If you’re seeking alcohol or drug detox in NJ, our personalized detox programs provide the support, compassion, and encouragement necessary to thrive at every stage. We pride ourselves in providing a structured detoxification process that establishes the vital foundation necessary for all individually sustainable sobriety. The following details outline everything you need to know about detox, its vital role in recovery, and how you can enjoy the journey.

What is Drug and Alcohol Detox?

The word detox in recovery refers to the process of expunging harmful and addictive chemicals from the body. This process consists of managing and overcoming short-term withdrawal symptoms that occur throughout your body’s mental and physical cleansing period. Our high-efficacy programs for detox in NJ come from unparalleled treatment methods, personalization, and support systems you can trust wholeheartedly.

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Why is Professional Detox Important?

Numerous personal health safety reasons make professional detox the only way to recover from addiction. The following insight provides you with a detailed outline of why you should never attempt detox without professional assistance.

Quitting highly addictive drugs and alcohol cold turkey without professional treatment causes drastic alterations in brain and body chemistry. These chemical changes, if not properly countered with the appropriate medications and treatment practices can send the body into shock. That’s how many cases of self-attempted detox cause permanent brain or vital organ damage leading to eventual death.

As mentioned, some chemical addictions require counteractive medications to prevent harsh bodily responses that can lead to a fatal outcome. The counteractive medications used in detox naturally alleviate withdrawal symptoms and make the withdrawal phase a more endurable and enjoyable recovery journey. See if you qualify for medication-aided rehab by reaching out to a treatment assessment representative today.

Professional detox enables you to replace addictive habits with enjoyable activities, hobbies, and work. This allows positive daily routines to overtake addictive impulses and habits as you work towards establishing a daily routine. Our detoxification specialists work 24/7 to keep you continually motivated, accountable, and most of all, happy throughout the cleansing phase.

The teachings you soak in early in rehab are the lessons you take with you for the remainder of your recovery journey. That’s why Moving Mountains Recovery equips you with a compassionate therapist who acts as your coach at each phase of detox. They’ll give you early relapse prevention techniques and other methods to combat addictive cravings.

The people and places you surround yourself with make a difference. Therefore, spending your time at one of our approved facilities for detox in NJ gives you the right circumstances and atmosphere. This helps you avoid negative places or people that may otherwise encourage alcohol or drug use. You’ll also be surprised to know that some of the truest life friends are met in comfortable recovery environments like ours.

How Long Does Alcohol and Drug Detox Take?


There is no set duration for how long detoxing from drugs and alcohol can take. This is because everybody’s body responds differently to both stopping substance use and various treatment methods. These variable factors depend on the dosage, level of frequency, and how long you’ve indulged in drinking or substance abuse. There are, however, rough timelines for when you can expect to feel the onset of withdrawals. For example, in the case of alcohol, it’s not uncommon for withdrawals to appear within 8 hours of your most recent use. At the 3-day mark, symptoms begin to reach their most difficult point. However, in the week following peak withdrawals, you should see a gradual diminishing of cravings and other withdrawals.

The duration of drug detox is less clear. With most drugs, you can expect some form of withdrawal symptoms within 24 hours from your last use. These symptoms, especially with harder drugs can take as long as weeks or months, and experience what is known as “rebound symptoms.” This means you will feel some of the same withdrawals in the latter stages that you felt early on, but with greater severity. However, these rebound symptoms often mean you are getting closer to the end of the detox process. Speak to an assessment specialist to learn more about your struggle and the timeline you can expect for your recovery.

What are Common Withdrawal Symptoms People Experience in Detox?

Withdrawal symptoms and duration broadly vary on a case-by-case basis. You may experience some, all, or perhaps none of the following withdrawals:

One of the most common withdrawal symptoms involves the inability to fall or stay asleep. This symptom is also one of the greatest exemplifications of medication-aid efficacy, with pharmaceuticals offering the greatest sleep-aid solutions. Don’t let restless nights spoil your recovery joy. Let our loving treatment team help you through the difficult insomnia withdrawal phase.

Our specialists know drug-induced depression withdrawal symptoms are not to be taken lightly. This occurs because the body is used to overstimulate your brain’s pleasure center. When the substance-dependent body no longer receives that stimulation, it causes a drastic shift in brain chemistry, suppressing dopamine production, and resulting in depression. This potentially fatal symptom is just another primary reason that drug addiction and detox need professional monitoring and supportive guidance.

Many people in detox report body aches, both muscular and in general as your body begins the restoration process of neuronic and body chemical stabilization. Many of these aches can even be what is referred to as ‘phantom pain’. Phantom pain is a term used to describe false pain as a result of a neurologic misfire from the brain to the pained region. Bear in mind, when this occurs during detox, it means the cleansing is working.

A common part of the rehab process is handling severe withdrawal mood swings. The most frustrating part about it is these mood swings often occur for no underlying reason, making it difficult to understand or explain your emotions. These mood swings are a direct result of the chemical alterations your mind and body undergo when cleansing themselves from addictive substances. However, you’ll have the peace of mind of having our understanding specialists by your side to coach you through withdrawal symptoms. Before you know it, you’ll be in complete control of your emotions, faculties, and future.

Involuntary tremors, though scary at times, are a natural part of detoxification. These shakes can occur anywhere from the head, neck, or limbs. While there is no clear-cut immediate resolution to withdrawal shakes, like other withdrawals, medications can help alleviate this symptom. Thankfully, this symptom is usually more short-lived than some of the other symptoms on this list.

Addiction cravings are often at their highest during the early phases of detox. That’s when medical monitoring and therapeutic attention is at its most important stage. When attempted alone, these cravings are irresistible due to the toll withdrawals take on your mental and physical health. However, when done in conjunction with professional care, these cravings will soon be a thing of the past. You’ll also be relieved to know that we can help you more easily endure these cravings.

What are the Levels of Care at Moving Mountains Recovery?


Moving Mountains goes above and beyond to help you after detox by providing several levels of care to get you through your personalized stage of recovery. In no particular order, here are the levels of care Moving Mountains Recovery provides.

Partial Hospitalization Programs are the most severe cases that require around-the-clock care and full access to our treatment support team. Beyond PHP, Partial care, IOP, and OP are the successively lower levels of care for patients in transition. Both PC and IOP are generally conducted in halfway houses or sober living environments. This gives you the best of both worlds, providing job flexibility while keeping sobriety your primary focus as you transition. On the other hand, dual diagnosis treatment, treatment for two or more co-occurring disorders helps you kill two birds with one stone. That is to say, dual-diagnosis treatment’s special therapy helps you manage and recover from multiple addictions and mental health problems simultaneously.

The Best Centers for Alcohol and Drug Detox in NJ Awaits You at Moving Mountains Recovery

When it comes to drug detox, NJ has the best tools for recovery at our disposal. We all have a mountain in our life that seems insurmountable. Moving Mountains Recovery can help you conquer that mountain and remove it from your life completely. Let us pave your path to the summit of sobriety peak. Reach out to our recovery specialists to relieve the burden of addiction from your shoulders today.

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