How Your Health Changes After Medical Detox

The Countless Benefits of Sobriety

Those who struggle with drug or alcohol addiction and are seeking sobriety will have to go through a period of medically-assisted detoxification. This process will be monitored and completed in a controlled environment. Depending on the severity of the individual’s addiction, detox may last anywhere from three to seven days. Once the detox period is complete, individuals will move onto seeking treatment in an inpatient or outpatient treatment facility.

The detox period works to wean the individual off of the substance of abuse and once the process is complete, they will no longer have the substance in their system. While they may technically be sober, the period of recovery is a life-long journey. The detox period is not always the most comfortable as you are ridding your system of powerful drugs, but the end result is absolutely worth it. Medical staff will be by patients’ side throughout the detox process in order to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible.

How Your Health Improves

Not only is the decision to seek sobriety the best decision you will ever make, but it is also extremely advantageous for your health and wellbeing. Here are some top ways that your mind and body will benefit from detox and sobriety:

  • Strengthened Immune System

Those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol will have a difficult time absorbing the vital nutrients that keep us healthy. When the body is deficient in these nutrients, it has a hard time keeping your immune system working at full capacity, thus, your health is compromised. When you quit drinking and refrain from taking drugs, your immune system will become stronger and more resilient which allows you to fight off illness easier. 

  • Easy to Maintain a Healthy Weight

Alcohol is very high in calories and can add hundreds and even thousands of extra empty calories per day to your diet. Not only is alcohol itself contributing to weight gain, but it is also the extra ingredients as well such as corn syrup, glucose-fructose, and other sugary byproducts. When you cut out alcohol from your diet, you are lessening the empty calories that you take in, resulting in weight loss. 

  • A Better Nights Sleep

Alcohol and drugs can have a severely negative effect on your sleep and can cause you to not have the restful night’s sleep you’d hoped for. Alcohol affects your ability to get into a deep sleep, leaving you unrested and tired when you wake up. When you cut alcohol and drugs out of your routine, you are making an effort to improve your sleeping habits.

  • Reduced Risk of Cancer

Those who consume drugs and alcohol are at a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer. Some of the cancers that individuals are at risk of developing are:

  1. Neck cancer
  2. Liver cancer
  3. Breast cancer
  4. Colon Cancer

It’s important that you take your health very seriously as some of these cancers have no cure.

Getting Help

If you or someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, it’s important that they seek help right away. Without proper help, their condition will continue to worsen.


If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.