans are designed to address both addiction and mental illness simultaneously, as these conditions often go hand in hand. We can help you get over problems with your mental health, such as bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.

Does Ardu have a cocaine addiction treatment program?

Yes, Ardu does provide cocaine addiction recovery services as a part of our substance abuse treatment programs. If you or a loved one is facing a cocaine addiction, look into our cocaine addiction treatment services and contact us for more information.

Does Ardu have a heroin addiction treatment program?

Yes, Ardu does have a heroin addiction treatment program. If you or one of your loved ones has a heroin addiction, we urge you to look into our heroin addiction treatment services. We also offer an opioid addiction treatment program for those struggling with one or more opioid addictions, including fentanyl and morphine.

What is a residential addiction treatment program for?

A residential addiction treatment program provides a comprehensive and intensive approach to helping people overcome substance abuse and addiction. These programs, typically offered by alcohol and drug rehab centers, involve 24/7 care and support in a safe and structured environment.

Through a combination of evidence-based treatments, patients can develop the skills and tools they need to overcome their addiction and maintain long-term recovery.

Aftercare planning is a part of residential addiction treatment focused on developing a plan that outlines needs and goals patients have in their recovery. This helps individuals maintain their sobriety and avoid relapse after completing a formal treatment program.

What should I look for in a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program?

When looking for a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program, consider the program’s approach to addiction recovery and select one that resonates with your own approach. Look for a program that offers a wide range of therapies to address the underlying issues of addiction.

Additionally, consider the level of care offered by the program. Residential treatment programs offer 24/7 care and support, while outpatient programs allow for more flexibility in scheduling but may not provide as intensive of care.

At Ardu, our medical professionals are passionate about drug and alcohol recovery and it shows in the way our clients are treated.

We also offer a number of alternative treatments, including a float spa, vibroacoustic therapy, amino acid therapy, and many others. It’s hospital-level care in a spa-like environment.

Does Ardu have a meth addiction treatment program?

Yes, Ardu does have a meth addiction treatment program. If you or someone you care about is grappling with meth addiction, we encourage you to explore our meth addiction treatment services.

Do I need insurance verification for the detox and rehab admissions process at Ardu?

Yes, you do need to verify your insurance for our rehab admissions process. Luckily, you can do so quickly and easily by sharing your information on our insurance verification page. To learn more about this process, read our rehab admissions page.

Does Ardu offer an outpatient program?

Yes, Ardu offers both outpatient rehab and inpatient rehab options. Outpatient rehab programs offer flexibility and allow individuals to receive treatment while continuing to work, attend school, or care for their families.

Our  inpatient rehab programs provide a higher level of care and supervision, allowing individuals to focus solely on their recovery without distractions from the outside world.

Does Ardu have a men’s and a women’s detox center?

Yes, at Ardu, we have both a men’s detox center and a women’s detox center. We also offer a women’s rehab program and a men’s rehab program as long-term treatment and recovery options.

Is 3 days enough for detox?

For most substance addictions, 3 days is not sufficient for a detox. Depending on which substance is in your system, expect the detox process to take from one to eight weeks, though it can sometimes take even longer.

What is involved in detoxification of drugs?

Drug detoxification involves a series of complicated body processes that get rid of the toxins and metabolites that come from using drugs. These processes occur in metabolic pathways, organ systems, and cellular functions.

Drug detox involves two important phases that happen concomitantly:

  1. Metabolism: the body processes the drug into metabolites which can be excreted
  2. Excretion: the body expels the metabolites of the drug via the kidneys (urine), lungs (breath), and bowels (feces).

Detoxification is an important part of the road to recovery, and it requires a full understanding of the drug’s pharmacokinetics, the person’s physiology, and any problems that could come up during the process.

Mina Draskovic, B.Psy., reviewed this content for accuracy on 4/11/23