How long does Alcohol Detox take?

There is no set timeframe for alcohol detox to be completed. For some, the process will only take hours or days. For others, it may take weeks to completely clear the body of the substance. Factors that dictate the length of time include:

  • The drug of abuse
  • The rate, dose, and duration of use
  • The presence of any polysubstance abuse
  • The detox setting
  • The goals of the patient
  • Previous detox attempts
  • The individual’s health condition

The average length of detox is fewer than eight days. However, certain substances like methadone, buprenorphine and benzodiazepines may take longer to clear because the drugs are relatively long acting. In these instances, clients often undergo a slow tapering of the abused substance, which can necessitate longer durations.

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